Where to get merchandise to sell on an online store?

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Hello,

I was wondering where I could get good merchandise that isnt too expensive that I could make a profit from to sell on ebay or an online store. Like bulk products or any other products.

I have always wanted to start an online pet store but never knew where to get my products from. Stores, websites, etc?

Thanks
Anna
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Barnes
    What niche are you wanting to sell products in?

    I will post my response to this answer here after you answer.
  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    I suggest you find a very targeted niche if you want to sell pet related products, there are established sellers in every niche imaginable on eBay and webstores. It's very difficult to compete and make a decent profit these days unless you somehow buy direct from the source, not even genuine wholesale suppliers have prices low enough for you to compete in most categories.

    When i say targeted niche:
    Pet supplies > Fish> Aquarium Filters> Canister Filters> Fluval Canister Filters

    PS. WorldWideBrands is a good resource for finding genuine suppliers

    PPS. You will need to open a real business, DBA,CC, LLC etc to get a tax exempt certificate and you need a EIN which all real wholesalers require.

    Good Luck
  • Profile picture of the author aivzdog
    I have wanted to start an online dog store for a long time now. Dog products are my interest.
  • Profile picture of the author dkla27
    Try alibaba, they have everything
  • Profile picture of the author PassiveIncomeTeacher
    Instead of sourcing the products, why don't you write about dogs and review dog products. You can then sell affiliate products for dogs from Amazon and other retailers that have an affiliate program. This makes it super easy to get started and doesn't cost you much money. After your site gets some traction, you can source some products or even sell advertising to companies with dog related products.
  • Profile picture of the author aivzdog
    So I am in the right direction with my new blog called Lifetime with dogs? I created it to write posts about dog breeds, news, stories, products. Is that a good idea?
  • Profile picture of the author CaseyB
    Product sourcing is the key. There are many places to mind it however the pricing changes dramaticlly from source to source. A fellow ecommerce friend of mine say exponential growth and profits in his business after he moved to china for 5 years and made his nessicary connections. This is not an option for most yet this is what really exploded his business.
  • Profile picture of the author EnglishGent81
    Antique books sale very well on ebay. In very basic terms all you have to do is go to the antique book section of ebay, select the completed listings options and look at the books that have sold, which will be highlighted in green. If you look at the number of bids for the books that sold in auction, that will give you a good idea of how popular the book is. All you have to do is highlight the title of that books where there were a lot of bidders and do a search on google to see if you can find the same book being sold for cheaper than what it sold for on ebay. Medieval books sale very well on ebay.

    Good Luck
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Alan
    I find what works best in 2012 is products you source locally and resell on eBay.


    Originally Posted by aivzdog View Post

    Hello,

    I was wondering where I could get good merchandise that isnt too expensive that I could make a profit from to sell on ebay or an online store. Like bulk products or any other products.

    I have always wanted to start an online pet store but never knew where to get my products from. Stores, websites, etc?

    Thanks
    Anna
  • Profile picture of the author trade4861
    I did some experimenting buying products from china distributers and reselling from one website I built. I was able to turn good profits too. Trick is to find legit sellers in China.

    Also, I would highly consider opening up your own online store and learning how to write for the Internet. Your profits will be far greater than that of selling on eBay and without the nasty eBay fees.

    One product I use to sell on eBay wouldn't bring me more then $20 dollars which was about 8 dollar profit. Selling on my own site I was able to sell for $40.00 for the same item. I also sold 3 times the amount of products I would on my own site.
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