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Wholesale Inventory Sources
Inventory Sources: What can you sell that will make you money? Inventory sourcing is a big subject, and a confusing subject. There are tons and tons of inventory sources, so how can you sort through them all and find will work for you. There are so many sellers online that competition is fierce. Perhaps the key is to think "Specialize". I have not used these companies and I am not recommending them, this is just a list, you should research any company before doing business with them. Also, the advice is my opinion, you should consult a professional for authoritative advice.
Scanners can be used for checking product information and value. Scanners are most popular with Amazon sellers, so Scanner information in on the Amazon page in this website.
Capital & Funding Information to build your business and invest in inventory is further down this page.
Importing Information is further down this page.

Create Your Own Products - There is a page in this website devoted to creating your own inventory such as designing, crafts, handmade, and inventions.

Inventory - Wholesale News & Articles

Wholesale Buying News Articles

BidOnFusion - 09-29-2015 - Double The Fun – Two Yard Sales Tomorrow. (Pallets)

RetailWire - 06-29-2015 - Is bargain hunting a family trait?

eCommerceBytes - 10-22-2014 - Bigcommerce Offers Product Sourcing via Alibaba.

Business Ideas in the News - 05-12-2014 - Opportunities in Excess Inventory.
Though this article deals with excess wine, the concept could be applied in any industry. Find companies with excess inventory that you can rebrand...

Auctiva - 03-07-2014 - We've partnered with Alibaba to give you a sneak peek at 100,000 deals up to 90% off wholesale! Alibaba's 24-hour Sale is March 12. (Note: Alibaba does have US wholesalers, but don't know if they are searchable part of the sale.)

eCommerceBytes - 04-09-2013 - New Terapeak Analytics Tool Supports Magento, eBay and Amazon.

Information & eBooks

LightSpeed - Managing Your Inventory.

Inventory & Wholesale Help

Inventory & Wholesale - Buying Advice, Articles, Tools & Apps

Amazon Movers & Shakers - Our biggest gainers (products) in sales rank over the past 24 hours. Updated hourly. Good idea to check this out, no matter where you sell. Over 30 categories.

BAM Tracker - Software for eBay buyers targeting those buyers who either make a living purchasing items on eBay or who supplement their income buying on eBay and reselling, be it right back on eBay, in their own stores, or on some other marketplaces. The software will also benefit those buyers who purchase large volume of items for themselves and want to find bargains. (Low usage appears to be free.)
BAM Seeker - Has powerful searching capabilities that allows you to search for items on eBay and purchase them before others have a chance to find them. It can search for newly listed Buy It Now items as well as auctions that are about to end. (Free version.)

Buy Wholesale with The eBay Wholesale Buying System

Choosing Products to Sell - Factors to Consider in Product Selection (Basics of selecting retail merchandise.)

CleerPlatinum - Arbitrage & sourcing info at your fingertips, on any web page. For resellers, book sellers, even private labelers. 85+ Sites and deep-links to online sale/clearance deals. Requires using Google Chrome Browser.

CleerPlatinum - Arbitrage & Sourcing. Amazon & eBay.

Entrepreneur.com - How to Buy and Sell Products for a Living (Older article, but good info.)

Find Under Priced Listings on eBay!

Guerrilla Thrift Shopping: The 9 Laws of Profit by Kentin Waits 09-21-2010 (Updated 09-16-2011).

How to become an American Picker – Part 1 & Part 2

How to Cash in on the Alibaba Opportunity by Issa Asad.

If you buy it on Alibaba.com, will it sell on eBay? InternetRetailer - 07-22-2015.

Making Money With Clothes Online - On Facebook

My Silent Team

Reverse-engineering Amazon Products Course - The #1 Selling Course On How To Find Profitable Inventory To Sell On Amazon By Reverse-engineering Your Competition.

Scanners - Scanner information is on the Amazon page, under Amazon Apps & Scanners - Pricing & Research Software.

Sniping Services. eCommerceBytes

Skip McGrath - Buying Liquidation, Surplus and Closeout Merchandise To Sell on eBay.

SlickDeals - Slickdeals is where you find the best deals on the web. We are the largest deal-sharing platform on the Internet, and with the help of our community, we've helped to save members over $2 billion. About SlickDeals.

StartupBros - Step-by-Step Guide on How To Find A Profitable Product To Sell.

