While many online sellers find their inventory at thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, or retail stores, some have expressed an interest in buying ecommerce-friendly products directly from suppliers. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
There aren't many thrift stores in my area so it is hard to find inventory.
Thrift stores in my area have really high prices, so it is hard to make a profit.
I have health issues and either don't feel well or am physically unable to get out and shop for inventory.
I'm a caregiver and can't leave home to source products.
I am already working full-time and there isn't time to shop locally for inventory.
I'm in a rural area and it is too time-consuming to drive around looking for products.
Yard sales and estate sales shut down in my part of the country for the long winter and I can't find inventory locally.
I'd like to go to a trade show and find suppliers, but the trip is outside of my budget.
I'm a stay at home parent and it is difficult to shop for inventory because the kids are always with me.
I've been hearing these kinds of comments from resellers for several years and have come up with a solution. I have put together 3 supplier directories, each with 100 companies suited to work with resellers. Even better, each company:
Is located in the USA. You won't have to worry about knowing how to import from China or pay high shipping or import fees. The website, phone number, and physical address is listed for each company. (No P.O. boxes.)
Offers Eco-friendly, all-natural, organic, non-GMO, non-toxic, or cruelty-free products. These companies operate with high ethical standards and are trying to do right by the earth, animals, and people. Many products are grown on sustainable farms.You can feel good about what you are selling, the effect the product has on the environment, and the people involved in making it.
Produces consumable products. Not only is this good for the environment because products get used up rather than end up in a landfill, but it is good for business because you can create a stream of repeat customers. To take it a step further, the products are suited for resellers with respect to ease of shipping and storage space.
Produces products that are compatible with what I teach in The ABCs of Selling Groceries on Amazon. Remember, health and beauty and pet products are groceries, too.
Makes products that are desired by consumers at this time. This is a current list and will be maintained and updated annually, so no matter when you purchase, the information will be current.
Has a reseller, wholesale, or bulk buying program. This is not a list of wholesalers who offer thousands of products. These are small to medium-sized companies who are set up to work with resellers on a smaller scale. Most minimum purchases are less than $100. Some offer dropshipping as well.
Is operated by entrepreneurs just like you, so you will be supporting small businesses. These suppliers need resellers, and resellers need product. It is a win-win.
I've done a lot of the work for you - researching these companies, selecting the ones whose products are the best fit for an online reseller, and putting it all together in a handy document. Your job will be to visit the company websites, research the products, and determine what products are best for your unique business.
There are 3 directories each with 100 companies in the popular categories of grocery and gourmet food, health and beauty, and pet products.
Each directory is $19, or get all 3 for a reduced price of $45. All are instant downloads.