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Survival Oriented Business

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by survive1999, May 19, 2012.

  1. survive1999


    Sep 26, 2005
    Central Ohio
    So a guy I met is interested in opening a survival orient business. He is the owner of a successful firearms shop so access to guns and ammo won't be an issue.

    What type of products would you want to see in a "Survival Shop"?

    From our brief conversation he'll have a good line of filters, and several lines of food storage products as well.

    Thanks for any input you can throw my way.
  2. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    All of the things that we talk about here would make for a nice shop. Don't forget long term food storage too.

  3. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Make a list of the key categories. You do know the main categories, right?
  4. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    I think the market for survival stuff is limited. Instead open up an "outdoor, camping, hunting, fishing," and stock stuff that works for S&P also.

    It is the little things that are not being found. I would like a tent, not in a circus color. I would like to have a vest, backpack and ....all work together. I buy a good bit of military stuff, because it works together, but the civilian stuff works better in stand alone functions.
  5. i too agree that its difficult to just have a survivalist store. espcially for a gun shop owner, not all customers are survivalists. he could probably do ok buying and reselling MREs or becoming a stocking dealer for Wise foods or similar. might be able get water filters in bulk and those kind of basics but would probably do just as well and sell more of the cheap items like coughlans pocket stoves and survival kits in a can etc...
  6. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

    Apr 8, 2004
    SWPA sticks
    most army/navy stores seem to about cover the basic business that I would think would be profitable
  7. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    I like to ask around at the gunshows to see who is really selling stuff and this weekend in Orlando was really a busy show. The man who went home with the biggest smile? A seller of auto loaders for AR, AK, 10/22, and others.

    He was leaving early when he sold out of his last AR loader and he brought a lot of them. It might be good for your friend to expand into some items that he does not sell now that he could learn from the shows and the boards (like ours) that a lot of people would like to buy locally.
  8. dissthis

    dissthis Gun Fan

    Aug 24, 2005
    Marietta, GA
  9. Lowdown3


    Apr 10, 2008
    I've been active in this industry for 20 years now. Most of the time it's feast or famine. Make decent money for a year or so, almost starve for 3 or 4.

    Don't get into this industry thinking you are going to become a millionaire. Get into this industry because you want to help this market. Their is enough shysters and Johnny come lately's out there now trying to make a fast buck. Just like after 1999, most of them will be gone next year. NOT saying this is your buddy's plan. Just saying if you don't plan on being in it for the long haul, then don't bother.

    Don't count on it as your only income source. Been there done that, learned the lesson with a new baby at the time. Have additional businesses, side job, whatever. Yes, right now, the money is good, but it will likely turn on a dime AGAIN after the 2012 crowd blows away and eventually we get the socialist out of the White House.

    The doomsday "prepper" crap is just a fad for a lot of people, don't expect it to last or make your business plan relay on that. Fads pass. Anyone who has been involved in this for any real length of time will confirm what I'm saying.

  10. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    Go with a "homesteading" model. That market has been growing for a long time now.
    It involves survivalists, hippies, organic freaks, global warming baffoons... and everyone who thinks that they are going to save the earth or stay away from the government.

    Anything that can involve such diverse political and cultural groups is bound to be profitable... right?
  11. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
  12. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    I think Lowdown3 gave some good advice. . . .