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Wholesale/drop Shipping for a Newbie?

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by rodprv, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. rodprv

    rodprv Junior Member

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    Lets be clear, I know only a little about wholesale drop-shipping. The little information that I know, I've received from here. I know that most people get their wholesale products from China. I know it helps if the item is unusual, quirky -- something that will not put you in competition with a lot of people. Find a niche they say, and I have. I was wondering how difficult is it to get samples sent to you. I've heard great things about Alibaba and bad things as well. I read through Alibaba forums, and they said it's not unusual for a supplier to pay the cost of shipping etc., because it should be thought of as an investment. However, this ideology is not going over very well with the suppliers I've contacted. The items i'm interest in are extremely cheap, anywhere from .30-.70 on the dollar. If I can sell the items for 10.00 and up, I can make up to 2500% profit.

    So for all the expierence e-commerce wholesalers: Are there any helpful tips and advice you can provide for a beginner?
     
  2. theweg

    theweg Regular Member

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    Always test your supplier before you send them a big ammount of money.
    If you want to test out a sample tell the that you want to see the quality and if everything goes smooth.Also mention that you will have big orders in the near future.Trust me suppliers like to hear this.
     
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  3. rodprv

    rodprv Junior Member

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    I'm having a hard time receiving free samples. What types of products are you buying that you have received quality samples from.
     
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    No supplier like's to give out free samples - if the goods are cheap they may let you have a few for free in hopes of a larger order but you will still need to pay for the shipping which will be higher in a case like that.

    As for sample quality - of course it will be good. No supplier is stupid enough to send you an imperfect sample. That does not mean that the next huge order you place will have the same color, material or workmanship.

    Dangling the bait of - "If the sample is great and the price is even better i will order loooooooooooooooooooots of stuff from you " doesn't mean shit to a supplier. Paid orders do.

    Best way to go about new suppliers is to order smaller quantities of the same product from a few different suppliers. Not samples but small quantities. More expensive that way but within a month's time you got the bad ones weeded out and hopefully found one that does things in way that will suit your needs.
     
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  5. theweg

    theweg Regular Member

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    Of course you will have to pay the shipping fees for your order and also a higher price.

    I'm buying chia seeds,goji berries,potato powder,tablets,smartphones.

    If you can't get the supplier to send you a sample order their MOQ or order a quantity which is a bigger amount of money.

    I advise you to look for suppliers who accept Escrow payments,then you're fully protected against scamm.
     
  6. ebaywarlord

    ebaywarlord Newbie

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    If you sell for a quite long time and always notice all business model online.
    I can tell that plenty of free products and free great opportunity you can get.
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    If you interest in this opportunity, you can PM me with email.
    If this gone, I will open opportunity again up to 1-2 years from now after strong success for this first opportunity.
    Thanks.
     
  7. peaceandlove

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    I think its not suitable for suppliers to send free samples as this will open deal for fake users, any body will contact supplier and ask for sample and supplier had to pay for their stuff and shipment.

    If you are really interested in product then paying small shipment is fine, consider it as its your investment as supplier will useually recieve large number of inquires so its not feaseable to send free samples to every one.
     
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    Ugk81 Registered Member

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    What are you looking to sell.
     
  9. cammypotts

    cammypotts Registered Member

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    It could be a scam
     
  10. Ellie4294

    Ellie4294 Regular Member

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    I like the idea to deal with few supplier with small quantities and then find the right one suites best.
     
  11. mattade

    mattade Newbie

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    hello do you still have this offer on... I would want to build an online business.. PM me.