PETCO realized a growing market for pet memorial products. In an agreement with Milano Monuments in Cleveland, OH, PETCO will offer pet memorial products through its website, AllPetMemorials.com. The new product line will include dog and cat headstones, pet urns, and pet memorials. Additional distribution channels will be veterinary offices, pet retailers, pet cemeteries, and pet crematoriums. Personalization will be available to AllPetMemorials.com customers by allowing them to upload photos of their pets which can be engraved on the memorial.
The Big Toy Book(R) Private Sales Are the New Black Friday – July 08, 2010
www.TheBigToyBook.com is making waves with its online private sales membership shopping site for toys. Private sale sites have been rising in popularity in the designer fashion market. The Big Toy Book took the model and applied it to the toys market. Free memberships to the site offer consumers exclusive deals on mass marketed and specialty toys. Savings of up to 70% off MSRP are available while supplies last. Email alerts sales events are sent as the sales go live. The company’s vision is to make deals which were only possible on Black Friday available year-round.
New iPhone Apps and Wholesale: is it for You? – July 7, 2010
Advances in e-commerce make online shopping easier than ever. The sales game in physical stores and online are changing again with the development of shopping apps for smart phone users. Apps are being developed which allow users to scan product barcodes in retail stores to instantly compare prices at popular online sites such as Amazon.com and eBay.com. Beyond the obvious advantage of increased sales, developing mobile apps offers sellers a unique opportunity to conduct valuable market research. The first step to tapping into this market is to optimize the company website for mobile phone browsers.
News: The New #2 E-Commerce Search Hot Shot – July 9th, 2010
In May, 2010, TheFind.com overtook Yahoo’s Shopping search engine as the number two product search engine. Though Google is still the number one search engine for shopping, The Find offers a clean interface and some features which are not found on Google. One feature that makes The Find unique is its coupon section. Consumers no longer have to go to a different coupon sites such as www.retailmenot.com to locate coupon codes. The Find also offers an advanced search capability which makes it simple to narrow searches by price or color. Merchants can list their products on The Find free of charge on a revenue sharing model. If a sale is made through The Find, merchants must split the revenue.
July 9, 2010 No Comments
Working as a teacher can get very expensive. The school is not always able to get you the supplies you need for your classroom. Being frugal is a must to have your classroom set up and having supplies for teaching your students. You can find a lot of websites to simply print out worksheets and other items for your class. These classroom supplies are free and a great addition to your teaching.
One way to get teacher school supplies is by checking out discount stores. Dollar Tree carries flash cards, wall charts, stickers, and more. You can check out DollarDays.com for online ordering. These are great supplies at a price that anyone can afford to purchase. If you don’t need the volume that DollarDays provides, many stores give discounts to teachers so do not be afraid to ask for this option.
Do not be afraid to use home items and recycle for your art projects. When you need classroom supplies many of these can be found in your own home. There are a lot of art projects that can be made with empty toiled paper rolls. You can also use egg cartons, milk jugs, and many other items from your home. Use your imagination and look up ideas online. Parents love to help out the classroom and will bring these items from home if you just ask them to help out. These will not cost the parents or you anything at all.
Many schools ask parents for gifts for the classroom. You can specify to parents that you would prefer these rather than gifts for yourself. Many parents buy the teacher a gift at holidays. By asking for other items, you can get videos, books, or other items you normally could not afford for your room. Parents do not mind as long as you make it optional. Do not force them to help you and most will be willing to do it.
Use your imagination when teaching your students. Nature is a great way to learn just by stepping outside into the world. Do not feel like you have to spend money on everything. Children can learn just as much from experiences that you can show them or tell them about in a story. This will also help to show the kids that you don’t need money for everything.
July 8, 2010 1 Comment
This list of the top ten wholesale items for a cross country road trip includes a list of items and collections that can all be found on wholesale search site www.dollardays.com.
Nothing puts a damper on a fun old fashioned family trip like spending eleven hours outside at an amusement park and heading back to the hotel looking like the world’s largest lobster catch.
Anybody who has ever travelled with children of any age knows how painful it can be. Problem solved.
8. Dog Leashes
If your taking a four legged friend along, it never hurts to have a few extra of these. And if your anything like Clark Griswold in “Vacation,” it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring an extra pooch or two.
