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Shop For Your Own Online Store

RAOK Suggestion #15 Buy something on the internet
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I have covered this subject before on a couple of occasions but I believe it merits another post. People will forever be shopping; it’s a needful necessity in all of us, you might ask “so why would I want to start my own online store”. Good question! Let’s see if I can give you some reasons why and perhaps persuade you to take a closer look… Bear in mind this article is based on my own experiences.
First of all let’s take a look at some statistics; online shopping today is a massive Industry which generates billions of dollars and Euros, and the trends in the current economic climate are surprisingly encouraging. (Look here for some stats)

1.    Over 70,000 new ‘buyers’ join eBay every single day!
2.    eBay has an existing customer base of 240 Million users looking to buy information/goods from YOU!
3.    There are over 700,000 users making a living on eBay. Most, from the comfort of their home!
4.    1/3 of all U.S. Internet users visit eBay at least once a month

How easy is it to setup your online store? Well I can only speak for myself; I found the whole start up experience was one of the easiest tasks that I have ever performed online. When you are starting an online store for the first time it can be a little bit daunting, but believe me! the actual store and the products in it are the easy part. There are online companies and dropshippers that will take care of just about every aspect of your store.

From the minute your customer makes a purchase from your store everything goes on autopilot, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Your customer’s product is delivered by reputable carriers like The Royal Mail and UPS straight to the customer’s front door with only your shop name on the packaging.  Best of all, you’ll never have to buy products up front and you never have to pay extra fees to have products shipped out to your customers because they fulfil each order for you! There are no additional fees at all! And you’ll earn your profits based on the price that you decide to sell the products! They also take care of all customer service queries which they pride themselves. They have a comprehensive privacy policy that is approved and supported by

As I have said in previous articles the company that I used for my online store was DSD which I found to be very easy to work with, that being said they do have a few tasks in hand. My store has been online now for around 10 months and one of my gripes was the amount of downtime experienced whereby their site maintenance leaves a little to be desired, statistics from my Web CEO subscription (which is free) gave me a fair to good performance measure on uptime. They have a ticketing system for support enquiries which can take up to 48 hours to reply, but I did find that when they did reply the issue was resolved to my satisfaction on most occasions.

Another benefit you should consider is their affiliate program which pays out very generous commissions on sales, I recently received a commission on the sale of a combo plan which paid me £49.00, not bad for one sale, and you gain from an additional 2% commission on every sale made by an affiliate who signs up under you. Definitely one of the best paying affiliate programs on the net. Another reason that I like about this affiliate program is being paid on ANY amount owed to you, they do not wait until you cumulate a minimum. (-:  brilliant!

Before you jump in ask yourself “do I have the time and commitment to promote my online store” This is your only and most important task; Promote Promote Promote

The Plans  The following plan prices are for UK Customers to find out prices for the US click here.

Basic Dropship Plan
Gain immediate access to Thousands of UK wholesale & dropship products.
No minimum orders. Pay only once you sell the products.
£29.99 (no monthly fee)

I Want To Sell On eBay
If you want to sell on eBay, you need the eBay Ad Wizard.
Our eBay listing manager tool will make creating and managing your eBay auctions a fast and simple process.
£69.99 (no monthly fee)

I Want A WebSite
Get a website preloaded with all our products, ready to earn money online! FREE domain, FREE email, FREE hosting!
Accept credit cards, customizable website & fully automated.
Now you can add your own products!
£99.99 (no monthly fee)

Product Export Files
Download all our products data in a text file. Upload our products to any other website such as amazon,
or even your very own website. Our feeds are updated daily and are fully compatible with microsoft excel.
£99.99 (no monthly fee)

Get Everything For A Discount
Get all the dropship plans listed above, a total value of £319.60 for only £119.99! That’s a savings of over 65%
Sell on eBay, Sell from your own website, Export/Import to anywhere you want!
£119.99 (no monthly fee)

Overall my impressions of DSD are favourable and I would recommend anybody who wants to start their own online store to give them a go. They have tons of advice and free download’s to help you promote your online shopping mall.

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