Please help, I am going Crazy

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rani
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4 Aug 08 07:28:06 pm
I just joined salehoo today, I spent the whole day looking for merchandise in order to fill my site and ebay (using dropshippers only), I am having a very very very very hard time to find something useful like books, Cell phones, cell phones accessories, cameras and so on. Also many of these sites don’t know how much it cost to ship an item, which makes it impossible for to figure out. I am really close to cancel my member ship with salehoo. Did any of you used Link hidden: Login to view before? If yes, does it have more merchandise and good prices? I just spent the entire day looking for stuff and I am still empty handed?

Thanks

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ellys
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4 Aug 08 09:06:04 pm
yes, i have difficulties too..

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jamespc16
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4 Aug 08 10:00:10 pm
I am having similar difficulties myself, i hope i have not wasted my money here!!

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jimmy_huber
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4 Aug 08 10:35:16 pm
I may be able to help you for most electronic accessories. Check out Link hidden: Login to view They have over 36,000 products you can dropship and they are the largest electronics and accessories distributer in the united states.


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wholesalelist101
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4 Aug 08 10:37:27 pm
Your not going to find a supplier overnight. It really takes lots of time and research to find a dropshipper or wholesale supplier that meets your needs.

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ezbargins
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4 Aug 08 11:32:32 pm
Time and research. Even if you join here or somewhere else. Things dont happen over night. Things are not handed to you or me because it would be to easy. Plus everyone would be doing it.

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rani
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5 Aug 08 01:00:17 pm
Thank you guys for your input,
I certainly did not expected to be easy but what it frustrated me was the limited resources for dropshippers. There are only few sites and sites like (Link hidden: Login to view)
And another electronic site that I found charges you for joining their dropship program which is wrong in my opinion. For example the above site charges you 75$ to join and about 3.00 dropping fee. Again my problem is, there are ONLY few sites for dropshipper.I am afraid I wasted my money here.

Regards
rani

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gulfy13
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5 Aug 08 10:58:39 pm
Selling online is not easy by any means. I've been doing it for over 10 years and the first 4 or 5 years was used trying to figure out what the heck I was doing. Even now about 90% of my time is used searching for new suppliers. But the key is not giving up and learning from your mistakes.

I can honestly tell you that though there are a few online sellers who are successful at dropshipping, most who try this method of selling don't last very long. The main problem is that dropshippers are mainly just middle men who are buying their products from a wholesaler and reselling them to you. This of course means that when you buy thier products that you are already paying for an item that has been marked up at least 2 times. The wholesaler marks up the product to sell to the dropshipper and then the dropshipper marks it up to sell to you. Then on top of that they normally charge an additional fee to dropship that item for you...

When selling within any market place, one of the keys to success is good customer service..This means not only selling at a good price to the customer, but timely shipping and good packaging. One of the biggest problems with dropshipping is that often the dropshipper has items that get out of stock, but they fail to tell you this. So you sell the item and then you get the dreaded 'on backorder' notice. And the customer looks at you for not receiving their product, not the dropshipper..

Another problem is that often the item arrives damaged due to shoddy packaging, again the customer looks at you and not the dropshipper..And little things like this are sure business killers..

Too keep in mind that dropshippers sell their products to thousands of people just like you all trying to sell the same products. This makes the market saturated for the type of goods that most dropshippers sell. Very little room for any type of sustainable profit margins...

I suggest that you sink yourself into some solid research and find your own products and put those on your site and ebay if that is where you are selling. This way you will have control over 'your' business and it will enable you to make some profits and build a happy and loyal customer base...Don't place the life of your business in someone else's hands...And that is exactly what you do when dropshipping...

For products, I would start a file and then start searching the 'B2B' sites (just google 'business to business'. And start searching those types of sites. That is where you will find the real suppliers and not all the dropship and middleman sites that dominate the web seeking to separate you from your money..

Don't forget the online 'yellow pages' too. They will have lots of real wholesalers, liquidation sellers and surplus sites...And normally liquidations, closeouts and surplus suppliers is where you will find your best products....

Having been in the business for a good while, I can honestly say that I spent a small fortune on all the so called get rich programs, wholesale lists, dropship programs that were available when I first started out...But all of that info is out there for free. You just have to sink yourself into it.

