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Scientific Calculator - Monday Market of the Week

A few months back we featured calculators as a good niche to invest in and this week our SaleHoo Research Lab has shown us a related product that will do just as well – the scientific calculator. You might be wondering about the difference between a scientific calculator and a regular calculator. The main difference is in the functionality and the advanced calculations it allows the user to make. Scientific calculators also have a higher price point than regular calculators.

Let’s take a closer look and see just how promising scientific calculators really are!

Sell-through Rate: Did you really find a hot niche?

As February 2012, scientific calculators have a sell-through rate of 50.14%.

Remember that the sell-through rate is one of the key indicators of a good niche. Ideally it is best to look for products that have a sell-through rate of at least 50% .

Median End Price: Is there enough room for profit?

Based on all the completed sales on eBay for scientific calculators the median end price is $35.74.  Please note that the median end prices on eBay can be ambiguous because the median end price is for all listings for scientific calculators which can include bulk listings that sell two or more scientific calculators in a single listing which can skew data.

To cite a more concrete comparison of current eBay listings to prices available through one of our featured suppliers, I found a listing on eBay for a Casio scientific calculator for only $15.13 and I was able to find the exact same model being sold by one of our featured suppliers for only $10.75

Total Listings, Total Bids and Total Sellers: How viable is your market?

Currently the total number of bids for scientific calculators is 11,208 which is a good indicator that you have a potential market!

Your market looks even more promising when you check the total number of live listings – there are only 4,487 listings made by roughly the same number of sellers.

Data Trends: Are sellers hitting their target?

As of February 2nd, sellers of scientific calculators earned a total of $7,536.22 which was the highest for the entire 30 day period featured by the SaleHoo Research Lab. On most regular days sellers are making a total of not less than $3000. So is there money being made? Definitely!

Going beyond eBay: How popular are scientific calculators online?

After finding a niche, I usually do some simple keyword research on Traffic Travis to see if there is a viable amount of traffic outside eBay which can be directed to one’s listings and/or online store .

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What do these numbers mean?

Based on the result of our keyword research, we can see that there is a decent amount of searches made online for scientific calculators. There are currently 246,000 searches made globally and around 165,000 searches made in the US alone.

These numbers show us more or less the potential amount of traffic we can pull to our listings.

Trusted scientific calculators’ wholesale suppliers

Scientific calculator supplier #1

They are UK's leading online distributor of consumer products. They accept most major credit cards and PayPal. Drop shipping is available for a £40 one off fee.

View their SaleHoo listing (requires SaleHoo account)

Scientific calculator supplier #2

Based in the US, they offer new and overstock safety, health, and other science related products. They stock over 3,000 different products and provide an extended product drop ship service with access to 180,000 additional products. They accept credit cards - MasterCard, Visa and American Express. They can ship to most countries worldwide.

View their SaleHoo listing (requires SaleHoo account)

Scientific calculator supplier #3

Based in Hong Kong, they specialize in designing and manufacturing calculators, like pocket calculators, desktop calculators, talking calculators and scientific calculators. They also manufacture other electronic products such as timers, games and watches. They carry three brands namely "ISA", "KADIO" and "TAKSUN" targeting high-end, middle range and mass market respectively.

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Scientific calculator supplier #4

A premiere online wholesaler and closeout company that helps small businesses to compete against larger enterprises by offering more than 25,000 high-quality goods at great prices. Minimum order is only a single case of any product. They sell their merchandise by the case and price their goods by the truckload. They accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal and Google Checkout payments. They offer a paid membership option, the Platinum Program, providing additional offers and discounts not available to most members. They can drop ship a case of any product, however, they do not private label their packages or blind ship. International orders can be arranged.

View their SaleHoo listing  (requires SaleHoo account)

To access our list of scientific calculator’s wholesale suppliers and take advantage of SaleHoo’s Research Lab mentioned above, sign up as a SaleHoo member now. 

Inside you will get access to over 8000 suppliers, comprehensive training to help you find the best products to sell online and access to our members only forum full of tips and secrets from other members (including eBay Powersellers) to help you make money online. Join SaleHoo today

See you next Monday!


Disclaimer: The information published here is strictly for informational purposes. All above product items are only suggestions for possible products which will sell favorably, and should be used as a guide only. At the time of writing, all above products were researched using methods recommend by SaleHoo and found to be potentially profitable for sellers. All sellers are encouraged to conduct their own market and product research.


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jerome mallory on 3:10 15 Apr
Thanks for the info.
Richelle Monfort on 3:09 17 Apr
You're welcome, Jerome :)


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