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Discussion in 'General Advice' started by Cap1107, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Cap1107

    Cap1107 New Member

    Has anyone every heard of an affiliate or drop ship program that lets you sale their instruments from your site? My life is my family & my music. I have been drumming for 12 years just about & I have always wanted to open my music shop but do not think I could ever afford it.

    I was going to get an account from Musician's Friend on CJ though you can only place ads on your site. I would like to sale them from my site. Is this legal or would there be complications?


    Jason
     
  2. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    Contact importers and distributors of musical instruments , they may be interested in your offer
     
  3. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    Cap1107: Has anyone every heard of an affiliate or drop ship program that lets you sale their instruments from your site?

    Hi Jason,

    Well, an affiliate program is generally a program that you join and advertise for other people. You send your visitors to their site to make the purchase. You don't handle the money, product, or shipping yourself. You just earn a commission from the referral sale.

    With a drop ship program you are able to list the products directly on your site at the prices you decide, take the orders from the customer and then process the order to the drop ship company paying them their price and they mail it out to your customer.

    There are a lot of so-called drop ship wholesalers that really are nothing of the sort. You can read many horror stories online.

    I'll send you a link via private message to what is considered by most marketers as the most reliable program for safe drop shippers.

    Here's a thought... Why not build your site about the types of musical instruments you are interested in selling. Once you've got it up and running and bringing in targeted traffic, you can approach some local music shops and ask them if they would be interested in having you sell some of their instruments online for them.

    You can negotiate a price with them for closer to wholesale and then you mark them up, etc. In that way, you own your own sales. You take the order information and then send it off to them at the agreed upon price. Alternately, you can make some type of commission agreement with them and work it that way.

    That's one way to have a virtual online store without investing in the stock yourself.

    Hope that helps to get you thinking. Look for my PM.

    Blessings,
    Angie
     
  4. oldbuddy

    oldbuddy New Member

    Cap1107: I was going to get an account from Musician's Friend on CJ though you can only place ads on your site.
    That's not all you can do and just ads wouldn't work very well anyway.

    Why not create an informational website to help others learn from you. Go into detail about techniques and skills, provide exercises and help others see that they really can learn to do this. Then when you include your CJ links, they are much more likely to follow them and provide you with some easy commissions.
     
  5. TJamMoneyMan

    TJamMoneyMan Well-Known Member

    Cap1107: I was going to get an account from Musician's Friend on CJ though you can only place ads on your site.

    What kind of website do you have Jason?
    And where are you located, or would like to do business?

    A good informational website like Oldbuddy suggests would be a good idea.

    As a professional musician myself, I am interested in websites that offer some value to me as a musician.
    Maybe a website that has the local and regional scene well represented.
    Or a band/musician connection service.
    If you have an area of particular expertise or awareness you could start a website about that.

    Then you can place your affiliate ads on there.

    But if you really want to open a music shop, I bet you could just setup your own online retail site.
    If you make good money from that, or maybe in addition, you could open even a SMALL local shop, and refer people to your online sites for major purchases.

    If you could beat the music retail magnates like SAM ASH, and GUITAR CENTER prices, I am sure you would attract customers:
    When I was buying a lot of expensive music equipment I always found much better prices at places like GRANDMA's in FL, and Rich Music in TX, from the classified sections of KEYBOARD magazine.
    You didn't have to pay taxes, and often the shipping was included.
    The price and cost of doing business was ALWAYS better than local retail stores. Even the music retail giants.
    Many of the higher priced, and large sized purchases were often 'drop shipped'.


    I would think you could setup some kind of similar deal for your customers.
    You could be the human contact point for your online business.
    Doing your online business work during the downtime of your music shop hours.

    And, there's nothing quite like a local music shop, is there?
     
  6. aplina

    aplina New Member

    you can use popshop.com
     
  7. TJamMoneyMan

    TJamMoneyMan Well-Known Member

    aplina: popshop.com


    That site didn't look too obvious as to how to set up an online music shop.
    Can you give a brief overview as to how this site would be useful for what he was talking about?
     
  8. Cap1107

    Cap1107 New Member

    I haven't official bought a domain name yet though. I usually use free webs to make my sites. Someone told me it is good to have my domain though.

    I live in AZ & I am also Interested in making my own drum sets that is if I could have access to the tools & machinery, Then I would be able to start a nice business especially because I would be working with what I love. I am down with doing business & thanks for everyone's help.
     
  9. Cap1107

    Cap1107 New Member

    Yeah there's a good feel when you go to a local shop for some reason.
     

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