Practical Ecommerce

10 Drop Shipping Resources

Drop shipping is an order fulfillment technique in which merchandise is shipped to the customer directly from the warehouse or supplier, rather than from the retailer. The merchant can offer a greater selection of products and test new markets, without the cost and risk of excessive inventory.

Here is a list of resources to get started with drop shipping. There are drop-shipping services, which provide access to products and suppliers. Also there are online directories to drop shippers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.

Doba

Use Doba to find 1.6 million name-brand products to sell on eBay, Facebook, or your own website. Features weekly deals, market research tool, phone support, custom data export, Facebook application, and more. Find and set up accounts with each supplier yourself, and negotiate pricing and fees. Price: $59.95 per month.

SaleHoo

SaleHoo is an online wholesale directory and community for online traders, eBay sellers, and traditional retailers. Access drop shippers, manufacturers, wholesalers and liquidators. SaleHoo has provided 92,000 individuals with a wholesale directory containing over 8,000 verified suppliers with 1.6 million products. Price: $67 per year.

DropshipDesign

DropshipDesign provides you with over 1 million drop ship products to sell on eBay, Amazon, your website, or anywhere else. Choose from a variety of products including clothing, electronics, health and beauty, toys and games and more. Basic plan gives access to products and drop ship services. Additional plans offer eBay wizard tool, customizable website, and data feed. Price: Basic plan $49.99; eBay plan $99.99; Website plan $149.99 and $29.99 per month.

Shopster

Shopster lets you find drop ship products to sell, connect to merchants and suppliers, build an online store, and more. Features design service, inventory and order system, eBay listing tool, and top name brands. Access up to 1.5 million products. Price: Standard membership (listing up to 15 products) is free; expanded memberships start at $69.95/month.

Worldwide Brands

Worldwide Brands offers a directory of wholesale products to drop ship. It provides over 10 million wholesale products from over 8,000 drop shippers and wholesalers. Features 19 online videos and 19 ebooks on online retailing. Instant market research on every product search. Price: $299 lifetime access.

Inventory Source

Inventory Source provides the resources and tools for business owners to find the right suppliers, upload wholesale product catalogs to a variety of website platforms and marketplaces, manage prices, and sell products. Manage your wholesale drop ship product listings, regardless of where you sell. Price: Basic account is free; $25 per month for the first supplier and $15 for each additional.

Wholesale2b

Wholesale2b gives access to 800,000 products. Get the full list of supplier names. Pay only when you activate a plan from your free account. Price: Free account to review products; eBay plan $24.99 per month; website plan $39.99/month.

Hienote

Hienote provides an online directory containing drop shippers that offer wholesale products for you to retail online or on auction sites. The research is gathered from wholesale trade shows. Price: $29.95.

Dropshippers.com

Use Dropshippers.com to browse from over 3.5 million products, 400 categories and 500 suppliers. Sell on eBay, Facebook, other auction sites, or your own site. “DS University” offers free educational courses and resources for members. Purchase a Dropship Directory listing top drop ship suppliers. Price: Directory $99; auction plan $149; website plan $199; combo plan $299.

DropShip.com

Spun off from Doba, DropShip.com builds technology, software, and services to help established small and medium-sized businesses and merchants with their drop ship problems. By connecting your site and systems to the DropShip.com platform, you’ll be able to easily work with new suppliers, add their products to your site, and process inventory updates, orders, and tracking in an automated fashion — all through a single connection point. Contact for pricing.

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Comments ( 17 )

  1. Lisa Suttora December 26, 2012 Reply

    Drop shipping can be a great tool to help diversify your inventory, test market prodcuts and maximize inventory capital, when used correctly.

    Here are some keys to using it successfully:

    1. Always test the supplier who drop ships to make sure that their delivery and packaging is up to YOUR company’s standards. The customer delivery experience will reflect on your brand, not the suppliers.

    2. If you sell in a Marketplace (Amazon, eBay) make SURE that the drop shipper will deliver within the marketplace’s required timeframes. If your product is delivered by the drop shipper outside of the required delivery time, this can result in negative feedback on both eBay and Amazon as well as penalties against your seller accounts.

    3. Find out if the drop shipping supplier has a real-time inventory system. If the customer places an order, only for you to discover that the product is not currently/no longer available, you’ll have to cancel the order (not a good reflection on your brand) and on eBay/Amazon your seller account will take a performance hit.

    4. Run the numbers on your margins. Drop shipped products generally have higher costs. Make sure the numbers make sense.

    Also, keep in mind that a drop shippers are not a special breed of supplier. They are simply wholesale suppliers who are willing to ship direct to the customer. Don’t forget to ask your existing or new suppliers if they are willing to drop ship to the customer. (Some will/some won’t.)

    Finally, do your product research first, THEN use a drop shipping tool as a supplier resource. Selecting a directory, and going through it A-Z is like looking for a needle in a haystack (as well as an exercise in frustration). Figure out what products/categories you’re looking to source, then use the drop shipping tools to look for potential suppliers.

    For more tips on product selection and sourcing visit http://whatdoisell.com

    Finally, do your due diligance and vet your suppliers. If a wholesale supplier claims they have in-season Coach bags, Jimmy Choo shoes and Nikon cameras etc. for 90% off, run the other way.

