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What To Sell In Summer 2018: Outdoor Supplies

by Olga L. Niches and products
May 14, 2018 5 minute read
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Outdoor supplies is a drop shipping niche with an appealing potential: even though it might seem a bit season-specific, it can be complemented with a wide variety of related items that would make this store a hot and interesting place for a large customer audience.

Technically, the ‘what to sell in summer/June/autumn’ question (which we get with an amazing regularity) is not quite correct because it contains a tiny trap. The thing is, it puts you at a considerable risk of picking seasonal goods that are not demanded equally throughout the year.

It doesn’t mean, obviously, that you should avoid ‘hype’ items at all costs: as long as you balance your store offer with the products that are selling well at any time of the calendar year, you will be doing just fine.

This article shows an example of a product range that combines quite specific products with more basic items. Therefore, regardless of the season, there will be enough buyers in such a store.

This time, we’ve picked an outdoor supplies niche, so let’s explore what we can get out of it.

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About the outdoor supplies niche

Surely, outdoor activists and professional sportsmen spend lots of time outside their homes regardless of the season and the weather.

But, in order not to concentrate on a really narrow customer segment, it’s better to consider a  wider audience of people who like spending time in nature, but at the same time, are not really fond of extreme weather conditions. Naturally, these persons increase their engagement in outdoor activities as soon as it gets warmer outside. It can be seen on the graph below that shows the global amount of Google searches for outdoor supplies in the last 2 years:

what to sell: outdoor supplies

This is why spring and summer are the perfect seasons for selling various supplies for campers, hikers, cyclists, and those who simply enjoy long relaxing walks in a nearby park or by a local river.

The products that would suit this niche range from quite basic ones (bags, raincoats, water bottles, etc.) to more complicated items that sometimes require both the seller and the buyer to have specific market knowledge. This is why in case of choosing this niche, you should:

  • Be well-aware of the products’ features (materials, durability, reaction to exposure, correct way of usage, etc.);
  • Check carefully the AliExpress supplier’s reputation, the store rating, and the product reviews – you don’t want to offer low-quality items to your store visitors because in some cases, their health and even life may depend on these exact products
  • Avoid the products that can potentially be unapproved for delivery (knives, sharp objects, lighters with fluid, etc.)

Let’s research what AliExpress can offer us!

What to sell in the outdoor supplies niche: personal comfort items

Raincoat with backpack protection

Price – US $20.00-28.29, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 396

Microfiber towel with cooling effect

Price – US $1.39, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1689

2.2L Water bottle

Price – US $7.41, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 2259

What to sell in the outdoor supplies niche: lightning

Bicycle tail light

Price – US $ 8.49-9.46, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 4670

Glove with LED light

Price – US $1.99, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 3143

Portable LED lights

Price – US $1.44, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1669

What to sell in the outdoor supplies niche: bags

60L backpack

Price – US $25.62, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1831

Military tactical backpack

Price – US $16.25, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1393  

Waterproof phone bag

Price – US $1.99, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 943

What to sell in the outdoor supplies niche: tools

Steel wire saw

Price – US $0.85, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1423

Solar fire spark starter

Price – US $1.53, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1208

Keyring screwdriver

Price – US $1.11, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 3725

Folding camping shovel

Price – US $6.64, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 954

What to sell in the outdoor supplies niche: personal safety items

Wrist wallet

Price – US $1.00, rating – 4.7*, number of orders – 875

Foil blanket

Price – US $1.20-1.34, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 2497

Steel whistle

Price – US $2.32, rating – 4.8*, number of orders –  981

Paracord bracelet

Price – US $0.94, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 918

Self-defense pen

Price – US $4.14, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1011

Set of 100 band aids

Price – US $2.81, rating – 4.9*, number of orders –  2536

Emergency tourniquet

Price – US $4.89, rating – 4.9*, number of orders –  437

Any subcategory of this outdoor supplies niche can be researched further, and lots of related items can be discovered  – this way, in your drop shipping store, you can create a product offer that perfectly matches your own personal interests, meets the public demand, and enjoys a healthy amount of orders all year round!

By Olga L.
Olga is a content creator at AliDropship, and she aims to explain the most complicated drop shipping concepts in the simplest terms possible.
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