7. DVD Cases
Nothing promotes family bonding like every member of the family being totally absorbed in their favorite movies on their own personal DVD players. These cases hold enough movies to prevent having to talk to each other for weeks.
Okay, so they excess sugar might give everyone a little extra energy to burn on the car ride. But a good piece of taffy is almost guaranteed to gum up little mouths, making impossible to whine, complain, or argue with siblings.
On the ride out to your vacation spot, everyone will be so excited you’ll want to drive all the way through in one trip. On the way back, you’ll be so ready to be home and out of the car you won’t even notice the fourteen hour drive after popping a few of these.
4. Toilet Seat Covers
We all know how nasty those truck stop bathrooms can be. Take some of the guess work out of whatever it is that you’ll be sitting in by picking up a few of these before you embark on that trip.
3. Anti-Diarrhea Medicine
It’s a long way from Mexico back to Michigan. Montezuma’s Revenge + No Gas Stations = Recipe for Disaster
If you’re headed to the beaches, what a great way to make sand castles. And this removes the need for frequent bathroom breaks. Just ease yourself to the back of the van and take care of business.
Nothing ruins a twenty-three hour drive home like a little morning sickness…
July 7, 2010 No Comments
DollarDays President, Marc Joseph, was recently interviewed on sellingbooks.com. Over the last decade Marc has built DollarDays into a successful wholesaler that competes with the likes of WalMart, Costco, and other discount retailers, and he’s done it by cutting costs and being efficient.
A few years ago, Marc was asked to write a book…which he did. The interview is interesting (a lot like Marc), and you get to learn a little bit about the man behind the vision. Did you know that DollarDays is the biggest B2B retail site online? You do now.
Check out the interview, I think you’ll find it really interesting. Then come back here and let us know about you. Are you an entrepreneur? What have you done to make yourself seen online and offline?
July 6, 2010 No Comments
If your business isn’t on Facebook, you are missing out on a huge advertising opportunity. Facebook boasts over 400 million users. There is a good chance that your customers are logging into the social networking site everyday. When you create a Facebook Page you have an opportunity to reach new customers and connect to those you already have.
Go to Facebook Pages and follow the simple sign up procedure. It is free and very similar to signing up for a personal Facebook account. Once your account is activated, be sure to make your page by adding your logo and product images.
Now that you have your business page, you need fans. People become a fan by clicking a link at the top of your page. It is important that you have a personal Facebook page with a few friends. Become a fan of your own business page. Your friends on Facebook will see this on their news feed. They will be given a chance to become a fan. When they do, their friends will also see a message on their Facebook feed and will be given the option to become a fan. Additionally, you can send an e-mail to all of your business contacts letting them know that you are on Facebook. Putting your Facebook link on your business cards and website is another great way to gain fans for your page.
Facebook gives you an excellent way to establish your brand’s image. It is highly unlikely that your customers visit your website everyday. However, over 50% of Facebook users log into their account daily. Post a daily status and this will appear on your fan’s news feed. Use creative status updates instead of blatant advertising. For example, if you are a flower shop, post a status that says, “ABC Flowers carriers hundreds of different flowers…What is your favorite?” instead of “ABC Flowers 25% off today”. This will create an open discussion and people will think of your brand more favorably.
A Facebook business page is a free advertising opportunity. Your link will show up in search engines which means more and more people will be able to locate you on the web. In this competitive world, there are not many opportunities for this kind of exposure. Get on this trend now and watch your profits rise!
July 5, 2010 2 Comments
Choosing eBay exclusively as a selling venue can be an expensive mistake. Changes in eBay policies over the past two years are admittedly not friendly to small sellers. Unless a seller is able to generate a substantial number of sales in a month, one or two unfavorable feedback ratings could devastate a seller’s DSRs. Degradation of DSR rating can result in higher fees or even being banned from eBay for a period of a month or more. Exploring alternatives such as Amazon, Bonanzle, Etsy, Boocoo Auctions, eCrater or even to set up a website is a way to hedge against possible eBay account problems.
