You can skip the explanation, if you wish, and jump to the actual question, which is after the horizontal diving line.
I come originally from Stack Overlow, where the rules have changed such that any question which smacks of recommendation or being opinion-based gets very, very quickly shut down (sigh! I have been round long enough to remember when we had a
books tag there).
However, some friends asked me to ask here, as they are too lazy to set up an account (and argue which would). Despite that, I really want to hep them, but I don't want to lose what little rep I have to downvotes.
[Question] three friends who lost their employment during Covid times are discussing ways to generate some income. Two of them are for on-lien selling, most likely drop shipping on eBay, Aamzon, etc. The third is disparaging, and says that that seam has been mined dry long ago and the margins must be wafer-tin by now.
Is there anyway that I can post an on-tropic question to help them?
- ask for any source of data on profit margins?
- per site?
- per type of item? E.g do electronics have a better margin than pet toys? Do high price items have a bigger margin? I suspect that eBay might provide some data, which might be extrapolatable to other sites.
- are any niches currently under active, seller-wise?
- ask for guides & tutorials? This sounds like opinion-based to me. Also, I expect that such things might not age well, although they could give good general guidelines
- what alternatives are there for them to generate income? (probably too broad)
Since drop shipping form CHina has a lead time, it might be necessary to purchase in advance, but that obviously has ramifications.
Ok, I think than you get the gist of the nub of the essence of the crux of the direction of the drift of my potential question.
- is that sort of thing on-topic at all?
- is the above roughly acceptable? If not, how can I make is acceptable?