Terapeak - Market research tool for online sellers helps you sell more products on eBay and Amazon and receive the highest profit margins available. Be confident selling on eBay or Amazon. Uncover hot opportunities and discover the best items to sell online. Know what your items are worth and price your merchandise for maximum profit.

The 2014 Holiday Hot List. List of potential hot selling items. eBay - October 2014

The Importance of Trial Order Shipments when Testing a new Supplier by Worldwide Brands.

TheSellingFamily - Buying Liquidation To Sell On Amazon FBA – Turning $2500 Into $8000.

ThriftCore - Discussion - Is it Greedy to Thrift for Resell? Should We Leave Thrifts for the Truly Needy?

The Top Ten Products to Sell on Ebay in 2012

Thrifting For Profit by Debra Conrad.

Top Ninety-Nine Wholesale Sources

Dollar Days
Wholesale Sources

Wholesalers & Drop Ship Companies

An online search for what you want to sell is an obvious choice. If you do not have a "choice" here are some ideas. To start, it might be best to stick with things that you know and have an interest in. If you love movies, DVDs might be a good choice, but here is the second thought, specialize. You love movies, especially war movies, so it might be good to specialize in war movies, documentaries, and such. Specializing might help you to focus and help your buyers to return to you for future purchases. Some of these companies offer private labeling, that might be an interesting way to go.

American Apparel - Made in the USA - Sweatshop Free. Private labels available. American Apparel factory headquarters is located in Downtown LA where we knit, dye, cut, sew, and distribute our products to wholesale customers worldwide. Catalog - print or download.

Bang-good - Drop Ship Program. You sell products on your website or shop. Once a sale is made you order from us. We send the product to your customer directly. Banggood handles the order and you keep the profit margin between your sale price and Banggood's online price.

BidOnFusion - Your marketplace for wholesale merchandise. Bidding starts as low as $10 a pallet.

BULQ - Source Smarter, Sell Better. The New Way to Buy Liquidation Goods.

eBay Abitrage - This is All about finding Nice, Expensive Products that are being Auctioned So Badly that You can Win Them for Practically Nothing! Once They're Yours, YOU can Sell Them for A Lot More!

AliExpress by Alibaba.com - International: Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters, Importers, Wholesalers, Products.
Reuters - 9-08-12 - China's Alibaba to pass Amazon, eBay in transaction value - exec
eCommerceBytes - 9-10-12 - Alibaba's Jack Ma Shares Vision of Ecommerce at AliFest
Internet Retailer - 9-10-12 - China’s e-commerce giant nears a major milestone
Internet Retailer - 9-13-12 - The world’s self-proclaimed e-commerce champ

American Merchandise Liquidators - Customer Returns, Overstocks, Closeouts, and Distressed Inventory.

Americans Working - American Made Products Directory.

Aries Manufacturing - Aries Manufacturing houses several top name brand items covering most handsets and hand held electronics on the market today. Aries Manufacturing sources, designs, creates, and markets many of its own items and private labels...

Cheap By Far - Bulk wholesalers of products to sell on ebay? See: Wholesale Lots.

Chubby Chico Charms - Wholesale prices.

Closeout Central - Closeout Central provides fast access to the latest closeouts and liquidations from the nation's leading suppliers. New lots posted daily.

Doba Home Page - Drop Ship over one million products. Good reference library contains 45 articles, 12 tutorials and 35 recorded webinars on how to succeed at drop shipping. Doba members get access to this library at no extra cost.

eBay Wholesale Deals - Is an exclusive B2B marketplace that connects qualified wholesalers (brands, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, liquidators etc.) to qualified resellers.

BFAds - Black Friday Ads - BFAds has a web stie and newsletter with sale price previews for various companies, started as a Thanksgiving Black Friday sale preview site and has expanded. Article from Feb. 2014

eCommerceBytes - Wholesale and Dropshipping Services. List of about 10 services & ratings.

Flea Market Zone - Industry resouce for vendors.

Get That Wholesale - A Wholesale directory of wholesalers, manufacturers, importers and distributors. Over 5,000 Independent Suppliers Listed. YouTube Video- WholesaleDirectory4u.

International Enterprises - One of the largest salvage companies in the U.S. with over 175,000 sq. ft. of inventory.
International Enterprises specializes in direct to retail sales of insurance salvage, customer return, overstock and marked-out-of stock (“MOS”) inventories.

