How to choose a dropshipping supplier

Dropshipping is the first step to becoming an entrepreneur. A fundamental step to getting started is choosing a supplier. An online shop is only as good as the products it offers; therefore, it’s important to pick a wholesale supplier that will set you up for success. 

The wholesale dropshipping supplier will fulfill your purchase orders, manage stock, shipping, and post purchase customer service. Find your ideal dropshipping supplier by following these simple guidelines.

Reputable  

Find established, well-known suppliers with a good reputation. Be aware of scams! Unfortunately, there are many fake dropshipping suppliers on the internet. Truth be told, there are risks to dropshipping. Luckily, some of these risks can be mitigated by finding a reputable dropshipping supplier in your business niche. 

Wholesalers only 

When you work with a middleman you’re not getting the best wholesale prices. Take your time verifying the company’s information. Compare prices among different dropshipping suppliers to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Here is a website listing some of the top dropshipping suppliers.

Alternatively, use a supplier directory to find a wholesale dropshipping supplier. These directories allow you to use their data for a small commission. Here are some well-known directories:

Customer support

Pay close attention to the level of customer service. Should you run into an issue, you want to be sure that you can count on professionals on the other side of the phone to help you. Keep in mind that there are some dropshipping suppliers who will handle post-sale customer service. If you’re looking to outsource customer service to the wholesale supplier, then you must be sure that they offer customer service in your customer’s native language. 

Wide variety of products

Depending on your needs, you might want to find a wholesale supplier who specializes in your business niche. Consider the range of products a dropshipping supplier offers. It’s important that your supplier has an extensive catalogue of products. It’s logistically more convenient if you don’t have to resort to many different wholesalers as you’re looking to grow your dropshipping business. 

Shipping 

In order to build a successful dropshipping business, it is crucial to offer fast and reliable shipping. But you’re only as good as your dropshipper. Therefore, think about your target customer and be sure your wholesale supplier can ship to your customer’s location. Most importantly, you need to find a supplier that offers affordable shipping. Shipping costs often influence a consumer’s purchase decision and it can make a big difference to your bottom line. 

Quality products 

The products are undoubtedly the most important part of your dropshipping business. Search for suppliers with high quality products from well-known brands. The success of your dropshipping business is highly dependent on the quality of your products. Poorly manufactured items will create a bad reputation for your business. Entrust your business’s credibility to reputable manufacturers who deliver quality products.

Check out their website

The ideal supplier should have a fully functional website with detailed description of its products in stock. Think of their website as an indirect indicator of how they run their business. A reliable dropshipping supplier will care about making sure their website is running smoothly in order to provide a pleasant experience for their customers. Well cataloged inventory will facilitate order fulfillment and set you on the right track to running a successful online shop.

Once you’ve found a supplier that meets your needs, you’re ready to get started with your dropshipping business! 

Do you want to manage your dropshipping business from one place?

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