Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by saimi1s, Jan 7, 2013.
Do they are suppliers here who provide a full datafeed xml ?
yeah dropshipdirect and a couple other dropshippers do you just have to search around for them,
and koleimports is the other I have worked with in the past they also do wholesale dropship with a datafeed supplied..
Yes we tried to work with Kole's data but it was awful. Titles all abbreviated with uncommon abbreviations. I talked several times with the owner's Son (Ken, if my memory serves me correctly) and he kept promising to clean it up so it was usable but last time I looked, over a year ago, it was all still a mess.
Before jumping into any DS venture make damn sure your wholesaler doesn't have retail websites or a dozen of them (like GreenSupply) selling for your wholesale cost or less. Make sure the data is clean and easy to use. Make sure there are product shots. Make sure the inventory is accurate and updated frequently.
I used to have a checklist when I had an employee hunting new DS suppliers that outlined all of this. If you build a few DS sites you will learn the hard way the value of good data. Once we started using the outline we found very few DS suppliers worth a dime as far as supplying good data to dropshippers. The upside is if you do all the work to get good data you might find yourself with few competitors.
We did this with Neiko Tools but soon everyone scraped our data and dumped all the stuff on Amazon so the margins were gone once again. We did have a good run for about 5 years before the Amazon sellers (morons) raced to the bottom of pricing and ruined sales. I tried to tell the owner to protect his brand but like most he thought more sales would be great. Now he's calling daily wondering why we can't move more of his products. Ummm, you let the whores in the market ruin you brand dummy! Now nobody can make money selling Neiko Tools. If you dump them on Amazon you can sell a bunch of them for about 10 cents on the dollar. lmao. Amazon called me and begged me for 5 years to put Neiko Tools on there and I told them to pound sand because I knew what would happen. Now that brand is done. No margins and not worth messing with. The returns of cheap Chinese tools will eat you alive at 10% margins. Let them all sit in the cesspool they created. I can't remember the last time I updated my Neiko sites and I have 4 of them ranking on page 1. Waste of time.
Ok off the soapbox but you get the picture. Do a ton of research before purchasing domains and building websites. Just because you find a supplier doesn't mean you'll make money. Google their products and see where your margins are. If not in the 20% or higher range then find something better.
Separate names with a comma.