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hafool October 20, 2008 10:26 PM

To buy or not to buy
 
I am looking for a company to buy wholesale from and then sell on ebay. I found this one wholesaler distributor from
China at www.LDUcompany.com and I want to know if anyone here has bought from them before or if anyone knows anything
about them? I was thinking about trying some of the lighters they sell, http://www.liangdianup.com/lighters_1.htm and are
these lighters ok to sell on ebay?

Phil October 21, 2008 01:22 AM

Re: To buy or not to buy
 
Carefully read the following thread regarding my Alibaba comment and news in the following...

You'll have access to all the information & resources you'll ever need to buy wholesale and make all kinds of $$$'s... ;)
http://www.sowpub.com/forum/showthread.php?p=22713

Phil

Pete Egeler October 21, 2008 05:48 AM

Re: To buy or not to buy
 
I looked through the thread that Phil mentioned, but never did get to the part where they Export. Just a lot about Importing. Go direct to http://www.Alababa.com to cut to the chase. :)

At any rate, there are several things to consider:

1) CHECK THE SALES MARKET before you skip off and buy anything.

2) Are lighters a big seller on eBay? Can you purchase, pay Import Fees, and still sell at a price that will allow a good margin of profit for your efforts? (Don't forget packing, shipping fees, trips to the Post Office, etc.)

3) Do you know what you're buying? Here in the US, we call them Flash Lights! So be sure you go through each item and make sure you're buying a true lighter, not a mini-flashlight, as the camera "lighter" is, and several others shown.

Here's an example of what you're up against.

The Camera Lighter is available to you at $1.19 each, IF you buy a Container full. (Think semi-truck load!) On top of that you have to pay shipping, Import Duties, then get them to your location.

After that, it's photographs, post ads on eBay, pack and ship the product, rinse and repeat.

One final thing.. Are they "Pre-filled" lighters? If they are, they probably can't be shipped any method OTHER THAN UPS or FedEx. (No flammables allowed via US Postal Service.)

Just some things to think about ahead of time.

Pete

(PS: Been there, done that)

Phil October 21, 2008 07:05 AM

Re: To buy or not to buy
 
Pete,

Patience is a virtue... If you're trying to cut to the chase, might as well key in the correct url... :)

http://www.alibaba.com/
http://www.alibaba.com/trade/help/helpcenter
http://www.alibaba.com/sitemap.html

As per the thread...

A couple Quick examples regarding Smart prospering businesses & websites in China...
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/...1018bus16.html
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&cl...nG=Search+News

In case some don't know, Alibaba is one of the Biggest resources that most/many ebayers use world-wide to get their wholesale goods from...

Phil


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