Posts tagged ‘Worldwide Brands’

Do You Need to Go to IRCE?

March 7th, 2009

IRCE stands for the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition, the major trade show for E-retailers. It is being held June 15-18 at the Boston Convention Center. There is definitely a culture split in the internet business: there is the corporate internet world —,,,  Meijers, Kohl’s — you get the idea. Then there are us scruffy guys — upstarts, guerillas, part-timers, millionaires-to-be. IRCE is corporate. It’s THE trade show for E-retailers but it’s overkill if you’re just starting out and working on the basics of building your empire. There are separate “tracks” you can attend. There is a Track B: Corporate Management and a Trade D: Small Retailers (as well as tracks for Operations, Marketing…) But judging from the conferences and workshops “Small Retailers” is for “Mid-size Retailers” in our humble opinion. (workshops like negotiating with vendors, how to right-size your fulfillment center — fullfillment center?! You mean our garage?). Unless you are mid-sized, Worldwide Brands is a great solution, at least to start.  One interesting note: the founders of are scheduled to speak. We’ll talk about them in a future post. (But keep this is mind: Zazzle is not a “small retailer” — the Google founders invested $16 million in the company.)

Of course, one day, you may find you have built an empire, and you — or your employees — will need to attend — or exhibit — at this trade show. But for now, just be aware of it — for later. If you do wanna go now, go to The standard 2-Day Conference and workshops pass is $1,295 (early bird special $1,195 before April 1).  But like we said, we’d rather invest that two grand into a smart Google Adwords campaign, so we will have much more money to attend later on, if we wanna.

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Best Place to Find Products to Sell Online

March 1st, 2009

If you want to set up an online store, and you want to find product to sell, we can’t think of a better, more reputable source out there than Chris Malta’s Worldwide Brands. Their motto is that nice guys can finish first. This cannot be overstated. If you type in “drop-shipping” in Google, you will be inundated with pages of pitches and deals. Be careful! There are a lot of crooks out there. Meanwhile, Chris and his team continually search out the good products and negotiate with manufacturers for reasonable costs and terms. They concentrate on product that can be drop-shipped. Chris has a free E-book here — no strings attached. It’s called “Starting Your Internet Business Right”. If you are interested, there’s a one-time fee for lifetime membership. UPDATE: Btw, this is a great resource for finding stuff to sell on

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