Is it possible to sell products on the web without owning a website? At first glance it would seem to be impossible. However, after closer inspection and research, there are solutions. The popularity of the internet spurs activity, which leads to greater creativity. And creativity advances new and dynamic applications of the web that lead to opportunity.
One such opportunity is the idea that a company or person can sell products on the web without having a website. Sounds crazy, but it is true. In a traditional business environment, where stores are lined up and down the streets, you are able to shop for anything. Yet, there are some stores along those streets that sell products owned by a number of different providers. These shops are known as “consignment” stores.
Yes, different vendors agree to have their products sold by one establishment. This allows a provider to have a location to sell without the burden of running the business. The owner of the store receives a commission for selling items belonging to other vendors. This is a convenient way to do business.
The internet is offering similar solutions for this who do not have a website or do not want a website. It is now possible to find other websites that cater to the idea of selling your products for a small transaction or commission. While eBay is not a consignment website, it does offer people the opportunity to have eBay stores (websites). Vendors may sell products to consumers through the eBay platform. Other websites offer a similar approach. People are able to upload products to sell directly to consumers.
Being able to sell through another company’s website means many things. It means a seller can save time, money and aggravation. It also means that the seller may spend his time on those efforts that are most important – marketing and selling his products. While he realizes that he will lose a portion of the sale to the website owner, the benefits outweigh this consideration.
A huge advantage to selling through another’s website is that you have the potential to show your products to people who may have never seen or heard of you before. By “plugging” into a venue that already has potential consumers, the marketing of your product becomes somewhat easier.
When weighing the advantages of this “consignment” option, is is important to weigh any negatives. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for using the website. Are there any restrictions as to how many items you can sell or limitations as to what you can sell. Are you locked in to an agreement that is not to your advantage. For example, do you have to be a member for a certain period of time? Is there a membership fee? Are there any other fees that would be restrictive? Are you competing against other vendors who sell similar products?
The relationship with any company that offers you the option to sell on its site must be to your advantage. And it must benefit the owner of the website as well. Be flexible and know that the owner of the site is offering you an opportunity.
If the situation is mutually beneficial, you may have only one final concern – how do you get your funds from the website owner? If the website is collecting the funds, be sure to understand how you can get access of the funds without overwhelming conditions. If the access to your funds is favorable, you are in business without a website.