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Are you planning a dropship internet business? If so, it is important to investigate any prospective dropshiper carefully when finding new suppliers and inventory.
Any wrong choice or poorly-executed preliminary research could lead to you loosing money, loosing your customers and in some extreme cases loosing your business.
There are essentially two stages you’ll have to go through before listing a company’s products on your site.
Stage 1: The investigative stage
When you find a dropship service that has products that you’d like to sell at a price that you think will bring in a good level of profit you’ve reached what is the initial stage of the sourcing mission.
Before you go to stage two it’s important to do a little background research on the site to make sure that everything is on the level.
Some sites you might want to check out include:
*** Whois (to see how long their site has been online, and who owns it?)
*** BBB (Check the Better Business Bureau Online list to see if the supplier is well established and how many complaints have been filed against them.)
*** Google Earth (If you look up their address on Google Earth what does it show? A factory? An office building or a residential house? If it’s the last of the three give it a wide berth.)
***Their own website (Does the site design/photographs look like they’ve been taken off another site? How do they treat you when you call up as a customer?
If you’ve gone through all these stages and everything is still ok then it’s time to get in contact with the website.
Stage 2: The questioning stage
Opening up a ticket, or sending an email to a site you’re thinking of using as a wholesale dropship service is an excellent way to make sure that your customers will get their goods in a good amount of time, you’ll earn an acceptable profit and neither you, nor your customers will receive any hidden charges.
Some of the questions you definitely should ask your potential dropship supplier are:
***Do you have stock on-hand, how long will it take for you to send the item to my customers?
If they don’t have any stock on hand to send to customers they are probably not a genuine wholesale dropship service and instead are buying products from someone else who buys it from someone else. So when the item is sold to you it has already had about three different people take a cut.
***Another problem is that if they don’t have a particular item in stock it may mean delays for your customers who then don’t buy from you again and tell friends how terrible your service is.
***Do you have a return policy; will you give my customers a warranty?
If anything is faulty, your wholesale dropship company doesn’t have a return policy and you want to maintain a good sales reputation then you’ll have to pay for the replacement yourself.
***Will you give me product photos and product descriptions that I can use on my own site?
Most wholesale dropship companies should give you some form of information that can be used to market the item.
***Will you send items in a blank box and make sure my customers don’t get anything which might get them to buy from you directly?
If they’re good blind dropshippers then they shouldn’t have any problem leaving materials out of the box. If they don’t you’re effectively paying them to steal your customers.
Once you have followed these two steps you can be sure that you’ve got a good supplier and it’s time to start making the alterations to your site and business methods to make sure your two businesses can work smoothly together.
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