how "clean" does it have to be?
for the first, i think it would be funny to call it FNG- for friggin new guy..lol..
how bout we sort of rank them by rigs?
like 1st would be 2X4 driver..
2nd would be SUV AWD
3rd would be 4X4 with lift
4th would be rockcrawler...
something like that?
1st.. Geo Tracker
yeah... I am a dealer for a company that sells intake systems, and working out the kinks for a dealership for a guy in utah that makes air lockers and sells unimog axles..
thinkin bout making an online store.
You might want to give me a call on that one. This site used to be Gate City 4x4. I sold 4x4 parts out of my garage and had a full online store. I actually can still get everything at Jobber prices but I just dont try anymore. I ran the online store for 6 months with paid advertising on many of the popular 4x4 sites. I ended up with a ton of hits and sold a gas can and a set of seat covers. On the home front, I got tired of people wasting my time or saying that I was ripping them off when I could beat magazine prices. :roll: Or just plain disappearing when thier stuff showed up. It was work to set it all up and I never really made anything. I fix computers on the side now and I make a whole lot more money doing that. I still think about popping an add in the paper just to see if anybody will buy something. I still have my tax license and stuff. :deal:
I hear that... the only things I'm going to do are thiings where I can drop ship... I can't afford to have inventory at all.. so, this will be purely internet based for me.. I have the Fed tax #,but in order to get a couple of other things, I need to get the Idaho Resellers permit, which I think is B.S., cause I doubt i'll sell anything to anyone in Idaho..I was planning on most of my sales coming from ebay, maybe a few from the forum members of all the forums I have been joining..
what companies do you get jobber prices from?
I would like to get ahold of you sometime and talk about business... there is a niche still to make money, it just needs to be capitalized on..
like one thing... no one on ebay sells the ATV or other engine K&N air filters... the only ones are the auto ones... I tried to get K&N to let me be a dealer, but I have to have a real store and a warehouse before they will talk to me... I need to find a warehouser and see what I can come up with there..
I lied to get my dealerships. I went with Reliable and TransAmerica. TransAmerica is basically the wholesale side of 4-Wheel parts wholesalers. they didnt care about a store front. They just wanted the EIN number and the Tax# and away I went. I did have a few $2000+ months but the profits were thin enough that I could have made more money with my time at a McJob.
The only product catalog that I got was from Reliable and it wasnt complete. Basically you are are your own to figure out what you can sell. Its a real pain. I made a list of the makers that they had and then I would go to the individual websites to get the numbers I needed. You can also call them when you have an account and they will look up what they have and the price, but heres the clinch, You dont know the price untill you talk to them. When somebody called me looking for say a Nerf Bar. I had to call the rep, get a price, figure out my markup and then call the person back. If the person did not kow exactly what they wanted, It turned into a time wasting nightmare where in the end, you made maybe $20 or so.
I think I could have made it work if I had a store front and did it full time but I have a decent job and wasnt willing to do it. I was hoping to be able to do it on the side but it turned out to be too much of a pain. Oh well, I at least gave it a shot. Thats pretty much how this web site was born. When I gave it up, I changed the layout, kept the forums and changed the name. We'll see how this site grows.....
Its real slow now and it seems to come in waves. You'll get a few people that post a ton and then dissapear. It might be a good year before there is any real steady activity. I do have a few more minor plans like a deeper status indicator on the main page and I need to tweak up hte ebay forum better. The tech pages and stuff need to be redone. I've just been busy with other stuff.