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Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 5th May 2015, 04:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,099
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Fulfillment Costs - Does it even work for $20 items.

Lower priced items like this are tricky to make the numbers work. Once you factor the inbound freight and duties from China there isn't much profit margin. Look for products selling above $25.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 27th January 2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 649
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Does bundling negate Private Labeling?

Are you referring to Amazon? It depends on what your objectives are. If its to keep competitors out of your space then PL is better because you can completely control it. Other people can offer the...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th January 2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,285
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Is SSL certificates nescessary for ecommerce website?

Yes- its 100% mandatory to use SSL if customers are checking out on your site (entering credit card #).. However depending on your set up you may be able to have customers check out with Paypal or...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 30th September 2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 847
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Setting up Magento please advise

For Multi-Channel check out M2EPro. Its 100% free and allows Magento listings on Amazon and eBay. For the price its almost unbeatable.

For inventory/ shipping there are many options. However check...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 21st August 2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,128
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: How does importing from China work?

The previous poster has an excellent eBook that covers these topics very well. I strongly recommend it to anyone starting out importing merchandise. Look in his signature for details.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th August 2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Exporting into China from the US

Shipping depends on the size of the shipment and how fast your need it. For very small shipments (under 5 lbs) EMS or Epacket are the least expensive.

Companies like UPS / Fedex are fast and do...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 7th August 2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,298
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Advice for new ecommerce business start up - how much product?

This thread has gone WILDLY off topic. The OP asked if $1K of inventory was sufficient and now the discussion is about a $10 Million business and Amazon (multi-billion).

Amazon has Wall Street...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 6th August 2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,298
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Advice for new ecommerce business start up - how much product?

This model absolutely can work and I have used it myself but there are some caveats.

* You must clearly indicate how long order processing will take. If it takes you 2 days to receive merchandise...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th July 2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 758
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Question For Experienced USPS Package Shippers..

You can use the remaining label when you only print 1 side. Just put it in the printer backwards. This works any time you print a single label or an odd # of labels.

A label printer is a good...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 26th July 2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,952
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: online dropshipping china question

Selling Nike knockoffs is EXTREMELY risky and illegal in many countries.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 21st July 2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,162
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Low conversion, little traffic, few sales, Help!

2% conversion isn't horrible and its definitely a good starting point.

However if you are converting @ 2% and have 4 sales that means you have had only 200 visitors in 5 months. Your traffic is...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 20th July 2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 971
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Custom Packaging Tape for e-Commerce

Interesting product. I have seen custom tape before but not with full color printing.

I wish your site had prices listed. Personally I hate having to disclose all my information just to get...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th July 2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 532
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: It can't possibly be this easy?

Drop Shipping is when the supplier ships merchandise (for you) directly to your customer.

If you have a niche that is profitable then keep scaling up. The more you purchase the lower your cost...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th June 2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: ssl advice

There is typically no problem buying a certificate from a 3rd party company. The only tricky part may be installing the certificate but most hosts will provide some support for this.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 1st June 2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,666
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Whats the best ecommerce guide/book to learn from??

I have read lots of ecommerce books but I think this 1 is a great introduction:

Amazon.com: Ecom Hell: How to Make Money in Ecommerce Without Getting Burned eBook: Shirley Tan: Kindle Store
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 29th May 2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Decreasing ecommerce site speed

I have seen research that shows for each second increase in page load time - conversions drop 10%. Under 5 seconds is good- Under 3 is excellent.

I looked at your site and found the load times...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 14th May 2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Would dropshipping be viable for my growing site?

I have a different perspective about this....

There seems to be a misconception that writing articles = sales. I am not convinced this is usually true - although it could be in some specific...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 1st May 2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,762
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Traffic to Website

Its a bit better but still has a lot of room for improvement. I actually think this could be a successful niche site with proper site design.

Let me point out a couple quick suggestions.

You...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd April 2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,927
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Woocommerce for large eCommerce sites.....

Really? Why? What is your basis for this conclusion?
The link you provided certainly does not indicate this at all.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 21st April 2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Carousel

Research has consistently shown that these hurt conversions. I would never use them without doing an A/B split test which shows a solid benefit.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 20th April 2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Need advice on Two-Sided Marketplace

You need some kind of compelling offer to get vendors to join. As you recognize, without vendors you will never get off the ground and attract customers.

You don't say what specific market you are...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 15th April 2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,286
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: No Sales after 10,000 Visits

You are focusing on the wrong thing. If your site doesn't convert then it does not matter if all your key words are at #1. Its irrelevant.

With 10,000 clicks and 0 conversions something is...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th April 2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,927
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Woocommerce for large eCommerce sites.....

I agree with the above poster. WooCommerce is better suited towards smaller sites.

Magento certainly can (and does) runs sites with millions of SKUS. However that type of operation requires some...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 27th March 2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 745
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Ecommerce site & Individualized Product offering per Customer.

Its not totally clear what you are trying to do but I think you want the same products on different sites with different pricing and different quantity discounts.

If so its not a template that...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 24th March 2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Setting Up Multiple Online Storefronts...........

This is an area where Magento is particularly strong. Magento can run multiple sites, with (or without) different languages and currencies from 1 back end.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 19th March 2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,025
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Best CMS Package for SEO

A few points:

* Word Press IS NOT an enterprise level ecommerce system - regardless of your "mentality". It was not designed for that purpose. There is not a single top 1000 ecommerce site running...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 14th March 2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,346
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Which one eCommerce platform?

Based on how you have described your project you should take a close look at both Magento and OpenCart. The others on your list probably would not be as a good fit.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th March 2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Please review my site

This site needs A LOT of work.