Adding Technology To Your Wholesale Website: Multimedia – June 29th, 2010
Using multimedia components on a wholesale website can be an effective method of grabbing a viewer’s attention. Studies show that effective multimedia has a 71% higher impact than text alone. Poorly executed multimedia or using too much of it can have the opposite effect. Producing multimedia requires some necessary skills. If a webmaster does not possess those skills, the project should be outsourced. Through the process of idea creation, production, and revision, the goal of the media should be the central focus. The process of multimedia creation takes time and often a significant budget.
Let’s Go Shopping for Wholesale Handbags – June 29, 2010
Sources of quality handbags at wholesale appear plentiful, at first. After evaluating the sources more closely, ii seems that most of the sellers of wholesale handbags are not actually wholesalers. This is apparent not only in the prices but also in returns and shipping policies. Handbagshopping.com is a company that has been in the business of selling handbags and accessories at wholesale for 20 years. Their business model is simple and effective: provide a wide variety of high quality products that sell well for their customers. Handbagshopping.com updates its inventory daily so buyers can be assured of the most current product availability.
Amazon Acquires Woot – More than a Daily Deal Site – June 30, 2010
The sale of Woot to Amazon was announced this week. Woot is a distributor which acquires merchandise from manufacturers and sells through a number of channels. Also offered are fulfillment services through a drop-ship program as well as direct sales to retailers. Woot.com’s Daily Deals website is by far the channel which generates their highest revenue. Amazon could leverage Woot’s distribution channels to sell overstock or returned items. Woot’s product acquisition sources will allow Amazon to enhance its own inventory offerings. Some Amazon marketplace sellers are concerned about competitive pricing which they may face on the Amazon platform.
July 2, 2010 No Comments
DollarDays is 9 years old. And since our modest beginnings, we’ve been helping hundreds and thousands of small businesses make money. If you’re a small business owner looking at selling wholesale and closeout products on your site or in your brick and mortar store, there is no better place to find product than on DollarDays. We had this video to help put a face to the great men and women who work behind the scenes right here.
We love working with all of you, and we want to continue providing you with the same great service we always have. As Marc Joseph, the CEO of DollarDays says right in the video, we want to provide you with the right products at the right price at the right time to build your business. Now, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the DollarDays team.
June 29, 2010 No Comments
Don’t Put Good Products on Poor Sites! – June 20, 2010
Studies on internet usage of today’s busy people show that a webpage has only a few seconds to make its point. In fact, most people will not scroll down the page before hitting that back button. Product-oriented web pages must focus on functionality and not on flashy animation or large, slow to load images. Improvements to web pages can be made quickly when the pages are looked at from the perspective of a busy user. Take a fresh look at your website without being too attached to what you are accustomed to. Anything on the page that is extraneous or unnecessary should be removed. Place the highlight on the great products being featured.
Facebook VS Google: Who Will Be the Winner? – Jun 25, 2010
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, states that Facebook will reach one billion users in the near future. Currently, membership doubles every six months. E-commerce merchants and website owners who have not yet endeavored to develop a social media marketing plan would be wise to do so soon.
Entering The Blogosphere : What A Blog Can Do For Your E-Commerce Business – June 22rd, 2010
Since 2005 when blogging became so popular, companies have used blogs to reach new audiences and elaborate on key points of information for their intended customers. Some reasons a business should enter the blogosphere are: ease of use, low start up and maintenance costs, quickly establish authority and credibility in the field, easily interact with customers gaining feedback and gauging interest. Blog themes to match any website are readily available or can be designed quickly to meet a business’ established website.
News: Google Launches Commerce Search 2.0 – June 21st, 2010
In November of 2009, Google launched a new search engine for e-commerce product websites. The service offers customers advanced search functions such as: spell check, synonyms, and query auto completion. With a hefty price tag of $25,000 minimum, this service is targeted to large website businesses. At this time, it is not feasible for most small businesses at this time; however, there may be hope in the future as pricing may come down.
June 25, 2010 No Comments
Purchasing quality wholesale products is necessary for the successful operation of any retail business. The right price, excellent customer service and flexible policies are a must when deciding on a wholesaler. For the flea market entrepreneur, finding the right wholesale products at the right price can mean the difference between success and failure.
