As a business model, drop shipping has online retailers marketing products, and manufacturers and distributors fulfilling orders, shipping directly to customers. The aim for merchants is to give customers more options to choose from without the burden of inventorying every possible size and color from a product line. Here is a list of resources to get started with drop shipping. There are drop-shipping services, which provide access to products and suppliers. Also there are online directories to drop shippers, wholesalers, and manufacturers: - salehoo is an online wholesale directory and community for online traders, eBay sellers, and traditional retailers. Access drop shippers, manufacturers, wholesalers and liquidators. - Ankaka is a low-risk business model for you, since you only pay for a product after you have already completed a sale and collected the money from your customer. There's no risk of dead stock - no more worries about unwanted inventory. You can list any items for sale, and if they aren't popular, you don't lose anything... you can test your market risk-free. - Shopster lets you find drop ship products to sell, connect to merchants and suppliers, build an online store, and more. Features design service, inventory and order system, eBay listing tool, and top name brands. - Worldwide Brands offers a directory of wholesale products to drop ship.Features 19 online videos and 19 ebooks on online retailing. Instant market research on every product search. - Inventory source provides the resources and tools for business owners to find the right suppliers, upload wholesale product catalogs to a variety of website platforms and marketplaces, manage prices, and sell products. - Hienote provides an online directory containing drop shippers that offer wholesale products for you to retail online or on auction sites. - Doba let you find 1 million name-brand products to sell on eBay, Facebook, or your own website. Features weekly deals, market research tool, phone support, custom data export, Facebook application, and more. After you?ve spent time searching for dropshippers, you may find yourself with a long list of potential suppliers, but not much information on which ones fit your particular business model. Many of the dropshippers I work with are actually wholesalers and manufacturers. They don?t advertise their dropshipping program. So, in order to make sure you?ve found the right supplier, you need to make the right choice.