Good point of comparison. Oftentimes it is better to source your products locally than from other countries since shipping rates will play a big factor in your final price.
Also, this is one of the disadvantages when using dropshippers, since you get 1 item at a time you have lesser chances of getting better more profitable prices. Remember that the key to get good wholesale prices is ordering in bulk, the more you order the lower your unit price will go down.
Electronics although quite popular among buyers, it happens to be one of the most competitive markets/niches to sell in. The electronics industry has always run on very low margins from wholesalers to end users and marketplaces like eBay have only tightened the margins even further.
Most electronics sell at the wholesale price or below wholesale on eBay. That's how intense the competition is.
If you do wish to stick with the electronics industry, then here is what we suggest:
* Use liquidation suppliers to get bulk lots at prices well below wholesale.
* OR: Purchase from wholesalers in very large quantities (and when we say very large, we mean a spend of $200,000 or more) - this is how the big eBay powersellers do it.
* Increase your feedback and get powerseller status BEFORE entering the electronics market. This will give you more visibility in the search.
* Sell via your own website or your eBay store if possible, as buyers generally pay more from these venues than eBay.
* Add third-party extras and up-sells to your orders. These will help you bump up your margins to a much more acceptable level.
* Better still - consider selling accessories for electronics rather than electronics themselves. Accessories are very popular, have less competition, cost less to ship and have much greater margins.
I hope that helps.