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Selling Aliexpress products at local markets? Your thoughts/experiences.

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by ThisVestMint, May 30, 2017.

  1. ThisVestMint

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    I had an idea a few months ago to sell some aliexpress products at local markets every weekend or so.

    I would invest about €500 to get a decent amount of products.

    I was wondering if anyone had experience in this or had any thought on this as a method to make a bit of cash to reinvest in other pursuits. I would basically fill my car with the stuff I need and drive to some good markets that are on.

    I understand that the long shipping times would slow me down in reordering stock but I cant see it as much of a problem.
     
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    I currently sell on Facebook in my country.
    I buy from AliExpress and make the delivery at selected places or by post
     
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    I saw someone doing this with fidget spinners. They also brought a tiny puppy to attract kids and then got them to beg their parents to buy them a spinner.
     
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    Ah nice thats a pretty similar concept considering you are physically handling the products. How do you find it?
     
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    Damn I need to think of some bait...
     
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    Why Aliexpress and not a manufacturer?

    If you're buying €500 of products, then why would you not pay for expedited shipping (several days) with a courier?
     
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    Maybe your could get a Third Party shipper to do shipping for you. Sometimes I get my products shipped down in 48 hours
     
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    Markets would be a great way to advertise your FB page locally.
     
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    I guess manufacturers from china have a minimum order quantity.
    So if you wanna mix and match aliexpress is the best . For example . LEts say you need 10 pieces of every design in fidget spinner. Most of the manufacturer have MOQ 100 . So aliexpress i best way to go. Also goods will come as courier and you do not have to worry about custom clearance and paperwork.


    Expedited shipping from china is expensive.around 5$ per pound on average
     
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    I was at a big flea market in Daytona Beach the other week. Hundreds of vendors. 75% of them appeared to be flipping items from china/aliexpress with nice markup. The other 25% were homemade/antiques/junk. Similar situation in shopping malls.
    Check your local venues and see what people are doing maybe talk to a few vendors. They're usually candid.
     
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    i would be buying a variety
    I wouldn't contact a manufacturer as I would be using multiple different ones for different products. I also probably wouldn't meet their min order requirements. Sorry if i was being vague, my €500 would be spread across multiple different products/manufactures so aliexpress makes this eaiser. As for expedited shipping I will definitely look into this. Thanks!
     
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    vape and ejuice type shit is 2x more expensive here in India compared to aliexpress.

    i migt test this out, order ecigs from aliexpress and sell it offline
     
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    Thats what I was thinking! I would be handing out my business card with my shopify website that has the products on show and much more.
     
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    Be careful with your payment method if you do this. A lot of merchants restrict e-cigarettes or require pre-approval.
     
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    I wonder how many of them bought their products locally from a middleman at what appeared to be "wholesale". Could be wrong though;)
     
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    selling domestically isn't that problematic as long as I sell within India. tons fo ways to get paid. and if selling offline gettig paid in cash is always an option.
     
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    Ha thats awesome bro im in Tampa didnt know you're in FL.
    And you're 100% right, I used to have kiosks in mall.

    But guys, these business are hard to scale remember that.
    and you're not in ONLINE BIZ anymore, you're doing retail.
    Bottom line -
    I would take an online business over an offline business any day of the week.
    And dont get me wrong, I have an offline business as well, I would recommend to do BOTH, until your online business takes off in a way that you wont need the offline one anymore.
     
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    good points
    my girlfriend bought some stuff and each vendor had a business card that linked to their ecommerce shop and social signals.
    you can always hire an employee to sit behind a cash register for 10 hours for you. but everyone i talked to working seemed to be the owner doing it with their wife/family.
     
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    I'll tell you why their doing it by themselves
    Because even if you pay some college kid 10$/hr
    Its still $2-3,000 a month in expenses that you add to your business
    And these kiosks' gross isn't that high usually
    The only way to make money with kiosks or little carts selling cheap items is if you have 10-20 of these in different malls, that way youll start seeing some big money
    but thats a shit-load of work
     
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