Saturday, August 4, 2018

A BNR34 GT-R Online Store?

This coming September will mark the second anniversary since I started writing this blog; besides becoming a great pastime and learning platform it has also helped me connect with thousands of readers around the world. I have to admit that watching the monthly visit counter log in data from so many different countries feels great and I hope is a sign that my work is appreciated.

One of the collateral effects that I didn’t anticipate is the number of people that would reach out privately, either with a message here or on the dedicated Facebook page, to inquire about everything BNR34 related: from buying advice, technical questions, or requests for help to source specific items in Japan. I never started the blog for commercial purposes, but simply as a way to keep a small journal of life with my car and to share bits and pieces of Japan living. After all, there are plenty of importers and online shops out there offering all kind of services - I never thought there would be any extra demand. What I have noticed, however, is how unique most of the requests that I usually receive are: either related to very specific advice (such as condition check or restoration), or inquires about hard to find OEM parts or memorabilia that the usual names online don’t offer. One of the things that I appreciate the most is the fact that people reached out in light of the attention to detail and care that I put in my work, both on my car and this platform.

This made me think: while I don’t see myself quitting my day job to start shipping containers of LM GT wheels around the world anytime soon, I am also intrigued by the idea of starting a small side business tied to my biggest passion. However, the only way that I would ever do it, is if I could apply the same philosophy that I instill in this blog and into everything I do with my car: extreme attention to detail, care and a bespoke approach. So, I would like to ask to share your ideas: if I were to offer some of these services, what would you be interested in? Bespoke restoration consulting? Hard to find parts sourcing? Rare memorabilia? Tuning services and consulting through direct connection with Nismo? I’m still evaluating the feasibility of some of these options, but I’m curious the hear your feedback, so please feel free to leave a comment! Who knows, a BNR34-GT-R online store may pop up in the near future!

Until next time.

4 comments:

  1. Hello,
    that would be really cool, even tough i dont own a gtr just a gtt..
    DO IT! :)

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  2. Hi,
    I like the sound of hard to find part sourcing, maybe finally I could try and obtain that one part I've been searching high and low for :D

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  3. Perhaps hard to find parts sourcing would really help out a lot of BNR34 owners around the world. Start it with a mindset of trying to help other enthusiast instead of a business/profit oriented mindset. That way, I am sure you will feel more passionate about your new venture and at the same time, being able to connect and help more BNR34 owners or even other Skyline owners across the globe.

    Just my thoughts about this topic, hope it helps.

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  4. Nismo Omori Factory and/or R34 related merchandise would be good.

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