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How many stores do you have now? And how long did it take you to attain consistency with it?
I really just have one main brand and two stores with this brand.

I have an additional store that I'm relaunching next year.
 

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I really just have one main brand and two stores with this brand.

I have an additional store that I'm relaunching next year.
What do you suggest when choosing a niche to brand around? My current niche, couples and relationship accessories like bracelets, shirts, etc., turned out to be a little seasonal, mostly selling in Jan-Feb time (6 figures in sales during this time). I really wanted something that would be consistent year-round but I feel stuck with this store now.

Is there anything you can recommend? Would really appreciate it.
 

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Hello @biophase, thank you very much for your great effort on this thread. Here is a question, did you have any experience on working with manufactures from 1688.com? I prefer not to work through sourcing agent, but have concern about the scams.
 

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Alot has changed since my Ask me about Ecommerce AMA from 2012, so I thought I'd do an updated AMA as some of the answers in the previous thread are now outdated. The online marketplace has shifted greatly in the past couple years. Some examples of what has changed:
  • Google Shopping is now at the top of your search results, so ranking #1 for a specific term is not as valuable as before. I don't do anymore SEO.
  • Big box stores like Amazon, Walmart and Target now dominate the results whereas before smaller niche stores did.
  • Amazon is now the place to be in Ecommerce.
  • A huge shift has happened from dropshipping to importing and branding.
So go ahead and ask away!
4 years have passed. What changed during this time with Amazon, Google Shopping, SEO etc.?
 

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4 years have passed. What changed during this time with Amazon, Google Shopping, SEO etc.?
This


and this


might be interesting for you.
 

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Do you only consider buying from manufacturers? I have found a great product but can only find it from companies listed as "trading companies" on Alibaba and not manufacturers. I cannot find the source factory for this product just a bunch of middlemen basically, even though they do offer attractive prices. Should I proceed? I already have samples from one and they are offering a good price but I want to make changes which I fear may be too complicated through a middleman.
 

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Hey @biophase
I am just wanting your opinion...even though I will make the final decision and this is my business I feel an experience seller could tell me if I am just being stupid and wasting time.
Little background - 1st product of a brand I will start (just not sure how narrow that focus needs to be, but that is for another time) and started this FBA before I found the forums so am learning additional info here and from the program I am already part of.

I received samples from 3 suppliers, and I have 2 I would work with, but I feel stuck in my decision. 1st supplier does not have any customers for exact product and cannot acquire hardware that is already out on one competitor, so I would have to pay for a custom mold delaying manufacturing time and meeting MOQ's for hardware. 2nd supplier has what I need as they make this product for another seller, though it still needs minor tweaks to paint finish for my standards.
I will be adding some extra hardware and design upgrades no matter the supplier I go with to improve the product.

Am I right in thanking it might be worth taking longer and going with a manufacturer who isn't selling the same product to other suppliers currently, even though more hoops to jump through? Or, should I go with supplier 2 which would get product to AMZ faster with my changes, and just risk that they share my improvements with the competitors? This is my first test product and if it does decent I will ramp up other similar products to make a brand. So in the long run, someone will copy me no matter what, but hopefully by that time I have multiple products out supporting the brand.

Any opinions appreciated.

-Seth
 
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What do you suggest when choosing a niche to brand around? My current niche, couples and relationship accessories like bracelets, shirts, etc., turned out to be a little seasonal, mostly selling in Jan-Feb time (6 figures in sales during this time). I really wanted something that would be consistent year-round but I feel stuck with this store now.

Is there anything you can recommend? Would really appreciate it.
If you are asking about how to pick another niche, that's the question everyone has. I can't really answer that for you.

Hello @biophase, thank you very much for your great effort on this thread. Here is a question, did you have any experience on working with manufactures from 1688.com? I prefer not to work through sourcing agent, but have concern about the scams.
I have no experience with them.
 
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Do you only consider buying from manufacturers? I have found a great product but can only find it from companies listed as "trading companies" on Alibaba and not manufacturers. I cannot find the source factory for this product just a bunch of middlemen basically, even though they do offer attractive prices. Should I proceed? I already have samples from one and they are offering a good price but I want to make changes which I fear may be too complicated through a middleman.
You can start with the "trading company" and them look for the manufacturer afterwards.
 

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Hey @biophase
I am just wanting your opinion...even though I will make the final decision and this is my business I feel an experience seller could tell me if I am just being stupid and wasting time.
Little background - 1st product of a brand I will start (just not sure how narrow that focus needs to be, but that is for another time) and started this FBA before I found the forums so am learning additional info here and from the program I am already part of.

I received samples from 3 suppliers, and I have 2 I would work with, but I feel stuck in my decision. 1st supplier does not have any customers for exact product and cannot acquire hardware that is already out on one competitor, so I would have to pay for a custom mold delaying manufacturing time and meeting MOQ's for hardware. 2nd supplier has what I need as they make this product for another seller, though it still needs minor tweaks to paint finish for my standards.
I will be adding some extra hardware and design upgrades no matter the supplier I go with to improve the product.

Am I right in thanking it might be worth taking longer and going with a manufacturer who isn't selling the same product to other suppliers currently, even though more hoops to jump through? Or, should I go with supplier 2 which would get product to AMZ faster with my changes, and just risk that they share my improvements with the competitors? This is my first test product and if it does decent I will ramp up other similar products to make a brand. So in the long run, someone will copy me no matter what, but hopefully by that time I have multiple products out supporting the brand.

Any opinions appreciated.

-Seth
I would go with the 2nd one and then switch to the 1st one after I've proven that I can sell the product.
 

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Having had a multitude of discussions with my partner, lifes philosophy and a mixture of our skill set I managed to arrive at a potential niche. Implementation would involve my technical expertise with her ability to find the right products and also to push the sales.

My question on the e-commerce front is more based around the best platform for this to take place. This is in a category you wouldn't necessarily search amazon for as a product. Sales would originally be more based around social media and through current friend networking. On that basis but with the possibility of upscaling what would your recommendation be?
 

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