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I have some contacts in China who run a few different factories (eye glasses, water filtration, lights, CCTV systems, probably more), and should be in a prime position to buy stuff in bulk and sell for a decent profit in the west.

I guess my question is, where would be a good place to start? An ebay store, or my own website? How do you break into a market, approach small stores or head offices of retail giants with product samples?

Pretty much the only thing I know is that these companies don't have exclusive contracts already with my country (Australia), so I should be good to go.

Pic related, I'd like to make a few of these.
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Another question would be: What part of the chain is easiest? Being a wholesaler/middle man, or end retailer?

Since the products would be in the thousand(s) per order, I'd much prefer to wholesale.
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1. Drop ship. Don't hold stock, don't management fulfillment

2. For everything you sell, ensure it is under a brand that you own and control.

3. Sell to all nations on earth, Australia is a small market.

4. Get a UPC for all your products (universal product code).

5. Sell through Amazon.
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>>1023019
How do you actually dropship without just giving your money away to chinks that are selling their products for near wholesale prices themselves?
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>>1023019

1. Sounds good. Some things I won't be able to, due to minimum orders straight from factory. But others I can.

2. Never thought about this, I'll read into it.

3. Sounds good, I just figured I'd start with the country that I'm in, since I have literally zero experience. But could definitely expand internationally.

4. I guess this ties in with 2?

5. Sounds good. Any reason you recommend Amazon over ebay or others? I guess it'd be easier than setting up own website.

Thanks for the advice!
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