I want to start an online store selling products within the pet accessory niche. I have been in contact with suppliers in China and have the option to go with dropshiping the products directly from China to my customers in the UK. I am unsure whether to buy stock first or use dropshipping model before investing in stock. One of the problems with dropshipping from China is the time it will take to deliver the products to my customers in the UK and I think the 10 days delivery wait may put them off.

Please advise. I have had many failed businesses and I'm trying to avoid the same mistakes.