Turn a Countertop Ice Maker Into a Money Maker
Welcome to the second week of summer; we hope you’re just as excited as we are. It’s time for tanning, three showers a day, and swimming. Whether you like the hot weather or not, we all love (and need) a cold drink in the summer.
That’s where this week’s trending product comes in. One of the hottest-selling items this month is a countertop ice maker. Let’s check out why.
What Is a Countertop Ice Maker?
A countertop ice maker is a machine you can place anywhere, turn on, and watch it produce ice. It turns water into ice faster than you’d get them using trays and bags from the store.
If you use ice in your drink throughout the day or plan to entertain guests with cocktails and whatnot, a countertop ice maker is a must-have. Sure, the fridge will turn water into ice as well, but an ice maker does it faster and is much more convenient.
How Does a Countertop Ice Maker Work
You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to understand how a machine that makes ice works. You put water at the freezing temperature, and it’ll solidify.
That’s the idea behind countertop ice makers as well. The difference is that you don’t need to fill an ice mold and put it in a freezer. All you have to do is fill out the ice maker’s reservoir. The water leaves the reservoir through a hole in the bottom and enters the maker’s ice tray on its own.
The maker pumps water into a metal tray and uses water to fill out small molds the machine comes with. The cooling system starts working and freezes the water rapidly. Once the ice forms, the machine removes ice from its molds and places it into a collection bin. It does that either by heating the molds (thus releasing the ice) or using a mechanism to release the cubes.
When you start the machine, it’ll do the job on its own, all you need to do is provide a power source. Depending on the thickness of ice and the model you have, an ice maker takes about six to 15 minutes to create ready-to-use ice. Even at the higher end of that spectrum, it’s still at least twice as fast as the traditional way of making ice.
One thing you should know is that an ice maker is not a portable freezer. When the process is done, it will no longer control the temperature. You need to take out the ice right away. If you don’t want to use it immediately, put it in a freezer.
While you can use it all year round, the interest in countertop ice makers is somewhat seasonal. If you’re worried about overstocking and want to avoid storing machines until the next summer, consider dropshipping or online arbitrage.
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If you want to buy the product outright, you can use some of the best product-sourcing tools and services to help you with that. Alibaba is also a great way to source any product, including an ice maker.
Check out some of the best-selling ice makers on top marketplaces:
- Walmart: Sold by R.W. Flame. Kismile Countertop Ice Maker is a self-cleaning maker that creates nine ice cubes every six minutes. It comes with a handy ice scoop and weighs 13.6 lbs (6.2 kg). Price: $75.99.
- eBay: Sold by V Home. This ice maker creates eight cubes in six to eight minutes, meaning you can create 33 lbs of ice in a day. It also has a self-cleaning function and comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty. Price: $92.99.
- Amazon: Sold by Amazon. One of the pricier models that’s built to last. The machine uses stainless, heavy-duty steel and takes six minutes per turn. You can choose between two sizes of ice. Price: $101.62.
Selling Countertop Ice Makers Successfully
For the majority of the product’s target audience, countertop ice makers are a summer item they’ll use for parties and some outdoor fun. You can make a nice profit if you couple the maker with other similar products, such as an inflatable tanning pool. Customers that buy countertop ice makers are willing to pay for the comfort the product brings, and you can benefit from their willingness to enjoy the summer to the best of their abilities.
Selling Countertop Ice Makers on Top Marketplaces
A lot of sellers tend to shy away from selling ice makers internationally. You can stand out from the crowd by selling worldwide. If you need help with that, check out our reviews of the best international shipping tools and services.
Succeeding on the best marketplaces takes more than that, however. You need to put some effort into marketing your products so that you come up as a top search result. If you want to optimize your business processes, you can benefit from tools made for specific marketplaces, such as Amazon and eBay.
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