Internet Retailer - Vendor Directory - Find a vendor by browsing through industries, searching, or see a full list of industries. It's free to use and even easier to navigate through the user-friendly dashboard. With over 1,500 listings from 24 categories, you'll be sure to find the right solutions partner to help you redesign your website, manage your content, secure your payments, fulfill your orders, and so much more. Including categories such as: Surplus Liquidation / Wholesalers.

Jacobs Trading Company - Specializes in excess inventory and customer returns.

Kole Imports - In the wholesale business in the Los Angeles area for over 25 years, Kole Imports has grown to be the premiere wholesale distributor of discount and dollar store merchandise.

Liquidation.com - Bulk lots are sold by the truckload, pallet, or small package, and conditions range from new in a box to customer returns and used. Our wide variety of product categories includes apparel, computers, electronics, housewares, industrial equipment, vehicles, and much more.

Madison Avenue Closeouts - Lleading supplier of plus size tops at wholesale pricing. We supply trendy plus size tops to boutiques and retailers in lot sizes of 10-50 pieces. Our plus size top selection includes the latest wholesale fashion for women and juniors.

Miami Merchandise Mart - Miami Merchandise Mart is your wholesale source for huge selection and incredibly low pricing. We offer a unique selection of women's, children, and men's fashion apparel clothing, footwear, swimwear, accessories, jewelry, gifts, retail bags, footwear, handbags, perfumes, cosmetics, decorative items, and more!

MoreOfIt.com - A" similar-to web site", with hundreds of wholesale sites.

Salehoo - Browse through over 8,000 categorized suppliers in our constantly updated, searchable directory. NEED A DROPSHIPPER? Or international shipping? No minimum order? No problem! We've got suppliers of all shapes and sizes in our directory.

ScoutBotPro - Book inventory tool, for locating good buys on books to resell.

Secondipity - Unless the product you purchase is specifically labeled new, none of our products are brand new. All our items are either store returns that were brought back by the customer with the unit itself unopened, or open box returns which were tested at our facility and either confirmed fully functional or returned to a fully functional state.

Once You Know, You Newegg Save Up to 70% on Overstock Items Government Auctions

Sumner Communications - Serving the wholesale merchandise industry. With our library of monthly magazines, book-bound directories and powerful websites, we are the leading publisher for the general merchandise trade.

TeeSpring -Teespring is the 100% free way to sell high-quality t-shirts. Just design a shirt in our easy designer, set a price, add a goal and start selling! Collect enough pre-orders and we'll print & ship directly to buyers, you keep the profit! Create & sell t-shirts you can be proud of.

TexCyn Wholesale - San Antonio Based -Wholesale fashion handbags, specializing in selling concealed handgun handbags, Montana West Purses, fashion handbags, leather handbags, womens wallets, and other accessories to small businesses and online sellers. Low minimum orders.

The Bargain Warehouse - We feature major department store BRAND NAME merchandise by the pallet or the truckload, for pennies on the dollar.

The Wholesale Merchandise - The Nation's Leading Print and Online Wholesale Connection.

ThomasNet - A platform for Supplier Discovery and Product Sourcing.

Top Ten Wholesale - Find wholesale products and suppliers on the USA's #1 B2B wholesale trade platform.

USA Michigan Wholesale - Largest Wholesale Outlet in the Midwest! Minimum Order: $100.00. Full variety.

Warehouse Liquidations Inc. - Salvage merchandise, closeouts merchandise, surplus closeouts, department stores closeouts, department store returns and salvage truckloads.

Worldwide Brands - The Product Sourcing Experts! - Worldwide Brands - your drop ship source directory. How to Find Real Products YOU Can Sell Online.

WholesaleCentral - Wholesale Directory.

AliExpress - Shop Wholesale with Confidence wholesale dollardays 125x125 logo / AeroBeds

Specialty Wholesalers

CatalogIndustry - Online Industrial Catalog Library.

Pet Supplies - SuperZoo National Show For Pet Retailers, Las Vegas, NV - July 22-24, 2014)

Local Sources

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Local Sources

It might surprise you at how many garage and estate sales, manufacturers, wholesalers, and handmade products are right there in your own back yard. Also consider running ads that you will buy items, or accept free items like excess clothes or heavy books people just want to unload.

Backpage - Place a free classified ad with photo. Find houses for rent, apts for rent, local jobs, and local for sale classifieds on backpage.com.

