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What Products Can't You Sell Online

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on August 30, 2006

Things you can’t sell online fall into two categories: items that just don’t sell very well over the Web, and items that are illegal to sell over the Web.

Your common sense can tell you a lot about which items people won’t buy from an online store. This includes things that customers want to hold, smell, taste, or simply see for themselves before they buy. Is that mattress as comfortable as it looks? Does that perfume have just the right aroma? Which shade of lipstick is most attractive? Unless people already know the scent or the color, they’re unlikely to try it over the Net.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.…

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Reader Comments


August 30, 2006 9:59 PM

Totally agree with you! However, one question, do you need a license to sell books online? I have learned something on Business Space, which is also a good place for discussion.


April 24, 2007 11:56 PM

Disclosure: I work for

If you're in the US and you want to sell online, you can do so for free at We require that sellers be in the US because we allow buyers to search by zipcode for local sellers so they can pick up rather than have items shipped.

Every user gets an online store, also for free. If you're interested in building a custom store for your site, contact us at for pricing.

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