One of the main benefits of drop shipping is that you can list products that you do not currently have physically available. This means you can essentially list in almost an unlimited amount of different products from different manufacturers.
At the first glance this may appear to be a great idea, however if you start selling hundreds of different products all from different suppliers you will soon create an logistical nightmare. Continue reading
How many dropship suppliers should you use?
You may have heard the saying that he is such a good salesman that he can sell ice to Eskimos. Yes you may be able to sell a product to someone who really does not need it, however to become truly successful in need product that has consistent demand. Continue reading
How to find in demand products – Using the Google keyword planner
When you are setting up a dropship e-commerce store, there are a few important things that you need to consider. A bit of preplanning before you get started is far better than waiting for a few months down the track after everything has been set up and then working out that you should have done something differently. Generally changes after you have set everything up, will cost you a lot of wasted time and a lot of waste of money.
We have created a list of things to consider before you decide on a niche to sell in and products to list for sale. Continue reading
The top products to sell – discover the best niche to sell in
Every year Google handles trillions and trillions of searches from a huge range of different people and cultures. Google as a company are extremely good at categorising these search terms and creating meaningful data out of them. Continue reading
Finding in demand niche and what is popular with Google trends
When you’re trying to find a supplier you will come across a number of manufacturers, wholesalers and even retailers. The trick is to know the difference between the three of them and what the best option is for you.
A manufacturer is a company that physically creates and manufactures their own products and makes these available for sale. Many manufacturers do not sell directly to the public and rely on wholesalers to resell their products. The main reason they do this is because they do not have the sales staff and resources to handle individual small end-user sales. Continue reading
Manufacturers vs wholesalers vs retailers
Before dealing with any manufacture, wholesaler, or supplier there are a few things to know. This will also help you spot when a retailer is trying to act as a wholesaler. Ultimately you want to cut out as many middlemen as possible in the order process as this will give you a cheaper purchase price and increase your bottom line.
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Supplier fees to watch out for
Unfortunately the Internet is still the wild West. It is also a worldwide platform which does offer some form of anonymity. You have to remember that not everyone is as nice as you and some people are out to rip you off.
There are a couple of ways you can avoid getting scammed or at least minimise the risk.
Place a small test order.
Before dealing with any supplier on ongoing basis, you really should place a small test order first. You should make sure this test order to sent directly to you or someone you trust. The selected test the supplier before you build ongoing relationship. Continue reading
Not getting scammed and watching out for fake drop ship suppliers
Although drop shipping is a business offers a number of distinct advantages it also has a few disadvantages. The low barriers to entry, the no set location and competitive nature of e-commerce stores can make drop shipping a bit harder.
Depending upon what niche you enter, you may find that other people who are also drop shipping mean that you need to have low margins to compete. This is especially true due to the low barriers of entry, minimal overhead costs and the fact that they have invested so little to get started means that some people are willing to sell a rock bottom prices. There are ways to overcome this issue which will cover in more detail later on. Continue reading
The disadvantages of drop shipping
It does not matter what you sell who you purchase stock from unfortunately at some stage there will be the need to handle returns. A dropship store is different to a traditional store as you did not directly send the product to the customer. So there are a couple of different options available to you depending on who the supplier is and how you want to handle the return itself. The other option to consider is if you want to hide the supplier from your customer (this is very useful for products that have repeat sales, or for customers you are trying to upsell)