Craigslist.org - Find your state and city. - For Sale/Garage Sales - Search by items or zip code, etc. (Estate Sales are also usually in this category.)

Dumpsters - Be sure to wear protective gloves. As a former merchandiser I was strictly required to damage any merchandise that was to be trashed and not returned to the companies I worked for. One of my jobs was with a book company. Books were not returned to my company, they were trashed; however, we were required to tear the covers from every book, additionally the retail stores were very protective of their dumpsters.
The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers.

Estate Sales News - We'll keep you up-to-date on the latest Estate Sales News by email.

EstateSales.net - Find Estate Sales, A Tag Sale, or an Auction.

Facebook - People are forming local buy/sell groups, these could be a good source for inventory.

Flippity App - Browse for eBay items locally, some sellers may need money right away and might take a low price.

FreeCycle - Find and giveaway free items, common items like boxes, clothes, pets, and other.

Garage Sales Tracker - This site offers individuals the ability to advertise garage sales on the internet. (Find Garage Sale and Post Listings options.) We'd like to introduce our iPhone application for garage sales. This app is for both the weekend treasure enthusiasts and the one time shopper.

Gsalr - Find garage sales near you list with Google map.

JustBetweenFriends - North America's Leading Children's and Maternity Consignment Sales Event! Locations in many US states. Franchises available.

LikeTwice - Online Pre-Owned Clothing Store
Internet Retailer - 8-22-12 - An e-retailer of used clothes raises $4 million (LikeTwice.com)
Ever wonder if it is possible to earn big bucks from selling pre-owned clothing, read the IR article
about LikeTwice.

My Fleamarket Guide - Welcome to the most comprehensive web directory of Flea Markets for the United States.

Pawn Shop Finders - Welcome to the most comprehensive directory of Pawn Shops across the United States.

The Thrift Shopper - Search for Thrift Store Listings in our National Charity Resale, Secondhand, Vintage and Consignment Shops Directory. One-Stop Web Destination for all of your Thrift Shopping Needs.

Thrifting with the Boys - Thrifting with the Boys started when friends Jason and Bryan united to 'share' hints and tips about acquiring items for resale at thrift stores. Thrifting with the Boys - Upcoming Webinar:
October 4th – 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET
FREE eBay Seller Webinar - Dashing Through the Thrift Stores – Holidays Tips from Thrifting with the Boys
Sign Up - Top Rated Seller Webinars (All sellers welcome.) - http://www.topratedsellerwebinars.com/

Toy Swap. This simple idea for acquiring inventory might could be expanded with some creative thinking. People often have unwanted clothes, some NWT, duplicates of things, etc. Business Opportunities Weblog - 02-20-2014

VarageSale - A platform where local and interest based groups form communities to buy, sell and hangout. Members of the groups list items for sale, comment on them and discuss whether they want to purchase.

YardSalers - Yard Sale Directories and Maps - About Yard Sales and Yard Sale-ing & More.

YardSales - Yardsales.com's purpose is to create an extremely effective local online enabled marketplace for yard, garage and estate sales that saves everybody - sellers and shoppers - time, money and effort. Yardsales.com is the real, nationwide site for the sale of used things.

YardSales.net - Find the yard sales with items you love. Start hunting before you start driving. Get a map route to yard sales today.

Yard Sale Search - Yard Sale Zip Code search and yard sale tips.

Having your own Yard Sale? Needed sometimes to get rid of what I call "mis-purchases". Things I bought in a moment of mental laps that just are not going to sell online, due to low profit, weight, size, defect, or whatever.
GoodHousekeeping - 06-23-2014 - Bring in the Big Bucks at Your Yard Sale. Get rid of your junk and make money with these garage sale tips.

Picker Dating Site

SinglesJunktion - The Greatest new dating site specifically for Junkers, pickers, collectors & resellers. I (Genie Long) am extremely excited about my website being different than other dating sites and my goal at Singles Junktion is to help you find someone to go junking with or restore an old motorcycle.


From Facebook: Flea Market Gardening
Website: Flea Market Gardening
Couponing & Sales

Coupons & Store Sales

Military & Senior Discounts.

If you are a senior or if you are entitled to military discounts, remember to take advantage of those discounts and watch for discount days at various retail stores.

Tuesday seems to be a popular senior discount day at retail stores. For example, a retail store like Ross has discount prices, but then each Tuesday they offer a senior discount of 10%.

SeniorDiscounts - Free and paid memberships available. The largest directory of senior discounts. Over 250,000 local listings.

