How to Source the Best Products to Sell on Amazon

  • Able to pull a consistent stream of customers — is it something that you know people will use for the next year? Or is it only a hit for a specific season or holiday?
  • Small and easy enough to pick up — remember that bulky and heavy items will cost higher shipping rates and complicated return and storage conditions.
  • Able to sell twice as much as its buy price — you want a product that buyers can’t easily find anywhere. For this, you’ll have the luxury to double its buy cost.
  • Not trademarked or sold on big shopping outlets — you don’t want to get tangled with complaints from manufacturers who don’t want their products sold on Amazon or any online websites. In the same way, it’s also unwise to sell products that shoppers can conveniently pick up when they go to Target or Walmart.
  • Amazonbefore you look far, make sure to do your research on Amazon. It will give you an idea as to how other sellers are presenting their products and what makes customers go for these items.
  • Alibabathis website is a goldmine for online sellers. It gives you the convenience of checking out overseas suppliers so you can do a canvass of the best prices.
  • eBay — eBay may be a competition of Amazon in online shopping but it can prove to be a useful tool for your research. It is the best place to investigate the most ideal prices and volume that you can sell your products for.
  • Etsy — not many people have yet to discover the shopping perks of Etsy. This means if you want the products imported, Etsy is a good place to look.
  • Use appropriate filters when searching in Alibaba — make sure to tick the Gold Suppliers and Assessed Supplier in your search.
  • Message the suppliers — let them know that you are starting a business and are interested to know their price list. Ask if they can send you samples of the said product. You don’t have to go into the specifics of your business. Just give them a general idea of your needs.
  • Decide as soon as you can — you should hear from the suppliers within 24 hours. Filter out the ones who take a longer time to respond. You wouldn’t want slow communication to be a part of your future supplier relationship. Narrow in on the one with the most comprehensive and useful response. Their replies should include the product specs, the complete price list, and the answers to your questions. Make it clear that there are no hidden fees. Communicating with various suppliers will give you a feel of which one is easier to work with.

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