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Q: Top Selling Items on the Internet ( Answered,   9 Comments )
Subject: Top Selling Items on the Internet
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: jtrevino32-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 20 Apr 2002 09:38 PDT
Expires: 27 Apr 2002 09:38 PDT
Question ID: 2322
What would be the top five best home businesses to start when compared to the 
best selling items on the Internet?

Clarification of Question by jtrevino32-ga on 20 Apr 2002 11:16 PDT
non-sexual please

Request for Question Clarification by skis4jc-ga on 24 Apr 2002 16:38 PDT
Are you asking what are the top five items sold on the internet?
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
Answered By: penguin-ga on 25 Apr 2002 12:54 PDT
Hi jtrevino32!

I recommend starting a business in relation to what you really enjoy.
If your passion involves some of the best selling items on the
Internet, you could think of a clever marketing scheme to attract
customers worldwide.

"The profitable companies are the ones with a well-defined niche that
didn't have to go out and spend millions to get customers to come to
them," ActivMedia director of research Harry Wolhandler told the
E-Commerce Times.
“Look Who's Making Money Online - Without the Heavy Lifting“ by Keith
Regan. (July 11, 2001) E-Commerce Times .com

The best selling items on the Internet include books, cds, DVDs,
videos, toys, games, electronics, camera & photo, software, kitchen &
houseware, outdoor living, and tools. If any of these items interest
you, you may consider selling them from home.  Take the first five,
and start your home business!

Additional Websites that may interest you: 

Top Ten Internet Business Opportunities

A list of best selling items for the Internet updated hourly.

A great resource to help you with your vision:

For 101 Homebased Franchises:
Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 For 2002,4731,12-12---HO-,00.html

For free counseling to inventors and entrepreneurs:
The Entrepreneur Network (TEN)

Search Terms Used: 
Entrepreneur "Top Ten Internet Business"

Good Luck!

Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: mayday-ga on 20 Apr 2002 10:03 PDT
oke, it looks silly but the nr.1 selling item on the internet is "the vibrator"

so if you want 2 make some money by selling stuff on the net. try 2 sell this 
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: jtrevino32-ga on 20 Apr 2002 11:15 PDT
Thank you.  What I'm really looking for is something non-sex related.  
Nonetheless, it is pretty interesting that vibrators are the best sellinbg 
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: florishoppe-ga on 20 Apr 2002 11:27 PDT
it depends on what you would like to sell. you've got small things, like 
penciles etc. and i can imagine they sell thousands of that, but you won't 
raise a lot of money with that. software is sold a lot too, but the profit 
isn't that high, i think.   so, it totally depends in which sector you want to 
sell things.

(from the Netherlands)
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: tyst-ga on 20 Apr 2002 12:07 PDT
Online Casinos are actually a big money-maker!   I've personally blown over 
$400 on them!  There's a directory of Casino affiliate programs at  

For an actual product, I think I'd have to say lightbulbs.  Start a web site!  
Let companies subscribe to your lightbulb delivery service!   When I was in 
high school we sold lightbulbs door to door and I actually went to large 
companies, hotels, motels, malls, and even hospitals and brought in exactly 
$5800 in one week.   Hotels and motels were my biggest buyers.  Believe it or 
not, a good percentage of guests actually steal the lightbulbs from their rooms 
when they leave.   It would save time and money if they could just get 
quarterly shipments instead of going to the store like everyone else.  

The product I'd never sell on the net:  Pet food.   By the time it shipped, 
your pet would be dead.  

Hope this helps!
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: marcow-ga on 20 Apr 2002 15:53 PDT
If you want to start selling thing on the internet DON'T start with a top5 
product, the competition is WAY to big!

Develop a site on your hobby or interest, the more specific it is the better. 
And from there you will be able to search for related products to sell. Niche 
marketing is the way to go, don't comtete with hundreds of thousands (or even 
millions) of others.
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: northernguru-ga on 20 Apr 2002 17:25 PDT
I agree with Marcow to stay away from the top five areas.  Travel is by far 
generates the most revenue but do you want to compete with Expedia or 

Pick a niche and design a really good website and track the user experience.  
I highly recommend the book from Ken Evoy at for any 
niche market.

Good luck.
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: smiles-ga on 20 Apr 2002 23:35 PDT
The best, easiest, cheapest, and often the most productive thing to sell on the 
internet is INFORMATION! If you have an idea you've been milling around, or 
maybe an expertise you have that others don't - write about it and sell it 
online. Hundreds of different "e-book" sites exist on the web and many do very 
well. Of course, everything from the site design, enticing ad copy, to even the 
domain name you choose will affect the amount of sales you make. But if done 
right you could make some nice pocket change. Create a website, accept payment 
with paypal,, or, and give the buyer instant access 
to the INFORMATION. Once it's all set up, the site runs on autopilot while 
you're out playing with the kids or swinging the golf club.
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: marillion-ga on 21 Apr 2002 04:12 PDT
I think this information can help:
 There's best selling items in Internet in a number of different categories
Subject: Re: Top Selling Items on the Internet
From: kudut-ga on 24 Apr 2002 11:38 PDT
It is difficult to sell a product, whether it is physical or informational in 
nature.  The best online selling takes place on websites, such as Yahoo or eBay 
or Amazon, which bring together massive amounts of companies or individuals, 
each selling their wares.

I've bought computer desks, an accordian, much software, several unique chairs, 
many books, used computers, and three typewriters and word processors, among 
other things.  I tend to buy from sources which I feel are trustworthy; one bad 
transaction, and I rarely go back.  

Ultimately, though, I agree with marcow.  Specialize.  If you have an 
invention, or you have written your own book and have the equipment to print 
and bind in small quantities, you can make extra money that way.  Do you have 
artistic talent?  Make small, unique items with a large markup, such as 
jewelry, painted boxes, and the like.

If you have something that is unique, yet still fits within a specialty niche, 
you should do well online.  You can do especially well if your product is the 
type that can get repeat business.


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