A new year brings new tastes and trends. What worked well in 2017 can suddenly be out of fashion in 2018.
In this new year, we want to help you find products and niche ideas that don’t require a huge investment to sell. Whether you’re starting a new online store or restocking your existing one, these ideas will help you get started with minimal outlay.
If you could shave a few dollars off your electricity costs each month for a
That’s precisely the promise of dryer balls. These are fabric (usually wool) balls used in dryers to help dry clothes faster. The balls fill up with water, become heavy, and get
Dryer balls have been around for years but have grown in popularity recently. This is partly due to increasing awareness of the environmental impact of electricity wastage.
Fortunately, this is a cheap product to buy. You can buy them in wholesale from Alibaba for just a few cents.
Car Air Purifier
It’s no secret that air pollution levels are at an
In this context, car air purifiers are a fantastic product to carry in 2018. Increasing demand has brought down costs, especially for ionic air purifiers. New innovations have also helped reduce the form factor. Modern purifiers can plug into your car’s lighter socket without any modifications. Some even double up as a charging port.
While not as cheap as some of the other products on this list, car air purifiers are still affordable for a starting business, as seen on Alibaba:
Given that air pollution shows no sign of abating, you can bet demand will continue to increase in the coming few years.
Dog Water Bottle
Being out on a long walk with your
Dog water bottles promise a simple solution to this problem. These are bottles with a foldable tray attached to them. When your dog needs water, just pull down the tray and pour in the water. When you’re ready to go, pull the tray back in and off you go. This simple innovation has been ramping up the popularity charts:
It helps that the product itself is incredibly cheap. As this screenshot from Alibaba shows you, you can get a bottle for under $2 wholesale.
Moreover, this isn’t a product with a trending demand. People will continue to keep dogs and dogs will continue to get thirsty. This makes dog water bottles a great product to stock in 2018 and beyond.
They get in the way of your workout, fall out of your pockets, and somehow always end up in a jumbled mess.
We’re talking about wired earphones, of course. There are few things as universally disliked as jumbled earphone wires, especially during any athletic activity. Fortunately, there is a solution now — Bluetooth earbuds.
Although wireless sports earbuds have been around for quite some time, better technology has brought down costs drastically. Battery life and sound quality have also improved. What used to be a niche product is now accessible to anyone. This is reflected in the demand for Bluetooth earbuds as well:
You can get an idea of their affordability for general consumers when you look at their wholesale price on Alibaba:
This product is in a hot niche — mobile phone accessories — and should continue to see growing demand for years to come.
Wireless Charging Pad
Speaking of wireless mobile phone products, how would you like to charge your phone without fiddling with charging cables?
That’s exactly what wireless charging pads have promised for years. Working on inductive charging technology, these pads deliver juice to your phone’s battery without any cables. The only requirement is that the phone is placed on the pad
Thanks to everyone from Apple to Samsung adopting wireless charging technology, the cost of these pads has dropped drastically. Demand, on the other hand, has gone up:
For a fairly sophisticated tech product, wireless charging pads are quite cheap on wholesale. At the lower end, you can buy them for under $5/piece.
This is another popular product in a hot niche. Keep an eye on it if you want trending product ideas for 2018.
The solution: touchscreen gloves. These are specially designed gloves that allow users to operate their phones without exposing their hands. A small conductor built into the fingertips allows the gloves to conduct electricity, which is necessary for using smartphones. The demand for these gloves has shot up with dropping temperatures.
The good part is that touchscreen gloves are affordable — both for retailers and customers. You can buy a pair from wholesalers on Alibaba for as low as $0.25/pair.
You can even diversify into multiple
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and now, cold brews.
This is the latest trend that’s taking over the coffee drinking world. Cold brew coffee is made by letting coffee grounds infuse in water for hours (often overnight). There is no hot water involved at any stage — a big departure from traditional coffee making methods.
The good news for you is that cold brew coffee makers are a) in demand, and b) easy to retail. Usually made from glass or
Demand has been strong:
The price, meanwhile, keeps dropping. You can buy cheap coffee makers wholesale for under $2.
Given the world’s undying love for coffee, this is sure to be a hit product in 2018.
You probably already know that vaporizers are immensely popular. We even included them on our hottest product list last year.
The latest trend in vaporizers is to use vape cartridges. These can be either used in an eVape pen or a conventional vaporizer. Some of them are
This relatively new product has built up immense demand in the last couple of years. Just look at this Google Trends chart as an example:
Plenty of wholesalers will sell vape cartridges for $1 per piece (or even lower).
If you’re looking for a low budget product with guaranteed demand in 2018, this should be one of your top picks.
Light, affordable, and incredibly absorbent. That’s microfiber towels for you in a nutshell.
Microfiber cloths have typically been used for cleaning purposes. The microscopic fibers that make up the cloth trap dirt and moisture, making cleaning a breeze.
Now thanks to technological improvements, microfiber is affordable enough to be used even in large sizes, such as towels. As a result, microfiber towels have seen a steady increase in demand over the last few years, as Google Trends data indicates:
The price is competitive as well. Wholesale rates for
Moreover, this isn’t just a single product; it’s an entire category. You can easily expand to a number of related microfiber products — cleaning cloths, mops, dusters, etc.
Reflective Dog Harness
Yet another product targeted at man’s best friend. This one is a new take on the standard dog harness.
This dog harness is either made of a reflective material or has
Reflective dog harnesses have seen a slow but steady growth in demand as shown below:
Your initial investment will depend on the product type, but you can usually find wholesalers selling LED harnesses for under $5/piece.
Given the size of the pet industry (for example, the average UK dog owner spends 1,252 GBP on their dogs each year), this is a niche with a lot of growth potential. You can easily expand beyond dog harnesses to cover related dog products.
From the latest Thor: Ragnarok to the success of the Stranger Things TV series, all trends show that things from the 80s are making a huge comeback. One of these things, of course, is fashion. And when we talk of 80s fashion, it is impossible to forget the unmissable fanny pack:
For all their practicality, fanny packs had earned a bad reputation in fashion circles in the last few years. However, thanks to the
This is a great product to stock since you can choose from a huge range of designs. You don’t need a huge investment either — wholesale prices are usually under $5/piece.
Taking the 80s resurgence into account, investing in a quintessential fashion product from the decade seems like a smart choice.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to test out these product ideas. Go ahead and create your free online store to start selling!