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What To Look For In a Drop Shipper

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by benito, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. benito

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    There are plenty of drop shippers out there, so finding one that stocks items you want to sell isn't usually an issue. Finding one who meets your needs and gives you everything you need to succeed in a drop shipping business, however, can be a bit tricky. If you are on your big hunt for a drop shipper to work with, make sure you ask the following questions:
    1. What happens if my buyer receives a faulty or damaged item? Find out who pays for the return shipping, if the buyer should return the item directly to the supplier, or if they should send it to you first.
    2.Are your products covered by a guarantee? What are the details of that guarantee?
    3. How long does it take you to ship to my buyers after you receive my payment? 1 to 3 days is optimal. Ensure that you advise your buyers of the estimated shipping time before they buy from you.
    4. Do you ship internationally? Find out if you can sell to buyers located in a different country to the drop shipper.
    5. Do you offer tracking numbers on items shipped? Buyers really appreciate these. If you can get the drop shipper to email you a tracking number, you can then pass it on to your buyer.
    6. How do I place orders? Most drop shippers will do this online via their website. This is the most efficient way for them and you to place and receive orders. It means you can process the payment quickly, and you can access their website 24/7.
    7. I live outside of your country. Will you deal with international retailers? Some drop shippers will only accept retailers in their home country. This is because it can be complicated shipping items out to other countries. It takes longer and sometimes delays at customs can cause problems. However, if you are based in the US and are selling US buyers products from a Chinese drop shipper, you can be in for some excellent profits.
    8. Do you offer product pictures, product descriptions, measurements and information? Most larger drop shippers will provide you with all of these, simply because they only make sales when you do, so they are more than happy to help.
    These little extras can save you a lot of time in photographing items and writing descriptions for products. However, it's best to rewrite these a bit so you don't look exactly the same as other sellers also stocking the drop shipper's products.
    So, Is Drop Shipping Right For You?

    A drop shipper is best suited to:

    • New sellers with little money to invest in product sourcing
    • Sellers with no storage space available
    • Sellers who have pinpointed a niche market
    • Sellers who want to offer a deep product range
    • Seller who are happy to set up checks and balances to ensure their drop shipper is working hard!
    Bottom lines:

    1. Drop shippers are the solution for many newbie sellers who have no money to invest.
    2. They stock, package and ship the item to your buyer on your behalf
    3. When you use a drop shipper, you only need to pay for items that sell - meaning there is no risk in buying and storing items.
    4. There are some drawbacks to drop shipping, including having to deal with backorders, paying a surcharge of around $2-$5 per item and missing out on bulk discounts.
    5. The best way to use a drop shipper is to sell niche items. Avoid super popular items which might be tough to make money on.
     
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  2. benito

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    Just thought I'll bump this thread so more people can read it. Also, if anyone is interested in custom shoes, dresses, or bags with your own label, please shoot me a pm.

    Thanks!