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Old 14th March 2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Jumping Into Ecommerce With Tangible Products

I'm a webmaster and a web designer/developer. For several years now I've been dealing with virtual goods. I enjoy it, but I want a new challenge. One that is very real: I want to get into the business of selling tangible products.

I will be making a few changes to my current business this year. I will be outsourcing (in order to give me more time). So really, most of what I do is actually marketing and 'sealing the deal'. I want to invest the extra time I'll have on developing a new ecommerce website.

I would really like some ideas on what products generally sell and those that have a high profit margin. I don't expect anyone who is in the business right now to give me an idea of that as it would be directly competing with your business. But it would be great if perhaps anyone else could share ideas on what you spend your money on online? This will benefit me, and everyone else in my shoes who are considering starting their own ecommerce business.

I personally like the idea of selling USB products. There are already a few sellers online but I feel that I can deliver the same items but with more competitive prices. I also like the idea of selling gifts. I'm also into herbal products.

I don't want to sell on eBay because people offer stuff there at wholesale rates. That makes it very difficult to make a good profit (unless you have direct connections with a manufacturer or if you are a manufacturer yourself). I will start locally, and hopefully slowly and surely emerge into the international market online. So for now, the ecommerce part will play the simple role of convenience, and then if that's working out it will play a vital role of accessing customers worldwide. That should help control costs.

Would love to hear advice/feedback. Thanks.

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Old 28th March 2013, 07:10 PM   #2

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Hi Zharlene,

If you're starting small, I would recommend that you take the time to discover unique products to sell. Because if you sell stuff other people sell, people will buy those items at the lowest price possible. People are smart, they will cross-shop. Don't try to avoid Ebay. Here's the challenge, try to find something that will sell with a high margin on Ebay. If you can make a profit on that site, you can make a profit anywhere.

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