After many failed attempts I’ve found that it’s impossible for me to make money on the web with anything other than my hobby topics. Of course this has to do with the amount of time and effort I put into the topic, as well as personal knowledge.
Now I’m at a point where I want to diversify from my primary revenue streams, and spend more time selling merchandise related to one of my hobbies.
It a very niche topic, and as far as I can tell has very few direct competitors, although there are several large retailers who carry many of the same product lines.
I’m starting to think things through at the moment. As part of that I’m coming up with a list of features that I would appreciate when I’m buying these products.
In this niche the “height” of the widget is as important (or even more important) than the price. So I would like to see a storefront display that can easily list the product, price, and height in separate sortable columns. I’d also like to have other columns depending on the product line.
I’d like the ability to accept and create user reviews, as well as some sort of rating system.
I’d also like to publish guides and help articles.
I’d want to be able to offer “packages” of widgets that can be customized by the customers. (I’m thinking something along the lines of a build your own PC interface)
scope creep has already set in, here a few other bits of information
The ability to have multiple pictures per product
The ability to compare products (via checking boxes and pushing a compare button)
This is low-med volume with high price items.
I may want to integrate a few affiliate links to products in the beginning.
I think that I can talk my wife into letting me put away $10,000 to get me through the first 6 months or so. So while I can allocate money toward the software it would be coming out of my marketing budget.
I’d prefer something php/mysql based but have not ruled out anything yet.
Can someone offer input based on the above? Especially the multiple sortable columns and build your own package features.
Thanks in advance