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    Smile Card Shop Owners and Collectors...Questions for you

    Kinda been wanting to do this for awhile now, but with it being the new year, I would kinda like to try and have a real mini card shop online. I tried this some time ago, but didnt know wht I was really doing, but now I want to try this again, and I have a few questions before I start. I have a site set up already, it just needs to have a few things redone.

    Anyway, here are a couple questions to start:

    Card Shop Owners...What products or items sell the best? Keep in mind this will be sports cards only, with 95% being baseball and football

    Collectors...What do you buy that you would like to see a card shop sell or have as inventory?

    Thanks all
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    I'd get a saltwater fish tank instead.


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    Ok...Not sure what the point of that comment was...
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    He's right. I'd recommend 100 gallon, at least!

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    Re: Card Shop Owners and Collectors...Questions for you

    Advice keep your business your business and your hobby your hobby.


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    Veteran online store guys will tell you that Mid-range, kinda rare refractors/parallels/inserts of Hard-to-find Star players always do surpisingly well and get better prices than you'd expect.

    Also, if you can figure out a good way to offer Supplies and a cheap way to ship them would probably be a good move...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghumbs View Post
    He's right. I'd recommend 100 gallon, at least!
    Not sure what you people are talking about but it makes no sense and doesnt have anything to do with the topic or questions I asked.

    cgilmo...I agree, but I have wanted to do this for a long time...and I am pretty sure alot of card shop owners have a hobby as well, so I think I can mix it well
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    Quote Originally Posted by gt2590 View Post
    Veteran online store guys will tell you that Mid-range, kinda rare refractors/parallels/inserts of Hard-to-find Star players always do surpisingly well and get better prices than you'd expect.

    Also, if you can figure out a good way to offer Supplies and a cheap way to ship them would probably be a good move...
    Thank you for actually providing good advice
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    Re: Card Shop Owners and Collectors...Questions for you

    I failed.


    If magic the gathering with it's most popular product of all time didn't bail me out I'd be bankrupt.
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    Not sure what you mean by that post, but thanks I think
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    I think everyone is trying to warn that Brick and Mortar stores can be tough to keep in Business.

    I thought your planned Store was more Online only and you had a good amount of Inventory already...
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    Re: Card Shop Owners and Collectors...Questions for you

    Quote Originally Posted by BiggioBrooks755 View Post
    Not sure what you mean by that post, but thanks I think
    You do know that I own a card shop right?


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    [MENTION=1720]cgilmo[/MENTION], legit question:

    Are their any indoor batting cages that offer instruction around you? The ones in Indiana seem to be swamped all the time and I felt like a small shop in front would get good crossover customers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jbhofmann View Post
    @cgilmo, legit question:

    Are their any indoor batting cages that offer instruction around you? The ones in Indiana seem to be swamped all the time and I felt like a small shop in front would get good crossover customers.
    Brian McCann has a place near my store but other than that not really.

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    When you say "mini card shop online" what do you mean? The main avenue to sell cards is through another site like ebay, comc, or message boards. I don't see a lot of card shop sites doing good business outside of the big box/case sellers. Tough to get traffic to your site, hard to get people to trust buying from a total unknown, and you would have to deal with building/hosting a site and online payments through a shopping cart function.

    Start small, go to local card shows/shops and hunt for overlooked deals in quarter/dollar bins or buy lots on ebay and do the elbow grease of breaking them up and selling them as singles to maximize profit. Go with what you know, trying something that you don't know about is a sure way to lose money.

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