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    What to sell?

    A friend of mine lives in Israel - he is very interested in opening an online shop but he wants to sell products abroad - what kind of products would be easier for him to import and export?

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    That is a very broad question as there are millions (if not tens or hundreds of millions) of products that he could 'potentially' sell.

    I guess the ease of importing/exporting would be tied to the shipping costs and legalities. Therefore, digital products would be the easiest as there would be no importing/exporting necessary. Small (low shipping cost) products would be the next best choice. He would also [most likely] have to check with Israel and US customs to make sure importing/exporting the product is allowed.

    If he plans on selling to consumers, the international shipping will probably make his prices uncompetitive. He might be better off finding a dropshipping located in the location he intends to sell to. If that is not possible, he should probably buy local items to avoid paying international shipping twice.
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    I'd recommend to him to get into something he knows about. There are thousands of online stores, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for even the big guys to compete. Going into a market with no knowledge of how it works, or its products, is suicide.

    I did it once - started an online shoe store having no knowledge of shoes other than what size I wore. That lack of knowledge almost cost me a business and a lot of money (more than once).

    So pick something you're good at - or something you know a lot about. A good friend of mine just started a bee keeping supplies website because he's a part-time beekeeper and has learned a lot about it. He knows the lingo, where people shop, what they buy, what's a good price, etc. Without that inside knowledge he'd have a hard time making it.

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    Try to where your market is ,then take action

    none of us here could give you essential assistance on this issue. But we can offer you guidlines on business: experience is very important to start an online business. Another imporant issue is to find your market and your customer:business is a kind of intelligence game, use your head then you will win.


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