Selling products during a pandemic is something that many of us probably hadn’t planned for. Well, unless you’re one of those preppers with an awesome underground bunker full of supplies. However, this is the world we now find ourselves in and we must consider ourselves lucky that we have the benefit of being able to sell products online when the shops are shut or heavily restricted.
Nevertheless, there is a big difference between profiting from the pandemic and profiting during the pandemic. The former is a big no-no while the latter is perfectly acceptable and can actually help people around the country in these challenging times.
Profiting from the Pandemic
The true characteristic of people tends to come to the surface during times of difficulty. On one side of the fence, you’ve got the likes of doctors and nurses who happily risk their own safety to treat patients during a pandemic. Likewise, all kinds of key workers have banded together to try to keep society running as smoothly as possible.
On the other side, you’ve got people who see the pandemic as an opportunity to exploit the situation for personal gain. Consider the likes of those shops that were selling toilet roll for £20 per pack when it was in high-demand, people selling hand sanitiser on Amazon for £30 per bottle, or those who are selling PPE for huge amounts of cash when it’s desperately needed to save lives.
These are the kinds of people that society will remember as parasites once this nightmare is over.
Profiting During the Pandemic
Having said that, it’s not all doom and gloom. The pandemic has allowed people to continue to earn money while providing services and products that people are incredibly grateful for. There is nothing wrong with earning from the pandemic if you’re selling your goods for a reasonable price and not profiteering.
Creatives types can provide goods that people are happy to pay for during the pandemic. The most obvious example of this is PPE equipment such as homemade masks that are priced fairly. In fact, creating interesting and fun mask designs is a great way to lighten the mood and may help convince younger people to wear them in public.
But it’s not just about masks. Creative people have an opportunity to make products such as moisturising soaps that people can use as an alternative to harsh commercialised products, personalised drinking containers that people can take to coffee shops to reduce the chances of germs being spread while simultaneously protecting the environment, and even affordable fitness clothing and accessories for those of us who are exercising more during lockdown. The list is almost endless.
Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with earning money during the pandemic if you aren’t unfairly taking advantage of the situation. People are spending much more time online shopping now and creative shops can help to brighten someone’s day while also providing much-needed products that will improve the buyer’s experience of lockdown.
Continue to create great products that people can buy for a reasonable price and keep the money away from greedy profiteering pockets.