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      Best way to approach a manufacturer to sell their products without holding stock?

      First: I do not want to use dropshipping.

      1) In the short term, I want to sell products without buying stock from manufacturers, to reduce the risk and to keep the start up cost as low as possible.

      2) In the medium term, I want to buy stock for the most popular products on my website.

      As I am a professional in developing online shops, the website will look professional.

      We thought a lot about marketing, our competitors, the look and feel and how our shop will differ from our competitors. Our shop will be launched in Europe at the end of this year.

      What is the best way to approach manufactures in Europe or USA? Do you think they will listen to my vision on short-medium-long term? Do you think they will understand that I want to reduce the risk in short term?

      Thanks for your support!
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      Hi Mr Lance,

      I think it is a wise decision to avoid dropshipping and buy direct, but you would have some difficulty persuading any supplier to sell single items to you on a continuing basis.

      I do have a suggestion that may help you overcome that difficulty:
      1.Contact your proposed suppliers and make your product selection in the normal way, but without nominating quantities.
      2. Check out freight costs for courier deliveries from the supplier.
      3. Ask to place a sample order. Not knowing product type or cost I cannot suggest quantity, but let's say 5 or 10 of each item.
      4. Commence selling, knowing that you can at least supply the first 5 or 10 orders without delay.
      5. If response to any product is good, immediately order the minimum that the supplier will allow. In my book I explain how to avoid having to buy suppliers' large MOQs. You will probably need to use courier delivery to avoid delays for your customers.

      Keep in mind that if you buy direct from the factory as I always suggest, your low buying price will allow you to sell off dead stock at irresistibly low prices and at the very least make a small profit.

      I suggest that your first contact should be a straight forward approach as a customer wanting to buy in the usual way without mentioning your plans in any detail.

      If you are not familiar with importing you may care to look at my website for some ideas.
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      To learn safe overseas sourcing and how to buy small (or large) quantities at best prices see→ http://provenchinasourcing.comLearn to find genuine manufacturers and negotiate small orders at prices way below what wholesalers charge. Written after my health enforced retirement and provides insider information from veteran with experience exporting 1978-1987 importing since 1987 Learn to import the easy way

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      Thank you for your support. I agree with you that it will not be easy to persuade a supplier in that way. If I was a supplier I also wouldn't do it.

      What do you exactly mean with the sample order? It is not clear for me.

      Thanks in advance.

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      Originally Posted by Mr. Lance View Post
      Thank you for your support. I agree with you that it will not be easy to persuade a supplier in that way. If I was a supplier I also wouldn't do it.

      What do you exactly mean with the sample order? It is not clear for me.

      Thanks in advance.
      I mean to approach the supplier as an ordinary bulk customer. Although they will ask you, don't nominate the quantity you expect to buy - just ignore that question. Get back to them and say you believe that you have a good market for products X, Y, and Z, but you would like to place an order for 5,10, 20 - whatever you choose - so that you can show them to prospective buyers.

      That is what I mean by a sample order. I explain it all in detail in my book, with draft emails that you can copy.
      To learn safe overseas sourcing and how to buy small (or large) quantities at best prices see→ http://provenchinasourcing.comLearn to find genuine manufacturers and negotiate small orders at prices way below what wholesalers charge. Written after my health enforced retirement and provides insider information from veteran with experience exporting 1978-1987 importing since 1987 Learn to import the easy way

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