July 14, 2008 8:24 PM EDT
Craig is exactly right about the relationship between how fast you can get product and how fast you promise to ship. You will find that vendors vary widely on how fast they ship to you and depending on your location to the vendor, the transit time will matter as well.
You should also consider what you think your best sellers will be. You will find that certain items move more quickly than others but it may take several months to find out what those items will be. Buy enough to get you through initial sales but don`t stock up on any items until you know they will move fast. Personally, I was surprised to find out which of my items sold the most because it was not the items that I had anticipated.
Good luck and let us know your web address when you launch!
---Tracy Barnhart, Owner
Giverny, Inc. / Mini Me Geology