I was planning on creating a new website where I am to sell custom built gaming systems. I was wondering if anyone might want to help. This business is going to be hosted by a friend of mine, who is also a computer guru, but he is very knowledgeable at webhosting. I was wondering if anyone would want to help me advertise/run this business. Basically you do this:
1.) Buy the parts they want from a respectable dealer (eg. Newegg). *Do not buy from a retail shop!*
2.) Put the parts together and set it up with the prefered OS
3.) Recieve payment to secure line and then ship product (once the money is redeemed there).
Suggestions and such would be very useful. I think this is a definate idea, but I cannot promise you anything.
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Hey?? sounds like you are going to hold a website selling computers that other people are going to build then your going to sell them.. So what happens when someone wants their money back. and how are you going to organise the computers??
I think that there are about 5 people on here that have computer system selling websites..
I seemed to have worded it wrong (I meant that if you worked on it with me, you would do so):
1.) I would purchase the parts for the customer want from a respectable dealer (eg. Newegg). *Do not buy from a retail shop!*
2.) Then I would assemble the computer together and install the preferred operating system.
3.) Upon recieving payment to secure line, I would then ship product (once the money is redeemed there).
Basically I would buy the parts they wanted the system for, assemble it, load it, and then sell it.
The the customer would have a custom built computer completely assembled and loaded by people who know what they are doing, not some guy in Japan scrapping parts together on an assembly line.
I am just trying to get it going. Workers and such will be handled later. Anyway, the main idea is so:
I have my own AMD 64 3200+ system with software to make a good website and friends with some good experience. Once the site is up and running, I will offer my system because I do not have the money to buy a whole new one. With the money made, I build a new system. Then sell that. And I basically use the systems before they sell. So then they have prime testing. As the profits begin to roll in, I will start it out with workers. I already have someone interested in the UK. So then we can ship global, without the immense problems.
Assuming that the business will be slow in the beginning, I will have a good while to test. But as the business gets bigger and harder to manage, I will defaintly need more help. Thats when the workers come in. I don't have the money right now to support workers. This is generally because the sales will be really slow in the beginning. Thanks for the consideration.
But a friend of mine went to college as a business major and owns 2 stores. He said he was willing to help. And with my friend to help me program the payment, shopping carts, and other things like that, I think that I'm not in any deep trouble.
Anyway, who wants a system off a assembly line (besides someone who doesn't need the power of a custom gaming system or is ignorant on it)
My father is still in the business and hasn't retired. The wholesale place he buys them from are hardly different. I have found that the CPUs and Mobos are cheaper at Newegg than his wholesale dealers.
Anyway, getting OEM parts is like getting a Dell, they offer minimal or no warranty. Why would someone want a AMD 64 X2 4800+ to fry 4 months in a freak accident and being screwed over?
I want this business to make a point that we are better than those assembly line production companies that are overrated.
where does you old man have accounts?? .. for obvious reasons i cant post what i pay for items, but it's generally FAR below newegg...
or if you don't like OEM from the manufacturer, get distributer accounts all i can say is shop around.. there's lots distributers: ASI, avnet, INGRAM, techdata, supercom, bell.. i would assume they'd be lower than Newegg too
If you figure out who Newegg buys thier parts from, then that might be a good distributer to go with.
Its hard to convince the "common people" that an "off the shelf pc" sucks. And that they should buy a "custom system". You gotta figure out who your target audience is. And figure out what they want.
Also you gotta be pretty competitive with places like CyperPower and iBuyPower because they build somewhat "custom" machines with low prices. People may buy from them if thier cheaper. Most people will just buy from whatever is cheaper you see. So buying those parts from a distributer for very low prices like everyone is saying is key here.
This is true. But thats the point. I aiming for computer literates who would prefer to not build their own. The OEM product idea defies my ethics.
I have grown up working on computers (I'm in college). I fixed the nowaday problems when I was 16 and such, so I saw the pathetic problems in assembly line products. I just get too annoyed at their lack of care into the computer. I just couldn't deal with how they sold computers with hardly any warranty and junk promotional software. And they make it big. I can't deal with the idea that I would be making a temporary or long-term living selling the corrupt why my competitor. Even if I made a few million dollars... the ethics are lost.
And worse yet... I hire people and they make money helping hurt other peoples lives because they cannot afford another replacement because of my arrogance.
OK heres how you need to get going and started.
This is a list of software that you will want to use... self serving.
Xampp (server with SSL)
OS commerece (or you PHP4Shop with mambo) - like my computer shop
Mambo (with shop)
Some wholesale places prices are rubbish. I have found that having a list (mines about 50) of suppliers can help with finding the right prices for the hardware.
Pricing and having that cutting edge 'gimick' will lead to sales, SEO is the main thing that you need to do, I take it that you have looked at the competetion local to you? and you know how to carry out SEO so that your computers can be found over the other suppliers.
Pricing is quie hard to do, $hite computers are cheap and many be labled with the same hard ware that you are using, so to the average Joe, there isnt any differnce but the pricing.
One trick is the one I used, where I have performance charts of my systems which I have put against the likes of the Dell XPS and Alienware (Dell in another box)
once you have done that then its just a price per performance that will matter.
The market you seam to be going for is not really that 'safe' people who know about computer but are lazy and dont want to build there own computers wont pay alot for someone else to built it for them,
This market - means to turn a profit you have to get the parts for less than retail, chrage at the retail price than add $100 for building the systems.