Is it possible to sell fireworks online?
This is a common question because many fireworks entrepreneurs want to run their business with an e-commerce component. It only makes sense given how integral the web is for nearly every other economic purpose. While this will depend on where you are with your business, it can be lucrative to market fireworks online properly.
When is it Smart to Sell Fireworks Online?
You can sell fireworks over the Internet but if you are brand new to business, it could cause more distractions than it’s worth. It’s better to focus on the brick-and-mortar aspects when you’re new. The people who visit your tent/store are the folks who are going to be your main customers in the first couple of years.
The ability to fill orders for web delivery will probably happen around year three or four based on our experience. During the first year, it’s more important to make sure your tent/store is running properly with inventory, solid marketing, sufficient staffing, and with good search engine visibility.
This will take time unless you have a bunch of people helping. The e-commerce side is becoming more employee intensive, so this assumes you have a consistent and reliable staff, something that takes a while to develop. So, even though you can do anything you want (as long as it’s legal), it’s not the best idea for beginners.
Can you sell online in every state?
Yes, there aren’t many prohibitions based on state jurisdiction. Of course, there is some complexity to it if you’re trying to ship directly rather than just fill online orders and drop off fireworks.
Benefits of Selling in Person Vs. Trying to Sell Fireworks Online
Although it’s tempting to assume that online transactions are always the most lucrative, this is not always the case in the fireworks business. Brick-and-mortar style operations still are the gold standard because this is a seasonal business. Especially in more rural locations, we find that many fireworks customers prefer buying in person during the week of July 4th.
You’ve probably noticed how this works in other sectors like ours. When it comes to buying pumpkins, live Christmas trees, and fireworks, folks prefer to hold and inspect these seasonal items in person. It’s more fun to pick out a fresh pumpkin with your children at a pumpkin patch, and fireworks are pretty similar.
So, yes, you can buy (and sell) fireworks online, and that may grow even bigger in the future. For now, however, this is still one of the last refuges for in-person sales.
Other Legal Aspects on Buying/Selling Fireworks
As always, we recommend that both buyers and sellers check their jurisdictional rules for buying/selling in your area. Some states have more rules than others regarding where you can obtain certain items, and how you can ship and receive them. If you’re at the stage where you want to ship fireworks as part of your business, please get in touch with us for assistance.
Finally, for a helpful review on local fireworks rules, check out this older article on where are fireworks legal.
Buy Fireworks Online Through Black Cat
Of course, if you’re a customer who wants to research and buy fireworks online, then Black Cat is your top resource. It’s easy to browse the various categories of our website and locate any type of firework.
For example, you could explore these awesome aerial Jet 9’s, read all the specs, and even watch a quick demonstration before buying. This is also possible anytime you visit one of our Black Cat stores or tents in person. We’re more than happy to facilitate your buying experience, online or face-to-face, as much as possible.
So, contact us today to learn more about how to sell fireworks online or at a traditional tent/store.