Dropshipping Concerns from an established top seller- Advice?

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flipflop39
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18 Sep 12 02:17:18 pm
Hello All,

I have an establiched store on ebay, amazon and my own shopping cart. I currently sell from my shelves which is great. I am expanding my business and I would like to start using droppshippers but I am leary and here is why: About 6 years ago I opened a dropshipping account with a well known service, I scoured the products to find an item that I knew could turn a profit on and found one. I listed it for sale (following directions via droppshippers guide) and sure enough i sold one within 12 hours at a great profit. I was tickled pink until I immediately went to place the order with the DS and everything was fine until I hit submit and low and behold it was out of stock and not returning. I had to refund the customer naturally with my tail between my legs and pray that negative feedback was not left.

In closing I am looking for suggestions (any products) to reliable DS with good pricing. I know I am not getting rich with dropping but with an established product line and cross selling I will be happy. I do not see a lot of recent reviews with droppshippers here on Salehoo and I would love some testimonials if someone doesnt mind sharing. I would love any dropshipping tips regarding inventory checking as well. We all know that an unahppy buyer can ruin your rep and sellers have little support from Am and Eb.

Thank you all so much and I am very happy I finally signed up after all of these years!

PS I am a fully registered business with a resellers certificate. :)

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richelle_salehoo
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19 Sep 12 04:50:44 am
Hi flipflop39,

Orders being out of stock or back orders are every dropshippers nightmare! Some would suggest that you have even just 1 stock handy in case something like this will happen, but this somehow takes away the dropship feel from dropshipping. Other sellers use more than 1 dropshipper to help cover for situations such as the one that happened to you.

I'm not sure how ready other members will be when it comes to sharing their products :) We can give you suggestions but you have to keep in mind that what may sell from our end may not necessarily sell at yours, this is why market research is essential to every online sellers' success!

If you haven't yet, I encourage you to take our Research lab for a spin - You might find your niche while doing a search :)

A great way to find niche markets and hot products to sell is by selling stuff from around your home.

There are two excellent reasons for starting out in this way:

(1) Feedback is hugely important for any eBay seller. With a feedback rating below 10, it is going to be difficult to get people to take you seriously. The first 100 sales are the hardest as buyers look for high feedback as reassurance that they can trust the seller. Generally, the higher your feedback, the better - with powerseller status being the ultimate goal.

(2) You get to sell a range of products and see what works well. The results may surprise you!

Nothing beats knowledge gained from experience and selling stuff from around the home is the best way to get it without any risk.

After some practice with goods from around the home, I recommend buying small wholesale lots of products that most people use on a daily basis.

Many of these products are excellent sellers, plus they are fairly easy to get hold of. A lot of new sellers make the mistake of trying to be all things to all people. In fact, it is far better to target a specific market, e.g. ‘back to school’.

Some ideas:

* Clothing: accessories, plus sizes, maternity, night wear.
* Kitchen: recipes, knife sets, toasters, microwaves
* Beauty: sunscreen, insect repellent, cosmetic & toiletry bags, men's grooming
* Homewares: towels, sheets, rugs, throws, cushions, vases, mirrors
* Special occasion: wedding supplies, party supplies, mother-of-the bride outfits, bridal shoes, birthday cards
* Garden : lawn mowers, gardening tool sets, composter

Hobbies and Interests

One of the big reasons why people use eBay is to find unique items that they cannot find elsewhere. Before online auctions, collectors were limited by geography. The internet has enabled hundreds of communities to form around shared interests and this provides tons of niches to target. A quick browse of eBay's community groups will give you some ideas. There are groups as diverse as knitting, stay-at-home moms, business, hiking, gluten-free support group, vegans, travel, children's theatre, dieting, parenting, re-enactors, crochet, stamp collecting, pet care - the list goes on.

Remember that many of these hobbyists will also need components. For example, you may decide to sell embroidery threads, tools and patterns and how-to books; car parts; fabrics and trimmings.

We have various guides in our Education section to help you come up with what with profitable products to sell and a regular Market of the Week blog feature on Mondays, where we showcase a viable niche every week!

Should you need help in locating suitable dropshippers please let us know and we would be more than happy to help you find them!

All the best!


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flipflop39
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20 Sep 12 03:17:45 pm
Thanks for the tips. I already have a niche and I am looking for fairly well rated dropshippers. I wonder if there are skin care/cosmetic etc dropshippers? I am also interested in dropshippers who have a variety of items for my other store. I have joined DSDI and although they have quite an array I don't think their pricing is too competitive. I believe I will use them for a couple of items but can you suggest another droppshipper that also stocks a variety?

Thanks :)

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fm1234
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20 Sep 12 09:29:38 pm
Not to be overly negative, but I believe that you'll find uncompetitive pricing to be the case with almost all dropshippers.


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flipflop39
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20 Sep 12 09:40:23 pm
Hi Frank,
I don't think that is negative...I think it's true. i think we all know hoe difficult it is to order and maintain our inventory so I was hoping to add a few things via dropshipper as I am running out or room in my office to store things, I think I will start slow, it seems Chinavision has some cool gadgets so I may add a couple to the store and pray it works out lol

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richelle_salehoo
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21 Sep 12 02:45:42 am
We have numerous dropshippers in our directory that you might find suitable to your needs.

My colleague Irene, has posted several cosmetics dropshippers in this thread - Link hidden: Login to view

Also, recently I did a search for another member for various dropshippers. You might want to check the post Link hidden: Login to view

I think combing wholesale and dropshipping is a good way to be able to give your customers more choices :) It allows you to offer more variety but with no stock and lowered risks.

Cheers!


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billytaylor
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4 Oct 12 03:29:26 pm
I think, you came to the wrong site for advice on drop shipping in their directory on drop shipping are nothing but overpriced retailers for example. Check out fragrance x their prices are more than retail, and they also have a four star rating. The reviews are bad

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richelle_salehoo
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5 Oct 12 03:27:43 am
Welcome to SaleHoo, billytaylor :)

Please note that Frangrancex.com is not a dropshipper, rather they are a wholesaler only. If you read the Link hidden: Login to view most of the negative review were not because of their prices but of their customer support.

Usually it is best to speak with or contact the supplier to get better wholesale prices especially if you will be doing bulk purchases. But you have to take note that dropsipping will not really give you that much of a profit margin as compared to when you source your items via wholesale.

Cheers!


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