I've been doing lots of thinking lately about an online store. I have found a supplier within 7 hours from me. They do allow drop shipping. They only deal with authorized dealers. I filled out the application and I'm waiting on a yes or no. They also sell items in large quantities. I was thinking about setting up an ebay store to start out. I list all the products I can and link my ebay store every where I can. Once I figure out which items sell the fastest, I buy a large quantity of that item(s). By doing that I can buy the items at a cheaper rate than selling as drop shipping. A friend of mine has a very successful forum and said I can link my store/items on his forum. For the first year it won't cost anything, but after that he will charge me 50.00 per year or a product worth that. Which is fair. His forum has over 2,000 members and growing.
Is this a good idea? What do you guys think?
If all goes well maybe develop a ecommerce site?
Any advice ? Suggestions ?
I am wanting to do this on the side. Not depend on it.