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How to Sell SMC Products

2010 January 21

Before I got started on the internet, I can remember watching those SMC infomercials that came on late at night, wishing to myself that I could try it and make some big money.

Luckily for me, I didn’t have the means to  join this opportunity. And I say luckily because with what I know now, I would never had made it at that time.

In this article, not only am I going to show you how to sell SMC products, I’m going to show you a bit of what I’ve learned since becoming successful on the internet.

This knowledge has enabled me to quit my day job and make a full time income from home without having to stock any products and without investing a lot of money upfront.

I’m going to show you:

  • how to sell SMC products
  • the bigger picture
  • alternatives to selling SMC products that pay just as good
  • Why you should be selling online
  • and lots more.

But first…

An overview of SMC

SMC or Specialty Merchandise Corporation is a business opportunity that has been in existence for over 60 years. You can get a membership for as low as $25/month to resell their merchandise. As a member you buy the merchandise at low prices and sell them for a profit. SMC drop ships the products for you so you don’t need to handle any inventory and shipping.

Sounds easy right?

Well, most businesses do until you’re faced with the task of having to do it.

As I scoured the internet to find out people’s experiences with SMC, the consensus  questions the quality of the products, finds that the membership is too expensive and a lot of SMC members seemed not to have made any money.

Like this one I found at a Work at home forum.

I got into SMC, after spending what? I think somewhere close to 400 dollars? And you had to spend a lot more to get that website. Anyhow, look around. The products are everywhere. They are extremely overpriced. When I saw the dollar store junk they sold, I thought they must be kidding, nobody here is paying that, this must be Beverly Hills pricing right? SMC was my first home business
mistake.

Personally, I won’t try SMC because there are better opportunities available. I don’t like their products and I don’t like reselling stuff in a face to face setting.

But that’s just me.

You’re always going to find failure in any business and with failure comes the blame game. So what were these people missing? How could they have made it work?

How to Sell SMC Products and Make SMC Work

The key to selling SMC products is something called niche marketing. I’m not sure what the coaching at SMC says but if you’re trying to sell the whole catalog of products then its not going to work.

Find one type of product and only sell those to people who are interested in buying them. This is called niche marketing and your success rate would be much better than trying to sell to your friends and co workers or random people.

How to Find People to Buy your Niche SMC products

The best way to find people to buy your niche SMC products would be to find a product with a unique appeal and then identify the niche or group of people will most likely be interested in these products.

So lets say you found some cool bird cages through the SMC catalog. You would then sell these bird cages to bird lovers or wholesale them to pet stores.

There are several ways you can go about finding these usually passionate people.

Using our example of bird lovers above, I found 157 meetup groups on Meetup.com – a site dedicated to bringing passionate people together.

You can also buy direct mailing lists of people who bought bird stuff in the past from mail order list brokers.

However, finding people to buy your stuff is a lot tougher than having those people find you and there’s no better place to do business than in the world’s largest marketplace – the internet.

Using the Internet to Sell SMC products

SMC is a bit behind on the technology that they use with their internet marketing packages and websites but I can still give  you an idea of how to go about using the internet to niche market SMC products and why it is better than just running a product  catalog website.

We’ll continue with our examples of selling bird cages to bird lovers.

Lets look at what kind of opportunity you have on the internet. Do people really buy birdcages on the internet?

The first thing I did to determine whether or not I could sell bird cages on the internet was to use a tool called the Google Keyword Tool.

I put in the term bird cages and here’s what I got.

The above screenshot shows you various terms people typed in to find birdcages online and how many times they were searched for.

Collectively, this is a huge market and if you could get in front of even a small group of these people who want birdcages then you’ll be in business and have even more success selling SMC products than the other SMC members who have no clue what to do.

Now if SMC would let you build a site around  just birdcages, all you’d need is a domain name like say decorativebirdcages.com and web hosting service.

Another option would be to list the products on your Ebay niche store about birdcages.

Niche Marketing Know-how is the Key

Now I admit that I’m being a little vague but it isn’t intentional. I couldn’t possibly write all there is to know about niche marketing on this blog page.

The point is if you know niche marketing, then you pretty much can tell your boss to kiss it since a whole new world of opportunity opens up for you.

Not only will you be able to know how to sell SMC products, you’ll also be able to make money online selling whatever you like.

The best place to learn niche marketing without breaking the bank is a site called Wealthy Affiliate. The site is run by Niche Marketing Inc, a company owned by two authority figures on the subject, Kyle and Carson.