I can also say the the small fee that I paid to be a member on this site was nothing compared to it's true value. I don't even really use the suppliers on this site, but the forum is priceless. The people on here will help you in anyway that you need, from finding products, to listing, shipping and the whole gamet...I hold memberships on a bunch of sites just like this one and this is the only one that has been worth the money..

So my advice is to stick around, ask lots of question, read what others are saying and doing, learn from your mistakes and take your business on ahead...

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fudjj
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5 Aug 08 11:29:47 pm
I would suggest you open your mind to alternative items to sell.

If you are looking at selling on sites like ebay, then forget about drop shipping, you will find it almost impossible to make even the smallest mark up because the industry is completely saturated.

If you want margin, look at second hand items. If you buy the right items you can make huge margins for profit, margins that make selling new products a complete waste of time.

It may require a more hands on approach as you have the get out and about, but check out thrift shops, garage sales, auctions, the local trading classifieds.

Talking with a friend last night, he bought a walking frame from auction last week. I thought it was a bit of a joke, he getting on a bit and all...lol

Paid $10.00 at auction, got $82.00 on ebay with a pick up only shipping option, and still had 23 bids!

You want to sell online, start thinking outside the square, because that square is getting smaller every day!


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rani
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5 Aug 08 11:38:08 pm
Selling online is not easy by any means. I've been doing it for over 10 years and the first 4 or 5 years was used trying to figure out what the heck I was doing. Even now about 90% of my time is used searching for new suppliers. But the key is not giving up and learning from your mistakes.

I can honestly tell you that though there are a few online sellers who are successful at dropshipping, most who try this method of selling don't last very long. The main problem is that dropshippers are mainly just middle men who are buying their products from a wholesaler and reselling them to you. This of course means that when you buy thier products that you are already paying for an item that has been marked up at least 2 times. The wholesaler marks up the product to sell to the dropshipper and then the dropshipper marks it up to sell to you. Then on top of that they normally charge an additional fee to dropship that item for you...

When selling within any market place, one of the keys to success is good customer service..This means not only selling at a good price to the customer, but timely shipping and good packaging. One of the biggest problems with dropshipping is that often the dropshipper has items that get out of stock, but they fail to tell you this. So you sell the item and then you get the dreaded 'on backorder' notice. And the customer looks at you for not receiving their product, not the dropshipper..

Another problem is that often the item arrives damaged due to shoddy packaging, again the customer looks at you and not the dropshipper..And little things like this are sure business killers..

Too keep in mind that dropshippers sell their products to thousands of people just like you all trying to sell the same products. This makes the market saturated for the type of goods that most dropshippers sell. Very little room for any type of sustainable profit margins...

I suggest that you sink yourself into some solid research and find your own products and put those on your site and ebay if that is where you are selling. This way you will have control over 'your' business and it will enable you to make some profits and build a happy and loyal customer base...Don't place the life of your business in someone else's hands...And that is exactly what you do when dropshipping...

For products, I would start a file and then start searching the 'B2B' sites (just google 'business to business'. And start searching those types of sites. That is where you will find the real suppliers and not all the dropship and middleman sites that dominate the web seeking to separate you from your money..

Don't forget the online 'yellow pages' too. They will have lots of real wholesalers, liquidation sellers and surplus sites...And normally liquidations, closeouts and surplus suppliers is where you will find your best products....

Having been in the business for a good while, I can honestly say that I spent a small fortune on all the so called get rich programs, wholesale lists, dropship programs that were available when I first started out...But all of that info is out there for free. You just have to sink yourself into it.

I can also say the the small fee that I paid to be a member on this site was nothing compared to it's true value. I don't even really use the suppliers on this site, but the forum is priceless. The people on here will help you in anyway that you need, from finding products, to listing, shipping and the whole gamet...I hold memberships on a bunch of sites just like this one and this is the only one that has been worth the money..

So my advice is to stick around, ask lots of question, read what others are saying and doing, learn from your mistakes and take your business on ahead...


