Starting An Ecommerce Store in UK

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Hi All,

I was just wondering if anyone could help me with my store by answering a couple of questions.

Firstly, is it better to have a store that is dedicated to one type of product. For example have a store that only sell gaming items, jewellery, fashion etc (these are only examples) or is it best to have a mix of products.

Secondly does anyone know any drop shipping wholesalers that are good for UK based stores? that aren't ridiculously expensive and have few day delivery. I already know about 'LightInTheBox' and stuff just wondering if anyone know/ has use any others


Thank you very much,

Bertie
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    We prefer niche stores. It allows you to appear to be a store that specializes in something, makes it a little easier to rank for niche-related phrases and helps you to become a better authority on your products.

    The best way to get a real wholesale supplier is to first figure out exactly what products and brands you want to carry and then contact those brands directly. If they won't dropship for you, they may very well have a distributor in the U.K. area that will.
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    • Profile picture of the author BertieBoy
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      We prefer niche stores. It allows you to appear to be a store that specializes in something, makes it a little easier to rank for niche-related phrases and helps you to become a better authority on your products.

      The best way to get a real wholesale supplier is to first figure out exactly what products and brands you want to carry and then contact those brands directly. If they won't dropship for you, they may very well have a distributor in the U.K. area that will.
      Thanks for your reply! it helps alot!
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  • Profile picture of the author Shakeel Arshad
    Hi

    I have a website which has been established since 2014 and I can say its a struggle to get traffic. I would say its better to have a few products to begin with to see if your venture will work. You can also focus on a few keywords and less products will require less capital.
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  • Profile picture of the author Omar Salama
    Originally Posted by BertieBoy View Post

    Hi All,

    I was just wondering if anyone could help me with my store by answering a couple of questions.

    Firstly, is it better to have a store that is dedicated to one type of product. For example have a store that only sell gaming items, jewellery, fashion etc (these are only examples) or is it best to have a mix of products.

    Secondly does anyone know any drop shipping wholesalers that are good for UK based stores? that aren't ridiculously expensive and have few day delivery. I already know about 'LightInTheBox' and stuff just wondering if anyone know/ has use any others


    Thank you very much,

    Bertie
    First of all i would like to wish you best of luck.

    2nd I would personally recommend that you make it a specialized website YET it has multiple categories for growth. for example: selling sports wear -- which can be upgraded to selling equipment .. etc by that you have set no limit and able to focus on your niche in terms of product orientation & marketing..

    Also having 1 niche is better to market specially on facebook ads because you can then condense your budget on continuous running campaigns that will eventually drive more sales to you.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author BertieBoy
      Hi Omar,

      Thanks for the advice. So you are saying to focus on a particular market but have a few different products within that market?

      Cheers,

      Bertie
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  • Profile picture of the author Jenelia Dsouza
    Having one type of products will build you authority in that particluar niche. My suggestion is to start with one particular product and based on performance of that product you can build on adding more products.
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  • Profile picture of the author denev
    Good luck mate that looks great
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  • Profile picture of the author Kowsika M
    Starting an online ecommerce store is as easy as shopping online now.If you want to sell one type of products,it's best to choose single vendor marketplace,where you can sell your own products alone.If you want to add other vendors to sell their products in your ecommerce marketplace,it's best to choose multi vendor ecommerce platform.
    I would personally suggest you to try with open source technology based multi vendor ecommerce platform to build your own ecommerce platform like POFI Technologies multi vendor shopping cart software.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sufyan47
    Hi,

    Ecommerce is a booming business. But I've seen too many online businesses struggle to get traction. Running an online store can get complicated fast, which is why I'm a big fan of launching single branded product line + affiliate site combo.

    This ecommerce model is very different from the typical online stores that rely on product sales.
    • Starts with a niche & persona, NOT product
    • Highest profit margin
    • One product to worry about shipping
    • Use sales off of affiliate marketing to reinvest
    • Figure out what else is selling and launch new lines
    • Natural growth projection
    Thanks for this post...
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  • Profile picture of the author Malisa Jason
    You choose any online platform like Alibaba or Made in China to find reliable suppliers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malisa Jason
    Check out some online whole suppliers
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  • Profile picture of the author BradYoung04
    Personally, my advice would be to start off with a particular niche and look to branch out from there. Do you already possess eCommerce experience?
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  • Profile picture of the author wickedstock1
    You can add your products with Amazon, Flipkart etc.
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