This is the site where I learned how to market online and a site that changed my life so I’m very proud to recommend it to you. They’ve helped over 35,000 members (last time I checked) worldwide and the site is growing everyday.

Alternatives to SMC that work even better

Now that I’ve shown you how to sell SMC products, I wish to introduce you to some alternatives to selling SMC products especially if you’re going to use online methods.

We all understand the concept of SMC. You pay a fee to become a distributor or reseller. You get a start up kit. Then you market the products via catalog or you can get one of those websites to sell the catalog of SMC products.

Now what if you could get those products for free?
What if those products were from brand names people know and trust?
What if you the products you choose on your own niche website and collect a commission when your products sell?

Well, people do this everyday online combining niche marketing with e-commerce and affiliate marketing to earn big commissions. You sign up with affiliate programs and take a percentage of the sales you make. The products are showcased on your website using datafeeds provided by the affiliate program.

Start an Amazon Store

One of the more popular affiliate programs you can use to make niche online stores is Amazon.com. Its a trusted name in e-commerce and millions of people go there everyday to shop.

It doesn’t cost anything to set up unless you take the better option of having your own domain name. All you need to do is sign up with Amazon’s Associate program and set up your store.

You would use similar methods to selling SMC products as I described above. Find a niche and sell only those products. For example you could sell “men’s luxury watches” and Amazon will feed your store with brand names like Tag Heuer, Casio and Cartier. Some of these watches sell for over $5000 and you could get 4% for each watch you sell.

Build an Online Store using Datafeeds

Some affiliate programs that have a variety of products will allow you to use datafeeds to put on your site. These datafeeds allow you to display the products on your site and earn a commission whenever someone buys those products. Some popular brands like Target and Walmart all have datafeeds and can be found in affiliate directories like Commission Junction and LinkShare.

A great way to use datafeeds on your site is to sign up for a service like Datafeedr which aims to simplify the process for you.

As you can see there are many ways to make money online that are simply better than selling SMC products but you also know the key to doing so – learn niche marketing and you will simply have a better chance at success.

50 Responses leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010

    i want to start my own business

    • February 11, 2014

      You have a lot of options. It depends on whether you want to start one on the internet or a brick and mortar business, start-up funds, skills you have etc.

      Hopefully you find something that you can enjoy doing and make money from it.

  2. Carla Kincaid permalink
    May 18, 2010

    I would like to start off by saying to all the people that Smc, That my name is carla and i would like to be a member at SMC soon.and i want you to send or mail me something to explain what i have to do to be a part of Smc mail address:[address removed to protect privacy]

    • February 11, 2014

      If you search Google for “Specialty Merchandise Corportation” you can get an address and a telephone number if you’re that interested. You will also find numerous reports from people who have apparently had a bad experience with the company.

  3. David Ramey permalink
    August 16, 2010

    I am a single father of three beautiful chidren, I am looking for a way to make some money without loseing anymore time with my children than I already have. Please contact me with some information on how to get started.

  4. August 16, 2010

    Check out this post where I address the issue on how much it costs to run an online business.

    It doesn’t cost as much as most people think and I give some recommendations on where to start.

  5. October 11, 2010

    Iam really looking foward to getting involed in any biz. I cant walk now awaiting serg. .But i could work at home

  6. nathaniel permalink
    December 20, 2010

    please people Dont be a fool this is a scam. and i happen to be one of the many to be scamed of 214.00 Dollars so far trust me. Dont join smc.

  7. virginia doughty permalink
    December 22, 2010

    My daughter and me had a web site and I would like to know how to start it back up. It was about 3 years ago, and I want to start it back. Do I have to restart it or can I just pick it up, If it is on hold or has been cancled? please let me know as soon as possiable. The wed site was mother and daughter catalog,my number is 352-473-3243, day time only thank you.

  8. December 23, 2010

    Hi Virginia,

    I don’t know but if it was over 3 years ago, the website files may probably have been deleted by now. Do you know the domain name (starts with www and ends with .com?

    Maybe you should probably start another one.

  9. christy terry permalink
    January 3, 2011

    I was wondering what type of products is sold and this company to see if I am interested in selling your products.

  10. Rita Babin permalink
    February 22, 2011

    I need some info. please me some . I would love to start selling .

  11. March 9, 2011

    Great post for someone who wants to start their own business but is not sure where to begin.

  12. July 8, 2011

    My brother sold SMC products for several years and never made enough money to pay for his membership or website fees. The SMC market is over-saturated with products, why would anyone even think about starting a home business with so much competition.

