I know most people on here know me for owning growmyinsta but I wanted to share something with you guys that I've been messing with as a side project. Overview: - A lot of my fellow SEO colleagues/Social Media client have gotten out of their particular market over the last year and moved on to opening an Amazon store and making a bank. - Amazon offers a program called FBA, or, Fullfillment By Amazon (some of you already know this). All you have to do is send your product to an Amazon shipping center, and Amazon will source, ship and deliver ALL of your products. - This basically means drop shipping but with much better margins, much easier to set up AND you get to sell through the Amazon fulfillment engine (aka in the Amazon store that MARKETS itself). - Using websites like DH Gate you can find goods in large bulk for ridiculous cheap (and pretty damn good quality too) and have them shipped to you. Then, you send them to Amazon who manages inventory for you. All you have to do is go out and market your Amazon store. - So, knowing what I know about marketing, I decided I had to give it a shot. I 100% plan on sharing the entire journey with you guys, even if I fail miserably (hopefully you can learn from my mistakes). Here's what I've done so far: 1. Hunted for a product to sell, I did A LOT of research on this because I know that your niche is more than half of the battle. I read a lot of blogs and podcasts that pretty much told me this: a. Make sure the product is small and light. That makes it easier and cheaper to ship. b. Make sure the product doesn't require assembly or complicated parts. The more complicated the product (i.e. a baby stroller) the higher the quality needs to be. Don't forget that people can return items and really fuck you over with bad reviews. c. Bad reviews will kill you, good ones will make you (you can't be successful without good reviews). I ended up settling on a small/unisex bag. Here's why: aa. They're small, easy to make, easy to get good quality, high search demand and relatively un competitive. ab. I'm part of the basement/waveygarms group on Facebook (250,000+ group), so when it comes to marketing the product, I'll be able to guest post on major sites and stuff. ac. They're easy to "white label". In other words, you can easily slap your logo on them and build your own brand. 2. Found the product and got samples: - I went to DH Gate and searched for reputable vendors (filtered by reviews, etc). I found dozens of suppliers who created the exact bag I was looking for. I sent them all messages and asked for samples. - They were SUPER responsive and spoke perfect English (even though they're in China). - I ordered a handful of samples from 4 vendors and they just got here today (took about 4 days). - I plan to brand the namnd create my own line of "premium" messenger bag, targeting people who wear Nike, Adidas, Puma (sport brands), etc. I plan to record ALL of this journey for you guys - I want as many people to follow along too.