Unfortunately, there are some unreliable distributors out there who do not deliver quality service. And if a customer has a bad experience with the delivery of a product, he or she does not care whose fault it is. You are ultimately at fault.
Over my career as a sales person, I sold a variety of products in a variety of selling situations. From suits and sport coats in a retail men’s store, to capital equipment to schools, to surgical staplers to surgeons in the operating room, to 70,000 line items for a hvac supply. I always did well, and was the number one sales person in the nation for two different companies and two distinctly different selling situations.
OTransportation. You have to have something to carry your products to your retailer. If you don’t have trucks, you may consider looking up dropshipping.
Once a product reaches to the next entity in the chain, few bucks are added to the manufacturing cost. Hence, higher a product travels to reach the retailer or consumer, greater is the cost. What if you eliminate some nodes and obtain the finished product in bulk before it traverses lot?
Get some back up information on manufacturers. A little bit of researching online or reading of books and magazines are important. Doing a search will allow you to understand how your specialized items are being distributed and by who. It will also give you a good glimpse into what to expect from the market and you will be able to get tips and feedback from manufacturers as well as distributors such as yourself.
You can decide to stock up on goods since music CDs are not perishable. The problem will be which CDs you should stock up on. Getting a feel of the market and keeping yourself updated will help you narrow your options.
The business partners I found that wanted to work from home while making money came from all walks of life. The first active partner I found had less money than me and we decided to pool our resources and energy to find those people that wanted to work at home.