    Selling online is big business, but the selling I’m referring to is used items like cars, iPhone, Xbox 360, laptops, and other items found on Craigslist, eBay classifieds, BackPage, TNOL or other classified sites. You can make more money faster by buying & selling on these sites rather than wasting your money on low profit SNC products.

    Any online business that requires you to pay up front fees in order to join (in my opinion)is a SCAM!

    That why sites like http://twitter.com/freestuffinder is so profitable because you get everything FREE or really INEXPENSIVE and can SELL it for HUGE PROFITS.

    What’s my advice on SMC, try something else that’s free…

    WebTalker -- 7/8/11

  13. CINDY S. permalink
    July 16, 2011

    I CAN’T UNDERSTAND, WHY PEOPLE NEED TO PUT A BAD REPUTATION ON ANOTHER PERSON, JUST BECAUSE WHATEVER THEY WERE AFTER DID NOT WORK IN THEIR FAVOR.SMC, IS ATERRIFIC COMPANY, WITH A PLETHERA, OF MANY, MANY QUALITY OF EVERYTHIMG IMAGINABLE.WHY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMPLAINING,REALLY HAVE THAT’S LEGITAMENT ENOUGH, TO ACTUALLY COMPLAIN ABOUT?IF THESE UNHAPPY PEOPLE. HAD A REAL AND LAWFUL REASON TO GRIPE, THEN SMC JUST WOULD NOT BE AROUND AND GOING SO STRONG AS THEY ARE.THERE ARE LAWS OUT HERE, FOR THE CONSUMERS PROTECTION. MANY OF THEM, MORE FOR CONSUMERS, THAN FOR THE MARKETERS.LOOK, PEOPLE LOOSE-OUT SOMETIMESIF IT BE BAD BUSINESS ON THEIR PART, OR JUST PLANE DID NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK, AND JUST PLAIN FAILED AT THEIR OWN BUSINESS.TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, PEOPLE MUST, PLAY “(THE BLAME GAME)”. PLAIN & SIMPLE. YOUR’ AVERAGE FRIENDLY “GIRL-NEXT-DOOR”

  14. July 28, 2011

    I have a question , I notice a man is on face book who sells for you are you allowed to advertise through face book . ?july 19 his date is on that. im sure its not if so id like to advertise also

  15. July 28, 2011

    are you allowed to advertise through face book .? there a man advertiseing for himself to get customers randy july 19.

  16. January 29, 2012

    Excellent point. Trying to find legitimate ways to make money online is like trying to find a needle in a haystack!

  17. susan bassett permalink
    April 16, 2012

    i need to make money ,but i would like to do it from my home
    can this be done

  18. susan bassett permalink
    April 16, 2012

    i would like to have my owe site

  19. May 30, 2012

    i used to be able to go online and see things my customers might lile. can you tell me whereto go to see the things i can sell???

  20. victoria yeoman permalink
    June 27, 2012

    how can i reinstate my membership its been a few years since iv been in smc and would like to restart doing home partys

  21. jeff king permalink
    June 28, 2012

    im needing a job

  22. APRIL CORMACK permalink
    July 7, 2012

    I want to know how I can start selling smc product online and start my own buisness so i can stay home and make a lot of money selling smc products.

    • February 11, 2014

      There are better options nowadays than selling SMC and they don’t involve paying for inventory that may or may not be of good quality.

      You can try the Amazon Associate program for a start but you will need training. You can get that here but do it before you sign up with Amazon to sell their products otherwise they won’t accept you.

  23. Toddifer permalink
    July 11, 2012

    A few years ago my ex-girlfriend bought a membership with smc. i believe it costs us close to $400 dollars if memory serves. I was very wary of the idea and had the same opinion that any buisness where u need to buy a membership is a scam, but she was adamant so we gave it a try. After we recieved out first 100 dollars worth of merchandise for free it really didn’t take very long before we made back the money we spent on the membership.

    I’ll admit there were quite a few cases where i had to send back merchandise that was broken or defective but with patience we actually did quite well. I found it a matter of trial and error. I chose products i thought would sell, some did some didn’t.

    We also used the catalogue to purchase gifts throughout the year, birthdays, anniversaries,christmas….etc and the money we saved was well worth the price of a membership. for that reason alone i will soon be purchasing another membership and am very excited to get back into my selling habits, and if it doesn’t work out the gift savings will surely be worth it.

  24. christie allbritton permalink
    July 19, 2012

    i want to sell your products from home.I am a at home mom and we sure could use the extra money.

