I`ve been selling a collectible item online for almost a year, but now the manufacturer started selling it themself online, and I can`t compete with their shipping rates, because of scale and because I`m in Canada, where shipping is more expensive. They only ship to the States, but that`s where 50% of my customers are. I think once I`m done selling my remaining stock, I will get out of that product.
I know a man who also sells them, and will continue because he has a larger collection than me, and already has his own website where he sells other items (I just use eBay and then direct marketing to existing customers), so he is already paying for checkout and hosting, etc.
I am thinking of offering to sell him my customer list, about 175 people, 50% of them in the States.
I don`t know how to determine an asking price...any suggestions? The items go for between $15 and $60 each, he has about 400 in stock, and he will likely buy next year`s model, as well, which of course none of these people have yet, and they will want it.
I am looking at exporting a French non-alcoholic beverage from Canada to the US. The person who is interested in buying it from me is a small business person, too, and I doubt she has experience importing.
My sticking-point is that the couriers won`t give me a full quote, i.e. they say they can`t tell me what the taxes and duty will be. I have called various government agencies and customs brokers, hopefully I will get some replies, but not yet.
Anyone have experience with this? She has not committed to buy, so I feel I am doing a lot of work with potentially no gain. Not sure if I want to spend another day being on hold, etc, with no payoff.
I found out about a distributor who could sell my product very well I think, and I know they have a trade show this weekend. I called and left a message describing my product, then emailed including a picture and a price, and saying I would leave 2 in my doorway in case she wants to pick them up for consideration for her booth at the show this weekend. Now I am asking myself, should I call again with those details, in case she checks her email less frequently than her voice messages, or is that too pushy? What do you think?
I sell natural spring water in beautiful limited edition bottles, factory sealed, for example the Evian 2008 Christian Lacroix bottle. You can see my wares here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZpremium_luxury_water
If anyone is interested, they can email me directly at pontalexander@Hotmail.com, and I can give you a better deal. But please put StartUpNation somewhere in your subject line, so I know it`s not spam or phishing. Thanks!