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?