What do you think about this drop shipper - davismicro.com?

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timousse
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13 Nov 09 09:26:44 pm
I came across this new drop shipper, what do you think?

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things-that-sell
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15 Nov 09 05:54:33 pm
This website looks legit. It was created on Feb 24, 2007 and it expires in 2011. The website has been there for awhile. It uses paypal and Google checkout so your credit card information won't be shared with anyone. The about us section is very thorough and seems relevant to what they are are selling. I'd say if you are interested in dealing with this company, try a trial order and see how it goes from there.

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timousse
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16 Nov 09 03:56:09 pm
thank you for the great advice

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17 Nov 09 12:14:19 am
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Yes, they do seem quite legit but there is one thing that may catch your eye, they only provide a gmail email add. Ideally email adds should be URL based. So before you do your trial order I suggest you try sending a few emails or make a few phone calls(if possible). This way your are able to establish a line of communication with them. Since they do drop ship, just order 1 unit to check the quality of their products as well as test the reliability of the supplier.

Although they have a US office, they have plainly stated that they export their products from Asia, if you come across any branded electronic products on their site don't buy any.

Good luck with your venture...Do share your experience with us if ever you do decide to buy from them.

Cheers :)


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pgeng
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17 Nov 09 03:21:12 pm
Product line looks very similar to Chinavasion, at least it does to me. However, the products aren't the same as Chinavasion, and they seem to have more to offer, as well as a much better price. However, the shipping is far worse than Chinavasion, so you're forewarned there.

Example: USB 2.0 8 GB flash drive w/LED light. You'd think shipping would be low due to weight and size, but for 1, it's $14. Order six to take advantage of a bulk price, and the shipping goes to $56.50, substantially higher than what I can get from Chinavasion.

Use your best judgment. You probably could get some really great deals, but probably not when you buy more than one.

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camunsif
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18 Nov 09 02:22:01 pm
I used 1 of the dropshipper in china and you know what? they are middleman. when I search the main supplier..they are davismicro.com.

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18 Nov 09 09:35:56 pm
I used 1 of the dropshipper in china and you know what? they are middleman. when I search the main supplier..they are davismicro.com.


Just to highlight this point made by camunsif.

When you're dealing in Drop Shipping products, research is the absolute key and not just to find the products you want to sell, but to ensure you're getting those products at the best possible price.

The term middleman can be used in various ways, but it essentially means that when dealing with a middleman you are not dealing with the original source, and that will most likely be costing you money in most situations.

The biggest issue with Drop Shipping is that you may not just be dealing with one middleman business, you could be dealing with someone who is way down the food chain, and then you will be paying an extreme price for your products.

Because of the Drop Shipping structure, allowing people to list products for sale without owning the stock, its become quite popular for people to start their own brokerage where by they simply list Drop Ship products on their own site from other Drop Shipping providers, and of course put their margin on top.

Two big issues come into play here, number 1: Once you place an order with them, they in turn place the order with their source, and you aren't even aware of it. This highlights the problem of reliability, because no matter what they are promising you, if they are relying on another source to supply your orders, they are then relying on them to ensure your customers get the products as you have listed, and we all know who gets it in the neck if they stuff up!

Number 2: How many suppliers are in the actual chain that you have tapped into. Of course not every middleman Drop Shipping business buys direct from the main Drop Shipping source. You can very well find a situation where someone is promoting themselves as a Drop Shipper, then supplying their customer's orders from another supplier, who is then using another supplier to complete orders, who is then using another................you get the point!

The fact is that you may well be using a supplier that has joined in selling these products from a supplier who was already 4 stages removed from the original supplier.

Now we are talking about a nightmare waiting to happen. Not only have the prices been inflated to the point where no one can make anything at all on any platform, but the reliability of having the order processed through so many different structures gives you very little hope of providing a quality service to your unsuspecting customers.

All business requires that you do research to have even a remote chance of success, but Drop Shipping is an area that you really do have to dig down deep to make sure you are getting the best possible deal for both you, and your customers.


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murphy103
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20 Nov 09 06:04:16 pm
Pricing too costly; not enough grey area to make a profit.

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