Amazon and eBay have been great marketplaces for a lot of merchants. At some point, Etsy decided there should be a marketplace for handcrafted items.
The market has rewarded them greatly for this innovation with more than $500 Million in business.
So what kind of marketplaces you can build? Typically, online marketplaces are either targeting a niche market or a geological area. There are so many possibilities for successful online marketplaces that you can build.
Here are some ideas that we came up with for online marketplaces:
1. You can begin an online marketplace similar to Amazon or Etsy that sells gourmet foods. Gourmet foods are becoming increasingly expensive. However, people are willing to pay more for higher quality, healthier food items.
2. A more specific marketplace like Amazon or Etsy can be created for hypo allergic food. It is difficult to shop in a grocery store and check each item that you would like to purchase if there are peanuts because you have an allergy. Browsing through item descriptions online would save time and you could start a marketplace with many more options for these people.
3. Start an online marketplace for cheese or other crafted food products. Fine cheeses and wines can be pricey. Even craft beers would be great!
4. You can develop a marketplace like Amazon or Etsy for hand crafted items from places that people do not have the ability to find or reach such as Michigan. Smaller craft stores or handmade goods sell detailed products that would be sometimes impossible to replicate.
5. Consider starting an online farmers market! Fresh produce and other goods are wonderful, but not necessarily available to everyone. Consumers would have to travel to a co-op or farm stand type store that may not be available in their area.
6. You can have many artists and designers sell jewelry in a more specialized online marketplace. Rare gemstones, beads, and other materials are often extremely successful on the web.
7. Online marketplaces do not necessarily have to sell physical products. Setup an online marketplace for e-books. Bookstores are becoming outdated since everything is now digital.
8. Sell insurance products on a marketplace like Amazon or Etsy. Your sellers may have competitive prices and there can be hefty commissions.
9. 3D printing is definitely a direction where technology is headed. Develop an online marketplace like Amazon or Etsy where you can sell 3D printed designs. Watches and other cool items that are 3D printed are trending, but hard to find.
10. You can simply set up and online marketplace solely for children’s toys similar to Amazon or Etsy. Children’s toys can be either pricey or hard to find. Current toys that are trending have high demand, especially during the holidays.
11. Finally, you could setup a marketplace like Etsy or Amazon for boutiques stores. The most fashionable clothing can be hard to find or be designed by smaller brands. They also have larger price tags.
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