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Congratulations on getting started on your dropshipping journey! Get excited for lower overhead costs, fewer operational headaches, and more time for marketing and sales. But first: How to select a dropshipping supplier?
After all, suppliers can make or break your dropshipping business — the last thing you want is for shoppers to wait months for a package to arrive, only to feel disappointed by a low-quality or damaged product.
Here are all the steps, tips, and resources you need to find that perfect dropshipping partner.
Before you get started with your dropshipping Shopify store, it’s crucial to understand how dropshipping vendors and wholesalers differ from each other:
To find a dropshipping supplier that can fulfill your vision and needs, you can use the following platforms and Shopify apps to help you out. The best part? Many integrate directly with Shopify so that the products you choose are automatically imported into your store catalog. Easy peasy!
Choosing between thousands of suppliers all offering similar products is no easy feat. Ask these questions to help narrow down your needs:
Now that you found “the one,” or maybe even a couple of potential dropshipping suppliers, then what? Similar to any partnership, it’s time to build that connection — at the end of the day, you want to work with someone you can trust.
In your initial conversations, consider these questions:
As an ecommerce entrepreneur, you’re probably also an avid online shopper who has experienced purchasing products that look wildly different from how they were advertised. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to your dropshipped items, take time to order samples from your supplier — this will provide valuable insight into your customers’ potential experience. You’ll want to review:
If everything looks good, that’s fantastic — you’re ready to commit! And don’t forget: You don’t have to limit yourself to just one supplier. As you grow, feel free to stock your store with multiple suppliers, especially if they all offer a variety of items to round out your product catalog.
With these tips in hand, you’re ready to launch your dropshipping business. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, don’t worry: With so many available options, finding the perfect dropshipping supplier can take time.
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Originally published on September 17th, 2021, last updated on June 16th, 2022.