Working With Drop Shippers

Written by Ray Yee

Drop Shippers,repparttar manufacturers or distributors who are willing to ship their products to your customers, bring a powerful benefit to ecommerce. Online businesses that engage inrepparttar 141291 wholesale-retail trade can cut down on allrepparttar 141292 hassles of shipping their products by simply establishing business relationships with drop shippers, and using them as part of their business model. This article will coverrepparttar 141293 aspects of selecting a reliable drop shipper,repparttar 141294 process of setting up with drop shippers, and also some ofrepparttar 141295 common problems that may arise from working with drop shippers.

Selecting a reliable drop shipper is a very crucial element in your drop shipping business. Ifrepparttar 141296 drop shipper you work with is honest and reputable, you can consider yourself to have won halfrepparttar 141297 battle inrepparttar 141298 order fulfillment process. Although this may not be true in some circumstances,repparttar 141299 direct manufacturers andrepparttar 141300 upper level distributors are usually more reliable thanrepparttar 141301 smaller distributors. Manufacturers usually produce their products in large quantities, and require higher capital to finance their companies. More often than not, these businesses are reliable companies, because only businesses with a strong track record haverepparttar 141302 ability to secure such high capital to finance their manufacturing process. Also, first and second tier distributors are usually reputable as they are bigger and more established, since their distribution spans a wider region. This is in contrast with lower tier distributors or middlemen, who make their profit simply by marking uprepparttar 141303 prices. Some low-tier distributors may be fly-by-night organizations or businesses that may shut down easily due to their small size. Hence, whenever possible, you should look forrepparttar 141304 direct manufacturers or distributors ofrepparttar 141305 products and ask if they offer drop shipping services, due to their reliability. Direct manufacturers or distributors should also be your first choice because their prices have not been marked-up by any middlemen, and thusrepparttar 141306 higher your profits can go.

(This is not to say that smaller distributors are unreliable, there are also numerous honest distributors out there with established track records.)

Simply phrased,repparttar 141307 drop shipping process is as such: You set up a website catalogue sellingrepparttar 141308 goods that you want to sell. After a customer has placed an order on your website, you can call or email your drop shipper to deliverrepparttar 141309 specific quantity of products to your customer. Your drop shipper will then shiprepparttar 141310 products torepparttar 141311 mailing address as specified onrepparttar 141312 order form.

When selectingrepparttar 141313 products you want to sell, you have to also considerrepparttar 141314 shipping costs involved. If your drop shipper and your customer base are located in different countries, you should definitely sell products which cost inrepparttar 141315 price range of hundreds or thousands of dollars, so thatrepparttar 141316 higher international shipping fee would account for a smaller proportion ofrepparttar 141317 retail price ofrepparttar 141318 product. If your drop shipper and your customer base are located inrepparttar 141319 same country, it would then be feasible to sell products that are cheaper asrepparttar 141320 shipping costs are much lower.

So how should you go about looking for your product suppliers? The first approach you can take is throughrepparttar 141321 search engines. You can start off by searching for ‘Manufacturers directory’, ‘Wholesalers Directory’, or ‘Drop Shippers Directory’, and look throughrepparttar 141322 websites containingrepparttar 141323 lists of such manufacturers. Alternatively, you can type your product keyword together withrepparttar 141324 word ‘wholesale’. For example, if you want to sell wooden carvings, you may want to tryrepparttar 141325 term ‘wholesale wooden carvings’ and take note ofrepparttar 141326 websites offering wooden carvings at a wholesale price. After which, you can email or callrepparttar 141327 manufacturer and check if they offer drop shipping arrangements. Or, if they offerrepparttar 141328 function to sign up for their drop shipping service on their website, you can immediately sign up for it, but only after verifying that they have a record of excellent and ethical service. (You can do thisrepparttar 141329 easy way by browsing their website. Most of them will displayrepparttar 141330 awards or commendations they achieved for excellence and reliability.) A good example of a wholesaler that offers drop shipping registration on their website is The drop shipping service can be found onrepparttar 141331 left navigation bar under ‘Wholesalers’.

Remember to target manufacturers as your first choice. You can find a directory of manufacturers and distributors at If you cannot find any manufacturer offering drop shipping services, you should then targetrepparttar 141332 direct distributors one level belowrepparttar 141333 manufacturers. Their prices would have only been marked-up once, and hencerepparttar 141334 lower your cost. You can locate these distributors by gettingrepparttar 141335 manufacturer to recommend some ofrepparttar 141336 more reliable ones. If none of these first-tier distributors offer drop shipping, you then move on torepparttar 141337 second-tier, and so on. However, it is not advisable to go on torepparttar 141338 lower tiers, as your profits will decrease.

What To Do After Your eBay Auction Closes

Written by Lewis Leake

So your auction closes. Now what?

Hopefully you made a sale or several sales. Nowrepparttar important work begins. Here are some tips on what to do after your eBay auction closes.

Buyer Contact

Once your items have sold, be responsive torepparttar 141290 buyer. Contact them in a quick manner, thank them for their purchase, and providerepparttar 141291 required information for payment.

Professional Wrapping

When you wrap your items, wrap it professionally in nice, clean tissue paper. If breakable, be surerepparttar 141292 item is wrapped with bubble wrap as well. Include a business card with your website information, name, address, or a printed out statement showingrepparttar 141293 items name, items number, price paid, and a small hand-written note thankingrepparttar 141294 buyer for their purchase.


Insurance is usually a good idea but in general, it should be an optional feature, withrepparttar 141295 decision left torepparttar 141296 buyer. Remember two important things about insurance. First, insurance is VERY inexpensive. Therefore, in your description, you should state how much insurance would cost and recommend it. Second, you should also state inrepparttar 141297 description that if insurance is not purchased, you are not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Gorepparttar 141298 Extra Mile

You want every customer to be a happy customer. If you have to do a little more research on shipping, or negotiate on price, remember thatrepparttar 141299 customer isrepparttar 141300 reason you will have success. Therefore, be prepared to gorepparttar 141301 extra mile in providing them with superior service every single time.

Negative Feedback

Unlike other sites that use a feedback system, eBay’s feedback is sacred and taken very seriously. Negative feedback is never removed. Therefore, if you leave negative feedback rather than trying to handle a tough situation between you andrepparttar 141302 seller, this could give you a bad reputation. If people see that you consistently leave negative feedback because your buyer did not pay as quickly as you like or whatever reason, buyers will be leery of buying from you in fear of getting negative feedback themselves should something go wrong.


It is extremely important that you handle your account with integrity. The number of positive comments and amount of stars earned are what will berepparttar 141303 deciding factor for many buyers. Be professional, polite, and stand by what you sell.

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