I’d just like to float the idea of opening an online shop on PoC. The first thing to note is the obvious: it could not compete with mainstream online shops so if it were to work it would have to sell specialist items that could not be found online elsewhere. It may be possible to achieve this. I would like to explore the possibility.
For me there are two distinct advantages to a PoC, specialist, online, cat product shop:
- The profits could go towards cat charities and
- Its existence would widen the scope of the website and add another dimension to it.
Is a PoC cat product shop practical? The software is easy to install. It would have to be PayPal payments only but PayPal is widespread these days and international as well as local. The shop would be entirely free-standing and customised. It would not, for example, be an Amazon site on PoC. They don’t work.
The number of items for sale (the itinerary) would be small and specialist. I have the storage facility and the time. Also it may be possible for others to get involved.
If it did work out – and that is far from certain – I would expect low levels of profit. That is not a problem because it can be built on and a shop could open doors to other possibilities.
What sort of products could be sold? They would have to be small to allow easy and manageable post and packaging. I envisage products such as handmade-to-order jewelry. I would need to find someone to craft it to order. A specialist velvet brush for brushing up cat hair that I use would also be useful. Perhaps jewelry of famous cats might be popular. I would consider commissioning a jeweler to make earrings of well known cats and/or rescued and saved cats. These are just initial, thinking aloud ideas.
I would appreciate some “gut feel” feedback. Negative feedback is as acceptable as positive feedback. I have no illusions as to the viability. If we did sell cat products I would expect it to fail but I think it might be worth a try.