I think I found a decent niche to sell to, but I'm having some issues finding a supplier or drop shipper. I want to try to sell anime & fantasy swords. I found a number of sites that do this and the google search traffic is viable (about 3000+ searches a month). I thought about boffer swords originally, but the search traffic did not appear to be there. Consumers appear to want stainless steel replicas.
I checked on thomasnet and found one supplier that might work, but it seems like a retail site and had a small selection of the niche I was looking (They mostly have japanese samurai swords). Alibaba checks out well, but I would need MOQ for each product (sometimes as high as 500). I would prefer to drop ship first so I can have multiple products on my eventual site.
Any recommendations on where to look? I thought about World Wide Brands, but I don't want to spend $600 for a list that does not have a supplier that I'm looking for.
If this idea doesn't pan out, most of my product or business ideas tend to resolve around video games, fantasy, or anime. They are the groups I am most familiar with so even getting a list of suppliers who specialize in those area would be very helpful.