I apologize in advance if this does not seem like the right sub-forum to ask, yet I know some of you know the answers, so I'll try...
I have an idea to build wheels at home and sell them on Ebay, as a small side business.
I need to know the wholesale prices of a few basic wheel components, like a 105 8/9/10 hub, or a Mavic Open Pro rim, just to get a general idea of mark-up potential. Also, what are the usual requirements to buy wholesale? Do the middlemen tend to require a brick and mortar business, or a semi trailer full of hubs per purchase to get a fair price?
I also need to know the costs of selling on Ebay, as I've only been a buyer to this point. What do they charge for selling? Is it a different cost to have an Ebay Store vs. individual listings? And what is the cost of quality shipping materials (ballpark) for a wheelset, like the box and bubble wrap, postage, etc.
Finally, what unexpected (to me, at least) costs might be incurred, like insurance, refunds/returns, other?
I appreciate any info, insights, advice, by reply or PM. No, I don't think this is a valid plan for quitting my job and buying a mansion. If I can make $25 for an hour or even two hours of work, on my own time schedule, at home, that would be great.