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    Poll for shop

    Hello fellow colonists,

    I’m in the process of opening a shop and would like some feedbacks on the possible options.
    Why? Simply because it will allow ME to offer YOU the best deals

    What are you looking for?

    I have some options in mind:
    1. Crafted components for crafters (offering screws, metal sheets, etc...)
    Simple crafted items but necessary for crafters.

    2. Mining/hunting loots
    Not sure this option will actually go well as most of the stuffs are flooded on the market but having them at good price might be worth it.

    3. Tools (mainly mining)
    There are quite a bit of these already but the location could help (I’ll disclose that later).

    4. A mix of the above with some pets and extras
    What I am worrying about with this option is that the more diversity you offer the less likely you are to get regulars - specialty is usually better but still worth checking what other Entropians want.

    Open to suggestions and comments as long as they are constructives. I want to have something that will benefit us, not me, not you, but US!

    PS: I’ve read the thread on advises to open a shop - very good one. This one is to know what I should concentrate my efforts on, or at least an idea.

    Thanks again!!!

    PS2: Sorry if this post is in the wrong location, not too sure where to put it as not many really look at the “trading/shop” section.

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    Sell what you want. What others tell you to sell cannot dictate what you personally want to do. Some will give suggestions, some good, some bad. Ultimately, if you don't have a business plan or advertise heavily shops won't compete against the luxury of the auction. It still can be fun, but to really get profitable with it you need to figure out what you really want to do.

    Get a shop that sells nutrio cheaper than what you can find on auction and you may have a regular buyer here.

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    Oulaladidon I would certainly be interested in purchasing items. The type of items I use at this stage are enhancers for weapons. I am usually to broke to look for anything else at this stage.

    If you wanted, I would be happy to sell you looted items you may require

    I have no doubts your shop will be a success

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    Good luck with the new shop!

    I'd suggest things like Amps, enhancers, tier components, etc
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    In what regards 1 and, to some extent, 2, you have to somehow put it in trial & error. Respectively, the best crafting clients (high volume ones, known names etc) usually weigh a few tons and they favour staying between the crafting machine, tt and auctioneer. And they usually work with orders.

    Maybe, some sort of specialisation would help? Not sure, I am shooting in the dark here, I am selling my things on AH.

    Anyhow, carefully research your market of choice in terms of range of offers, eventual synergies between offers (e.g. a crafter of tech gizmo would also appreciate animal oils near widgets) and of course volumes.

    Tools tend to be more stable and as long as you have good prices, supply and work on advertising, it should work. I am buying my finders and amps mostly from shops, only as exception from AH.

    In what regards pets, is still sort of wild wild west until we'd have them auctionable and have some price trends. The main issue is (regarding trained pets) the different value buyer and seller would put in the level of the pet and how balanced are the effects, availability, price etc For the given time, I consider my pets wasted money and emotional shopping so to say

    Good luck with your endeavour!

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    A littlest pet shop would be fun! Tonnes of nutrio, animal essence, name tags and some more rare pets.
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    There are already too many pets in stores that do not sell, all you need to do is go wander the malls and you will find them. They are a very small niche market, and one that does not do well.

    Do your research, look at what other shops sell, look at what the well advertised shops do. Trial a few things and see what works, it will take time, effort and persistence. Your biggest competition is the Auction House that is accessible nearly anywhere, so make sure you are pricing appropriately and have a reason for someone to go to your shop.

    Don't be that type of seller where you spend a lot of money on the shop and stock it with junk or put ridiculous prices, otherwise it will just sit there gathering dust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Revan View Post
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    There are already too many pets in stores that do not sell, all you need to do is go wander the malls and you will find them. They are a very small niche market, and one that does not do well.

    Do your research, look at what other shops sell, look at what the well advertised shops do. Trial a few things and see what works, it will take time, effort and persistence. Your biggest competition is the Auction House that is accessible nearly anywhere, so make sure you are pricing appropriately and have a reason for someone to go to your shop.

    Don't be that type of seller where you spend a lot of money on the shop and stock it with junk or put ridiculous prices, otherwise it will just sit there gathering dust.


    I sold 7 pets in 3 days. Ofcourse it looks like they are gathering dust, but they are not, because I simply replace them with fresh ones. Simple pets sell for 1 ped, I sell the Atrox/leprechaun pet for 2, and sapphire pets for 7.
    I also sold ancient pets for 30-50 ped.
    The location of your shop is key. Mine is visible from the teleporter at Genesis HQ
    And yeah, making sure you are always a bit below auction house pricing helps.

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    Thank you all for your feedback so far.

    I already had an idea on what to do with it, but seeing the comments so far helped me to adjust the plan.
    I'm visiting malls and shops at least once a day to see what's good and what's not, what's on offer and what's not.

    I have some contacts and ideas to get the best deals, but I'll need to try and error.

    One question though, do you look at the advertisement panels scattered throughout Caly? "Passive" advertisement is a bit expensive but could be a good option - but if you are like me, you'd barely look at them and I feel like it's not really worth it - it might be just me though...

    Hopefully I'll open shop in couple of weeks. It's a pretty good location being close to the TP.

    Thanks again.

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    Whatever you decide to sell, the key to success is advertising.
    Use all the different venues available to promote your service such as the various forums, Discord channels, in game trade channels and even the in game ad terminal if you can afford it.
    Bump your posts daily and spam hourly.
    Best of luck with your shop.

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