Newbie From New Zealand - Help!

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avalonelizabeth
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4 Sep 12 12:43:38 am
Hi, I've just joined Salehoo with the intention of either dropshipping, or purchasing wholesale to sell online, to friends and family, or a the markets in my homeland of New Zealand.

I guess I was a bit mistaken as to how Salehoo really works when I signed up. I was under the impression purchasing Salehoo would automatically allow me to purchase wholesale from companies, but they all seem to want to trade certificates or tax numbers etc, or want you to have an up and running website in order to sell their products.

Am I doing something wrong, or missing something here? I sort of thought I'd be able to log into Salehoo, choose a supplier, and buy wholesale goods.

If anyone has any tips for where a total beginner such as me should start, I would be most grateful!

Avalon :)

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kagbag
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4 Sep 12 03:00:26 am
Hi Avalon, I have found different suppliers have different qualification requirements. It seems most outside of China require much more “paperwork” or want to see that you are a genuine “going concern”. I find that suppliers who offer their products via their own e-commerce store i.e. products with qnty pricing, shopping cart, checkout and alternative shipping address for drop shipping, are the best for the beginner. You will pay more for your products but that is understandable if one is only buying small quantities. Basically you are therefore buying from an online store In China: to sell with a profit in your online store there in NZ. There is plenty of margin still in it for you as long as you don’t try re-sell on an auction site like Trademe or others where there is enormous competition and where if you try compete you need to sell very cheaply and so consequently loose your profits in the auctions sites commissions fees. Do take a look at the auctions site fees and commissions and factor this into your pricing if you are considering this option. All the best 

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richelle_salehoo
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4 Sep 12 04:16:10 am
@Avalon: Hi and welcome to SaleHoo. Sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time finding a supplier that suits your needs. Please understand that SaleHoo is a directory of wholesale suppliers and we have no control over the requirements each supplier requires their resellers to present prior to doing business with them. Like Kagbag mentioned each supplier has different requirements, you just have to weed out those that don't fit the bill. Our directory search engine comes with search filters to help you narrow down your searches thus making it easier for you to locate the suppliers you need.

@Kagbag: Thanks for sharing your point of view :) We appreciate how you tried to help out our new member! Great move :)

Cheers!


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fudjj
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5 Sep 12 06:28:37 am
Hi guys and welcome to SaleHoo, it's all been covered in regards to us having no control over what processes independent suppliers have in place for customers, but you really do just have to weed some to find the ones who do suit your business model.

What's that word again ... research lol


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kagbag
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5 Sep 12 06:53:30 am
Avalon, it true the whole research and weeding thing BUT how do you do that in your case? Here's my suggestion. As I said before you need to find an online shop with checkout. If you find this you can guarantee that you will have no problem qualifying as a shopper. Basically all you need to do is go direct the the company url posted by salehoo, you will see straight away if products are priced and if they have a shopping cart and checkout. If you don't see this straight up then quit and try the next site. You shouldn't have to search a site for prices, cart or checkout otherwise you are in the wrong place for what you are wanting to achieve, not unless you want bulk wholesale purchasing, then its all a different game indeed. Here are a couple of example sites provided by salehoo that illustrate what I am talking about. Link hidden: Login to view and Link hidden: Login to view These tips may help you speed up the research process. Cheers

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richelle_salehoo
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11 Sep 12 11:41:11 pm
You shouldn't have to search a site for prices, cart or checkout otherwise you are in the wrong place for what you are wanting to achieve, not unless you want bulk wholesale purchasing, then its all a different game indeed.


This is true but if you are after wholesale prices you have to always remember that oftentimes the posted prices are not the final wholesale price. For most if not all wholesale items, the unit price will significantly reduce as you increase your order volume. So asking the supplier about pricing might be your best option!

Cheers :)


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fm1234
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12 Sep 12 03:53:00 pm
Also, many completely legitimate wholesalers work on a quote system, or have websites that do not show prices/cart unless the site visitor is registered and logged in. Not sure that the "price/cart" indicator is actually all that solid, it's like the old wives' tale regarding tax IDs ("If they don't ask for a tax ID they are not a legitimate wholesaler" lol)


Frank


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