Drop shipping - more info needed

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morzey
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18 Jul 10 04:29:45 am
Hi there,

I've just signed up to SaleHoo and I must say I'm very impressed with what I've found so far. My question is how can I sell to other companies as a drop shipper from home? I live in NZ and have almost completed a course in small business management, so I thought I'd give drop shipping a go to see how I'd fare lol. Any help will be much appreciated. Keep up the great work SaleHoo!!!

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18 Jul 10 11:38:35 pm
Hi and welcome to SaleHoo, morzey!

Wholesale drop shipping is a very popular form of product sourcing because it allows you to pay only for the items that you sell.

It works like this: You find a drop shipper and set up an account. Different drop shippers have different setups but usually you can choose to credit your account, or, you can simply leave it empty and pay for each item as you sell it. Once you've created an account, all you need to do is grab the drop shipper's provided photos and product descriptions for the items you wish to sell and list them on eBay or your website. After you make a sale and receive payment, log into your drop shipper account, select the product you have just sold and take it through the checkout and pay for it. Enter the buyer's shipping details, and the drop shipper will package it up and post it.

Basically, the big advantage of drop shipping is that the drop shipper takes all the responsibility for handling and managing stock, saving you a heck of a lot of time.

You can learn more about drop shipping in our free education area:

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And if you haven't already done so, download a copy of the Dropship Handbook. You can access the bonus PDF guides here:

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Hope that helps.

PS - A picture to your profile would be nice! Thanks.


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19 Jul 10 12:17:28 am
Hi Morzey, welcome to SaleHoo, nice to have you on board : )


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19 Jul 10 01:44:05 am
Yup, nice to have to with us and really nice to read that you are impressed with SaleHoo! Welcome Morzey :)

Please feel to let us know if we can help you with anything at all, you can email us anytime at support@salehoo.com

Cheers!


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20 Jul 10 11:51:27 pm
I Mostly understand drop shipping, but is it ever possible that an item is in stock when you list it for sale then once it sells it is out of stock?
Im not sure what I would do in this situation

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21 Jul 10 12:24:45 am
Hi hhazen

That scenario is entirely possible with some drop shippers unfortunately, and is one of the real problem areas for drop shipping. Some of the better companies do have tighter control on their stock inventory, although I really couldn't say that it's not a possibility even with them.

I would suggest talking with perspective suppliers in regards to the issue, and see what sort of guarantees they can offer you.


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21 Jul 10 01:15:55 am
Welcome to the forum hhazen :)

As fudjj said it is possible. Oftentimes, it is ideal to keep 2-3 pieces (of the product you listed from a dropshipper) in stock just to be sure you have back-up whenever your dropshipper suddenly runs out of stock.

This is where live data feed comes very handy - since it gives you live updates of your suppliers stock levels.

May be you can list products from a dropshipper that offers this feature to avoid such an awkward situation.

All the best!


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