3 Ways to come up with profitable product ideas away from the crowds

Yesterday we learned about the Top 3 Product Selection MISTAKES sellers make.  

Today we will learn 3 ways to come up with profitable product ideas away from the crowds.  

But you might be asking… WHY? Can’t I use product research tools and filters to select products to sell?  

Well I’ve noticed that most sellers are doing exactly this.  But the problem is if you start out at the same place as everyone else then you end up at the same place as everyone else.

Most people generate product ideas using the same tools out there.  While I’m not against product research tools, in fact they are EXCELLENT in reducing risk when VALIDATING product ideas, I do not recommend using them to COME UP with product ideas.

Because you and several thousand other sellers are looking at the same item.  And what looks like a lucrative product opportunity TODAY will become a crowded and highly competitive niche 3-4 months later when everyone is selling the same product.

This has happened to me before and I strongly advise against this tactic when choosing your products to sell for a private label business.

So you might be wondering – so HOW do I come up with product ideas?  

Here are THREE ways to potentially come up with your next profitable product idea.  

And the good news is that you can implement them TODAY.  

Let’s dive right in.

Method #1 – TRAVEL

Often times a change of scenery, a change of routine, and a change of environment, can mean not only a shift in MINDSET (i.e. being more open to new things) but also new opportunities for noticing product ideas.  

One of my favorite ways to come up with new potential product ideas is to keep my eyes and ears open when I travel.  For example when I traveled to Japan, it was hugely eye opening for me because the culture, the language, and the people were so different!  

When I went into a 7-Eleven, the clerks would greet you in Japanese and even bow to you.  They were super polite in almost an awkward way!

Over time I noticed that in Japan people carried themselves differently.  For example nobody would eat or drink while walking in public. They would either consumer their food at the store or restaurant and drink their drinks before leaving the establishment.

At the same time, while browsing local shops and malls I noticed dozens and dozens of new potential product ideas that I had never seen before which I would jot down and research later. 

Obviously not all of them result in profitable product ideas (most won’t) but the key is that I am continuously generating new product ideas not from research tools but based on what people are actually using and buying.

This rule holds true regardless if you’re taking a vacation to Florida, a trip to Europe, or to Asia.  Product ideas are out there and endless if you bother to notice them. This leads up to the second product idea strategy…


Seth Godin said that you have to come up with a lot of bad ideas before you come up with good ones. 

Based on my own experience as an entrepreneur I agree with Godin 100%.  

In my own product ideas list, I have a ongoing list of hundreds of product ideas that I’ve accumulated over time.  

I’m always on the lookout and always am adding products to my  product ideas list.

This way I have more chances of success when it comes to product ideas.

On the other hand, one common mistake I’ve noticed newbies make is to research product ideas right after they come up with it.  

In other words once they add a new idea to the list, they immediately fire up their favorite product research tool to see if it’s a “good” product to sell.  

I do not recommend this because it is not efficient and it can make you frustrated real fast. 

Conversely, I recommend that you batch your work – research your product ideas together in one sitting.  Set aside a couple hours and then run through a group of product ideas that you have on your list. This way you not only save time from stopping what you’re doing every time you come up with a new idea.

Another benefit of this strategy is that prevents you from beating yourself up that it wasn’t a great product everytime you come up with a new idea.

Let’s be real for a minute.

Coming up with a profitable product idea is not easy.  So by batching this process, instead of feeling down on yourself you will immediately move onto the next product idea.  

It’s like in sports rather than taking one shot in basketball and not making it and sitting on the bench sulking, it’s a lot better to keep moving and get ready to make your next shot.  

Make sense?

Method #3 – Gift lists

This is a great way to come up with multiple product ideas quickly and let someone else do the work!  My kind of strategy! 🙂

I especially like gift guides such as Mother’s Day gifts, Back to School Gifts, Gifts for the person who has everything etc.  

These content creators will have done the research for your because they need to generate product suggestions that most of the general public are not aware of.  

So often times by browsing the gift lists online or in magazines, you will discover new products that you are not aware of and trending products that you can add to your ongoing product ideas list.

But avoid junk websites where they haphazardly churn out “list-acles” which in fact are actually Amazon affiliate websites designed to generate commissions when people click through.

OK now it’s your turn.

I’m not writing these emails just to entertain you before you move onto your next email.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started with your private label business.

OR if you’re a six figure seller who’s facing a slump in business.  

I challenge you to apply these 3 rules and see how many ideas you can come up with in the next 48 hours.  You don’t need to share with me the actual product ideas but let me know if you’re IN and then check back with me on Thursday to let me know how many ideas you were able to come up with.  

Talk soon,


PS: If this post helped you please do me a favor and share with anyone who can benefit from this. 

Author: Gary

I work with many Amazon sellers to help them source from China. I’ve managed multimillion dollar sourcing campaigns and have been sourcing from China since 2008. I also am an Amazon Private Label seller myself so I know what you’re going through. My goal is to teach you how to source from China quickly and easily so you can own a 7-figure online business.

2 thoughts on “3 Ways to come up with profitable product ideas away from the crowds”

  1. Absolutely agree. I have utilised the second method over the years but not consistently enough. Should always be on the lookout and mindful of product opportunities around you. It’s actually fun to discover product opportunities that way, whereas scouring Alibaba or HKTDC gets tedious fast, at least for me. I actually have the opportunity to exercise methods 1 and 2 next week when I’m in Bangkok (I’m from Europe).

    Do you think it’s still possible to find off-the-shelf products and bring them to the US market? I have actually customised most of the products that I sell or have sold in the past but I was thinking about shifting my strategy more towards selling pre-existing products without customising. Shorter lead time and less time and capital invested being the obvious reasons. This of course most likely requires searching in places where the big masses are not.

    1. Hi Antii,

      It’s getting harder and harder to sell off-the-shelf products and bring them to the US market to sell on Amazon. The main reason is the competition. Many many sellers from all over the world (including Chinese sellers) have made taking a me-too product without any modifications and selling it on Amazon extremely difficult.

      In the past brands like YETI were able to do this with products like their insulated mugs. But they have the right marketing team to support them. And this was probably at a time when competition wasn’t so fierce.

      That being said if you are able to source off-the-shelf products from places where most competitors are NOT looking that this is still a viable opportunity.

      Hope that helps.

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