Watch for sales at retail stores, such as seasonal clearance and discontinued products. Having a credit card for the major stores can have some great benefits for discounts. Credit card holders are often the first to be notified of sales and card holders may receive better discount coupons than are available in the newspaper. A store may also offer a better discount if the merchandise purchased is charged on their store's credit card. Beware of financing your inventory with credit cards, the interest for not paying off the balance when the first bill comes due it steep and will quickly off-set any savings.

Walmart Savings Catcher - If a local competitor has a lower advertised price, you get an eGift Card for the difference. Simple, Simple - Go online and set up an account, add your receipt numbers, and if Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price, you get the difference. You can request an eGift Card from Walmart or sign up for a BlueBird pre-paid card from AmericanExpress and have your savings applied to that card.

Extreme Couponing For Profit

Many sellers, Amazon sellers in particular, are getting into selling grocery products. When looking for store sales, you might consider adding couponing to the mix. Extreme couponing is time intensive, but if you have kids or retired parents you may be able to enlist some help. One claim on TLC program claims an hours work couponing is worth about a hundred dollars.

TLC Channel - Search results for Extreme Couponing.

Adventures Of A Couponista - Coupons, reviews, recipes, and more.

Couponing.com - Blog with helpful info and tips.

I Heart The Mart - Walmart Deals. Top 10 Under $1 Walmart Weekly Deals (using coupons). The Complete Under $1 list with over 100 items listed have been updated and are ready for you to check out!

Live Like You Are Rich - Couponing for Beginners: 11 Tips That Will Save You Thousands.
Article and info about couponing websites and apps.

Living Rich With Coupons - Extreme Couponing 101.
Beginner's Guide to Using Coupons.

My Litter - One Deal At A Time - Getting Started – 4 Easy Steps - Free classes in the Houston area and special events around the country. Featured on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, The Today Show, Rachael Ray, The Early Show, MSN Money, and many more local and National outlets.

Facebook Pages:
Coupon Divas -
Not just coupons, but also bargains on items like clothes. Website: Coupon Divas.
Couponing4You - Mixture of freebies, contests and coupon info.
The Couponing Couple. Give updates on specials.

Barter & Trading For Inventory

Barter/Trade to Gain Inventory to Sell
You've got something with value, but not so saleable, trade it for something that you can sell, or trade just for fun.

CNN Living - Teen barters phone for a Porsche convertible.

TradeAway - Provides the means for a business/person to acquire goods or services through a medium where cash is not a requirement for a transaction to take place.

U-Exchange - Trade Anything, Pay Nothing. U-Exchange is the Largest Swap Site that specializes in every type of trade.

BarterQuest - By its very nature, barter requires no money. Not only can you exchange an item that you have for something you want, but you can acquire something you need without paying cash.

SwapTreasures - We provide a bartering platform for members to give away stuff they no longer need and to receive points in return. With points, you can get things you want for free with no hassle!

TrashBank - Is an online website where you can sell your items or services or barter, swap, and trade your items or services with other people.

SwapRight - SwapRight is a free website for swapping and bartering services. You can find people offering the services you need and they can find you.


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Auctions - Local & Online

Auctions - Can be a source of inventory to sell.

Auction Central News - Newsletter
Auction Central News - Facebook

Auction Warehouse Sales - We sell just about anything and everything goes!

Auction Zip - Auction Locator Site.
Auction Zip - BidOnFusion - We liquidate consumer returns & overstocked inventory on behalf of some of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers. Scroll down their page for a current list of auctions.

Dallas Online Auction Company

Estate Sales.net - Find Estate Sales & Auctions.

Every Single Auction - Fresh auction news every day from hundreds of different real auction companies.

GovernmentAuctions - Shows you a vast multitude of upcoming and current sources where you can profit, or otherwise get great deals at Government & Police Auctions.

Great Estate Roadshow

iCollector - Online collectibles auctions.
iCollector Auction News

Internet Auction List - Numerous categories, including Estate & Personal Property.
Internet Auction List - Auction Central News

Invaluable - Large collection of online auctions.

LiveAuctioneers.com - Large collection of online auctions.

MaxSold - MaxSold is a local antique auction on your computer or smart phone with a chance to buy all things early, vintage and unique, including art, sterling, tools, vehicles, outdoor and even modern items! Items from each online auction comes from a single household collected and cherished by the family over several decades, which now needs to be cleared due to a downsize, estate or relocation.