Thank you for your advice

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noah-007
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7 Aug 08 01:28:10 am
I don't often read the forums, but always find them interesting when i do. I agree that you have to continually be researching for opportunities. Being in New Zealand Drop Shipping has not been an option, but I would agree, why put your business into other peoples hands. Thanks gulfy13 and fudjj for your comments. I found them encouraging and helpful. So many people only want to talk about the bad things.

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7 Aug 08 04:39:39 am
I don't often read the forums, but always find them interesting when i do. I agree that you have to continually be researching for opportunities. Being in New Zealand Drop Shipping has not been an option, but I would agree, why put your business into other peoples hands. Thanks gulfy13 and fudjj for your comments. I found them encouraging and helpful. So many people only want to talk about the bad things.


Cheers,

I would suggest using the forums more actually, too many people think they can just join up and find that one in a million supplier that will be the answer to their problems, and of course that's just a myth.

The real value about Salehoo is the forum, and the members who share their valuable knowledge. That is the kind of stuff worth paying for!

Good luck with it.


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cutiepie-123
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8 Aug 08 03:21:11 am
I have been reading the comments in the forum since I recently joined. I had been feeling the same way until I read everyone's comments. The information and the advice given are priceless from fudjj and gulfy13. You have definately helped me. Much appreciated.

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fudjj
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8 Aug 08 04:48:47 am
I have been reading the comments in the forum since I recently joined. I had been feeling the same way until I read everyone's comments. The information and the advice given are priceless from fudjj and gulfy13. You have definately helped me. Much appreciated.


Glad I was able to supply some useful food for thought :)


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comet08jss
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8 Aug 08 08:11:34 pm
I joined salehoo a couple of days ago,I have made three dropshipping sales on e-bay so far,at this stage I should have covered my listing fees,hopefully I will have more sales over the weekend[best time for e-bay sales:421a5a47]and wont have too many problems.I also make good money by buying interesting and hard to get books from my local library at their monthly sale for 50c to $5.00 some of these sell on ebay for 20 to 30 bucks at times,average $6.50-$10,good profits ,but as it is only once a month potential is limited.I started on ebay with stamps,bought some cheap lots separated them and sold them,very small profits usually ,but still profits.I now do this with old coins and banknotes,better margins.I also attend auctions to buy old things and collectables to sell sometimes doubling my money or more[if I can part with some things:421a5a47]I even sold my advice on ebay for .99cent. You can also find some good stuff to sell at large retailers if you spend time to find heavily reduced clearance items,But the main thing is RESEARCH,RESEARCH and RESEARCH.good luck to all

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8 Aug 08 09:44:03 pm
Just make sure to watch your buyer carefully. Dropshippers get victimized by scammers all the time on ebay. Dont fall for any shipping to nigeria crap or you will loose your money and products. And dont fall for people offering to send you more then the item is worth either.

Its best to only offer shipping in your country


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tigerjab
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8 Aug 08 11:49:16 pm
salehoo dont give the fish ready to eat, they show you where the pond is. I was able to contact some really good wholesalers and dropshipers thanks to salehoo list. You need to spend lots of time doing your home work and I guarantee that you will find a good source. Patience and never give up


GOOD LUCK

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davisec52
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11 Aug 08 12:19:12 am
I have to also say that I think the forum is Salehoo's most valuable asset. I also find the lists of suppliers helpful, but I am also always researching, anyway.

As for Rani's question about electronics dropshipping--DBL is one of the major suppliers, although you might get the best use out them not dropshipping. If you do get an account, your sales rep will send you many offers that mark down already listed wholesale prices.

Another major electronics distributor is WYNIT. They also dropship. I have used the dropshipping and there was no extra fee. However, again, your best bet is buy bulk and stock the inventory. I know it's a pain, but WYNIT's shipping, in my experience, is very reasonable, and so you can make that up when you sell items. Probably not going to work for ebay because of the competition already selling at or below wholesale, but you never know. So much depends on the product or products you choose to sell.

I hope you stick with it and make it through the tough times!

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kshon
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11 Aug 08 07:33:05 am
yes, i have difficulties too..!!

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kshon
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11 Aug 08 07:33:49 am
oopps, no problems

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hdavy2002
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11 Aug 08 08:49:20 pm
I had the same problem, there are few drop shippers listed here. I guess I will have to research more.


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