| 1:11 pm on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Before reading the list bullets I read the first sentence and last sentence. I found the first ten things that came to my mind in your list. I am sitting here pretending like I might compliment the list by offering something you missed and I'm coming up short. I will have to actually step back and brainstorm. Which I find quite nice, actually. Thanks for sharing your research!
| 2:49 pm on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)|
One of the groups of products I sell fits all of these exactly except "low dominance of existing competitors." The way I have gotten around that is to find/create a subniche. This group of products is what I expect to keep on selling indefinitely. They are all those things on your great list and for me, fun and interesting too.
One thing I think is ideal is the capacity to produce the widget yourself with little investment of materials or property, mostly just skill. Skill makes it difficult for others to make, and you don't have to worry much about the supply route or variations in currency when you make it yourself.
I think the idea of it being small and light is excellent and key for the future of increasing energy costs. Cool list!
| 5:56 pm on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Yeah, the 'small and light' part is where I blew it... Most of my stuff averages 60". Giant pain in the a**. But then, ten years ago I had no idea I'd be doing this full-time.
I would love to focus on just one segment of what I do, which is stuff that is much smaller and easier to make. But the profits are way lower. I'd have to sell 6 times the volume to be able to cut out the big stuff.
| 1:19 pm on Oct 30, 2011 (gmt 0)|
| 6:46 am on Nov 1, 2011 (gmt 0)|
"Future scope for further vertical integration."
Could someone explain this without using jargon, please.
| 10:05 am on Nov 1, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Vertical integration means going further down/up the supply chain. So maybe you start by drop shipping, then you start buying direct from the factory, then you build your own factory. Or you sell to other retailers, who then sell to the consumer. Eventually you cut out other retailers, and become the end retailer yourself.
| 11:37 am on Nov 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|Vertical integration means going further down/up the supply chain. |
To put it in simple terms: cut out some middle-men in the supply chain
| 4:21 pm on Nov 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Very insightful post! A similar post for intangibles, anyone?
| 2:37 pm on Nov 9, 2011 (gmt 0)|
I once heard David Lee, professor if International Business Strategy at SMU and author of numerous text books on strategy and competitive advantage summarize it this way:
"Sell stuff that people want to buy that no one else is selling."
Anyway, it's also good to remember that "stuff" can be an experience. Take Apple's products:
There were MP3 players before the iPod; there were smartphones before the iPhone (I still have a Palm Treo in one of my drawers around here somewhere); weren't there tablets before the first iPad?
| 3:35 pm on Nov 9, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Fantastic list. In fact, exactly what I was looking for right at the top!
| 11:25 pm on Nov 9, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Now all someone needs to do is find a light weight, high priced, non-fragile yet complex, high growth industry yet little risk of obseletion, product :P
Really, great list though. If a niche has many of those things (not necessarily all) it's probably going to do well.
| 2:29 am on Nov 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
How about making a list of niches/verticals that has many of the things from the above list?
Here is one: Web Hosting
PS: Note: it's not physical product :-)
| 3:01 am on Nov 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Web hosting is an extremely competitive service and suffers from a very high risk of obsolescence as more powerful servers, speed and technology come in apart from new versions of operating systems and cheaper bandwidth.
| 4:42 am on Nov 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Yes, web hosting is an extremely competitive service; but only if you want to compete. Else you can do hosting business as there is NO competition at all.
| 6:37 am on Nov 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
This bit of humor will likely get nuked... then again, perhaps not: as described list above screams razor blades or condoms... small, light, durable, easy to produce and ship, with a long shelf life. I've been looking for products like that for years!
Biggest problem is finding NEW PRODUCTS (there aren't any), which are not sad versions of what already exist, or do not have a higher cost/expense than existing inventories... said cost which kills potential profits.
| 11:04 am on Nov 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
No wonder I'm an online failure, I can only answer yes to a couple of those:-(
9. Applications in larger scale/commercial uses.
10. Target consumer groups are high net worth.
Saying that though it's a good list for those who don't actually want to do any work other than play about with computers all day long.
| 7:21 pm on Nov 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
A great list
I have designed and manufactured a physical product.
I saw a similar list a few years ago.
We scored 9 out of 10 for it.
But it has been very hard to generate good sales.