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Creating an online store

Hello Everyone,
In desperate need of some advice please.

I want to create an online thrift store, but for local purchases only. Purchases would either be picked up or delivered in person. I have an endless supply of antiques, collectibles, clothes, shoes, electronics...etc., so I don't want just a one-time sale, but a "store." Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Why not Etsy or Amazon?

I find a lot of folk try to skip the usual outlets.

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Build A Site

If you want to have your own online store try building a website. There are ecommerce website builder like shopify, bigcommerce, wix, woocommerce, etc. And hire a web developer and digital marketer to help you buid your ecommerce site.

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online store

When it comes to online stores there are many options that you can choose from
You can either go with online marketplaces like eBay, craigslist, gumtree etc
or you can choose to make your own e-commerce site with Shopify or Squarespace
My personal preference is sellist.com/trade where I can not just post my Ads and display my products but I can also start my online store. This helps me be in touch with the customers and identify their needs and provide them with what they actually like and not to forget that they provide a free platform to post these Ads and maintain my store.

Also while doing this I also have my Social Media accounts which I maintain to let people know about my Brand and to give an extra boost to my promotions

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Re: ads

That site seems to restrict itself to India and is useless for all other countries. Since we're an international forum that's certainly relevant. Moreover, the OP has a local store, for personal delivery or pickup. Then having a site that targets all of India makes no sense at all.

So your advice seems to be rather bad.

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Advantages of building your own Ecommerce marketplace

If you’re looking to grow a sustainable business and create your own marketable brand, you need to have your own online store. Let’s take a look at the pro’s and cons of online marketplaces. I’ll also explain why having your own online store is key for Ecommerce marketing and customer acquisition.


Advantages Marketplaces
Potential for More Sales
Marketplaces have a huge online presence and get a ton of daily traffic. Marketplaces will put your products in front of more potential customers. Actually selling to customers on these sites is a different story.
Marketplace Infrastructure
Marketplaces have been developed to host a large variety of products with the ability to host, reach, and sell to a massive amount of buyers everyday.
Credibility and Trust
When you go to a marketplace like Amazon or eBay, there is a sense of credibility and trust because they have been serving customers for quite some time a proven system. It’s a safe bet for a customer to buy from a marketplace because it is familiar.

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Post was last edited on November 26, 2018 11:45 PM PST

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Instagram?

Why not start with Instagram first. You will understand your customers, their needs and wants. Then if it goes well, you can build the website and make a "store".

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Build your own online store with powerful ecommerce platform

You can develop and launch your own online store by choosing right ecommerce marketplace. I would personally suggest you to try "Open source" based ecommerce marketplace. You can gain lot of benefits of choosing right ecommerce platform with essential ecommerce features.You can try pofitec.com multi vendor ecommerce script to build online store.

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Shopify is the best way

Shopify is the best way to start your own ecommerce business, after that in order to target the local audience you need to take the help of digital marketers as well.

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Depends on how much time you have or want to spend.

Since you only want this to be local, I would suggest building a facebook page - then using an established online store / program that lets you list products. If you build your own site from scratch say using wordpress, you are going to spend a considerable amount of time just to get local sales. I think pinterest lets you list products for sale at this point. With any online presence, you are still going to get people asking you to ship the products. And remember that adding all the products and descriptions is going to take a lot of time. I had a friend that had a website for her pirate clothing store, and it got to be too much for her to run the store and the website at the same time.

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Shopify Store

Shopify is best. You can implement facebook pixel app too in your Shopify store to target the right audience it will make your work easier. I have also started the Shopify store and implemented Trackify app, all going well.

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Store

Use Instagram or Facebook rather than creating website.
or else use third-party website to promote your business

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Build Own Online Store

You can create own online store with the help of a web design and development company from where you can sale out your products online and within you can grow your business from local to national.

You can use other third party platform to sale out your products, like, Amazong, ebay craiglist, but nevertheless, I will suggest a web development company who can give you a way to explore your business worldwide.

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