Many flea market vendors buy inexpensive wholesale products in bulk and sell them for hefty profit. The key to flea market success is choosing the right product and offering it at the right price. Flea market customers are looking for a bargain. The average shopper is searching for the lowest possible price for the product they are seeking. They want a quality product, but most importantly, they want the best value for their money. Your business is competing with other vendors in the same space. Many flea markets have multiple vendors that sell the same product. This is why it is so important to choose the wholesaler that will give you the best bang for your buck.
Some wholesale products are more popular and profitable than others in the cutthroat world of flea market vending. Small items such as sunglasses, socks and costume jewelry sell very well at flea markets. Seasonal items, such as swimsuits in the summer, back to school items in the fall, holiday products in the winter, and hats and jackets in the spring sell exceptionally well.
Items that are sold for $5 or less attract the customer and encourage them to spend more. When purchasing wholesale products, look for products that can be bought cheaply in bulk. Also, keep the price points as low as possible. Having items in your vendor booth that cost $1 or less is an excellent way to draw crowds to your table and increase your profits. Your booth should be well organized and neat. Set up displays that resemble a brick and mortar store. This will give your business a look of authenticity and have your customers coming back for more.
There are several important factors to look for when choosing the right wholesaler. The first thing to consider is the wholesaler’s minimum order requirement. A good wholesaler will allow small businesses to purchase items in smaller quantities, such as one case, to make sure the product is the right fit for the business owner. The second is shipping costs. These can easily eat into your profits, so it’s a good idea to get the best shipping price available. Some company’s offer free shipping if the customer purchases a certain amount of merchandise. Since wholesale products are often priced by the truckload, prices are lower and more affordable to the retailer. Look for wholesale companies that offer a wide range of products at warehouse prices.
Choosing the right wholesaler is essential to the small business person looking to make a profit. There are wholesale products available for almost anything you want to sell. From back to school items, to name brand clothing, dollar store items to baby supplies, there is no limit on the possibilities of wholesale products available to the ambitious entrepreneur.
June 24, 2010 4 Comments
You can buy wholesale jewelry online from sources that will give you a great profit margin as a reseller, which gives you a great leg up on the competition as well. By being able as an entrepreneur to buy more quantity in bulk, you’ll be able to replenish your supplies, providing customers with the full range of jewelry items more consistently. Your customers can find costume jewelry, fashion jewelry, CZ jewelry, body, and gold jewelry at rock bottom prices from sites such as Dollar Days, which has regular deals to help you save even more.
Buying jewelry at wholesale and bulk prices from a dealer you can trust makes good economic sense. You can save a phenomenal amount of money by doing this–both in an economic downward trend and in a bull market. Get ready to save up to 75% off of shipping costs, and an additional 5% off with Dollar Days’ Platinum Program. You can purchase necklaces, bracelets, silver jewelry, earrings, hatpins, birthstone jewelry, anklets, and more online, from a trusted name in wholesale goods.
Dollar Days sells wholesale because it makes better economic sense for everyone involved. Wholesale jewelry sales are the best option for retailers who want a wide range of items designed for a diverse range of buyers. And because Dollar Days sells such a diverse range of jewelry, almost any retail business that sells jewelry benefits not only from the huge savings, but the diversity of merchandise available as well.
Buying in bulk saves you an incredible amount of money over time. Staying ahead of the competition, saving yourself thousands of dollars, while at the same time being able to offer your customers the widest range of jewelry possible makes good business sense, and will also add to a retailer’s overall reputation and brand recognition in the community or online.
Dollar Days also has accessories and repair items for retail jewelers with an eye toward optimum care and upkeep of their valuable merchandise. You get the full range of wholesale jewelry items with Dollar Days’ money-saving line of decorative items that literally cover your customer’s head to toe in stylish, fun, and complementary jewelry. Being able to offer your customers the accessories that can clean and repair their jewelry also helps keep you one step ahead of most jewelry retailers.
As a leader in wholesale items of all types, Dollar Days’ prices are hard to beat, and you can get an edge on the competition by buying more in bulk–and saving more as well. When you buy wholesale jewelry online, you’re doing yourself and your customers a huge service, by being able to pass the savings onto them as well as yourself!
June 18, 2010 3 Comments