Property Room

Proxibid - List of online auctions.

Ripley Auctions

Rusty By Design Auction - Dallas area estate and auction company.

Sam's Club

Sears Kmart Overstock Auctions - Liquidation, excess inventory, and returns.

Seized Property Auctions

ShopGoodwill.com
YouTube Videos:
Shopping W/ Summer: GOODWILL OUTLET
Haul: Goodwill Outlet Los Angeles

SlapSale - Online auction marketplace. A lot of equipment, plus general merchandise.

The-Saleroom - Huge list of auction houses and services.
The-Saleroom Blog

TX.Unclaimed.Property (on eBay)

US Auction Brokers

Whiz-Bang - Online auctions.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram - 05-16-2014 - Seized items bring big bucks in auctions.


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Storage Lockers Auctions & Sales

Storage Lockers - For Inventory Sourcing

Buying inventory at storage lockers is, to my mind, not for the faint of heart. From my experience it is very competitive. It also requires quick removal of the storage locker purchase, and a truck to haul it in (this is assuming a large storage locker full of stuff), and then a lot of storage space and time to go through all the stuff. However, there are people who seem to be doing well with storage lockers, so here are some quick notes.

Selling off a storage locker contents requires legal action and public notice, so watch the newspapers and do a simple online search for "storage locker auctions".

There are tons of local storage locker places, along with the obvious chains like: Public Storage and UHaul.

Article: How to Locate a Storage Auction.

Article: Can I Make Money with Storage Unit Auctions?

Forum: Online Storage Auctions

AuctionZip

Auction Storage

Local Storage Auction

SpareFoot

Storage Express

Storage Battles

YouTube Videos:
The Real Reality Of Buying Storage Unit Auctions

AuctionsTX

StoreAssured

CubeSmart

Storage Auction Solutions - New England area.

Real Treasure Found in Storage Auction Dan & Laura Dotson
American Auctioneers on Fox News
Make & Create Your Own Inventory

Handmade

Handmade is no guarantee anymore for no competition, there is no end of competition nowadays, but at least handmade is not mass produced in the millions. Remember what you sell does not have to be handmade by you, you probably have family, friends or even neighbors who are in to crafts. People that make crafts are not necessarily good at marketing and selling what they make, so you might could form a profitable alliance.

The trick is finding things that can be made for a low enough cost to sell at a profit. Finding the best handmade items to sell is multi-faceted. It's good to research and try to discover what type of crafts are selling well. It might help, when selling handmade items, to find a specialty, such as wedding quilts, friendship rings, sterling silver hair barrettes, woodwork-thin wood bookmarks, and so on. A good way to increase the value, therefore the retail price and so your profit, might be to increase the quality, a handmade wood hair barrettes with gold or silver inlay, spoon rings from the best, most expensive vintage silverware, a cat collar with silver plated hardware and lovely rhinestones or silver/silver plated decorations, and so on. The idea is to look at what sells, like designer purses, such as Fossil, real leather with silver plated decorations. A Coach dog collar with pretty leather and cute charms. Look at the mall, look online, look at what your friends buy, think about what you buy, think about the higher priced items, what makes them special, why is it worth paying extra to buy those more expensive items.

Ideas For Handmade There are millions of websites these are just a few to get your brain going. There is a page in this website devoted to creating inventory, designing, crafts and inventions - Create Your Own Products.

Good Housekeeping - 11 Innovative Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes.

Budget101 - Has good ideas for handmade stuff.

JewelryLessons.com - Example - Ornate Ring

Purveyor of All Things Creative - eBay Store for Jewelry making supplies, plus appealing store design.

StudioKatDesigns - Patterns for purses and more. Some precut materials. Facebook Biz Page.

YouTube Videos - LadyOfLace

Design your own T-Shirts to sell.


Tee Spring

TeeSpring Shirts
Sell high-quality apparel, zero upfront costs and zero risk. We ship directly to buyers, you keep the profit.


Design A Shirt

SunFrog Shirts
Sun Frog Shirts

Other Handmade & Inventory Ideas

Other Thoughts For Inventory - Discounts, handcrafted ideas, and hot products.

Automated Searches - eBay can actually be a source for inventory, when items sell far below their value, due to many reasons, such as bad pictures, not cleaned, but a big reason is misspelling. FREE ebay Email & Text Message Alerts - Up to 1,440 times more effective then ebay's built-in saved searches!

