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Old 11-25-2013, 10:03 AM
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Hi ,

I want to discuss this business idea based on importing Egyptian cotton products
including cloths , bed sheets and towels

I thought of Egyptian cotton products because I think it have a good reputation

Also , I can make selling price very competetive for example a 100% quality Egyptian cotton printed t-hirt can reach USA with $ 7 if retail or $ 6 wholesale

My problem is about marketing as I will not be able to pay $ 5000 a month for a retail store in a shopping center so my marketing options will be as

1- Web store , Facebook ads , Amazon or similar sites
2- Knocking doors of potential customers like hotels for bed sheets and towels or cloth shops
3- Offerring in a flea market at weekends
4- Mobile trailer that target crowds and events

My concerns are is this marketing plan realistic or I do need physical store and does Egyptian cotton products reputation is still good and worthy to work in ?


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Old 11-25-2013, 12:37 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Yes, they are good products but we buy them at Costco. If you can beat their prices and get people to try you out, you might have a chance. I wouldn't bother with flea markets, those people are looking for dirt cheap, and I doubt people at events would buy sheets and towels. Before talking to hotels you need to see what they are paying now. Most are chains that have contracts for huge shipments and you may not be able to compete.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:48 PM
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I think the online store is your best bet.

The other thing is to make sure your products are distinctive enough. High thread counts, cool designs, and whatever else makes you different from products that one can buy at Target or Wal Mart. It will help your price point, too.

And if you have an online store, make sure you invest in a good SEO strategy so that people researching sheets and the whatnot can find you.

Also, I would check out sites such as etsy.com. It's a site for people who sell products such as yours.
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