This is the second part of a 3 piece article on mini importation please do well to read the first part in order to understand this part.
So now you have all what is needed to start a mini importation business. A mail box, a VISA prepaid card and access to the internet (through a smart phone, laptop or cyber café) the next major thing now is how to actually shop online and ship to Ghana.
When shopping online ,its important to be patient and go through other choices or options from different sellers. An online shopping platform like aliexpress has lots of vendors and its advisable to consider other sellers as some offer better deals than others. Shopping on some of this platforms has the buyers market effect (thus the buyer has the option of so many sellers and hence the buyer has the upper hand in choosing whom he wants). So check other options .
Also ,when shopping for the goods especially on a platform like aliexpress, you should always check out the products with the “free Shipping” option as this gives you the opportunity to get your goods without paying hugely for shipping it would however take between 20 to30 days to receive your goods. But you can also opt to pay for shipping in which case your goods would arrive much earlier.
Another important thing is that, after you have decided on the seller with the best offer, involve the seller in a private chat to discuss other discount and shipments arrangements that he might have for you.
When you are now fully satisfied with your order , you proceed to check out where you would be required to enter your payments details. Follow the instructions to enter this details , its important to have a good internet connectivity to prevent multiple clicking during payments which might lead to multiple payments.
It’s also important to note that Aliexpress and Dealxtreme for instance acts as intermediaries between the seller and the buyer and hence your payments is actually held in trust by the online shop until you (the seller) confirm receipt of the goods in the exact same shape or type as advertised by the seller. The seller therefore would give you a 60 day purchase cover in which to confirm the receipt of the goods. You could open a dispute if goods are not received or are very different from what you ordered or as advertised hence there should be no cause for alarm as your payments is safe.
With the above steps completed, the next challenge would be how to market the products you imported in other to make some profits. Remember again everything has a potential market. The next article would tackle some marketing techniques to help you sell your imported products here in Ghana.
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