New to SaleHoo - need advice on starting out

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a41ramo
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30 Jan 10 02:45:48 am
Hello,

A very quick 'About me':
I am obviously fairly new here and looking to transfer from selling affiliate forex products to selling tangible goods. I have been on eBay since 2000 and have sold quite a bit of stuff from around home but little of products I have purchased with the intention to sell. I graduated a year ago from college with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting but still work in retail management because of an obvious lack of employment opportunities. I am looking to start small, with around $500 due to my recent heaping pile of medical bills that fell on my lap.

I am contemplating purchasing from liquidation.com and also using Terapeak to attempt to increase sales on eBay. I wanted advice on if liquidation.com is a good place to start and also if Craigslist is a possible avenue as well. I am not too picky about what I sell - I am extremely interested in electronics/computers but have read that it is not a good place to start. Also, would eventually purchasing wholesale computer parts and building computers to sell be a good idea?

Thanks in advance for everyone's help!

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fudjj
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30 Jan 10 03:00:29 am
Hi a4, and welcome to the site.

There is quite a lot of information regarding liquidation.com in the forum, so I won't go into to much about them here, but please do a forum search and I'm sure you will find all the answers to every question you have about them, and then some.

Tearpeak is fast becoming an absolute must have tool for marketing products on ebay, extremely useful tool to have.

Quite a few avenues to market your products online, and Craigslist is definitely an option you should consider in the mix. I'm sure you'll find plenty here that use the service, among other avenues to increase their market reach.

Regarding buy computers wholesale, that's probably a question a tool like Terapeak could answer better. It would all come down to the price you could source them for, your competition, regular market forces that play out, really a whole host of things.

It's good that you have an area of focus, all you need to do is the research to establish whether or not the avenue is going to be a viable one for you, or what you have to do to make it viable.

Cheers


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a41ramo
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30 Jan 10 03:02:08 am
Thanks for the quick reply and information!

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a41ramo
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30 Jan 10 03:53:43 am
So, I am exploring a different avenue that I have been interested in (for some odd reason) for quite some time. I would like to start a business supplying all kinds of packaging/printing/labeling included, but not limited to: boxes, mailers, printer ink, blank cd/dvd labels, blank shipping labels, etc.

I have been looking recently at aliexpress.com (an alibaba site) since it seems somewhat more trustworthy than dealing directly with a supplier off alibaba.com. I know most packaging boxes/labels are made in China but I could not find one product that would be profitable due to the extreme costs of shipping they charge. Is there a US supplier that anyone knows of or should I look more into importing from scam-ridden China?

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4 Feb 10 01:25:36 am
Hi a41ramo,

Welcome to SaleHoo!

The following US based wholesalers may be worth a look:

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Should you use any one of these suppliers, please let us know how you get on by adding your review on the supplier profile page. Thanks.

All the best!


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grace-salehoo
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4 Feb 10 05:08:55 am
Chinese suppliers aren't really that bad! In fact, the general experience has definitely improved over the past few years. I know a number of people who have used Alibaba to buy goods from Chinese companies, and all have gone smoothly. Mind you, for their first order, these people did keep in almost daily contact with their suppliers from the time of the order to the time it was loaded onto the boat. The supplier even sent photos of the goods being packed up, and then being loaded onto the boat.

I think China would be worth the risk. However, there is a difference between taking an 'educated' risk and just naively barreling on in. Read as much as you can, order a sample, and do a small order at first just to get a feel for things. If you have the patience, I'm sure you'll reap the rewards.


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28 Oct 10 12:53:24 am
Hi A41ramo,

Titan Liquidation, one of our suppliers who can provide products through liquidation, shared this very informative post. If you haven't yet, have a read at Link hidden: Login to view

Cheers! :)


Irene

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