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Tax Issues in Drop Shipment

Working in drop shipment in the US can be very lucrative. Even more so if you learn how to maximize the e-commerce side of your entrepreneurial ventures. Part of the appeal is the fact that you have a very large market to cater to. But there is a downside that's common to all businesses in the US: taxes. After all, Benjamin Franklin once said, "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Anyone who lives in the US is aware (and if they're not, they'll surely...

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The Pros and Cons of Offering Wholesale Pricing

Wholesale prices are not something most online retail store owners are familiar with, because manufacturers and distributors are typically the only ones to offer them. As a dropshipper, you're likely more familiar with the retail environment, but there's no ban on wholesaling. It's simply selling many items instead of one, and you don't even have to make any major changes to the way you're doing business. On the other hand, it is important to note that wholesale retail isn't necessarily a...

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Online Selling Statistics You Ought to Know and Why

Software developer Buzzbuilder claims that only 5 percent of people remember statistics, compared to the 63 percent of people who remember stories. However, I contend that the amount of recall depends on why you're citing statistics. If you're interested in improving your business, you need to know what the relevant numbers are so you can tell whether you are actually seeing success in certain areas of business, or just wasting your time. When you sell online, you have to know that your...

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The Importance of E-Commerce SEO and Content

We have often heard that in order for any website to be successful it has to make the front page of the Google search results. In other words, it's got to rank, and in order for it to rank it needs high quality content and a well-organized Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. This is especially true for ecommerce sites. Some would argue that content is just one item in the ecommerce SEO checklist, and they would be right, but it's a HUGE item. For one thing, good content has...

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Online Market Research: Holiday Ecommerce Trends

You may think that just because Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, the big sales opportunities are over. You might be surprised to find out how much of an opportunity you still have in the remaining December days. Let's take a look at some of the online market research to glean insights that we can apply to our holiday sales strategies.

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How Secure Are Online Payment Systems?

One of the top concerns consumers have when they shop online is the security of their payment information. According to this study, nearly half of Internet users still feel that they're vulnerable when they make online payments, and 42% say they would make more purchase if they were sure they wouldn't get hacked. Fully 37% abandoned their online shopping carts because they weren't convinced about the security of the payment process. This is not an unreasonable fear. According...

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Important Import Business Caveats when Targeting Millennials

  The import/export business has historically been dominated by big business. That’s because they’re the ones with the capacity to bring in/ship out the volume of goods required to make a profit. That has, of course, changed with the rise of the global market and an increasing willingness from wholesalers to ship smaller quantities at decent prices to entrepreneurs with comparably limited means. According to Entrepreneur.com, 96% of all importers in the US are small...

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Shopping Cart Abandonment Statistics You Should Know

There's nothing worse for an ecommerce business than a shopper who browses, finds their chosen items, loads them up into the shopping cart, and then bounces away… never to be seen again. Shopping cart abandonment is one of the biggest problems facing online retailers. It's even more frustrating because it means some part of your marketing, advertising, and user experience efforts went awry at the last second. It's a total negation of all that tremendous effort you put into your marketing....

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Using Pinterest as an E-Commerce Marketing Strategy

It's common knowledge that social networking is an excellent way to promote e-commerce. Knowing why it works so well, however, is not so common. Most people would presume it's because there are so many users on these sites that it's inevitably going to improve exposure. The truth is seldom so forthright. We don't really know why one social networking site outperforms other networks in certain respects but falls short in other areas. For example, there is a growing conviction that...

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Examining the Role of Dropshipping in the Supply Chain

Most consumers have very little idea (or concern) about how the clothes they buy or the appliances they have delivered actually get to them. As far as they are concerned, these items are available so they buy them. What does matter to consumers is that their purchases get to them in one piece, as advertised. But that's only the very end of the story. The story begins at the start of what is known as a supply chain. We talked some about the concept of supply chains last week, but today...

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