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  1. Xolorr

    EXECUTION From Drop-shipping Wantrepreneur to Fastlane

    Hey Fastlane fam. Here's my progress thread/brain dump diary for my future business & life. I'm writing this to help clarify what I actually want to do and how I'm going to achieve it, as well as to gain insight and advice from everyone on the forum! Any criticism is wanted please, I believe...
  2. LPPC

    How much inspection costs when importing?

    Hey guys, I would appreciate a little help from you guys with some experience in importing. I want to go travel but still be able to import products to the Netherlands from China while traveling and I'm wondering whether that is possible for me. The thing that determines that is mostly how much...
  3. Penguin

    Can Dropshippers Add Value To Customers?

    (Forgive me if this is not in the right area of the forum) For current dropshippers (Please don't state your niche that is not what I want to know) have you been able to add value in your niche/field you are in (what kind of value)? Or do you simple just do what everyone else does? Is this a...
  4. Arun Siva

    A primer in dealing with your supplier BEFORE and AFTER the Chinese New Year

    With the Chinese New Year (CNY) passing, a lot of you ecommerce sourcers may have been struggling with communication and or production of your goods to be sourced from overseas on time. Here is something to consider..... Westerners return from...
  5. Matt Hugh

    EXECUTION Matt's Progress Thread

    What I am doing? What value am I offering? Helping physical product businesses increase net profit by bringing their products to a wider market and new sales channels via ecommerce. Initial Process - Researching small businesses in Australia, US and Canada who might have physical products and...
  6. Globe-Al

    Warehouse or other options like flow.space?

    I finally have found sources for the materials needed for my product and I have been looking around at my options for storing them. I came across the site for custom warehouse and fullment needs. Flowspace is AWS for warehouses I’ve submitted for quote and was curious if anyone else has used...
  7. MoneyDoc

    For those that use Alibaba Trade Assurance

    Hey guys. Hope everyone is doing well. I know there's a lot of fastlaners that use alibaba for their businesses. I can imagine a lot of you use trade assurance as well, because it's 100% safe right? Well, no, it's not. As @Walter Hay mentions, there's A LOT of loopholes in the system and they...
  8. StevieB

    HOT TOPIC Sourcing from China is old news, Vietnam new news?

    I have a lot of contants telling me that Vietnam is the better sourcing these days than China. Anyone have experience with this? I did some brief research and it does seem Vietnam is an up and coming power house. Trump is actually visiting there soon. Just curious if anyone knew anything about...
  9. amp0193

    Manufacturing in Mexico - Pros/Cons

    With the on-set of environmental shutdowns and rising labor and raw material costs in China, it's got me thinking about manufacturing elsewhere. Does anyone here know someone who has ever imported/manufactured in Mexico? The challenges seem like they would be mostly upfront: Finding a...
  10. Jamie T

    EXECUTION eCommerce Success - Three Years on the Fastlane Forum

    Tomorrow I'll be making my second guest speaking appearance for a college class. As I wrote the outline for what I'm going to talk about, I realized that there are many lessons, good and bad, that others can learn from here at the forum too. On October 25th, it'll be my three year anniversary...
  11. MitchM

    How can I make sure I don't get screwed over when my supplier handles shipping?

    So I am making my first order right now and I am trying to get shipping sorted out for the end of this month. The Shipment: 17kgs/ctn 30pcs/ctn 50ctns in total Size: 28x40x36cm My supplier in Shanghai has quoted me $2600 for air freight to an airport near me. At $3.05 per/kg this seems...
  12. AG356

    GOLD! So you want to know the EXACT steps on how to import and sell products on Amazon? Here you go:

    Alright, so I have no idea how to start this thread so I will just hop right into the process without much background information. It’s a long yet detailed read, so if you’re just about to start your importing/ecommerce business you might get some valuable lessons out of it or at least I hope...
  13. AgainstAllOdds

    Importing? Here's an easy way to manage your supply chain:

    I started importing a lot and had problems organizing what I'm importing, when it's supposed to be completed, delivered, etc. After looking for solutions, I found a really simple and free one: Trello Trello lets you create "boards". It's amazing for managing remote teams, thoughts, your...
  14. needchaser

    Canton Fair Referral (Possibly make some easy money if you've been to the Canton fair before)

    I'm planning on going to the Canton Fair in the Fall of this year and on the registration page I see that people who were signed up as previous buyers can get a referral commission for referring a new buyer. I know members on here have attended in the past and figured I'd give someone a chance...
  15. RisingStars

    How do I turn my product into a REAL brand?

    Dear fellow Fastlaners, I would like to keep the introduction as short as possible basically I started into self-employment right out of high school. Always did some part side hustles on the side while in school so it made sense to me to skip college and focus on my own ventures. Thanks, @MJ...
  16. undertheradar

    EXECUTION From Lurking to Doing (Private Label)

    Hi guys, I have been lurking here for about 2 years. Have always had that "entrepreneurial" spirit and by that I guess it means I get a rush from making a buck out of "nothing", just as much as I hate working for a boss. My mindset has already shifted away from making a buck to creating value...
  17. eTox

    So I've dabbled...

    I would like to ask you guys what would you do next. Your opinions matter as I am completely lost at the moment and would like some guidance from the people here. Since I've joined the forum I've done several things related to e-commerce but now I am puzzled as what to do next. From the time...
  18. TKDTyler

    NOTABLE! $120k in Debt and Gambled With My Life Savings

    What would you do if I told you a way to shift the house odds into your favor? What if I told you that you could get a 100% ROI within a month or two? How much would you invest if you knew that even when everything goes wrong, you could still walk out of the casino ahead? I am $120,000 in...
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