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18 Jul 2011 06:33 PM #1
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Sports Equipment, Clothing & Merchandise Drop Shipping Suppliers
I am extremely interested in creating my own online store and the drop shipping approach seems very viable. I am looking for some general advice on moving forward, but in particular would appreciate some information on the best sports (equipment, clothing & merchandise) drop shipping suppliers i.e. who offers this service and who are the best/worst.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
21 Jul 2011 07:17 AM #2
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Drop shipping is a great way to start up an online business with a small investment. There are some things that you should keep in mind when choosing a drop shipper:
You and your customers are going to depend on the drop shipper for shipping and returns. You need to find a company that sells quality goods and has a good customer service. You can check for the reputation of any drop shipper right here on Wholesale Forum or through Google. You can ask us and fellow forum members for a review of the drop shipper you are interested in dealing with.
You need to make sure that the drop shipper you want to work with is going to be able to give you regular stock updates. It can be very frustrating for your customers having to wait for their items because your drop shipper is out of stock, or having to be refunded because your drop shipper has run out of stock. Customers will turn on you and on your reputation and not on your supplier.
You need to find out what the delivery time is going to be from your drop shipper to your customer. Find out were your drop shipper is located to see if he is giving you accurate delivery times. It is very important that you provide your customers with an accurate estimate of when ordered items will be dilivered.
A good drop shipper will never charge you any fees to make use of their services. Watch out for middlemen offering websites with hundreds of pre-loaded products, those methods have stopped working about 2 years ago. The web is increasingly driven by unique content and unique services, therefore aim to create a unique solution for consumers. Also beware that many out of the box drop shippers will lure you in with claims of low set up fees, but they then immediately demand that you pay inflated hosting fees and will tie you to a 12+ months contract. What originally looked like a low fee quickly turns into wasted money or an obligation to pay more money.
We recommend you try reading the following threads and articles on Wholesale Forum to get more information about drop shipping and drop ship suppliers.
- Wholesale Sources - How To Find Verified Wholesalers and Drop Shippers Instantly
- Beware of the Middleman Drop Shipper Sales Pitch
- What is Drop Shipping and How to Approach it
- How To Choose A Drop Shipper
- Checklist For Hiring The Right Drop Shipping Company
- How to determine where your Drop Shipper is based - Drop Shipments from the UK
For drop shippers of sportswear and sport related goods, try the following drop shippers:
- Football Souvenirs | Dropship | Trade Only
- Dropshipping : MMA Suppliers, Mixed Martial Arts
To be able to get the best prices for the items you are sourcing, it is best to have as much choice as possible. We recommend having a look at esources (Over 3,000 verified drop shippers) and worldwidebrands (Over 800 verified drop shippers). They are the largest directories of verified drop shippers on the web. Have a look at the sports drop shippers listed on esources:
- Sports Dropshippers and Dropshipping Wholesale Suppliers in UK - Sports Wholesale Dropshipper & Dropshipping Directory (19 UK sportswear drop shippers)
- Sports Dropshippers and Dropshipping International Wholesale Suppliers - Sports Wholesale Dropshipper & Dropshipping Directory (117 International sportswear drop shippers)
Hope this helps
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Ryder (21 Jul 2011)
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