Starting a Online Drone Store

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 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. 






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  • Alright guys, Site opens Tomorrow morning!!!  I have limited QTY of items, but I want to get the store up, customer relationships started, and start sending out freebies.  Site is loaded with Easter Eggs for free shirts and what not.  I found some really great vendors to supply Cheap Drones with great FPV gear for a great Price.  I know the site is pretty skeletor at the moment, but this place is going to grow soo fast, soo quick, and every customer is going to be taken VERY well care of. Any pre-order's you see on the site will help get you guys your gear at a great price and value. I don't want to hold back the grand opening of the site after the hiccups from these last few days like my bulk orders being shipped to Houston TX rather than Houston Street Dallas TX..  It happens...  Looking forward to seeing everyone come tomorrow Morning, 10a.m. Central!!  

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  • 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.

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    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.


  • 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.  

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    Bring it! Congrats on making the leap and good luck!

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