Drop Shipping is now a well known term with people selling online.   For Beginners, Drop Shipping provides a low cost and low risk solution.  A Beginner in online retailing, typically doesn’t have a lot of money to purchase inventory.  Drop Shipping provides a wholesale option that allows beginners to start selling without a lot of start up expense or risk.

For some wholesale suppliers, Drop Shipping is an added service.  Most wholesalers are not set up for single item product sales.  It’s not easy to find a REAL wholesale drop shipper.  There are many websites that say they are drop shippers but so many – especially those advertising in the search engines – are some form of wholesale scam.

Once you locate a REAL wholesale drop shipper, you will be asked to follow a process like this:

  1. You apply for and set up an account with the drop shipper.
  2. The drop shipper sends you product pictures and descriptions that you can use on your retail site.
  3. A retail customer buys one of the products you have listed.
  4. You email the drop shipper and place an order for the item.
  5. The drop shipper sends the item from THEIR warehouse to YOUR customer using YOUR name and label.
  6. Your customer has already paid you the retail price.
  7. Now you pay the wholesale price to the drop shipper once they ship the product.
  8. Without touching the item, you make a profit on the sale.

Becareful not to view drop shipping as a magic bullet.  Each time you drop ship products, you will pay a higher wholesale price than when you buy those same products in volume.  Because wholesaling is a volume business, the wholesale price you’ll pay on one item is higher than the wholesale price you’ll pay on an item in a bulk lot.  Typically, the wholesaler maintains separate warehouse space for drop ship inventory, and must pay their employees to go  into the warehouse and pick, pack and ship each individual product for you.  The drop shipper pays for shipping materials and special tracking software.  They have a number of incremental costs to be able to provide this service for you.   Your drop shipping costs will reflect that.

Drop shipping is an excellent entry point to start selling online.  It is also a low-risk method for testing new products without having to purchase inventory that might not sell.   It’s wise to use drop shipping to identify products that sell well into your customer base.  The profits you make from your drop ship sales can be used to start buying the better-selling products in bulk.  This way you increase your profit margins, and your business grows faster. This is  how most successful online retailers get started.  It should work for you too!

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By Tisha Hedges

Director of Operations for Worldwide Brands, Inc

5 thoughts on “Drop Shipping: For Beginners, low cost and low risk.”
  1. I am considering entering the online dropship business. My question is this: How difficult is it to obtain photos, descriptions, etc to post on my website in the form of a catalog from which the web surfers can order? I assume each source will provide this. Is that correct?

    Thank you,

    Wade Driver

  2. Wade, each supplier is going to be different on what they offer. Most suppliers will have a catalog. Larger suppliers will have a datafeed or a csv of their products that will help you upload faster. Depending on what niche you’re trying to source products for will impact how you will be able to set up a catalog. Hope that help. I would recommend watching the free webinar series at http://www.sourcingforindependence.com

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