Sourcing Dropshipping

Sourcing Dropshipping

It’s hard to start a business without any products or ideas for things to make and sell. In fact, sourcing a supplier is often one of the first steps if you’re not creating the items yourself.

What Is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a business model where retailers use suppliers to ship products directly to the end customer rather than managing the stocking and shipping themselves. Unlike traditional retail, dropshipping retailers do not keep physical inventory and only pay for the product when a customer first places an order.

The Benefit of Dropshipping

The primary benefit of dropshipping is it lets retailers sell products without committing the large amounts of working capital required to buy, stock, and ship wholesale products. This can be invaluable for new companies or those experimenting with a new product before they commit the resources to purchase large amounts of inventory.

How Can You Find Dropshipping Suppliers?

You can find dropshipping suppliers and wholesalers on a vetted directory, via recommendations from colleagues, or by looking at the suppliers for products of brands you love. You can also find many great options listed in this blog post. These are the next five effective methods we have compiled for you:

Contact manufacturers: reach out to the manufacturers of the products you want to sell for a list of the suppliers they work with; Try out Niche Scraper; Go to a trade show;  Google extensively; Order from competitors.

The 11 Best Dropshipping Suppliers for Your Business

There are many different services and marketplaces which help you find great suppliers to align with your business with.

Honest Fulphilment

Our Honest Fulphilment was founded on transparency and honesty, from dropshippers and eCommerce brand owners. With over 4 strategic warehouses in the US alone (west, east, central and south) and other 3PL locations all over the world, we offer you access to them. Arrange your goods to be shipped in bulk to any of our warehouses.

AliExpress

AliExpress

AliExpress is an international wholesale and dropshipping platform that connects ecommerce platforms to dropshipping providers and products. The majority of merchants selling through AliExpress are based in China and source their products from the region. It’s open to people around the world for free.

Alibaba

Alibaba

Alibaba is a B2B marketplace that connects buyers and sellers. The platform is more for wholesalers than single sellers, and facilitates transactions directly with manufacturers. Suppliers provide bulk items and can fulfill orders for your dropshipping store.

SaleHoo

Salehoo

The SaleHoo supplier directory lists more than 8,000 wholesalers that offer dropshipping, and seems to cater heavily to merchants using eBay and Amazon dropshipping. Although we’ve never used SaleHoo to source products, its $67 annual price is one of the most compelling values among supplier directories and includes a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Worldwide Brands

Worldwide Brands

Worldwide Brands, established in 1999, is one of the oldest and best-known supplier directories. It advertises that it only includes suppliers that meet a set of guidelines, ensuring legitimate, quality wholesalers. We’ve used the vendor dropshipping directory in the past to find legitimate wholesalers and to brainstorm niche ideas and found it useful.

Doba

Doba

Instead of simply listing dropshipping vendors, Doba integrates with suppliers (hence why it only has 165 suppliers), allowing you to place orders with multiple warehouses using its centralized interface. Membership also includes a Push-to-Marketplace tool that automates the process of listing items on eBay.

Sunrise Wholesale

Sunrise Wholesale

Sunrise Wholesale offers more than 15,000 dropshipping products and ships directly to your customers. In addition, Sunrise offers product data, inventory updates delivered via email, and automatic price adjustments to ensure your profit remains consistent, even when suppliers change their prices.

Megagoods

Megagoods

Megagoods is a wholesale distributor of a wide variety of products, but with a focus on consumer electronics. Despite being a wholesaler, Megagoods offers dropshipping services without any minimum purchase requirements, meaning you can ship products directly to your customers without any risk of overstocking.

Modalyst

Modalyst

Modalyst is an automated vendor dropshipping app for online stores. It’s known for offering products from brand names like Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, and more well-known brands that shoppers love. Modalyst also offers a curated list of independent and trendy brands for every target audience.

Spocket

Spocket

Spocket is a Shopify dropshipping app that allows users to quickly and easily import products from a number of dropshipping suppliers (including AliExpress) into their Shopify store. The Spocket app automatically pulls orders from your Shopify store for smooth order processing.

Tips for Finding Dropshipping Suppliers

Since finding a quality supplier is crucially important for a successful dropshipping operation, there are some steps to ensure you find the right one:

Read the reviews

If the supplier has customer reviews, see what people are saying about their products and customer service. This will give insights into how customers will perceive your own quality when you sell those products yourself.

Review policies

Since supplier policies will effectively flow down to your customers, you’ll need to understand how they handle broken products, missing packages, returns, and more. If the policies are not available on the supplier’s website, contact them directly to ask.

Try the products yourself

If there’s a product you’re thinking about selling, order it yourself to see the product quality and the shipping speed. Based on these results, you can develop an accurate estimate of how the customer will perceive the level of service — for better or worse.

Understand the fees

Dropshipping often includes hidden fees and costs. You will want a firm understanding of the different shipping rates, monthly subscription costs, stocking fees, and more to understand how these will cumulatively impact your overhead.

Look for automation

As your business scales, manually managing inventory levels, placing orders, and tracking shipments may not be feasible. Ideally, the supplier should have integrations with your ecommerce platform to automate these workflows, allowing you to focus on growing revenue streams.

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