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I am planning to sell only manufacturers' goods and only via drop shipping until there is enough volume to warrant stocking directly from manufacturers.
My situation ended very badly, So. California wildfire reduced the warehouse and many thousands of dollars of content to ash overnight. I was left holding a big fat credit card bill (and I mean HUGE) with suddenly no income from the site, and an insurance company dragging their feet at a glacial pace. Not fun.
Stocking is a bad idea, that's when things go to hell.
so who are we keeping on top of?
So I have to be a writer as well?
I don't have writing skills and TBH, I am not inclined to spend most of my day or a large part of it, writing text to tempt people into buying products. I am not salesperson-ish person.
I am sick and tired of companies who send me marketing emails or newsletters every so often, especially those who do not explicitly offer me the option to receive this stuff or not.
I am not salesperson-ish person.
[edited by: lorax at 10:00 pm (utc) on Dec 19, 2011]
What I have difficulty with is thinking up new ways to say the same thing for hundreds or thousands of products on a regular basis, many of which don't need any augmentation or "selling".
[edited by: lorax at 10:02 pm (utc) on Dec 19, 2011]
if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all
similar experience on people to ... iphone and ipad - they didn't know they wanted one until they saw it.
especially those who do not explicitly offer me the option to receive this stuff or not
Not only have you not added anything worthwhile to my topic with your posts, you haven't bothered to consider answering or engaging in the question I posed, which reveals what your true motivation is with your posts.
You are not a representative sample of your customers. Sending emails and newsletters will increase sales, without regard to how you feel about it.
I would never - ever- provide my personal contact information in exchange for a white paper. Yet I make my living from people that do. Me <> my customers.
Incredibill has extensive experience retailing extremely competitive products against large retailers. I have similiar experiences.