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Old 30th July 2006, 10:36 PM   #1

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Default Ideas for Russian Business?

I am originally from Russia though I live perminatly in US. I would like to start my own e-bay business and I believe there should be something in my country that can be sold in US, but I can not find the right idea. Art and souvenirs from former FSU are no longer of big demand here, besides its getting harder to take them out of the country. I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

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Old 30th July 2006, 11:15 PM   #2
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You can try e-baying basic tourist souvenirs, such as birch bark stuff, wooden necklaces, knitted clothes, mittens, fur hats, etc.

Basically, you can take the most interesting souvenirs from each of the regions of Russia and try sell them via e-bay. This you have nice product offering along with a niche.

Of course, you may want to specialize only in wooden goods or anything, but at least the rest is a possibility.

Here is a site that sells stuff from Russia, for instance.

However, I'd suspect that you may be better off if you start a website just for your niche. This way you'll get a much broader target audience than the e-Bay visitors. It'll require some work, though.

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Old 14th April 2008, 03:58 AM   #3

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Erm. Vodka?
Russian brides/grooms/dates?
Are there famous breeds of Russian dogs? You could arrange breeders or just souvenirs and have a nice target audience
Uniforms and/or military souvenirs
Russian cars, or car parts - again a nice niche market
Russian motorcycles (with side cars very cool)

Think of stereotypes and play to them.

Good luck. Sorry about the Russian brides crack but I thought I'd get everyone's attention.

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Old 16th April 2008, 07:26 AM   #4
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There is a podcast called "mind your own business" based in the UK.

The main presenter of that podcast spent years doing business in Russia. He seems very accessible if you are willing to try and contact him for his opinion. It may be worth the email.

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Old 6th August 2012, 10:33 PM   #5

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What about Matryoshka dolls or Gzhel Porcelain? You'd have to figure out a way to get it over here safely, though. Especially the porcelain.

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Old 1st March 2013, 01:27 PM   #6

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you can sell those items to russians that already have them lol

what a funny answer

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