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Tired of Dropshipping Eating Profits? How I source and Avoid Dropshipping.

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by cousette, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. cousette

    cousette Newbie

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    Hey

    So I've imported on and off for about 8 years and for me, dropshipping was eating tremendously at my profits. I'm aware this won't be the case for everyone, but in the event you feel the same way, this is how I got out of it.

    1.) I found a quality supplier overseas. I used Alibaba, DHGate, and simple Google searches to find suppliers who could provide me samples.
    2.) After verifying samples I did a small bulk order to the house. I want to see how they ship the goods first hand and handle my order.
    3.) My second bulk order was larger, I shipped directly to a fulfillment center near my home, but if you don't feel like doing research, go with FBA by Amazon, I've used them 2 years now, not an issue thus far.

    All steps are vital. You don't want to buy bulk before testing samples. You don't want to send your first bulk directly to your fulfillment center.
     
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    yarddog2k Newbie

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    Sounds like good and solid advice. Thanks for the heads-up.
     
  3. xxrob511

    xxrob511 Newbie

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    Thanks for the info
     
  4. golelen

    golelen Newbie

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    I'm glad you found a way. I've looked at importing before, but all I seem to find are crappy suppliers that want to send me no name stuff in boxes that are covered in Chinese writing. I've also found lots of knock-offs (think Berbie dolls rather that Barbie dolls - just an example) and people who want thousand dollar orders with 3 month lead times.

    Can you define "quality supplier" and some of the traits that they have?

    Many thanks.
     
  5. Young Quo

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    I'm studying this too at the moment. Glad to hear people are still succeeding on this. I'm going to give it a go when I save enough money.
     
  6. Young Quo

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    How do you feel about getting brand name stuff and selling it on Amazon, doing FBA? Is that even practical? I just want to do something like that to get a feeling first before going to supplier out at sea.
     
  7. 720iamthesenate

    720iamthesenate Newbie

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    Been ordering from overseas for quite some time now as well .... haven't had any bad experiences so far with any sketchy sellers. Definitely order test samples before ordering bulk .. if they won't give you a test sample just move onto another seller ..also good sellers usually respond within 24 hours on business days...so if it takes a few days to get back to you I would stay away from them. You want to work with someone who has great communication skills incase you ever have any problems with the order.