Craigslist - A possible source to buy and resell online.
cPro Craigslist Mobile client - for iPad & iPhone.
cPro Craigslist Mobile Client - for Android.

Create your own unique jewelry.
Jewelry Lessons - We created this site specifically so that jewelry makers and artists can find information, share knowledge and earn money by doing so.

Legends Clearing House is the worlds largest sports card and memorabilia wholesaler with over a quarter billion cards and 3.5 million comic books in stock.

My Silent Team - 02-20-2014 - The Jim Cockrum Newsletter - What to sell, outsourcing, email and more for you!

Overstock - We work every day to bring you discounts on new products across our entire store.
**Overstock/oVillage** has a Pet Adoption Service for Shelters and Rescue Services to match people and pets.

Pixels.com - With a few clicks, artists and photographers can upload their images to Pixels.com, set their prices, and instantly sell prints, throw pillows, greeting cards, iPhone cases, apparel, and more to a global audience of online buyers. Pixels.com fulfills each order on behalf of the artists - taking care of the printing, framing, matting, packaging, shipping, collecting payments from the buyers, and sending profits to the artists.

ScoutBotPro - Very little info, but looks like it searchs Amazon for bargains to buy and resell.

T-Shirts - Design your own unique images or slogans. Find your own niche.
Design A Shirt - Get started with our custom t-shirt designer and then let us do the rest. From our website to your door crazy fast!
SunFrog Shirts - Our wholesale division will work with you to get your wholesale shirt design, ordered and printed.
Teespring - Teespring allows you to create & sell custom apparel with ZERO Hassle, ZERO upfront costs, and ZERO risk.

More Thoughts

Business Opportunities Weblog - 03-05-2014 - Selling Irish Dirt.

Business Opportunities Weblog - 03-04-2014 - Man Builds Model Cars From Discarded Cans.

Business Opportunities Weblog - 02-26-2014 - Biz Idea: Recycling Glass Bottles.

Internet Retailer - 01-16-14 - Soaring tablet ownership drives more readers to e-books.

Internet Retailer - 01-02-13 - ToysAndGamesChest.com Launches as a Site for Wooden Toys and Games.


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Importing Inventory

Importing From Other Countries

Imports from countries such as England, France, Italy, and so on seem to be popular. It doesn't have to be the most expensive Italian leather purse, there are many nice things in a reasonable price range. Again, looking for specialty items could be a good thing. Real boars hair dartboards from England, glass figures from Italy, and porcelain trinkets from Holland.

As U.S. citizens, we tend to expect businesses to be "controlled" by government laws, but foreign counties are not America, so use due caution, especially if you are new to global importing. Consider seeking an escrow service for dealing with foreign businesses. Think logically, branded products are not something you would expect to be available in the open market, and gold is gold, no normal business is going to sell gold jewelry for less than it's melt value. Remember import taxes and customs delays.

Informed Trade - Import/Export Web Site - Free Download: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Importing
Informed Trade - Importing Knowledge Download eBooks (Prices from about $10 to $55)

Samuel Shapiro & Company, Inc. - Whether you are importing, exporting or both, there’s one thing you can bet on: We have answers. We also offer public seminars and webinars throughout the year. It is our way of going the distance, and creating an engaging and collaborative environment for training needs. Our initial goal is to educate and protect you.
Shapiro Blog - Looking for honest advice and expert opinions on the applications and implications of what surrounds our industry and beyond?

AliExpress by Alibaba.com - International: Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters, Importers, Wholesalers.

Alibaba Import Directory - Has thousands of importers. Example: AliExpress

FloShip - Beyond Amazon - 150 of the Largest eCommerce Stores and Marketplaces to Grow Your Product Empire. This ebook will get you thinking about growing your business internationally and will help you plan effective strategies for getting your products into diverse online marketplaces.

InternetRetailer - April 2016 Special Report - Cashing In On Cross-Border Sales.
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Informed Trade/ITINTL.com - Do I need a license to import? This site has loads of information about importing.

Proven China Sourcing - Since 1987 I’ve Been Successfully Importing Products From China & The Rest of The World. Put My Decades of Experience To Work For You As I Make The Entire Process As Simple AS Possible.

StartupBros - How You Can Make Big Money Importing From China.
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Will Mitchell & Kyle Eschenroeder present: Build Your Importing Empire.

