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Article by Jorge Olson
Wholesale Distribution Business Review: How to Start a Refillable Lighters Distribution Business from Home.
This article will show you all the highlights of how you can start a wholesale distribution business selling refillable lighters to supermarkets and convenience stores.
Lighters are one of the easiest things to wholesale and distribute. Stores buy them like crazy!
I started selling lighters when I had my route in San Diego with about 600 stores. Other distributors told me about how much money they were making with lighters so I decided to give them a try. They were right. Since the first day we introduced them to the stores they were best sellers and they have remained best sellers for years.
The first thing you should know is that I’m not talking about disposable lighters or even name brand lighters like Colibri or Zippo. I’m talking about Novelty or Collector lighters. The kind you see in convenience stores and liquor stores. They are butane refillable lighters.
For example, the top selling lighters were lighters in the form of a gun, torch lighters and chopper motorcycle style lighters.
The lighters cost about $ 1.25 to $ 1.50 plus shipping, depending on the style of the lighter. Some of them are regular flame lighters, some of them have a torch, and some are double or even triple wind resistant torch lighters.
Lighters come in a small cardboard counter display. You get all of the same kind in every display. You get from 12 to 30 lighters in each display, depending on the size of each lighter.
When you distribute the lighters you sell them for at least $ 2 all the way up to $ 3 or even $ 3.50. It all depends where you are in the USA or in the world, the size of your town, the size of the stores, etc. You learn how to price them quickly from the first time you go into the stores.
So how much can you make? Well, if you leave an average of 2 displays per store containing an average of 25 lighters each, you’ll sell 50 lighters at an average of $ 3.00 or $ 150 sale. If you paid $ 1.50 per lighter including shipping you made $ 1.50 per lighter or $ 75 profit in one store. If you sell to 10 stores that day you are selling $ 1,500 and pocketing $ 750.00 minus your gas and other expenses. That’s not bad for a few hours of work. In my business all of my salespeople have to visit at least 20 stores per day, not 10 stores!
Let’s go over the numbers of our example again: -Your cost per lighter including shipping= $ 1.50 -You sell the lighter to the stores = $ 3.00 -Each display has an average of how many lighters = 25 -If you sell just 2 displays to the store how many lighters did you sell = 50 lighters -How much was the sale? = $ 150 -How much was your profit? = $ 75 -If you sell to 10 stores in a day how much do you sell? = $ 1,500 -How much do you profit minus gas and other expenses? = $ 750
Again, your business will vary depending on how many stores you have, how often you visit them the price you sell them for, and many other variables.
Let me tell you what I like and don’t like about the business. What I like is that you go through a lot of lighters really fast. They are small and easy to store and carry. They come in their own display so you don’t need to buy racks or displays (although you can if you want or if the stores like them). I also like the fact that lighters are small and you don’t need a truck or extra storage to sell them.
The thing I like least about the lighter business is that the margins are not as high as with other products. I think it’s a fair trade because of the volume you can sell. The other thing with lighters is that people like to choose them. Instead of you selling whatever you have in the car people like to play with them before they buy them, they like to test them, to look at every one. It’s a novelty, so they want to buy what they like, not necessarily what sells.
All and all I think it’s one of the best businesses to be in.
Jorge Olson is a consultant, speaker and entrepreneur and owns several Wholesale Distribution companies. His latest Website teaches you step by step how to get started and make money in Wholesale Distribution. You can find it at http://www.LearnWholesale.com
Music video by Bad Meets Evil performing Lighters. © 2011 Shady Records/Interscope Records
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Question by Rob M: How come i get a headache sometimes when i smoke a cigar?
I only have a cigar once in a while. Less then once i month but when i do sometimes i might have 2 or 3. By the 2nd or 3rd one i dont get a headache. But on the first one i sometimes get a light headache that lasts about an hour. One time i even felt sick, kind of like hangover. I just didnt feel good. Theyre not the best cigars but not garbage, i got them at J & R in NYC.
Answer by Herfnerd
Might be that you’re not used to the nicotine
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Question by Tracy Terry: If Detective Columbo lit up a cigar in your house without asking, would you get mad?
Answer by doanel
Well, if he was saving my butt by solving the case, I’d let it slide.
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Article by Garson Smart
During the 1990s, as cigars grew popular once again, a new generation of female cigar aficianados has continued to change our stereotypical image of cigars as a “guy thing.” From the fabulous to the fictional, let’s pause and appreciate some of today’s trailblazing female cigar smokers.
The Hawaii-born entertainer (1945-) made her film debut, appropriately enough, as an extra in the lavish 1966 drama Hawaii (based on the eponymous James Michener novel).
She made a career working off-Broadway and, later, playing Tzeitel in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof during the late ’60s, but her cult stardom began in earnest with her residency at New York’s Continental Bathhouse. Here, accompanied by a then-little-known pianist named Barry Manilow, she built an audience among the city’s camp-crazy gay community, and with the success of her first Manilow-produced album, The Divine Miss M (1973), she conquered the larger entertainment world, appearing in such films as The Rose (1979) and Beaches (1988) while maintaining a successful recording career.
While often criticized for excessive schmaltziness, she earned hipster brownie points with her gorgeous cover of Tom Waits’s ballad “Martha,” and her appearance on the pivotal “Simpsons” episode, “Krusty Gets Kancelled.”
This cult actress (1951-) and cigar smoker remains famous for her iconic portrayal of comics heroine Wonder Woman in the late 1970s television program of the same name. At the time of the show’s initial auditions, Carter was a beauty pageant winner and had sung with a number of Arizona-area rock groups, as well as appearing with Bob Hope’s USO show, but not yet well-known as an actress.
But her childhood as a reader of Wonder Woman comics had prepared her to take the character seriously – as seriously as you can take a character who flies an invisible plane and deflects bullets with her bracelets – and her performance remains one of the best-loved incarnations of a comic book hero committed to film.
Despite her close identification with this role, she has maintained a successful career over three decades, appearing recently in Super Troopers (2001), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), and – ironically – in Sky High (2005) as the head of a school for superheroes. She also played Mama Morton in the West End London production of Chicago. In an industry that often marginalizes Latina and Latino actors, the Mexican-American Carter is an example of hard-won success.
One of the few major child actresses to successfully re-conquer the film world as an adult, Jodie Foster (1962-) has left her mark on the American movie industry as a director and producer as well as star. Though she made her film debut in the innocuous Disney TV drama Menace on the Mountain (1970), and continued to appear in such family entertainments as Freaky Friday (1976) and Candleshoe (1977), Foster distinguished herself early on as a young actress willing to tackle tough, demanding roles, playing a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese‘s disturbing cult film Taxi Driver (1976) and starring also in the pedophilia-themed thriller The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976).
As an adult, she won critical acclaim for riveting performances in The Accused (1988) and Silence of the Lambs (1991), for both of which she won an Oscar. She turned to producing and directing during this period. The Yale graduate and cigar smoker continues to appear in and develop successful film projects.
Lt. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
Played by Katee Sackhoff (1980-), this woman warrior is the heart and soul of the popular and innovative TV sci-fi drama “Battlestar Galactica” (2003-). With its gritty, handheld-camera approach and post-9/11 themes of survival and morality after a devastating attack, the program has consistently earned critical acclaim as one of the best-written and most interesting on television, and no character is more central to its appeal than Starbuck, the tough, mouthy, heroic, and constantly cigar-chomping fighter pilot who helps humanity survive despite battling her personal demons.
Her mere presence on US TV, in Sackhoff’s nuanced, sympathetic performance, also battles any number of misogynistic stereotypes about women’s capacity for personal strength and endurance.
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