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Old 2nd December 2005, 04:26 PM   #1
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I have a new idea for my business and need feedback from you to determine if businesses would be interested. I am a office supply and printing company that sells to other businesses. Now everyone knows that the big box companies like staples, office max, and so on have a great campaign going but most don't realize that actually pay more than they should for their supplies.

My idea is to sell office supplies and custom printing at WHOLESALE PRICES. The business will be able to buy online from me at wholesale prices as long as they pay with a credit card and they will have to pay all the shipping. In most cases the shipping will not cost more than $8. To participate in this program there is a $100 yearly fee. It is a very simple program that will save businesses MUCH MORE than $100 in one years time. What do you think? Will companies be interested or unwilling to change from their current supplier? Before I send out a mass mailing I need some feedback so let me know. Thanks.

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Old 2nd December 2005, 05:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, smjones!

A couple of questions that pop up for me as a potential customer would be:

Do you provide a large selection of supplies?
Have you been in business for a good while?

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Old 5th December 2005, 08:10 PM   #3
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You had me ready to purchase from you until you put in that I would have to pay $100/year in fees. From a business owners prospective: How do I know I could trust that you wouldn't be out of business in a month or two? I pay dues to Costco...but I know they'll be around for the long haul.

I agree with Robert's questions...I would want to know a lot more about your company before I would join.

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Old 8th December 2005, 03:56 PM   #4
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I have a new idea for my business and need feedback from you to determine if businesses would be interested. I am a office supply and printing company that sells to other businesses. Now everyone knows that the big box companies like staples, office max, and so on have a great campaign going but most don't realize that actually pay more than they should for their supplies.

My idea is to sell office supplies and custom printing at WHOLESALE PRICES. The business will be able to buy online from me at wholesale prices as long as they pay with a credit card and they will have to pay all the shipping. In most cases the shipping will not cost more than $8. To participate in this program there is a $100 yearly fee. It is a very simple program that will save businesses MUCH MORE than $100 in one years time. What do you think? Will companies be interested or unwilling to change from their current supplier? Before I send out a mass mailing I need some feedback so let me know. Thanks.


This is a great idea and it sounds like an exciting opportunity. All I would suggest is to research what volume and variety of items your potential customers get from their suppliers currently. They'll be alot more interested in moving to your service if they can get EVERYTHING with you and not just part of it.

Hope this helps (and is fair) ... good luck.
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Old 27th December 2005, 09:50 AM   #5
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Default A Good Idea.

hellow,
i think its a good idea but befor start u have to make a good name in business circle to introduce yourself as a good supplier. that can be done by personal meetings, marketing and a strong advertisement compaign.

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Old 13th March 2006, 06:30 PM   #6
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good idea but you do realize, the initial investment will be really really big

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