Published on Dec 15, 2014
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What is dropshipping? In this video, I’m going to explain exactly how drop shipping works, show you how to find drop shippers for your products, and give solutions to some common problems associated with drop shipping.
Many people shy away from starting an online store because of the initial start-up costs. But imagine if someone offered to pay your up-front inventory costs on thousands of items and manage all your shipping and fulfillment operations for you. It’d be much easier to get started, and you could run your business from anywhere in the world.
Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not, if you know about drop shipping.
0:43 What is Drop Shipping?
1:12 The Benefits of Drop Shipping
2:05 How Do I Find Drop Shipping Wholesalers?
3:02 How to Use Google to Find Wholesalers
3:56 Drop Shipping Challenges
6:18 The Final Word on Drop Shipping
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Comments • 454
TheWoolieCompany9 months ago
You need to emphasize that the dropshipper doesn’t have the authority to do this without the manufacturer’s written consent. Images, product information, instructions, warranties are ALL intellectual property that belongs only to those who are authorized to sell/represent the items. You are negligent of not introducing this vital info. I am having this problem now with my products. I have had to take legal action to stop these pirates (dropshippers) on many ecommerce sites. Dropshipping is a practice of riding the wake of hard working online market presence, like I have done. This is just like those people who steal YouTube videos and monetize them elsewhere without the owner’s consent. They don’t care how hard the author worked to get their following and presence. Essentially, you’re advising people to take an unearned cut of the consumer’s money “Without the consumer even knowing” Get a clue, dude. This is bad for the economy, bad for dealers, distributors, manufacturers, bad for the reputation and long-term stability for eCommerce on the whole, AND MOSTLY bad for the product itself and the consumer. Looks to me as though the only winner here is Shopify, who will make hoards of money selling their hosting and processing fees. By the way, what are the credentials of this video host? Has he EVER sold products in his life? Doubtfully. How about teaching a legitimate and forthright way of doing business instead of a scam. Just a thought.
Richard Bronson8 months ago
Having been a drop shipper now for over six years, I can tell you that drop shipping isn’t for everyone. It’s a full time business that takes time to build, work, maintain, and grow. You should not venture into this field unless you have a ready supply of cash on hand to get started with. ($10k) min. WHY? It’s a business where you will have to pay for the purchased merchandise that your customers purchase from you with your supplier. True you will get paid, that could take 5 to 10 business days before your money clears. If you think your going to do this on Amazon for get it. Amazon’s payment model will take you 30 to 45 days before you can get your money back in full. WHY? Amazon withholds your funds until all refunds, exchanges, and returns are cleared, then they wait two weeks before they’ll issues you a payment, and then its a wire transfer that takes 3 business days to reach your bank. With that being said. In this video drop shipping is promoted with Shopify. While Shopify is a good low cost start. Most of their templates are basic, and don’t grab customers attention. Great templates for the web start with great web-site builders. Another reason for the high start up costs. Building your platform right. Remember: Simple business models get simply left behind. Just as this video states, and its 100% true. If you don’t have a solid plan of driving PAYING traffic to your website you are wasting your money, time and effort. So be careful in starting a drop shipping business, and know it is a full time business, and it will take a lot of resources to get started. No matter what others might say. Rb.
Carl Johnson1 year ago
Stop. Moving. Your. Arms!
Sandra Legrand10 months ago
Awesome video! I started shopify couple months ago and I love it, already making couple hundreds in sales per day! Luckily recently I stumbled upon a guy selling all gurus ecommerce courses at a tiny fraction of their prices, it was a game changer in my business, you can look for his blog, google something like “Megarno shopify magician” I think, his stuff were worth every pennyl. My second recommendation is that you should keep on trying, if a product or adset doesn’t work try another one… you’re just failing your way to success!
melanie kehaya1 year ago
Thanx for the replies but have been studying this all week. By the time you have paid the manufacturer, shipping, the drop shipper fee there’s barely anything left maybe a couple of $$ ..then you get your own tax etc. deducted from it also. You’d need to sell a lot of stuff to make it profitable. This online selling link when I look at it when it explains profit made doesn’t take all this into consideration. Then with the manufacturers they cannot always be trusted. I guess it’s only a few people who are able to profit from it!
What?2 years ago (edited)
The information: Fantastic! The hands: Distracting
AmazinqCutie2 years ago
Very informative video! And, no, Otto… I don’t need your “assistance,” so don’t even try it. 😒
Jimmy Tuan7 months ago (edited)
hey would amazon shipping international eat up your profits though? alot of my audience is from around the world
Tim Halloran1 year ago
The idea of running an online business from anywhere in the world is a nice one..
trey williams2 years ago
QueensRise1 year ago (edited)
all this time i’ve been looking for dropshippers I had no idea there are apps for them in the app store. Thanks for this.
WCephei77HD6 months ago
Can anyone tell me please, how can you get customers buying from your shop when everybody knows customers can find exactly the same products at lower cost on Aliexpress? buying directly from the same suppliers a drop shipper buys.
Nga J. Flowers
Nga J. Flowers1 month ago
Shopify is the easiest e-commerce platform for beginners:
jeremy boddie2 years ago
One thing that has been a challenge in dropshipping is photos. EBay has copyright laws where you can’t just copy people photos. Please need some help
Jordan Ramos1 year ago
Hello I am lil confused, So am I buying the products at wholesale price and the supplier keeps all the products with them until a customer comes to my site and buys the product and than they ship each product individually to the customer. is this correct? sorry if this is a dumb question.
yazan salam1 year ago
Hello do I need Any kind of legal documents as in sales tax if am not a US citizen and I Live abroad
Girls Just Know
Girls Just Know2 years ago
Great video, very helpful!
delmecas johnson2 years ago
this video was very helpful clear concise and detailed and explanatory thanks for the information
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Abilene Kansas App News Center2 years ago
paul tak2 years ago
the drawbacks of drop shipping can be quite discouraging