What YOU Must Know About The Advantages And Pitfalls Of Dropshipping
The following may be the most important information about
dropshipping you will find.
Dropshipping can be a great way to get started with your
online venture. Just be careful to make sure that you
know the quality of the product your supplier offers,
what their shipping policies are, and their reliability.
Your reputation is on the line with your customers, not
the dropshippers reputation. You must be able to stand
behind your product and service no matter what the source.
Make sure to order at least one of each of the items you
would sell via the dropshipper. This gives you several
- It will show you the quality of the products. This is very
important. You don't want to offer a product and have your
customer receive something that is low quality or obviously
not worth the money.
- It will show you what the packaging is like. How well is
the product protected during the shipping process? Is it
likely to break or arrive damaged due to inferior shipping or
- You can see first hand who they shipped through and how long
it took for the item(s) to arrive.
There are many advantages to drop shipping.
1. When you are first starting out, capital may be an issue.
With dropshipping you can get around that by selling the
product first, collecting the money from your customer, buying
from the dropshipper, and keeping the profit. Although your
profit may not be as high as it would if you had purchased
the products in bulk beforehand, it is still a profit that
can get you started.
2. Another advantage is you don't have to have products
stored around your house.
3. You don't have to worry about being stuck with inventory
that you cannot sell. If a product doesn't sell, you can
simply drop it from your offering and go on to other more
4. You can find and sell more items since you don't have
the limitations of on-hand inventory.
If you are considering dropshipping to get yourself
started you must also consider the *potential pitfalls*:
1. You will get a price break from a dropshipper, but it is
often not as low as you could get from other avenues. Be careful
to make sure that you have a product that is quality and the price
point for you is one that will ensure a profit for you when sold.
This is especially important if you will be selling via auctions.
Auctions tend to sell new products for 25-30% below retail. If
your price is not good enough, you could loose money on an
2. Make sure that the dropshipper gives you a good shipping and
handling fee. They have lots of shipping and get a very good
price on it themselves. If shipping and handling is high,
something is wrong.
3. Don't pay a 'fee' to do business with anyone. You are giving
them business by buying product from them. If they want more
money for your having the privilege of doing business with them,
you know this is not a company that you want to even consider.
4. Find out how the dropshipper handles problems. If you have a
customer return, how will they handle it. What kind of support
will they give you.
5. Get references for the dropshipper. How long have they been
in business and what is their financial standing? Check the
Better Business Bureau. Google their company name to see if
there are any complaints or problems you might need to know
about before making the decision to do business with them.
If you are ready to make the dropshipping model your own,
jump right in. Take these points into consideration, but don't
let anything stop you. Be as informed as you can though,
continue to learn and find out all you can about those you do
The road to success is not always a smooth one. Can you avoid
more of the pot holes, it makes the ride much more enjoyable?
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