After 20 successful years (from 1999) marketing greeting cards, posters, gifts, and art I am forced to close the store and sell online business to free up time for other commercial pursuits.
This online entrepreneurial opportunity will provide the buyer with a valuable domain name, an instant income and a full inventory of popular Leanin' Tree' brand greeting cards and gifts, posters and other gifts, Maija mini prints, as well as any other merchandise. All feature beautiful and original artwork by outstanding independent artists from around the country and world.
The business is ideal for someone with webmaster skills wishing to supplement their income with a simple yet profitable business and tax advantages. This is also an opportunity to start your first or new online business and learn all aspects of handling the inventory, shipping the merchandise, and receiving payments from Internet customers.
Understanding the art and familiarity with the world of artists are also helpful. You can also use the retail inventory and fixtures as a supplement to your art gallery, gift store, or framing shop. Local markets, shows and events are also the potential retail outlets to sell the merchandise and market the website.
Order processing is handled by PayPal: including item selection, charging credit/debit cards, printing invoices, packing slips and shipping labels. PayPal holds the resulting revenue or transfers it to your bank.
Clicks on Google AdSense ads on the web pages provide additional income.
My website www.2000gifts.com includes nearly 500 webpages and a domain name which consistently ranks high on search engines. Use Google, Bing or Yahoo to search any term including the words "Leanin Tree" -- for instance Leanin Tree posters or Leanin Tree prints -- and you'll see my domain name www.2000gifts.com pop up on the first page of search results.
The Buyer has an opportunity to watch and learn how this business is functioning today. This is very simple, without any need to contact the Seller first. To do so, please open the website, www.2000gifts.com, and order something online, like a $2.25 greeting card or something else. All stages of ordering and receiving the item will be checking out in their usual everyday format. It is similar to how people buy products on Amazon.com or elsewhere.
Since 1999 the owner had a brick-and-mortar gift store/art gallery in the largest city mall in Anchorage, the Dimond Center, called 2000 Gifts & Arts. Pictures of this store are available at the bottom of this page.
From 2006 the store started conversion to online sales, and from 2008 all sales, mostly of posters and greeting cards, became online only.
In the past years the owner was involved in other business and occupations in the construction industry, publishing, and keeping and updating the website. Having to hold all of the responsibilities, packing and shipping merchandise became an unnecessary burden.
Most of merchandise have been sold, and the remaining assets are sold now AT COST, and Domain name 2000GIFTS.COM was included in sale for FREE.
The owner has no intention to stay in retail business, however, the website itself has continued to be popular. This website can live much longer and make a fortune in the hands of a new owner, who can pick up the business with purchasing the remaining assets and domain name, and redevelop the website. Structure of this new business could include drop-shipments from the manufacturers or other retail stores, as well as buying the inventory on demand after the order was placed.
To understand if this business is good for you, I suggest to the buyer to identify your potential abilities, and please, answer both for me and yourself a few questions:
1/ Are you a webmaster, and can you rebuild the website www.2000gifts.com according to your knowledge and the programming skills you have? Can you show me one of your websites which you built?
2/ Have you ever purchased wholesale and sell retail? Did you ever do e-commerce?
3/ Do you have available funds to purchase this business?
4/ Do you realize that you need to ship the inventory from my business from Anchorage, Alaska and pay for this shipping, which cost extra $$? The weight of merchandise is about 200 Lbs. (without framed oil paintings), plus one display rack (which you may skip and dispose here to save on shipping). Can you come to Anchorage, Alaska to identify the products? Or do you expect me to pack, load, and ship all inventory to you?
5/ Do you have a room in your house or office to stock merchandise, where you can also keep shipping supplies, do the packing, and print invoices and shipping labels?
6/ Do you have mobility to do immediate shipping to the buyer after receiving the purchase order via email? This requires to identifying the product on the order list, finding this product in the stock, carefully packing it, and going to the post office, and either dropping it into the mail box, or staying in line, or use a courier who will pick up the package from your office?
The asking price for this business is just $11,600, or it could be only $3,600 without four oil paintings listed at this website which the Owner is willing to keep for himself.
All remaining inventory (as on this website, and some more) is included in sale (with or without four oil paintings), and also one poster rack display.
Payment can be made by bank transfer, cash, cashiers check, and can be paid by credit card.
Please give me a call if you want to buy my business.
Fyodor "Theo" Soloview
9048 Little Brook Street
Anchorage, Alaska, USA