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Import in Switzerland - profitable segements

Those of you who have been doing business in Switzerland for some time now, or those who know the market well, what do you think are lucrative import segments?

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Those of you who have been doing business in Switzerland for some time now, or those who know the market well, what do you think are lucrative import segments?

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Not sure I understand the question....you want to be an importer of goods which aren't available here, or you want to import goods but better and cheaper than other importers, or you want to sell things here from abroard?
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Re: Import in Switzerland - profitable segements

[QUOTE=Caviarchips;1537643you want to import goods but better and cheaper than other importers[/QUOTE]

that one. I'm sorry I didn't make myself clear from the start.
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Probably best you do your own leg work, why should i tell you what makes money only to have you come back and bite me in the ass with increased competiton ?

Now if you got a good idea and can convince me it may work, i am ready to invest
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Re: Import in Switzerland - profitable segements

every business can be profitable. every business, has many companies or people to engage in, but some win, some lose, therefore, it depends who deal with it. you got to know whats your advantage, unique, what might makes u a winner here?
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Re: Import in Switzerland - profitable segements

There are a few. Key is to develop your customer base. Good luck with getting a straight answer, I am not sure that anyone serious importer will share their business secrets here. I know I won't

But to point you in the right direction here are a few ideas:

Go to the supermarket and see what you think is an overpriced product.
Check out the supply sources overseas and calculate your landed cost here in CH.
If there is significant gap between your landed cost and Swiss retail...I would suggest minimum 3x, probably more like 5x to de-risk your project, then you might have a product.

So if you have found a product you need to investigate your route to market. This is the art and the skill that will make or break you. Go to Ricardo.ch, ebay.ch, scour the internet, search the phone book for companys who distribute this product and approach them for a price. Also visit their warehouse and see how much of a serious operation they are i.e. a serious competitor, or some guy selling out of the boot of his car.

Do not make the mistake of creating a self fulfilling prophecy where you believe you have found the incredible gap in the market. Maybe you have, chances are you haven't. But that does not mean you cannot make money.

Importing is the easy bit, creative commercial ideas to create demand is where the real value add comes.

Tell me...do you have experience in running your own business and selling? Or is this a get rich quick idea?

Cheers and good luck mate,

Rich
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