Hey folks, Nathan here from MaslowSurplusParts.com.
I thought I’d put my two cents in here considering we’ve participated in distribution.
I think this Group Buy concept is really worth taking a serious look into.
We’ve sold 75% of the stock we purchased from Bar and Hannah and after receiving quotes from all of the suppliers for replenishment, it’s clear that we’d have to risk thousands of dollars to simply purchase quantities of only a couple parts. In order to source all parts at quantities of 150 it would likely cost around $40,000. Definitely not the kind of money that we have access to on our own.
The tricky thing is having someone designated to handle all of the group funds, place orders, interact with suppliers to ensure consistency and quality, deal with customs issues, warehouse and distribution of the kits, and reporting to the group on the progress of everything while being transparent about things. Obviously this party would need to be paid by the group for their time spent working on all of this. I’m hinting at it, but I’ll just say it, we would be interested in serving this role if the group elected us as such.
I honestly don’t think there will be depressed demand for quite a while. Every new kit that is built is an advertisement that gets more potential users interested.
Anyone have more ideas on how a group-funded Maslow purchase could happen?