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Connecting a Bluetooth Scanner to Profit Bandit for iPhone

**This post was updated 3/13/217


Connecting a bluetooth scanner to Profit Bandit is easier than you might think. Today I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to connect Profit Bandit to your iPhone. Tomorrow, I’ll post the same instructions for Android users.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. An iPhone running iOS 7.1.2 or above (Note: this doesn’t mean an iPhone 7. Profit Bandit will run on any iPhone 4S or later)
  2. Profit Bandit with an enabled Bluetooth add-on. Tap the puzzle piece icon profit bandit settings button in Profit Bandit and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. A scanfob. Most of our users use the OPN-2002 or the SerialIO Scanfob 2002.
  4. The instructions that came with your Scanfob. I’ll be connecting an OPN-2002 and will be using these instructions. You’ll need to print them out in order to scan the barcodes on them.
  5. Any item with a barcode to test that everything’s working.

Let’s get started:

1. Navigate to your iPhone’s settings and then Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is on as shown here:

turn on Bluetooth on iphone

2. Scan the HID Keyboard Mode Barcode found on your instructions.

scan code opticon

3. Hold down the Clear/Function key on the scanner for 5-10 seconds or until a blue light begins flashing. It’s the smaller of the two buttons on the scanner.

option scanner

5. Your phone should discover the scanner (OPN-2005/2006 scanners may not ask for a PIN):

find opticon scanner

5. And ask you to enter a PIN. Because of the next step, you’ll see that it’s easiest to choose 0000.

Select a PIN

6. From your instructions, scan the list of barcodes with numbers next to them to scan 0000 and then scan END. Take care not to scan any other numbers.


7. You should now see that your scanner is connected:


8. Return to Profit Bandit and scan your test item. Note that for your first scan you may need to select the manual search box before scanning. This should not be necessary for the rest of your scans.

9. While your bluetooth scanner is connected in keyboard mode, it will prevent the keyboard from popping up on the screen. To enable the keyboard just tap the small function/clear key on your scanner.

Please let me know if you have any trouble following these directions!

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+Paul Cole


The Basics of Updating Amazon Product Pages

Update Product Page




Want to get your products noticed on Amazon? Start by making sure that your product page is accurate. When it comes to tweaking and updating Amazon product pages, time is of the essence. Here’s how to make sure that the products you have a stake in are listed accurately.

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What Amazon Sellers Need to Know About Sales Tax Holidays


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Mark Faggiano, founder and CEO of TaxJar

taxjar sales tax companyFall school shopping is fast approaching. And that means many states have “sales tax holidays.” As a consumer, tax-free weekends are a fantastic way to stock up on clothing, school supplies and even equipment like computers without paying sales tax. But as a seller, they can be a little confounding. In this post I’ll go over what Amazon sellers need to know about tax-free weekends.

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7 Steps to Make the Best of Your Amazon Sales Slump

Sales Slump


You wouldn’t be the first Amazon seller to have disappointing sales in Q1 on Amazon, and you certainly won’t be the last. But maybe some good could come out of this hiatus. We’ve come up with a checklist for you to use as you check-up on sales and go over your weaknesses.

We can think of at least 7 things you should do when sales are down, and we’d like to recommend that you go through each one, step by step. Taken in two stages, they can help raise your sales or just iron out small issues until your sales pick up on their own. Either way, they’re bound to make a difference.

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Closing Your Amazon Seller Account and Your Other Options

Closed shop



We all know what happens when Amazon suspends an account, but what happens when it’s the Amazon seller who wants to close shop? For those of you who’ve decided to throw in the proverbial towel or just take a breather from an Amazon seller account, we’ve put together a list of options.

Read our step-by-step instructions to get started tweaking your listings or closing down your Amazon business.

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Amazon seller software tools and more – The ToolBox

Amazon seller software on laptop and tablet



There’s nothing more labor intensive than finding the right Amazon seller software tools to grow your online business. With so many of these applications and apps promising the moon, sifting out the ones that can deliver from the time wasters can be daunting.

The best tools are those that work for you. If you haven’t found them yet, or you’re considering an upgrade, here are some of our recommendations for third-party sellers looking for ways to grow their Amazon business.


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