You definitely need design help - either by hiring a good web designer or buying a more modern theme. Your site looks outdated.

Go to themeforest.net and take a...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 5th March 2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Allowing Retailers To Order Product in Bulk With Magento?

Magento also supports Customer Groups. You could have a wholesale and retail group with different pricing for each. Wholesale customers could login to see their prices.

There are also extensions...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 23rd February 2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 510
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: New Site Sales Numbers Question

Well if 90% of the traffic is highly targeted and the site converts <1% this should send up MAJOR red flags. Clearly the site is not appealing to consumers.

If you are the designer / consultant...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th February 2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,665
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Recommended Magento Hosting?

EXACTLY my point. The configuration you described is overkill for 99% of Magento sites and WAY TOO complicated.

Most Magento users would be best served with a host like Nexcess who will...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th February 2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,665
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Recommended Magento Hosting?

Cloud hosting providers usually use Shared Network Storage which is not well suited for Magento sites - especially ones with big catalogs or heavy of traffic. In other words, with a cloud hosting...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th February 2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,665
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Recommended Magento Hosting?

Some of the information in this thread is not accurate.

For example, Magento and cloud hosting usually don't mix well unless you have a specialized environment. Magento users have reports all...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th February 2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,665
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Recommended Magento Hosting?

Nexcess or MageMojo are usually mentioned as the leaders in Magento hosting.

We have used Nexcess for years but we are considering a switch to MageMojo mainly because the use SSD drives which help...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th December 2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 730
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Need help with Monetizing a classified website.

1. Place Ad Sense and Google (Double Click) Banners on your site. They probably won't generate tons of revenue but it will help.

2. Find some wine/ liquor accessory suppliers that have affiliate...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 30th November 2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: How can I make that customers can see contents of site after they log in using magneto CE?

Magento has the ability to define different customer types. To restrict content to different customer types you will need a 3rd party extension.

This one will work:
Magento Z-blocks Extension |...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 8th November 2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Magento order question

We use Magento with Paypal Professional and you don't specify which kind of Paypal processing you have.

With our configuration, when an order is placed it is only "authorized". Paypal just...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 5th November 2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,349
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Horrible Conversion / Sales... Any Ideas?

I looked at your site earlier but it appears to be offline now. That certainly is not going to help conversions or trust.

I owned a very large and successful adult ecommerce business for many...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd September 2013, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 750
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Over the top product descriptions

This is something that you should split test. Its easy and you can get data quickly.

Without knowing more about your products there is no way we can give you valid information.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 21st September 2013, 03:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 689
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Shipping labels?

We use ShipStation.com and are mostly happy with it. It works with USPS. FedEx, DHL, UPS and others and it integrates with most major shopping carts.

There is another recent thread on this topic.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th September 2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,073
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Easiest way to do Shipping labels / software

A Dymo printer is not required with Endicia. You can buy special labels and use a laser or inkjet printer.

Another option to look at is ShipStation. Its more powerful and has more features that...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th September 2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,295
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: New E-com Magento Site review

It's actually a well done site. You are on the right track.

A little constructive criticism:

* What is the slogan for? "Knowledge, Guidance, Results"? What does that mean and what does it have...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th September 2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 540
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Magento Help please - ebay/amazon selling

Check out M2ePro. Automates listing your Magento stock on eBay, Amazon and others. HIGHLY recommend and free.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 27th August 2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Due diligence

What is your concern? Getting paid? If that is the issue insist on payment in advance. If that is not possible use an escrow service.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th August 2013, 01:11 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,792
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Where do I stand legally?

My sister was invoked in a situation VERY similar to this. She owns a small local business and a much larger national company wanted her domain name and was making vague threats about suing. She...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 26th July 2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,286
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Adult Toys - Illegal in some states

I previously owned and ran a large and successful eCommerce site in this field. You are very smart to look into this topic before you sell these products because it's a HUGE and COSTLY problem if...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 17th July 2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 733
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Create an eCommerce or use a eCommerce software?

It's usually not advisable to create an eCommerce platform from scratch. And with only a $2K budget you are VERY unlikely to get anything better than is currently available.

My advice would be to...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 30th June 2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,299
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Looking to borrow the keen eye of a successful e-commerce agent

.1 percent conversion is pretty low. I think you identified one of the key problems- the site does not instill enough credibility or confidence. This is particularly important with a product like...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 3rd June 2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,315
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Request Advice for E-commerce host upgrade – Shopify, you fell short!

Magento Community is Free (mostly) and has the ability to meet all your requirements either stock or with extensions.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 30th April 2013, 05:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Newbie questions...Where did traffic come from?

Set up and install Google Analytics on your site. Its free and give give you tons of information about your visitors.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 13th April 2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 701
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Ultimento?

Ultimento is very good. We use a highly customized version of Ultimento and we are very happy with it. Unlike many Magento themes it is coded for SEO and for speed with is very important with a...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 12th April 2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,746
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Magento Affiliate Extension

We use an affiliate extension for Magento Called Affiliate Plus. For the price it's a good deal and works as advertised. I researched this and it's probably the best affiliate extension available for...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th February 2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 29,989
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Do NOT use Magento for your Ecommerce site

Again more nonsense.....

Any complex software takes time to learn. It's amazing that some people don't want to invest the time to learn something and then claim "it sucks" or "its made to break". ...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 21st February 2013, 02:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 705
Posted By kjamesnv
Re: Google Shopping

No, With Google Product Listings (PLA) you do not bid on keywords like with Adwords. Its a different system entirely. Instead you bid on placements via data submitted in your product feed.
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