OK all looking to you all for well some advice, insight, whatever. As you may know I am in Thailand. Came here for at least a year after graduating from Grad. School to just try and take a break figure some things out. Find my nitch in the world what I want to do. Looking at teaching here, maybe children, but not sure. Im keeping it open and just want to find something I truly enjoy and allows me free time etc. to well live life.
Anyhow to get to it. In this search I have been doing some test runs with exporting goods to the states to sell with my brother. To put it lightly the small bit Ive done has been VERY fruitful and seems like there is a TON to be made on both ends mine and the other. I mean the amount and variety of stuff here is amazing and can be had CHEAP!!! Think Peir 1 Imports PLUS, Walmart, plus designer furniture, glasses, watches (both real and copies) just TONS of stuff.
It is working great going small scale and a great way to start but to make a living out of this I will have to step it up a bit. Ultimately with everything available here I could stock a whole damn imports store in the states, etc or drop ship to other people who tell me what they need/want etc.
I had thought Ebay but that is good and bad. The problem with it is that most of the things will go to someone in the states and that all well and good and shipping is not a prob. BUT it?s the cost factor. You pay a nice little basic cost for even one item just to ship something. Where as say you ship 10 or 100 items then its that initial cost and goes by weight etc from there making the cost spread out and very minimal per item. So really the Ebay thing I think would be better for the other state side end to do. Not sure.
I was also thinking maybe a site where I can post different items available and then also have a request option. Say someone wants a new pair of Gucci sunglasses or a Rolex watch. They can request it I can track it down. In both those cases I could give options of the copy and the originals etc.
I mean hell I could ship anything out of here that is Legal. Im not even going to walk the line of going to Thai jail so no marijuana, or adolescent children, etc. Anything I can legally buy here though I can legally ship not a prob.
Another thing thats kind of cool is I was thinking with the tons of people and place im seeing and meeting and learning on a daily basis I could do trips planning for people. For instance say someone on T-Nation or fitness minded wants to come here on vacation for a few weeks. They could contact me. Give a date what they want to do etc.. I could then make ALL the arrangements aside from the flight and get it cheaper usually than even the online deals and they would have someone on this end that could see what they would be staying in etc before they got here. I could get a hotel, transportation if they wanted it, have the gym and any thing they wanted lined out. Any tourist crap they want to visit booked and ready so they just show up and enjoy.
You could also have say sales people on that end that go to commercial store see what they need/want and sell the stuff in quantity. Or do printing work, t-shirts, hats, shoes, etc.
The possibilities seem endless just need some input to kind of get me headed in a direction here. Im allready trying to go further and get other friends involved etc.
So I guess just looking for maybe some pointers, your thoughts etc.. Fire away and feel free to PM me if you like.