I am an expat living in Switzerland. I tend to have a lot of free time, especially in the evenings and weekends. I was thinking of buying things locally for the sole purpose of exporting them to the US. Obviously this would be more of a hobby than a real business, as it would be difficult to scale this up.
Some ideas that I had in mind:
- used license plates. Perhaps I could buy them in bulk from a junk yard ship them to the US, and have a friend resell them. There seems to be quite a large supply no eBay though, going for around $20 a plate.
- other car parts. Let’s say European BMWs of a certain model had some aesthetic bits that are different than the US version, I think the fanboys would be quite interested in converting their US cars to the European version. I would need to set up an on-demand service, where someone is interested in a specific part, I source it, and ship it to them. Shipping larger items could be a headache.
- complete cars. I would essentially need to partner with someone in the US for something like this, as navigating the customs and imports laws can be a minefield. However, I could certainly act as a scout looking for cars, test driving, inspecting, buying, driving them to shipping facility, etc.
Has anyone done something like this? Do you think that I could make some extra cash on the side, or is there basically no profit in something like this?