Locating the right dropship supplier is difficult if you hope to make money on eBay. There are concerns about costs, product availability, supplier reliability and more. It is important to conduct a thorough investigation before ever making a decision to use a dropship supplier. This is article 3 of a 4 part article series that covers methods for screening prospective companies to find just the right one for your business.
1) Does the dropshipper offer a discount for larger (volume) purchases? There are two discounts to pursue. First is for purchases involving higher quantities of a single item, which does happen when customers are trying to save on shipping costs by adding to their orders. The second option occurs as you build your eBay business sales, and a larger volume of shipments is required to meet you higher sales levels. The answers to this set of questions will help you first decide whether to give a dropship supplier a trial or not. They also many motivate you to consider eliminating dropshipping and carrying more of the merchandise you sell in-house to increase profits and allow you to make money on eBay.
2) Does the dropshipper have a minimum order size? This UK Dropshipping set of questions is really about order size and dropship costs. In some cases dropshippers will add a flat fee to every single item you sell. If a customer purchases one item they add $X. If another customer buys three products they simply multiply $X by three to obtain your dropship fees. Understanding exactly how much volume you must do, and all of the costs associated with your sales is important if you are to clearly know the profit potential of using a dropship supplier.
3) Does the dropshipper carry BRAND NAME products? As a general rule brand name items will outsell competing items that are not brand name. It is important that you know exactly what you are selling, so ask.
4) Does the dropshipper have programs in-place to aid those who use it? (Website? Instant online access to inventory? Promotional tools? Other?) Support tools make your job easier. Examine the programs and tools being offered as a part of using a dropship supplier. Instant access to accurate, real-time inventory is one important tool to make sure they do have in-place. Also make sure to check into costs associated with using programs and tools being offered, as those costs will directly affect your ability to make money on eBay.