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how do you sell items you did not create on a website?

im starting a website that will have some affiliate links on it, but i know that is not always a valid income. the site is dedicated to local metal bands and advice columns for them. i was wondering how some sites sell/distribute merchandise, clothing etc. anything that is not necessarily made by them or their own they have to stockpile merch in their own house then sell it or how does it work? i would like to add a section to the site for ppl to buy band merchandise

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Asked by moki1984 at 4:25 PM on Sep. 22, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • The product material like t'shirts and headbands, or cigarette cases with logos you could open up a page on your own, which is going to be expensive for the page itself, so what most people end up doing to save money is Ebay and it's better for you to start with a low expense / high profit first step forward. You won't own it , and you are kind of just paying a fee as where owning your page you need to keep a monthly expense account as a standard. This way you can open, and close as much as you need with no minimum spending fee. Ebay will allow you to have one time, or 1,000 items. Pay-pal is a good way for customers to buy safely with no hacking.

    Answer by coffeeyum at 4:32 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • Online businesses are run just like a brick and mortar store. They buy the merchandice wholesale and have it in inventory OR they use a drop shipper. Drop shippers are basically companies that work like a wholesaler, but they will let you buy the items you need when you sell it and mail it to the customer for you. You charge the retail price but pay the dropshipper the wholesale price. However, there are so many fake dropshippers were the products sell for retail for a lot less, meaning you have too many competitors selling it cheaper. And these dropshippers generally charge you a fee to join or monthly fee....pretty much any of those are garbage. A genuine wholesaler/dropshipper will require your businesses Tax ID and you'll have a minimum order requirement.

    BUT, if you are selling merchandise with logos of the bands and such your site will be promoting there is a better option for you. CONTINUED...

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 4:43 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • ....You can look into opening a store with a site called you upload the images you want and you can offer them on different style shirts, mugs, hats, baby onsies, mouse pads, and tons else. It can be a good option if you need specific logo items created and don't have the funds to buy equipment or hire a company that requires you to pre-buy.

    I know there are several similiar sites out there for making shirts and logo items and cafepress and these sites work like a dropshipper. You upload the designs and set the price, a customer goes to your store and buys an item, cafepress makes it and sends it to them, cafepress then sends you your share. Their prices are a little high, so profit isn't as great.

    You could always buy a YUDU machine, make screens and print your own, or buy a professional press and find a place that makes transfers and put them on yourself

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 4:47 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

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