So you want to start your own business selling products online? That’s great!
But where do you source products to sell? Where can you buy your products wholesale?
Today we will give you some information on where to go to get great deals on products that you can start selling right away.
Top 10 Places to Find Products to Sell Online
If you have no idea what to sell or where to start, then start here! These websites offer bulk deals on loads of different products, that you can re-sell for a product. Either buy direct, or make your own version!
1. AliExpress or Alibaba
AliExpress is a China-based company that essentially sells on behalf of many Chinese Companies. It has LOADS of choices of non-branded products such as:
It even has a ‘Best Sellers‘ section and a (a’hem) Adult section. So if you’re not sure on what to sell, it can give you a good idea of what products are selling well. Beware, though, sometimes it is difficult to communicate with the seller and products may not quite be what you had in mind. Do your research well and make sure if you are ordering a large quantity to order a ‘sample’ product so you know what you will be getting and to check quality control. Alibaba and AliExpress both have a user rating system, take the time to read reviews before purchasing.
Alibaba is like the older sister – this is where you get all the best deals – the catch is that you have to buy in bulk – usually fairly large orders. I would suggest first finding a product that you like on Aliexpress, then ordering a sample first. If you like the sample, then buy in bulk – that way you haven’t outlayed a huge amount of money for something that isn’t right.
The thing is, you can buy a product and then personalise it or ‘upscale it’ for your customers to it is unique!
Etsy is a great platform to sell handmade or unique products. But it is also great to get some ideas on what you might just like to sell. If you need something made, sewn, fashioned or designed, then Etsy is the place you need to go!
This is an Australian based site and they have a whole page dedicated to the products they sell wholesale.
The US Costco is fastly spreading across Australia. It is a great place to buy in bulk at a discounted price. Downside is you do need to purchase a yearly membership to shop there. Upside is that Costco isn’t everywhere – so you could pick up regular wholesale products and re-sell at a profit.
Light in the Box is very much like Aliexpress, however it does have a HUGE range of women’s fashion. I could spend years on their bridal section.
6. Try Affiliate Marketing (Selling Other People’s Products Without Needing Stock)
Affiliate Marketing is where you sell other people’s products – and take a cut! There is loads of information on how to do it – and it’s easy if you are savvy on a computer! Good Affiliate Marketing companies to sign up with (for free) include:
- Commission Factory (Australian Based)
- Share a Sale
- Rakuten Marketing
- Click Bank
- APD Performance
- Clix Galore
For more detail on how to do Affiliate Marketing, try the following articles:
7. Go to Trade Shows
Trade Shows are MADE for online retailers. You can find them everywhere, for every type of business. The good thing about them is that you can usually see products that haven’t hit the market yet, so you could be a supplier of the next big thing!
For a list of Trade Shows both in Australia and World Wide, Check out the following websites:
8. Buy Wholesale Lots
Search Ebay, The Trading Post, Gumtree and Grays Online and search for ‘Wholesale Lots’. This is a great way to get a lot of product for a great price! Of course, if you find a product you really like, just ask the retailer if you can purchase them wholesale – it alway pays to ask!
9. Check Out Wholesale Directories
There are many people in internet land that ‘Sell’ the directories for all the wholesalers and Drop Shippers. I have bought a few in my time. Sometimes they can be out of date (so check that!). Ones to try include:
10. Go Local
Where you live is always unique – so what can you source locally that other people might like? Try items like:
- Locally sourced produce (if selling locally)
- Skin Care
- Specialised Foods
As you can see there are pros and cons to using each supplier. It may be a matter of trial and error in using these suppliers until you have found the one that works best for your online business.
Other Things to Consider When Choosing a Product to Sell
It is important to really think about what you would like to sell. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the fragile or hard to post or ship?
- How many products will you have?
- Will it require specialised packaging?
- How heavy will it be – will the postage be expensive?
- Is it a physical item, service or digital product?
- How large is it? Again will the postage be expensive due to the size?
- How many other people are selling exactly the same thing? Can you match their price?
- Will you ship internationally? Are there special rules on mailing your item?
Selling your own or other people’s products can be very lucrative, but take the time to answer the above questions before you start!
Good products to sell are:
- Light and easy to post
- Unique to you and your online store
- Selling between $10 – $200 – which is the ‘sweet spot’ for online shopping pricing
- Not seasonal
- Consumable – so the customer has to come back for more
- In demand
What is Drop Shipping??? (see also Wholesale Retailers)
If you want to start an online business selling goods, but don’t have a lot of room for stock, nor much money to buy stock, I suggest you try Drop Shipping. Drop Shipping is where you advertise a product, sell the product to the consumer, then the supplier delivers the goods directly to the consumer. You don’t need to mail it out or worry about shipping and can just take the cut of the profit. As easy as this sounds, be careful. Choose companies with a good reputation that have previous experience in Drop Shipping. You don’t want to sell a product to your customers and not have the item arrive, nor do you want to work with a company that may offer comparable rates but are very difficult to communicate with.
Companies that offer Drop Shipping include:
- Doba (a Directory that matches suppliers with sellers)
Inexpensive Website Platforms to Start Your Own Site
Selling your product could be as easy as starting your own Facebook Page. Ebay is a really great option as it costs little to set up a shop and you have facilities such as Paypal attached so consumers feel safe to purchase through a reputable site. Start small with little cost and build up your brand and reputation first! If your selling goes really well, consider starting your own website! You can sell your own products, or someone else’s. There is also a concept called ‘Affiliate Marketing’ which is a great way to promote products you love, without having the trouble of buying them to re-sell! You can even just sell them on your own personal Facebook Page! The beauty of having your own business is that YOU can choose what you sell; products YOU are passionate about or find useful, services YOU find reliable and promote other products and businesses that YOU think show integrity and value.
Options for Selling Platforms Include: