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Where can you find products to sell online?

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Kira Mohammed


  • E-commerce
  • Product imports
  • Product Sourcing 
  • D2C retail brands 

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Greetings, E-commerce entrepreneurs! Setting up your online store is exciting, but choosing the right products to import can feel overwhelming. Worry not, because this guide is going to help you confidently find the best products to sell online. 

Think Global, Sell Local: Import Quality Products from Around the World

The world is your oyster when it comes to finding unique products! Here’s where to set your sights for importing quality products you can resell. 

Alibaba: This giant B2B platform connects you with suppliers worldwide. Find everything from electronics to clothing at competitive prices. Remember to prioritize reputable suppliers and do your due diligence before selecting a supplier to work with long-time. 

Trade Shows  Tradeshows are a great place to connect with suppliers. I attend the Expoferia trade conference in Panama every year to connect with various suppliers that can supply businesses in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s a great resource for beginners that are looking to find and connect with a wholesaler. 

Online B2B websites:  Apart from Alibaba, there are a number of niche wholesale websites you can order from in large quantities. Sites like these can provide a variety of products in a niche like: Wholesale7 which specializes in wholesale women’s clothing or Marlo Beauty Supply which supplies hair salon products wholesale. You can fins many wholesale sites or marketplaces that serve your niche. Another wholesale website showing suppliers from the Panama Free Trade Zone that can supply you with a range of products is Bridgemarkets.com  These websites offer a good balance between quality and affordability. 

Pro Tip: Some wholesale suppliers may offer dropshipping options that allow you to start your business with a by-order quantity ordering and fulfilment. 

Research is Your Superpower: Uncover Market Demands and Provide The Solution.

Before diving in, a little research goes a long way. Here are some tools to spy on what Trini shoppers crave:

Google Trends: This free tool reveals what people in the Caribbean are searching for online. Look for trending keywords related to your chosen niche to identify potential product gaps.

Social Media Listening: Tools like Brand24 or Hootsuite allow you to track conversations on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. See what your potential markets are buzzing about and identify products they’d love to see on local shelves (yours!).

Local E-commerce Marketplaces: Explore popular online stores like Facebook Marketplace. Analyze their product offerings and customer reviews to understand what’s selling well and what niches might be lacking.

Fun fact!

I started my very first e-commerce business by listing my products on Facebook marketplace before I moved to a website. Start small, Think big.

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Legal Lowdown: Importing Like a Boss

Importing comes with some legalities. Here’s how to stay on the right side of the law:

Trinidad and Tobago Business Resources: The TTBizlink website https://info.ttbizlink.gov.tt/trade-procedures-landing-page provides a wealth of information on trade processes, restricted items, and the entire import process. Familiarize yourself with these regulations before placing any orders.

Consult a Customs Broker: A customs broker can navigate the import process for you, ensuring your shipments comply with regulations and arrive smoothly. Remember: Don’t underestimate the power of clear and accurate product descriptions. Your customers deserve to know exactly what they’re buying!

 Bonus Tip: Build Your Brand with Private Label Products

Want to stand out from the crowd? Consider private labeling! Source generic products from your chosen supplier and add your own unique branding and packaging. This allows you to control the narrative and potentially earn higher profit margins. Turn your online store dream into reality! By combining these tips with your hustle, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect import products and building a thriving online business.

Happy Selling!

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