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Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by dynamic08, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. dynamic08

    dynamic08 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    What is needed in order to sell alcohol online guys?
  2. chrisweb

    chrisweb UKBF Regular Free Member

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    - Website with ecommerce facility
    - Hosting
    - License (contact your local council and possibly a solicitor that specializes in this).
  3. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Full Member - Verified Business

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    And lots and lots of money for marketing (since you will be in competiton with the likes of tesco, odbins, drinkon, drinksdirect and so on).

    And if you want to do it seriously you will also need merchant services.
  4. dynamic08

    dynamic08 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    in terms of e-commerce I have everything under control.

    Its a certain type of alcohol and I have no problems beating tescos etc.

    What I need to know is this.

    Is there a special license I need in order to sell alcohol online?
  5. TotallySport

    TotallySport UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    You will have to be very carefully, if you are caught selling to anyone under the legal age you will be prosocuted and you can get debit cards from the age of 13.

    How are you going to do age checks? bearing in mind it is yours and your staffs responsibility to make sure they are over the legal age, so a simple question isn't going to cut it if it comes down to it. (and both your safe and the company will be fined if found quilty)

    You will need an offl icence NLC, to sell achole to drink off site. (not sure how it works for online sales)
  6. dynamic08

    dynamic08 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    where should I start to gather the info?
  7. estwig

    estwig UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Send me a product sample and I'll tell ya!!

    ;)
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  8. cycloneuk

    cycloneuk UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Only basic ones like Solo and i think Visa Electron, quite easy to not accept those and problem solved.
  9. SharpShooter

    SharpShooter UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi, Dynamic08,

    you need a good E-commerce web-site to start with. I often work with my local web-site designer who guarantees a listing in google which goes in the google index in the first few pages, registers your site with google business maps as well as all your products will be registered in google shopping to get traffic in. You can have a look in google at how it works. I can pm you details, if you want.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2009
  10. dynamic08

    dynamic08 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Im not looking for people to spam my thread thanks all the same.
  11. david_godwin99

    david_godwin99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Dodgy ground if you ask me, I have heard on this forum and others I visit similar ideas. Don't actually know of anyone who has succeeded in it though, depending on where you are licensing could be your main problem and they would have to be confident you would not be supplying to minors.

    Also bere in mind you will probably have too have more than once licencee and all licencees will need to have done their training (that alone is around £250 each) plus legal costs for acquiring the licence (£1000ish) - not an easy or cheap business to start in my eyes, and with a lot of risks unless you have very good systems in place.

    Good luck though - would love to hear how it all goes
  12. TotallySport

    TotallySport UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    and then how you know that the kids haven't borrowed their parents card?

    Plus there are charge cards that are not solo or electron (i think virgin does them), plus solo and electron are used by adults as well as kids.

    It depends on the target market as well, if your selling top end their might be a chance but competing with the likes of tesco of cases of beer and standard vodka I don't see it working.
  13. sunitasaloni

    sunitasaloni UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Send me a product sample and I'll tell ya!!
  14. dynamic08

    dynamic08 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Its actually only a certain type of alcohol! We wouldnt be selling beer or your averge bottle of wine.

    Very niche which may make the idea a no go.
  15. Dan Martin

    Dan Martin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi,

    I've previously talked to my licensing authority about this,

    The location from where the alcohol is sold needs to be licensed. So for example, a telesales operation would not need to be licensed, but the warehouse would.

    I work with a company in Nottingham that is licensed, I have the beer delivered direct to them from the wholeseller, send them the packing lists and they pick, pack and despatch via DHL.

    If you'd like some more information, feel free to get in touch.

    Dan.
  16. inin

    inin UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    this is a tough business to get into and you gotta be careful if you do it and talk to your lawyer... You should maybe look into selling or catering food online, that is also a good business and will always be in demand once you have a name.