Dropshipping allows you to partner with a supplier to display your products in their shop. In other words, you can sell their products. The success or failure of your dropshipping business depends on choosing the right products to sell. Here are my top picks for the best dropshipping suppliers.
Inventory Source is an amazing tool that helps you find suppliers, choose products and sync inventory with your ecommerce platform. I’ve used it with both Shopify and BigCommerce shops and it’s been a breeze. Modalyst seamlessly automates your dropshipping business. If you choose Shopify, you’ll be up and running in minutes.
Many dropshippers recommend the Shopify Brooklyn theme with a good choice of fonts. You can also use another e-commerce option. Here’s our review of the best ecommerce platforms, if you’re interested in exploring. Most of the results you’ll find online are companies that claim to be dropshippers, but they’re nowhere near the quality and prices you get when working with genuine dropshippers.
Most dropshippers do most of their business with other companies like yours, which means they operate as business-to-business (B2B) companies, not business-to-consumer. Since dropshippers are usually large companies that handle many orders per day, they may have negotiated lower shipping rates than your small or medium-sized business can get. Once you have selected dropshipping suppliers and products, remember that the products themselves may not be the differentiating element of your business. And if you ever need to expand your selection to new items, many dropshippers have a wide variety of products to offer, from extremely specialised items to popular or classic vendors.
The cheapest and most readily available dropshippers are overseas, and merchants can find them easily with a quick Google search, the installation of an app or a look at aliexpress. That doesn’t mean they expect an order from a niche e-commerce shop to land on their doorstep in two days, but shipping from foreign dropshippers can sometimes take up to 6-8 weeks. In the past, many Volusion merchants have worked with dropshippers that have built-in “aggregation” tools, such as Doba and Kole Imports. You still invest a lot of time in finding the right dropshippers and building your website, so treat it as an investment and do careful research beforehand.
However, it is often best to keep a short list of trusted dropshippers, so that you can develop strong relationships and have open communication with your suppliers. Many of the most successful businesses use a hybrid model, manufacturing or shipping some products in-house and using dropshippers to fill in the gaps. For these companies, dropshippers are not the main profit drivers, but are an easy and affordable way to offer customers the “extras” they will appreciate.