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Dropshipper pitfalls

There are many dropshipper pitfalls that you must be aware of as you start or expand your online business with a wholesale dropshipper. The first thing to remember is that it is your reputation and not the dropshipper's that is being seen by your customers. If you do not have a good relationship with your dropshipper, you open yourself up to loosing business from your customers, especially repeat business which is going to be the lifeblood of any Internet retailing endevour. This is the greatest dropshipper pitfall.

Even the best wholesale dropshipper will have situations of stock out. To avoid this dropshipper pitfall, you need to do the extra work of checking the stock availability of any items you are selling. If you are using eBay as your selling point, this stock out problem can be intensified. When you put up your dropshipped item up for bid, there is a time factor until the item bidding is closed. Add to that the time it takes for your purchaser to get the money to you and you are setup for this stock out dropshipper pitfall. If you are selling through your own website, you will want to check almost daily for the stocking levels so that you do not loose your customer due to this dropshipper pitfall.

As you set up your Internet retailing business, try to avoid the next dropshipper pitfall. Set yourself up with a wholesale dropshipper, not just a dropshipper. What we mean by that is there are many "middleman" dropshippers that actually dropship for you from wholesale dropshippers. They, of course, take a cut of the money for their service. This may not be a great problem for you as these dropshippers such as Doba or even Wholesale-Portal offer other services such as training or online store hosting beyond the dropship service itself. So, although you will not be getting the profit that you would using a wholesale dropshipper directly, this may not be a dropshipper pitfall for you if you will be using these added services. Evaluate what is offered by these "middleman" services and decide for yourself if the lower profit margin is really a dropshipper pitfall for you.

Avoiding the "middleman" dropshipper pitfall can leave you with the problem of  locating a wholesale dropshipper. This is easily (although usually not free) taken care of by using a dropshipper list directory service. These websites such as World Wide Brands organize wholesale dropshippers by various categories and help you search out a wholesale dropshipper for the items you are interested. You then can setup your contacts and get accepted by the dropshipper for doing business. Another good site for a wholesale dropshipper list directory is Hienote Inc. They work to keep up with the merchandise trends and try to find the best wholesale dropshipping sources. Although both of these sites require a payment to join, it is well worth the signup fee to avoid this dropshipper pitfall.

If we think of a wholesale dropshipper as a distributor, remember that if you find an item that is selling well for you, you should see if the manufacturer will dropship for you directly. If the item is selling very well, you might even want to go the light bulk delivery route and begin stocking the item yourself thus saving even more costs. This solution (if it is viable for you) later in your Internet retailing business avoids dropshipping altogether so no dropshipper pitfall.

So to sum up here are a few things you can do to avoid dropshipper pitfalls:

  1. Have a good relationship with your dropshipper. (Your smooth sales are your reputation)
  2. Do everything you can to ensure no stock outs of your sale items.
  3. Unless you are taking advantage of extra services, avoid "middleman" dropshippers
  4. Join and use a wholesale dropshipper listing directory service.
  5. As volume permits, try to dropship from the manufacturer.

These are just a few of the possible problems that should not out-weigh the benefits of wholesale dropshipper service. Just keep them in mind and try to avoid these dropshipper pitfalls.