I will start with the fact that I am brand new to this and hopefully I can word my questions so that they make sense.
I have recently found a great niche product and a couple suppliers willing to work with drop shippers. None of them are interested in adding amazon sellers but were open when I pitched them the idea of an ecommerce store.
However, they all asked the same question, "Can I see your store before moving forward?"
I have an aquaintance who has been great at giving me lots of vague information. When I questioned him on how to approach this question, his response was, "You should always have a fully functioning website launched and ready to show suppliers with demo products"
This obviously is great information to know but he doesn't show much enthusiasm when I get into details so I decided to ask for help here.
1) When he says demo products, does that mean any product so they can see what the website would look like? I imagine it would be better to post similar products
2) When he says "fully fuctioning" does he mean everything should work? How do I post "fully functioning" demo products that I don't have?
To me, fully functioning would mean that I have legitimate products to sell or at least the buttons are all functioning. This product is quite new to the market and very niche so the only picture examples I'm coming across are seemingly products from the suppliers I've spoken to. I did manage to find some photos on Alibaba but they all have watermarks on them. Can I use these?
My wife already owns an account on Shopify with the domaine name we like so I won't open a store up on salehoo for this particular product. I'm just quite confused how to start. They want to see a store but I don't have any real products to show them. I just feel like it's contradictory to own a store for a product you're trying to tap in to.
I guess I just don't really know what the suppliers expect to see. I just don't want to lose out on this opportunity because the supplier is expecting one thing and I produce something different.
I hope this makes sense.
Any advice moving forward would be greatly appreciated.
I'm sorry if this thread exists already or if it's in the wrong place.