UK - England

Wholesale Outlet UK - British Wholesale Directory - Large lsit of UK Wholesalers.

China

China is a huge source of merchandise, the trick is sorting through the mass of Chinese products and sellers, and they are out there in a seemingly unending quantity. There are American companies that help American buyers communicate and hookup with Chinese sellers. The trick here is to do your research, there are plenty of people importing from all around the world. For example, the new electronic cigarettes appear to be primarily made in China. The companies selling electronic cigarettes here in the US, for the most part, appear to buying them from the Chinese companies, if they figured out who to buy from China, so can you. ECigInfoSite

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Interent Retailer - 11-14-13 - Behind Alibaba’s $5 billion e-commerce day.

Sourcing Profits - Training system on product sourcing from China. Offers a proven system that professionally prepares and trains Amazon and ecommerce sellers on how to approach sourcing products for the world-wide marketplace.

YouTube - China Sourcing

There are many YouTube videos about 'Importing From China', here are a couple to get you started.

YouTube - Importing From China - How To Import From China Part 1 of 5.

YouTube - Importing From China - How To Import Products From China - Part 1 of 2.

YouTube - Paul Sinclair's Sourcing Profits Review. - China Products Sourcing.

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Capital - There are many online lending sources, just do a search of lending, angels, business loans, that kind of thing. There are even some interesting peer-to-peer loans sites, where people can post their loan goal and one or more people can offer to lend some or all of the desired amount.

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Fundable
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KickStarter
Kabbage
Prosper
Square
WikiLoan

Crowdcube - UK - Europe's largest network of angel investors backing great British businesses.

CrowdFunding - Events, blog, businesses, groups.

Fundera - Securing a loan can be a daunting task. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a list of loans you qualify for from our network of 20+ lenders—and then the choice is yours.

FundWisdom - Venture Investing.

Krowdster - #1 Crowdfunding Marketing Platform for Rewards & Equity Campaigns. Find Backers - Twitter Marketing - Press Release - Influencer Marketing - Analytics.

OnDeck - We’re 100% focused on small business. We launched OnDeck in 2007 to solve a major issue facing small businesses: financing. We combined our passion for Main Street with cutting-edge technology to evaluate businesses based on their actual performance, not personal credit. That’s enabled us to say “yes” more often and faster than traditional lenders. And that lets owners spend their time where it should be—on growing their business, not seeking financing.

Reality Crowd TV - To inform, educate, inspire, and motivate entrepreneurs worldwide on how to create small businesses through crowdfunding and to provide the blueprint on how to crowdfund!

SnapCap - We offer short term loans ranging from $5,000 - $600,000 that can cover a number of needs like renovations, inventory, storage, or perhaps new equipment to give your company the edge it needs.

Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites - This list is based on independent traffic data found on Alexa & Compete.

Invest Engine - How To Choose The Best Peer To Peer Lending Site?

Website Magazine - 04-28-2016 - The 3 P's of Crowdfunding Campaign Success.

SellerLabs - 04-19-2016 - Kabbage VS Amazon Lending.

Josef Holm - 02-15-2015 - How To Optimize Your Crowdfunding Results.
Josef Holm - 06-23-2015 - Ask Your Crowdfunding Questions in our Q&A Crowdcast.

Jason Zook - How To Get Sponsorships For Anything Video Course.

Market Watch - 08-27-14 - Why did this man support 1,000 Kickstarter projects?

eCommerceBytes - 05-29-14 - Need Cash? Square Next to Jump into Merchant Financing.

eCommerceBytes - 09-07-12 - Amazon Launches Program to Lend Sellers Cash.

eCommerceBytes - 09-18-12 - Kabbage Funding News - Financing Small Merchants Is Big Business.

Inventory Help Software

Tracking Your Inventory

There are inventory tracking services, but many people use Microsoft Office Excel. But there are other alternatives to Microsoft office, some free, including: Apache-OpenOffice, LibreOffice and for Mac, NeoOffice (and more).

Ecomdash - Is the hub that gives you a centralized web-based solution to sync inventory and process orders while giving you the real time data you need to manage your business. You sell across many marketplaces and storefronts – or want to! You need an inventory control solution that will integrate all your critical operations into one system.
eCommerceBytes - 07-12-15 - Ecomdash Introduces New Pricing for Smaller Merchants.

The Art of Books - Is a complete inventory management system for today's busy online seller.

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