Questions About Online Shopping For Baby Products

William asks…

What are good moisturizers for african americn hair?

I just big chopped my hair this month and I am currently using Miss Jessie’s baby butter creme I have been hearing its not good moisturizer because of the ingredients I wanted to know what could I use on my hair to moisturize my hair if possible I would like it to be a product that I can purchase in the store and not online only because it is easier for me to purchase and personally I don’t like to shop online thanks

Donna answers:

You can get Garnier fructis leave in conditioner at walmart, the ingredients are ok.
If there’s a health food store near you, they usually have giovanni direct leave in and others.
And target has alot of natural hair products for “multicultural hair”.
Also, there are tons of cheap conditioners(suave/vo5) that you can add oils/butters to make them more moisturizing.

Good Luck

Nancy asks…

I’m mixed race with naturally curly hair what cheap hair products can I use? (I’m in the UK)?

I’m half black half white with long curly hair which needs to be kept moist. But a lot of the stuff in afro hair shops is a bit expensive as money is tight for me at the moment. Some greases are too heavy, so i need something oily but not too heavy if you know what I mean. Like a serum. I considered using baby oil but some people online are saying it is bad for any hair type. Maybe something natural would be good? What do you think?

Donna answers:

There are a lot of good products out there. You should try products from a brand called Mixed Chicks or Giovanni Cosmetics. Giovanni Cosmetics are organic as well. I’ve used both brands and they are great and not too expensive either. Both left my hair feeling very soft and more manageable. I got mine from www.blackandbrown.eu (they are based in the UK)

Don’t use baby oil! Not good. If you’re looking for an oil you can try Gleau Hair Oil. (Also available from the same site)

Hope this helps!

Maria asks…

Becoming a UK distributor for US product. Help!?

I contacted the creator of a kids travel product in the US regarding becoming a UK agent with exclusive distribution rights for their product in the UK.
The woman who owns the product e-mailed stating that she has a UK distributor already but passed on my e-mail to her to see if we could work to “help each other”.
On receiving the e-mail from the UK distributor, my feelings that her own experience of selling this product were not going well (based on the ominous sounding suggestion of helping each other) were confirmed.
The “UK” distributor lives in Europe, not UK, and sent me the following e-mail suggesting that she is no longer actively promoting it:
“I have had the product for about 18 months…sold about 2,000 units…believe it can sell more but I have struggled with 2 big stores. I have been speaking to various people in those two stores for over a year….now email and they just do not answer.
I attended ******** fair last year where I made quite a few contacts, some ordered and then even though I contacted them after they never came back. I have retailers who do buy from me regularly. I have tried and retried wholesalers who also never get back to you even though I cut my margin right down to make it attractive for them….made the decision this year to concentrate on the smaller retailer and ran out of stock so I couldn’t do what I was planning to do.
I think things are still quite difficult and people are being very careful about new products, even though I don’t insist they commit to large quantities.
If you are still interested in promoting the product and can think of how we might work together, I would be more than happy to chat about it. What is important to remember is the margins and the price it is in the market.
So as a Distributor I would look at making 20 – 25% on the cost price including shipping and duty, the retailer will want to make 40- 50% at least and on top of that is VAT at 20%, the market price for the product is £17.99 – £21.99. So to employ someone sell to the big stores you would have to give some of the margin away, and on 20 – 25% there is not much there to give away.
However, it all becomes more economic on volume so that is something to think about – so as I said if you think there is a way we can work together – lets chat about it. It will have to be by e-mail as I live in ****.”

The product is not stocked in any major stores in the UK but is a must have travel product for parents with young children – for their sanity! lol. So I know it can sell big. From what I have learned, it is available to UK buyers only online from US sources and from the “UK distributor” who sells it on her online shop based in Europe where she lives. It is not marketed in Britain, to my knowledge.
My idea was to source a sales rep with experience in the baby industry to pitch the product to major retailers and pay them a commission.
I know this product will compliment other products stocked by the retailers that I have in mind, but I now do not know if I have any real options here. I have absolutely no experience of sales so this is all very new to me and I really need advice on how to approach the distributor in reply to the e-mail she sent to me. How would I work with her? Would I get stock from her? Would she want me to pay her for me doing all the leg work in the UK? I don’t want to ask all of these things as I would like a second opinion on the e-mail first and it also appears that she’s waiting for me to approach her with an idea for how to increase her sales.
My concern is that I give her my ideas and then never hear from her again so what is the 1st step?
She is clearly not doing the product justice and I may not have the experience, but have worked hard over the last few days (when I 1st thought an item like that would be handy! lol) researching the best way to sell this product, who and how to sell it to and having no experience, of course I would be delighted to work with someone who has more experience than I do, but I’m not sure what to say in reply to her e-mail.

Donna answers:

You are right to be cautious as it seems that from the U.S to the distributor in Europe there seems to be a lack of communication. The creator in the states thinks her distributor is in the UK?

However it seems that you have done your research and i admire your enthusiasm towards selling the product. The first thing i would do is see how much actual interest is in the market. You are basing your actions on instinct which is a good start but before you dive in see if there is the substantial demand.

You should do the approaching yourself, make plenty of calls to the retailers and see if you can get an appointment to pitch your idea. It wont be easy but don’t be disheartened you have to persist

It wont be easy at first but you need to get out there, once you have interest you can make a sound approach to a potential sales person.

This will also give you more confidence in your decision making about the product and the future potential earnings.

Darren Turner
Managing Director

Midlands Consulting Centre

David asks…

Where in Manila, Philippines can I buy shampoo for afro spiral curly hair?

My 2.5 year old filipino-american baby girl has spiral curls and local shampoos just make her hair dry and don’t loosen the tangles and snarls. I always buy Africa’s Best Kids Organics shampoo and hair lotion online, but it doesn’t seem practical doing this because the shipping is very expensive. I wonder if anyone here knows or can recommend a shop or store in Manila or anywhere in the Philippines where I can buy shampoo or hair products for Afro hair type. Thanks.

Donna answers:

May seem a strange answer, but ask around the local expats. They often have lines into small stores or a ‘guy who knows a guy’ for those hard to find non-local things.

Lisa asks…

All u.k women…where did u get the cloth nappies from?

hi every1…m 31 weeks +3 days now….its really hard for me to walk as have a bak ache problem….n m just hating to walk as m approaching the d day….so was just wondering if sm1 can tell me where do i get teh cloth nappies from…in london!!
i liv in east london…is there any shops tat u know…i just dont want to ggo around looking for them…as m normally veryy tired..!!!phew!!!
done with the shoppings…but still cudnt decide on the nappies n other baby products like its shampoo,oil,lotion etc….
if u have bought it online….then plz can u tell me the site??
how lond did it take the parcel to come..?

Donna answers:

Hi, my wife is pregnant and I’ve been looking into buying real nappies.
Some local authorities offer incentives to people who use them so you should log onto your local council website, key nappies into their key word search box and they may be able to give you more info.
Colemanram

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