  25. cindy grepo-compton permalink
    August 3, 2012

    I really want to start selling smc merchandise as soon as i can but i can’t find out how much it’s going to cost me to start it up on my own…i have very little income and i have been divorced now for 3 years and i am disabled and can’t work outside of my home…i know alot of people and friends that i know would buy from me….my ex husband left me with nothing… no money..no home..etc..i am now living here in orlando FL. and i live with my father and i owe him alot of money in back rent and support that he has done for me…SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW MUCH IT’S GOING TO COST ME TO GET STARTED SELLING FACE TO FACE WITH PEOPLE..only because i am a big people person…and i can sell anything if i put my mind and heart into it..and i love SMC merchandise also….i could really use the help to get started asap…BUT THE ONLY MONEY I DID HAVE WENT TO PAYING FOR MY CEMO AND RADATION TREATMENTS ..i have had cancer since 1998 shortly after my daughter was born..the doctors found it do to the fact that after i gave birth to her i cuoldn’t stop bleeding and i they said i was on my death bed because they chouldn’t keep up with the blood supply..but now it’s 2012 and i finnish my last cemo treatment 5 months ago….!!!! and my hair is half way growing back in…and everyday i PRAY that i can find loving and careing people out there to help me start this business that i love sooooo much….and as soon as i start makeing good profits i plan on donateing quite abit of my profits to cancer resurch….i also have to save up the money to get my children tested for the same cancer cells and jeans that might run through their vains..and i do wish that upon my worst enamy…..SO I DO PLEAD TO EVERYONE PLEASE HELP ME MAKE MY ONLY AND LAST CANCER WISH COME TRUE…GOD BLESS..AND LET THE LORD BE WITH YOU….

  26. roycharles permalink
    September 12, 2012

    i like to know what i need to start sell your smc and to get in my wife sell avo i like to get a store and make monye

  27. Anna Falcioni permalink
    September 19, 2012

    Hi there, I anna falcioni had lost my contacter Brenda Number, so if she still work with these company can she write to me or call me at [phone number removed] I’m on eastern time in Canada.
    Seen that I have same people who is interested to buy some products from the catalog. So please ASAP.
    Thanks;
    Anna Falcioni

  28. linda betters permalink
    September 20, 2012

    i want to sell smc products can you please send me more information about it. my address is [personally identifying details removed by admin]

  29. Michael Mooneyhan permalink
    September 23, 2012

    I would like u to send me of SMC Brochure. My address is [personally identifying details removed by admin].

    • October 14, 2012

      @Michael Mooneyhan
      If you want SMC to send you a brochure please contact SMC at their website. I’m sure they would gladly send you a brochure. Be careful with leaving your details on the world wide web for everyone to see.

  30. Ken permalink
    September 24, 2012

    I have an old SMC account but when I found this page there is no place to sign in, Do you have a diffewrent web site ti sign in?

    Thank you,

    Ken

  31. rebecca permalink
    October 28, 2012

    smc not for eveyboby if you sell the products up too you .

  32. rebecca permalink
    October 28, 2012

    hey sand me the kit so about sell smc adder too me

  33. Nina Danish permalink
    November 30, 2012

    I was wondering how to purchase SMC merchandise to start my own business

  34. Dino permalink
    February 24, 2013

    I need to make some easy big money on the side--someone said you could sell this stuff and make quick cash from online sales. How much money can I make each month? I need $5000-6000 profit and don’t have a lot of time to spend.

  35. Melodie Dobbs permalink
    June 1, 2013

    help me to sell smc products. whats going on?

  36. Lin permalink
    June 16, 2013

    Yes, several years ago my husband and I sold SMC . We did really well with it. we would like to start selling SMC again. Has the products changed any?

  37. July 11, 2013

    I have been interested in getting started with smc but like most people ,I had people telling me that it was a rip off I would like some more information on it would like to learn how to make money online so I can save money to buy a home for my family im living with my disabled mother my husband take care of and if anything happens to her we will be homeless so nows the time for me to help my family

  38. Valeda Andrew permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I was hoping you could send me some information on selling prodcuts and anything else to help me see if this will work for me.
    [personal information removed].

  39. sharron k spencer permalink
    February 6, 2014

    A very long time ago my sister and I signed up to become SMC distributors, We even visited the warehouse. I believe it was in or around canoga park, Anyway, as I recall back then we paid a total of $500.00 to be able to buy items wholesale and sell them at whatever price we wanted, Is thia the same thing, Please let me know via e-mail. Thank you.
    Sharron Spencer

  40. amanda permalink
    March 23, 2014

    i would like to join but i dont know how my email adress is [Removed to protect privacy]@yahoo.com thank you

  41. amanda permalink
    March 23, 2014

    i really want to join an sell stuff

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