What is the best way to start an e-commerce business that isn’t a drop shipping store? Alibaba? Hand crafted items?

A few years ago I bought products from Alibaba and soon realized I bought products that were very hard to compete with other companies since mec and Amazon are doing a much better job. Now I want to learn the best ways to find products that are niche and where to buy/make them. What are the best tools to do product research to find what might be something people want? If you were starting a business on $5,000-10,000 what route would you take as a new small business? I would appreciate any advice!

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