Hey Everyone, I thought I would get some opinions from you all. I am starting a online store focused on FPV and Drones based in the U.S. Fully assembled quads, planes, frame kits, parts & accessories.
I have purchased a big shipment of FPV planes that are on their way from China and hope to sell them for as cheap as possible to let you guys save as much as possible, I mean cheap!! This site for now will be a side project and I have low overhead being that this will run mostly out of my apartment, I am not married or have kids and a pretty high paying job as a network engineer and will put all profits into the site and more product to what you guys want. In matter of fact I'm putting every extra dollar and savings into this site to keep prices waaay low. BUT YOU!!! DIY DRONES is exactly who I want to market too. I want to know what it is you need exactly so I can get it in stock and keep the price ridculously low.
So why buy from my site? Well, I have a large CNC machine that I want to use to make the perfect Quad frames and custom work that you guys need. Also, I have daily access to a Laser Cutter (my companys architecture group for modeling) 30grand piece of machinerey. You guys need any custom work, I can get cutting away. Need parts fast? I live downtown, ship same day if ordered before 6pm on stocked items.
My first project is taking my new APM purple board and creating a custom case for it. The base is a clear plastic plate that the board mounts too, has a cover that snaps onto it after connecting your cables, it is lightweight and keeps the board totally enclosed and protected. I hope to make these in bulk and sell to this community.
Yes, I know DIY has their own store and their are plenty of competitors you can go to elsewhere, but competition is good for everyone, keeps prices down and customer service always improving, which will be hard for Tim at readymaderc, he is already the nicest person ever, but more of these site will just mean more customers for both of us and get more people interested in UAV's and Quads.
So where is the Site? The site is up but showing a maintanence mode window only and is built on a wordpress e-commerce solution that is all HTML5 and I will use paypal and google checkout and have multiple shipping carrier options and will ship internationally and domestically.
I love this community and really just like helping people, so let me know what you would like to see in cheapdrones.com and I will keep you updated on the sites opening soon status. the twitter feed cheapdrones will also have the latest news and updates as well. I will send out coupon codes here for the grand opening that will be like 15% off first purchase or free shipping. something like that.
Bring it! Congrats on making the leap and good luck!
Good luck, I am personally PO'd at Horizon and most of the other distribution houses as they only want to sell to brick and mortar hobby shops. by their words to eliminate the basement and garage dealer.
Shoot me an email with what you plan on carrying and a price list I may wind up placing a bulk order with ya. Or go in to get over the $2000-5000 threshold for some suppliers.
Awesome, ill be in contact for sure.
Good luck with the store, I did not see the web address but Iguess your in the USA. I buy most of my stuff north of the border.
Yeah, if you want to sell to Canadians, then you should ship USPS for us. I basically won't buy anything from the US if it has to come UPS or Fedex.
If you need any help drop me an email at either here or at my store. Congrat's on taking the plunge!
The site will be CheapDrones.com but I hate putting up the site until its open ;) Site isnt open just yet. but feel free to follow the store on twitter twitter.com/cheapdrones
Thanks for the Tip, I will keep that in Mind!!! I love my northern neighbors!
If you need help I am also offering mine!
I've opened my north of the border store last November so I went to all your "pain" :)
I am sure you did not anticipate that it will be so much work but it's fun work!
Customer service is the key with our stores!
Best of luck out there and again dont hesitate to ask me any questions.
Thanks Dany, I agree, not easy, a LOT of work, but it is Fun to do what you love. Ill keep you in mind for sure!
Dany has hit the nail on the head. To get a new customer is the easy part, to keep a customer coming back is down to customer understanding and service. Price is not the most important decision when buying.
I get my parts from Dany at Canada Drones because he understands those principles and uses them to keep his customers. If my flying friends ask for a supplier I tell them the same.
Good luck down south.
I'd love to see a good ALL carbon fiber (no aluminum bars) hexcopter frame with a battery shield..-- at an affordable price -- carbon fiber is inexpensive -- it shouldn't cost an arm and a leg to buy such a frame.. and the ability to add a 2-axis camera gimbal.
Good luck! I hope it goes well for you.