Drop Shipping for Dummies (AKA - What is Drop Shipping?)

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There is often a lot of confusion concerning what drop shipping is. Drop shipping is a method of product fulfillment and is not to be confused with “drop kicking” as this is something entirely different. All kidding aside, drop shipping enables those without a physical storefront or warehouse space to sell products without having to maintain any inventory. This means that individuals, such as ourselves, can set up a website, offer quality products and compete with the “big boys” in the field of ecommerce.

Middlemen Schmiddlemen What's The Big Deal?

Drop Ship Middleman

Unfortunately in the world of drop shipping there are those who act as drop shippers but offer nothing of value. I am referring to middlemen. These businesses pretend to be drop shippers but in reality when you order from them they simply pass the order on to the true drop shipper. This is a very profitable business for the middleman, but the decrease in your profit margin can keep your business from ever truly getting off the ground.

The Hunt for that Elusive Drop Ship Vendor

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Finding a specific product that is available for dropshipping can often seem like an impossible task. With a little patience and some detective work you should be able to find a supplier for your particular product. A few of the methods described below will require a little human interaction, so be sure to brush up on the people skills since the best of business relationships are often forged through verbal communication. Here are a few suggestions.

Drop Ship Disaster - When Things Go Wrong

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In every business problems can and will arise. Provided that you are prepared there is little to worry about. Having a plan in place when such an event occurs is vital to your company’s success. As a seller of drop ship products you will likely be required to act as mediator between the drop ship vendor and your customer, since you would not want to reveal the source of your products and perhaps lose a customer.

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