Total reliance on dropshipping - Is it ideal when selling online?

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25 Apr 12 07:47:02 am
I am based in New Zealand and am thinking about selling in the larger markets of the USA or UK. Freight makes profit margins impossibly low for most products sold from here so I am thinking about how total reliance on dropshippers works. I understand from my research that many with online stores do a mix of drop ship and their own handling locally,am I correct? What are the limitations associated with living where I do in such a small local market .What advice do you have?

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25 Apr 12 08:53:46 am
Hi Roger, dropship allows you to sell without the problems of overstocking. I would advise you to find a dropshipper in the markets you are targeting. Profit margins are obviously lower but you run less risk.

Are you just starting your own business now? What kind of products do you intend to sell? No matter what, you still hv to do a decent job on marketing your business.

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Cleocat-Fashion: popular online fashion store in South-East Asia. We sell clothes, women's handbags and accessories.Dropshipping available.
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25 Apr 12 09:11:20 am
Hi Roger, dropship allows you to sell without the problems of overstocking. I would advise you to find a dropshipper in the markets you are targeting. Profit margins are obviously lower but you run less risk.

Are you just starting your own business now? What kind of products do you intend to sell? No matter what, you still hv to do a decent job on marketing your business.

Regards
Murphy

Thanks for the quick response, yes marketing seems to be the challenge in front of me. Thanks again. Roger

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25 Apr 12 02:40:48 pm
Honestly, you might consider looking at affiliate marketing rather than trying to run a dropship-only website. The nominally lower commissions relative to dropship profit margins are largely offset by many advantages affiliate marketing has over dropshipping (the main one, in my opinion, being that rather than try to scrounge for decent products at competitive prices, you practically have the entire Internet at your disposal, since virtually every major online retailer has an affiliate program.)

Track your traffic and conversions, and rather than spending endless hours trying to decide what to sell, let your own traffic tell you what kind of buyers your site is attracting, then do a narrow product search among dropshippers for that kind of produt(s). If it continues to scale up, don't worry about where you are -- there are fulfillment services such as Amazon offers where you can have your merchandise stocked and who will handle shipping relatively affordably, solving the problem of living in such a beautiful but bafflingly far-away place.


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26 Apr 12 12:36:43 am
I am based in New Zealand and am thinking about selling in the larger markets of the USA or UK. Freight makes profit margins impossibly low for most products sold from here so I am thinking about how total reliance on dropshippers works. I understand from my research that many with online stores do a mix of drop ship and their own handling locally,am I correct? What are the limitations associated with living where I do in such a small local market .What advice do you have?


If you want to really sell, I think it's more ideal to mix it up a bit and offer items from dropshippers as well as items sourced through wholesale or liquidation.

One of the main disadvantages of sourcing items through dropshipping is the risk that your supplier runs out of stock the moment your customer buys from you. Might be good to have something similar on hand to offer as a substitute :)

Just my 2 cents!


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26 Apr 12 08:22:14 am
Honestly, you might consider looking at affiliate marketing rather than trying to run a dropship-only website. The nominally lower commissions relative to dropship profit margins are largely offset by many advantages affiliate marketing has over dropshipping (the main one, in my opinion, being that rather than try to scrounge for decent products at competitive prices, you practically have the entire Internet at your disposal, since virtually every major online retailer has an affiliate program.)

Track your traffic and conversions, and rather than spending endless hours trying to decide what to sell, let your own traffic tell you what kind of buyers your site is attracting, then do a narrow product search among dropshippers for that kind of produt(s). If it continues to scale up, don't worry about where you are -- there are fulfillment services such as Amazon offers where you can have your merchandise stocked and who will handle shipping relatively affordably, solving the problem of living in such a beautiful but bafflingly far-away place.

Frank


Thanks so much Frank ,how can I quickly learn as much as possible about affiliate marketing for a newby?

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27 Apr 12 02:15:59 am
Hi roger-s,

I know Frank won't mind me answering your question :) I recommend visiting Link hidden: Login to view - a training center and online community for aspiring affiliate marketers. They're actually our sister site and offer various types of lessons to fit your level of expertise on affiliate marketing!

You can register for FREE :)

Hope this helps!


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