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How do I deal with massive shipping costs?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by MegaD8, May 6, 2017.

  1. MegaD8

    MegaD8 Newbie

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    Hello,

    Here's the thing, I've partnered with a manufacturer that is currently based in the United Kingdom (I'm in Canada) to sell fashion-related items. I don't think I'll have any problems selling to people in the U.K and in Europe since shipping costs are very low. However, they charge a massive 40$ USD to ship to any other countries such as the U.S and Canada and another 50$ for very distant countries like Australia.

    Should I give up trying to sell to those people? I've clearly specified the shipping costs on my website but I doubt that is gonna make a difference. I've thought about increasing all of my product's prices but quickly realized that would be ridiculous especially for a newly established brand with little to no recognition.

    For those who want to know, my prices go from 30 to 120$ CAD.

    I can barely make any profit from a sale (around 10$) so I feel kinda stuck. If someone in e-commerce has already faced that sort of issue, I would greatly appreciate any help and advice.

    Thank you!
     
  2. amazzy

    amazzy Registered Member

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    cost doesn't matter really just relative cost. Can people get your product or something similar on this side of the pond for less ?
     
  3. sweemoo

    sweemoo Registered Member

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    Gotta buy in bulk, its because of customs probably. Get a big shipment and it will lower your shipping cost per item.
     
  4. MegaD8

    MegaD8 Newbie

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    I've done a bit of a market research before starting the website and noticed that very few people were actually selling the item and in most cases, the competitor's websites appeared rushed and sold bunch of other products. I decided to focus on my niche with my store. My manufacturer also does not sell to actual customers so that helped increase the scarcity of the items I'm selling.