My Secret Sourcing Source – Kole Imports

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So I got this email about 2 months ago from a guy named Ty. It wasn’t unusual that I received some sort of salesy email, but this one caught my eye. 

“Hey Chris,

I appreciate the opportunity to tell you more about our business and what we offer.

Kole Imports is in its 31st year of business and we are one of the nation’s largest direct importers of general merchandise.  We have products ranging from dollar store merchandise all the way up to $30-$50 retail items.   We sell to everyone from your local discount stores all the way up to national chains like Walmart, Boscov’s, DD’s Discounts and many more.

I developed our FBA services here where customers can purchase on our website and we can prep and ship their orders straight in to one or multiple fulfillment centers. We have thousands of products to choose from and a great selection of optional prep services.  Everything from labeling to bundling to repackaging and more. 

With our labeling service customers have the option to essentially private label one of our generic products and create their own product pages.  We have seen great results with this approach.

The process is super easy and streamlined and is explained in the FBA guide that I wrote here.

I can go on but not sure how much detail you are looking for.

I think this would be a great opportunity for your members.  We would also be willing to create some custom coupon codes for you that can be given out to the group that would help save even more off our wholesale prices.  I’ve also done webinars and live presentations on our services in the past and would be happy to do the same.

Feel free to reach out via phone or email of you have any more questions or need more details.

Looking forward to the relationship!”

That was word for word the email I received. The part that caught my eye was: “I developed our FBA services here where customers can purchase on our website and we can prep and ship their orders straight in to one or multiple fulfillment centers.”

So instead of running into the Facebook group and telling everyone and their brother about this service, I decided to do what I do best: Test, test, test.

So I talked with Ty a little bit further and I decided to place an order. I went onto their site and found an item that I was interested in purchasing: Tabletop Pool Table

The awesome part of this entire purchase was that I never actually touched the inventory. I sent them an FBA shipping label and they handled the rest.

This sounds too good to be true. Well, that’s exactly what I thought until I got this.

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 8.03.28 PM

And then this: Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 8.03.15 PM

After I those two sales, I started selling the rest of the inventory quickly. And now I’m out of stock.

So my experiment gave me proof of concept and I decided that it was time to order more. And that’s where the screenshots stop and the intrigue begins.

Now. We decided to do a little negotiating and we secured our readers a deal that can be used over and over again.

At checkout, just use code: FBAMaster and you will save 6% off every purchase. No strings attached. No minimum order. Just use the code and save. Make sure to also include Ty as your sales rep – He is the one that made this all possible.

So now that everyone knows about this awesome source, you will need a plan to set yourself apart from everyone else. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Don’t buy 1,000 of anything right off the bat. That is screaming STUPID.
  2. Really investigate the PL side of things. I think the biggest potential for this sourcing site is the private labeling capabilities.
  3. If you are up for drop shipping, there are some opportunities here as well.
  4. Think outside of Amazon. Don’t get pigeoned holed right away.

Now, I want to stress that there aren’t a ton of hoops to jump through to be able to purchase on Kole Imports. That being said, the competition will be higher than other wholesale sourcing sites. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take this into consideration and take the steps to set yourself apart.

And remember

When you shop at Kole Imports, just use code: FBAMaster and you will save 6% off every purchase. No strings attached. No minimum order. Just use the code and save. Make sure to also include Ty as your sales rep – He is the one that made this all possible.

Have a great night!

CW

4 thoughts on “My Secret Sourcing Source – Kole Imports

  • March 29, 2016 at 9:39 am
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    Really interesting post. I looked up the product you talked about by entering the UPC code into Amazon but that product came up at around the 20-25 dollar mark. Which when you consider the buying price is $14 isn´t that good.

    But then I found your listing for $40.96 which is way more than the other listings. You have obviously managed to get the sales at that price too. But the picture you have used is completely different than the one shown on Kole webpage. So how did you come to find a completely different picture than what everyone else is using? As you say you did not even touch the product so were not able to take a picture.

    So how did you manage to do this, because I am sure that is what has made your sales happen.

    Very interesting post and I would like to know more about how you did this.

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  • March 30, 2016 at 3:14 am
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    I’m interest in hearing you reply to the above question. Hope you don’t mind sharing.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 10:58 am
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    If you google image search the product, several different images come up.

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  • June 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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    Amazon seems to be on all the listings with TONS in stock!!!

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