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Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website



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Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website

I've set up numerous ecommerce websites that sell hundreds of items and I have absolutely no inventory in my possession. How do I do this? I source my products from companies who sell to anyone, but the masses don't usually know of them.

When I source a product I usually go through aliexpress because I can buy a single item and not have to buy in bulk. This helps keep my costs down since I don't have to invest in 10 items when I make a sale and then hope the other 9 will sell and I can make my money back. No, I buy one only after I sold it ;)


Here's a quick guide on what to do in order to source an item from aliexpress.

First
Think of an item you can sell and then find it on aliexpress. Make sure it isn't a $100 item or you'll just run into problems later. There's a good chance that aliexpress will have it because they have loads of companies listing their products there.

Second
Cross reference that item with what is currently selling through Google adwords and see if it's even worth it to buy and sell. For example, if you're sourcing phone cases and you can get one for $1 and it's selling for $20 on Google shopping, then you have a winner. You can literally make 20x your investment after someone buys. And the best part is that you don't have to buy the item until someone has already paid you for it Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website

Third
Finding a reputable company that sells your product. If you're looking for phone case companies I'm sure you'll find plenty. Weed out any company under 98% and browse the rest. Most likely you'll only have to pick one company since a lot of the sellers there will sell very similar items. Only pick the best of the best since you'll have a lot of great companies to choose from.

Fourth
Find the company that is the producer of the items you're wanting to sell. There are some companies that will mark up the original companies items and try to sell them to you. So by finding the original manufacturer, usually the lowest priced company, you'll cut out a middle man and increase your profits.

Fifth
After finding a few companies, or the manufacturers, you'll want to filter out some of them based on how long it takes to ship an item. Typically you can get free shipping or pay $2 for 5-7 day shipping, which is amazing since it's coming from overseas. Any company that says 15-30+ days shipping should be excluded from your list. Any company that says it will be $20+ for S&H should be excluded from your list.

Sixth
Now that you've found your company or companies, you'll need to start compiling products. The easiest way to do this is to make one folder and name it after your website. Then inside the main folder you'll want to place a folder for each item you want to sell. Find the product you want to sell and name the folder after what you want it to be named on your website. Now copy and paste, or drag and drop, the URL into the folder. This should create a link to that page where the item is at (this is better than bookmarking the page). Now copy and paste, or drag and drop, all the images you want from the product page into the folder. Be sure to give the images unique file names so that they are easier to sort through. Do this for all of the items you want to sell and it will be a great database of items and images for when you set up your website.

Seventh
You can use whatever platform you want in order to set up a website. I prefer using shopify when setting up an ecommerce website since it's extremely user friendly and the free themes look great Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website Set up your website during your free trial and be sure to get all your items on there with the images you chose when sourcing.


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
You've successfully sourced items and added them to your website without spending a single dollar Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website



Thanks,

Razzy

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idealmike

Very nice Raz very interesting. You mention using shopify as your platform you prefer to use which is not what I would have ordinarily expected someone to say and would have normally expected you to say WordPress. Other than the ease of use and free themes, what benefits are there to using shopify instead of your own site and WordPress with say WooCommerce cart? How long does their free trial last for and do you have to use their domain as your website domain or can you use your own domain with them too? I get that shopify sites would have a boost in the SERPs over a new domain/website and there's some big brands that use it. Can you tell us about what the fees for non-free plans are both in terms of hosting and fees you pay on any sales the site makes you? I presume you have to take that into consideration too.

But this is a nice insight into drop shipping and shows that if you have a little ingenuity anyone can run a successful drop shipping business. There's lots of ways to go about it as well. I hope and look forward to hearing more from you about in the future. Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website

Cheers!

Mike.



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EliteWriter

That was very interesting. Thanks for these tips. I agree that with such a method you can really do it in a way that is cost effective, and you can use whatever platform you want in reality. I agree that Shopify is a good option and it is indeed really user friendly. It is truly a complete online store builder where you can easily organize your products in the way you prefer. You can choose from various themes, customize the storefront the way you like, and above all the possibility of accepting credit card payments without too much hassle is a big plus as on other sites it gets rather complicated to finalize this aspect.



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TommyCarey

Hey IdealMike,

Below I've answered your questions. I've also added some additional info ;)

Q: Other than the ease of use and free themes, what benefits are there to using shopify instead of your own site and WordPress with say WooCommerce cart?
A: There may be not benefit at all, I just like the fact that when I sign up for my new shopify website, everything is already configured for me. All the auto emails are configured perfectly and always inbox since you're going through shopify's platform. There are tons of apps (similar to plugins on wordpress) that you can add to your website. The only downside to the apps is that a lot of them cost money. I'm sure in the near future there will be a lot more free apps, but shopify is relatively new compared to other platforms. The only downside that I've noticed is that you can't use a support@example.com email unless you set one up outside of shopify and add it into an email field inside your shopify dashboard.

Q: How long does their free trial last for and do you have to use their domain as your website domain or can you use your own domain with them too?
A: Shopify offers a 14 day free trial which is more time than needed if you're setting up a website. I set up a drop shipping website through shopify and doing everything I talked about in the original post, it only took 5 days doing it a couple hours a day. Obviously if you are only selling a few things it will be much quicker to set up. As for the domain, you can use your own, you just have to aim it at their servers and edit the DNS a little. If you don't know how to do that, don't worry Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website They give you a step by step process, with images, that shows you exactly how to do it.

Q: Can you tell us about what the fees for non-free plans are both in terms of hosting and fees you pay on any sales the site makes you?
A: The pricing is $29, $79, or $299 a month and the more you pay, the more features you get access to. I never pay more than $29 a month because I rarely need anything in the higher priced accounts. The only benefit of getting the $79 subscription is getting access to shipify's cart recovery option, but you can just pay $10-$15 a month for an app and get a cart recovery on your website lol Outsource and drop ship physical products for your website As for fees, the highest you'll pay is 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. The more you pay for your subscription, the lower that gets, down to 2.4% + $0.30

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vinaya

I have no experience with drop shipping. Instead of dropshipping, I do affiliate marketing.On my affiliate network accounts, I find items to sell. I list these items on my website if the visitors like the product he will click it and land on the network's website. If the visitors buy the product I earn commission, the general commission rate is 10 percent.



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Corzhens

I have lots of friends in Facebook who are into drop shipping. They post every day of their new products with matching photos and tagged with prices. It’s like a display center fo sorts that their friends are looking at. I guess they are selling good because the drop shippers among my friends are multiplying. All they do is to find a willing supplier that can give them commission and there they go in posting the promotion of the products. When they get an order, the supplier handles the delivery while the drop shipper handles the collection of payment that is later submitted to the supplier minus the commission earned by the drop shipper.



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