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Clarification on Dropshipping suppliers

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by Bianko, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Bianko

    Bianko Newbie

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    Hello everyone!

    How do I make like a lot of money with like the least amount of effort possib-- kidding!

    After working full-time and putting some savings aside for some time I have decided to leave my job and become an entrepreneur. I want my first venture to be in dropshipping, hence my post here today.

    I have done a fair amount of research on dropshipping so far and have understood that although the concept is simple, there is a large variety of different types/techniques and levels of dropshipping. The one common thread between each DS resource that I find however is that the make or break point for all dropshippers is finding good suppliers. Good, reliable suppliers are love. Good, reliable suppliers are life.

    From what I understand there are a number of different ways of sourcing products, from easier to more complex:

    1) Ebay, Amazon & other Online Stores | Find products you want to sell, list them on your platform of choice and when orders come through you just forward those orders and you're done!
    2) Marketplaces like Aliexpress | Find products you want to sell and (A) repeat step 1 or (B) get in touch with the people selling them to come to some sort of DS agreement, and then you're in business
    3) Wholesalers, importers & manufacturers | Ring up local businesses and try and negotiate a DS agreement with them
    4) China | Use services like Alibaba to find suppliers directly in China and try and dropship this way (with delivery taking several weeks)
    5) Premium, subscription-based DS services | Most people say to avoid these like the plague, I trust most people

    What I wanted to know is what experiences you guys have had with each of these types of suppliers, what has worked best for you personally? Have I missed anything?

    One thing that concerns me quite a fair amount with suppliers such as 1) and 2) is that, if you end up supplying products through these channels, you would risk damaging your brand. What if a customer realises that although your shop is called XYZ Elephant Supplies and you sold them a shoe for $10, the invoice clearly says The Ebay Shoe Shop and that they paid $6.99. Have you ever had experiences similar to these, and how did you deal with them?

    Looking forward to seeing your replies, any tips or advice for a newbie like myself is much appreciated!
     
  2. Kody

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    Hey,
    great topic for a thread, I'll be interested to see any responses from experienced guys.
    I've similarly recently got interested in dropshipping. It sounds like a great business, especially if you can get the orders more or less automated to go to suppliers rather than having to do it yourself.
    I wouldnt resell things from ebay/amazon, etc. Not only are they too much competition, they are mostly using dropshippers themselves, why not go direct to the source?

    alidropship sounds good, but as you mentioned, chinese wholesalers are going to take 6 weeks for products to arrive. If i go this method, I'll be sure to provide free shipping and tell customers so that they aren't disappointed with the wait.

    I've had some luck by searching for "[niche] dropship", but some products are proving more difficult to locate.
     
  3. Kody

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    Also, several times i have found local wholesalers for a product, and chinese wholesalers considerably cheaper. I'm thinking about listing the product as having multiple warehouses, with different prices and letting the customer decide whether they want it cheaper or faster.