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Your Questions About New Niches

Betty asks…

How can I profit off of the future collapse of the economy?

O.K. I am not trying to be Monty Burns here, I would just like to know if there are any niches, brainstorming ideas, or investments that you might view as beneficial during a future recession/depression. Thank you kindly.

New Niche Finder answers:

Three standbys, gold, guns and butter. But you are assuming that the economy will collapse so significantly over the short term than traditional investments will be worthless, and that commodity prices have not be overbid.

Daniel asks…

How do eBay powersellers get shipping for so cheap?

Lately as I’ve been getting into eBay business, only operating in niches, I’ve noticed in some of the more saturated markets that some people are selling $1 items (like pedometers) with free shipping. In Canada, a postage stamp costs a dollar itself (which is big enough to house that item), and I want to know how the sellers are able to ship the item so cheaply.

New Niche Finder answers:

They buy wholesale most likely overseas and pay only a ew cents for each item. They also get better listing fees for selling so much. If they sold an item for 1 buck with free shipping then they probably made 30-40 cents off of the deal by the time the fees are subtracted. We can only guess at times but I enjoy the deals.


Jenny asks…

Where do I find a list of manufacturers of unique products to sell?

I am interested in finding unique, niche products that I can sell in my store. Can anyone point me in the direction of where I might be able to find a list of manufacturers of this?

New Niche Finder answers:

If you just want to check the link an not read my long reply, here’s the link to a great list of manufacturers, drop shippers, and wholesalers. The best one on the net, SaleHoo:


Finding a niche market is one of the key ingredients to really making it in online selling. Did you know that beginner sellers are much more successful when they appeal to a very small market, rather than trying to appeal to everyone?

Finding a niche isn’t always easy – it takes time and persistence to find the right product to sell. To get you thinking, and to give you a few inspiring ideas, we have researched 5 product niche ideas to share with you. While some niche ideas might seem abstract to newbie sellers, that is exactly what a great niche is – very precise and seemingly difficult to source.
Niche Item #1: Heart Rate Monitors

These are used by athletes and gym bunnies or by people who need to keep an eye on their heart rate.

Why they are an exciting niche item:

* They have a 75% success rate on eBay (75% of all monitors listed on eBay in the last three months sold!)
* They are lightweight and easy to ship and store
* One size fits all

Niche Item #2: Plus Size Shoes

Many big-foot’s out there find it very difficult to find shoes that will fit them comfortably from regular retail stores.

Why they are a super niche item:

* While these are commonly made by popular shoe makers, stores often order only a handful of pairs in larger sizes, which means that more and more, our big-footed friends must turn to buying online to get what they need.
* They have a high success rate on eBay (women’s size 11 sell at 61.9% and men’s size 14 at 75%
* Both men and women alike can require plus size shoes (Hot tip: women’s size 11+ high heels could make a great little niche)

Niche Item #3: Plus Size Maternity Wear

Another plus-size item with huge success on eBay

It’s a profitable niche because:

* Maternity and baby gear always works because people are always going to have babies, so you’ll never run out of customers!
* Clothing items are easy to ship as they light and not fragile.

Niche Item #4: Military Insignia

Collectibles always make great niches and you can dig really deep to find the best ones. They are also perfect for people who are interested in them – you’ll find it much easier and much more rewarding when you sell something you enjoy. To really niche it up, go for US military insignia from the Vietnam War which is big on eBay.

Why military insignia makes an excellent niche:

* It rarely dates or goes out of fashion
* There are so many sub-niches to discover like Russian war medals and World War 2 helmets.

Niche Item #5: Antique Clocks

Another great collectible item

They are a first-rate niche because:

* You’ll appeal to both collectors and home decorators
* They have an eBay success rate of over 67%
* You can often pick these up very cheaply from flea markets and yard sales, then sell them on to make a profit

Niche items really are the way to go for newbie sellers and there are so many out there to keep you interested and best of all, make you money!


Mandy asks…

How do wolves and lynx minimise competition where their ranges overlap?

I know both wolves and lynx occupy much of the same range, and both prey heavily on deer. So surely there must be some degree of competition between them? How do they reduce this? My best guess is that lynx prey on smaller deer and deer fawns, whereas wolves eat larger adult deer and other herbivores like bison and musk ox, which the lynx rarely tackles.

So what particular niches do both species occupy in their ecosystem?

New Niche Finder answers:

I believe you have mostly answered your own question. Being a solo hunter, lynx mostly prey on smaller animals such as hares and other rodents. While lynx are somewhat close in size to a wolf(but usually smaller) the fact that they fly solo means it is very difficult for them to tackle much larger prey like adult deer. They may take fawns if the oppertunity arises but their main prey is much smaller. Also a lynx does not need to bring down a deer just to get enough to eat, a whole deer would be alot for a single lynx(even with cubs) to eat. Wolves on the other hand need to feed a whole pack so focus on large prey to feed many individuals.

From this I would say that wolves and lynx occupy different nich’s, that do sometimes overlap

Charles asks…

How did so many dinosaurs coexist?

I am referring mainly to the large herbivores. There were points in time (Late Jurassic and Late Cretaceous North America) when several different species of large herbivores would have lived in the same region. Is there any journal article or book or documentary where paleontologists speculate how they could have occupied separate niches so the environment could support them all?

New Niche Finder answers:

They almost certainly eat different kinds of plants. For example, there are browsers (leaf eaters) and grazers (grass eaters) in today’s ecosystem, and sometimes different animals will feed at different heights. Ecologists call it resource partitioning or niche differentiation. It is one way for different species to coexist in the same space and time. Generally the paleontologists try to figure out what type of plants a dinosaur may eat by investigating the types of teeth or beak they may have and what kind of wear patterns are found on the teeth. One investigation also found that some dinosaur bones are found mainly in sandstone deposits, indicating that they may have preferred habitats near rivers, where sand carried by the water may accumulate on river banks. Others are found in deposits farther away from rivers, where the rocks may have finer grain because they are formed mainly by dust particles. By occupying different types of habitats with different plants, or by eating different types of plants if they are found together, the dinosaurs avoid competing against one another.


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