Let’s assume you want to import 10 units of ‘Hair Clippers for Men’ from China for resale as a newbie who’s just taking a plunge into Mini Importation business. What costs will you take into consideration to guide you to determine the best price to charge for your product? And, what will be your selling price?

These two questions are critical to helping you need to make informed decision before investing your hard earned money.

Let’s just assume the unit price of the product you’re buying for resale is 32yuan. Then, 10 units will be 32 yuan x 10units = 320 yuan, right? Good.

Let’s also assume dollar exchange rate to yuan is $1 = 6.3 yuan

Let’s also assume dollar exchange rate to naira is $1 =N370...

Because you’ll be making payments in naira equivalent of the total cost you’ll incur.

1) Product Cost

10 units = 320 yuan

320 yuan = $51

$51 x N370 = N18,870

2) Weight – Every 1kg of item to be imported cost $8

Now, each item weighs 0.65kg and you have 10 units to import.

0.65kg x 10pcs = 6.5kg

6.5kg x $8 = $52

$52 x N370 = N19,240

3) Custom Clearing Cost

To clear an item that weighs 1kg cost N380

6.5kg x N380 = N2,470

4) Advertising Cost

Let’s just assume you’ll spend $50 ad on Facebook & Instagram

$50 x N370 = N18,500

5) Internet Subscription = N5,000

6) Deliver cost:

- Within Lagos = N1,500 x 5units = N7,500

- Outside Lagos = N2,000 x 5units = N10,000

7) Fueling for power = N2,500

Below is a breakdown of the relevant costs to take into consideration when importing the Hair Clipper for Men in Naira.

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Product cost (10 units) 18,870

Product weight cost 19,240

Custom clearing cost 2,470

Advertising cost 18,500

Internet subscription 5,000

Deliver cost (Within & without) 17,500

Fueling for power 2,500

Total cost 84,080

It will cost you N84,080 to effectively import, promote and deliver 10 units of Men’s Hair Clipper to Lagos from China. How do you determine the selling price of your product? Unit cost (i.e. Cost of buying one) of product = N84,080/10units = N8,408

To determine your SELLING PRICE, you ‘MARK IT UP’ by whatever percentage you’re comfortable with. For example, Markup by 239% and unit cost is N8,408

Selling price = 239% x N8,408 = N20,095.

So, selling price = N20,095

So, if you sell the 10 items = N20,095 x 10units = N200,950

Less your total cost = (N84,080)

Profit N116,870

Your ROI is a positive 138%.

MY Counsel

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Dive deep into this business if you know you can turnover the sale of the product in the shortest possible time. Next article, I’m going to be looking at the qualitative aspect of pricing strategy for SMEs.I hope this helps.