Even as far back as ancient times, shopping was never quite the buzzword for men as it was for women. The primitive-communal setup of our ancestors developed women as meticulous gatherers, while men were trained to be skilled hunters. Women had to be conscientious not to pick the wrong berries, as they might poison the whole group.
Men, on the other hand, needed to act quickly or their kill might duck away. This ancestral imprint gives us a clue as to why women tend to shop more than men. But, just as they aggressively targeted their prey during primitive times, modern men don't really shop, they just buy. That Cro-Magnon, fast-twitch, impulsive hunting instinct has translated into simple impulse buying in the age of information.
That's the exact reason why online shopping for men has been driving the world of e-commerce to greater heights. In a recent study involving 19 million affluent men who shop online, results revealed that 70 percent of men do the majority of their purchasing on the Internet. Not only that, but 25 percent of those who have were surveyed make weekly purchases, which proves that men can be a very profitable audience when it comes to e-commerce and dropshipping.
Creating your own online store for men could be a very financially rewarding endeavor. However, deciding what items to sell could be a challenge, especially if you don't have any ideas about the items men commonly buy, or those that carry decent profit margins.
When starting an online shopping business for men exclusively, you don't have to sell the things that everybody else is selling. Neither do you want to sell items that no one wants to buy. Instead, you want to play in a field where the competition is low, but the demand is consistent.
Here are the 10 items you should consider selling that men buy consistently, but aren't carried by that many online sellers.
Most men need to get out of the house on a pretty consistent basis. If they aren't much for yardwork, then mountain hiking and long distance trekking are healthy alternatives. Funny how active men will choose to do adrenalin-pumping outdoors activities for hours, but they don't much feel like scouring for quality backpacks in shopping malls. What's more, the outdoors adventuring niche is filled with passionate buyers.
Men want to keep everything in one place, including their car maintenance tools. However, not all men's online stores today offer toolboxes for their audience. You can start your e-commerce business by selling toolboxes, and later expand your sales to car maintenance tools for bigger market opportunities.
The aftermarket for motorcycle helmets and accessories is very profitable. Major helmet brands offer different helmet types, such as modular, dual sports, half, and full-face helmets, and can also dropship the items straight to your customers. This is a great option, as it taps into a popular niche and serves a dual purpose of being functional and stylish.
Try selling trusted hand and power tool brands, such as Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch and Delaware, and you will notice how sparse the competition in selling these items online. According the data in the SaleHoo Research Lab, the competition rating for power tools is extremely low while the successful sales rate is over 40 percent!
Everyone needs them, but many men feel outright silly buying lotions, scrubs, and the like in public. By selling such items on the Internet, you are not only increasing your chances of sales, you are also helping those men who fear they will be seen as vain or feminine by their bearded brethren.
Although there are already a lot of e-commerce sites selling almost every kind of shoe imaginable, there are still a lot more men searching the Internet for the perfect pair of footwear. You definitely don't want to join in the competition and just be another face in the crowd.
You can create your own niche by trying to sell one specialty shoes at a time. Become a niche authority on a certain type of shoe, like running, soccer, or basketball. Specializing in certain categories gives you all sorts of interesting content marketing opportunities. You don't need to add to the chaos of competing online men shoes' stores, what you need is to cut through the noise and be a different voice.
An increasing number of men are now choosing e-cigarettes over conventional ones due to the absence of tar. This is a great option because the number of accessories makes cross-selling easy. These items are also perfect for gifts, and so selling them online could mean loads of bucks.
Brand-name watches, such as Piguet, Rolex, Concord, Accutron and Chopard, have among the largest numbers of bids on eBay and on several other online selling sites. It stands to reason, then, that looking for a trusted supplier to provide you with these items could be a great opportunity for income. Brand-name watches such as these provide enough room for profit. Plus, you get fewer listings than bids, which means the probability of purchase is high enough.
Because electronic gaming products are already a popular item for many online selling sites, including it in your roster might not be an excellent idea. For you to stand out in the stiff competition of electronic gaming products, you can side-step a little bit and instead sell some gaming accessories that are sure to captivate your male audience.
Although mobile phones and other gadgets come with earphones as an accessory, men are searching for earphones for a variety of reasons. Maybe they are looking for style that fits their taste, activities, and lifestyles, or maybe they want to keep another pair on hand, or they are looking for the best possible sound experience. It doesn't help that earphones are constantly prone to getting lost. Whatever the case may be, they are a great item for your men's online store, as the success rate for selling this product is surprisingly high.
Do you have any product in mind that you think would be a great hit for your men's online shopping store? Tell us more about it in the comments section.