Insider's Guide to Furniture & the Home Furnishings Industry

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Which country is best to buy furniture that is cheap so that I may sell then online?

There are many different countries that make "cheap" furniture. Many of them are in Asia but Mexico and Eastern Europe are also potential sources. So is the U.S.

Finding a good and reliable source is only the first challenge you will face.

The process of selling "cheap" furniture online may sound simple, but there are many potential problems.

A single container of defective product can put a small start-up out of business.

Shipping cheap products to your customers is another potential minefield.

Items that survived an ocean excursion in a container may not survive the much shorter (but more brutal) trip in a UPS or Fed Ex truck.

Also, you need to take into consideration that major online retailers like Amazon and Wayfair have probably negotiated shipping rates that are at least 50% lower than than you can get.

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