Solar Power Products For Camping and Emergencies
That big, yellow ball in the sky is vital to life on planet Earth. But guess what? It can also be a big part of your sales as a retailer of self-defense and survival gear. When you sell products listed in our Solar Power category, you are selling products that utilize the sun's energy for a particular purpose. People love these products because they make being outdoors more convenient without having any impact on the environment.
Our Solar Power Gadgets
Safety Technology's solar power inventory only includes a few products right now. But we are continuously adding to our inventory. For example, we have a solar-powered oven bag that makes cooking in the field nearly effortless. It is a slow cooker that relies on solar energy to heat up internal air to support cooking.
The idea of using solar energy to do things we normally do with grid power around the house has intrigued Americans for decades. Today though, solar goes well beyond installing panels on your roof and supplementing the electricity you get from the power company. Advances in solar technology have made it possible to design things like solar oven bags and mobile device chargers.
Here's what you need to know: solar products sell simply because they are solar. We live in an environmentally conscious culture that still wants access to convenience. Enter portable solar products that provide that convenience without having to burn fuel.
Solar-powered products are brilliant because they tap into our collective societal consciousness toward environmental conservation. At the same time, solar products are also practical. These are not novelty items by any stretch. They perform a vital function for people who need access to power when no electrical hookup is available.
Introducing Customers to Solar-Powered Products
You might be wondering who it is that actually buys solar-powered products. If so, allow us to introduce you to your customers. Once you know who they are, you can introduce them to the solar items you're selling.
At the top of the list are campers and hikers. Just because they spend a lot of time in the great outdoors doesn't mean they should have to go without some simple conveniences. Once again, consider the solar-powered oven bag.
Campers and hikers aren't too keen on spending five or six days in the wilderness eating nothing but granola bars and trail mix. They want real food. A solar-powered oven bag gives them that opportunity. Your customers can slow cook a meal in the oven bag the same way they would with a crock pot at home. It's easy, convenient, and cost-efficient.
Survivalists are another target audience. The survivalist mindset is one that says you should be prepared for any eventuality. Solar-powered products meet the needs of survivalists in the midst of an emergency situation. And even if such situations never arise, they can still use their gear while out camping or hunting.
Sell Solar Power with Conversation
Now that you know your target audience, let us talk about engaging with them to make the sale. It is all about conversation. Where some items virtually sell themselves, people do not give much thought to solar-powered products unless they have a reason to do so. You need to give them that reason.
Let's say you are selling our solar chargers at a flea market. People are likely to walk right by your booth unless you do something to grab their attention. So say 'hi' and introduce yourself. Then engage with a conversation about something as common as being out and about when the cell phone battery dies. These everyday occurrences are great subjects to start a conversation with.
Your goal is to sell solar-powered products by getting your customers to see how invaluable they can be. Once again, we hearken back to the cell phone. So many people spend so much time on their phones that they run the battery down in just a matter of hours. Having a solar charger would solve that problem.
The great thing about this solar charger is that it is not limited just to cell phones. It can charge a variety of portable devices using both USB and 12 V charging ports. So we are talking about your cell phone, your tablet, perhaps a laptop, and so forth. These are the kinds of things to explain to your customers.
We Dropship Solar-Powered Products
One of our goals is to make it as easy as possible for new dealers to get started. So while you are thinking about having conversations with your customers, you can avoid having to think about renting retail space and stocking a store room. Instead, start selling by way of our dropshipping program.
This program joins our two businesses as partners of sorts. Your part is to go out and sell – whether you do so online, in-person, or through a combination of both. Our part is to stock and ship the products for you. Now, stop and think about this for just a minute.
When you use Safety Technology as your dropshipper, you do not need to stock solar-powered products yourself. We will keep the stock in our warehouse for you. Furthermore, you only order products as you sell them. This way you don't have to try to anticipate what you are going to need in stock to meet customer demand. You just go out and sell.
When a customer buys from you, your job is almost done. The only other thing you need to do is log on to your Safety Technology dealer account and place the same order with us. We will package the order and ship it directly to your customer. By the way, the packaging will have your name on it rather than ours.
We dropship solar power products in order to give our dealers yet another avenue of success. You may choose to do business by purchasing retail stock directly from us, and that's fine. But for those who do not have the money to put into inventory right away, dropshipping is an attractive alternative.
Sell Solar-Powered Products Wherever You Want
Now comes the focal point of this entire discussion: actually going out and selling solar-powered products. You can sell them virtually anywhere you want; anywhere your audience can be found. We suggest new dealers start by looking at local opportunities like flea markets and community events.
Flea markets are high-traffic environments filled with people looking to spend money on the unusual. A well-designed display and an ability to start conversations is really all you need in the flea market environment. If you live in an area where flea markets operate year-round, you might be able to build your entire business around the flea market concept.
Community events are another great option because they generate heavy foot traffic. Event leaders want vendors because they bring people out. In return, they offer very affordable table or booth space that gives vendors access to customers over the course of several days.
Here are some other options:
- Mall Kiosks – Malls are still viable selling venues in the right location. We recommend looking at kiosks rather than a full storefront, as this will save you money on leasing.
- Strip Malls – Strip malls are attractive to sellers who want to open full retail locations. You could open a survival gear store stocked with our solar-powered products and other selections. We have enough choices to give you plenty of stock to work with.
Of course, you can sell our solar-powered products online too. Build your own site, let us build a site for you, sign-on with an e-commerce platform, or sell through sites like eBay and Amazon. There is no shortage of online opportunities for you to choose from.
Sign up to Be a Solar Products Dealer
We hope you understand the power (no pun intended) of solar products as retail items. If so, we invite you to sign up to be a Safety Technology dealer. The process is straightforward and simple. It begins by completing and submitting our online dealer application form.
We will follow-up receipt of your application with an e-mail providing further instructions. As soon as we can confirm you are either operating or starting a legitimate business, we will provide you with your own dedicated Safety Technology online account. You can use that account to order products and access our marketing resources.
Those marketing resources include our full product list and pricing. Each product has a detailed description attached to it for your convenience. You can also access both web- and print-ready graphics to be used alongside the descriptions. All of this, and more, is available for download directly from our dealer website.
Solar-powered products represent just one of the many opportunities you have to sell as a Safety Technology dealer. There is money to be made in this business, but you can't start making it until you sign on. Why not get started right away? We are standing by to help.