    Always make sure that your supplier is a legitimate, authorized supplier before sourcing any inventory.

    -Lisa

  2. Elaine McNamara December 26, 2012 Reply

    I am sorry, I cannot give credibility to any of those sites in your article since you have Doba listed first. Unless they have changed dramatically since 2006, their prices to those who use drop shipping are higher than can be found on a cursory search on the web.

  3. frank65l December 26, 2012 Reply

    I have tried 6 of the 10 listed, and found 1 is worth using. Doba? I can’t believe you listed that one. Very bad experience with them. Thanks for not listing my favorite. It’s already hard enough to compete against every tom, dick & harry on the web…..

    Frank

    • Ray February 10, 2014 Reply

      Hello frank651:

      First I am new to this so I hope you could help me a little. You said you found 1 out of the list worth using and I like to ask you which one was it? Thank you for your help.

      Ray

  4. Marc Spindel December 27, 2012 Reply

    Great suggestions, I can only add that most smaller wholesalers would be happy to provide drop-shipping services if you can prove you have put in the work with either a decent looking website, an active mailing list or impressed upon them your knowledge of a market they are under-represented in. These sites suggested are really the easy way to get involved in drop shipping, but they do take a really large percentage of the potential profit you are seeking.

  5. Carlos Rivera December 29, 2012 Reply

    Another type of (reverse) drop ship model service that I can think of is Shopatron.

    However, they work by connecting brick-and-mortar stores containing inventory of products with nearby customers who purchase products directly from the manufacturer’s websites.

  6. MTUser2012 January 8, 2013 Reply

    I too don’t understand why you would list DOBA first. When I sold a lot on eBay, they would present to top-seller groups. It was hard to listen to the pitch because the products were so expensive.

    From looking around the on web, I see there a lots of complaints about drop shippers. This article would have been more useful if helped identify the ones with a proven track record.

  7. Das Reviewman April 21, 2013 Reply

    This is the worst list, in fact they are all just aggregators.

    We provide a REAL WHOLESALE experience and offer the lowest prices to our sellers so they actually make profit.

    You can check Das Cheap Wholesale at http://www.DasCheap.com/wholesale/home.html

  8. CJMoore December 19, 2013 Reply

    This is a great list of traditional drop shipping opportunities. On the horizon, because of just in time production and the weaving together of the global logistics and communications structures, there are some new players in the drop ship game. One to keep your eye on is JMWant, they’ve just recently started moving across borders, you can find them here:

    http://www.jmwant.com

    Basically, as I read it, they are a sourcing platform–from their site, but also custom–that drop ships globally. Worth a look and a great addition to the known suspects listed above.

  9. novashun January 20, 2014 Reply

    After your done making 3-8% and would like to make some real money try a reverse dropshipping model where you import products in from Asia and have someone like Virtual Importer manage and ship them for you. You can make 150-300% instead of a measly 3-8% commission.

    • Martin Walker February 4, 2014 Reply

      Your post caught my attention. Can you tell me more about “reverse dropshipping”? Please enlighten me with more info if you could.

      -Marty

    • john Carlson March 10, 2014 Reply

      I am very interested in what you had to say about reverse drop shipping I am going to do a little research on it now but if you could drop me a line and let me know a little more about it maybe your experiences maybe your resources I would greatly appreciate it

    • Lynette Navarro April 14, 2014 Reply

      Tell me more, I am interested in reverse drop shipping and virtual importer. I am doing research to open an e-commerce business.

  10. Sandy Sigg January 27, 2014 Reply

    I am extremely unhappy with the products, prices and resources at Dropship Design! I won’t risk my 100% positive feedback on eBay by selling poor quality items. The descriptions and pictures are not of good quality. The prices after shipping and handling fees are more than the items are selling for on eBay. I have requested a refund. If I don’t get it soon – I’ll file a dispute with PayPal. Their website was very misleading!

  11. George Y February 28, 2014 Reply

    I used BuyatDiscounts.com myself and it was what I needed to get started quickly (They seem to be a part of dropshipdesign listed here).

    You might need just some general knowledge of e-commerce and we are here to teach you the basics. Before you jump into bed with any dropship company you should do your own due diligence.

    I did a lot of reading and one of the best resources was this site and http://FreeDropshipInfo.com. Not every company is right for everyone, that’s why lists like this are helpful. Give tools a test drive, most have free trials.

  12. einar April 13, 2014 Reply

    I’m looking for a fully automated website with dropshipped products worldwide. I dont want to login anywhere to order products to my customers, I just want to focus on marketing and sales. Can anyone help?

  13. Luis August 5, 2014 Reply

    Hi,

    Nowadays many drop shipping sites are available online and it can result confusing to realize which of all them are reliable.
    I’m personally facing this situation and that’s why I stumbled upon with this page. I heard about many of the sites in this list, but the only one that I personally tried is SaleHoo, which presents pretty interesting information.
    I think that to succeed in this business the key is provide an excellent customer service, which is directly related with the quality services that your dropshipper can supply.
    Then if one can find a reliable supplier, with a fast service, high-quality products and competitive prices it’s very likely that you will make cash.
    I’m in the drop shipping business journey, you can check my advances at: http://www.profitabledropshippers.com

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