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Understanding Wholesale Drop Shippers

I am often asked, why would a wholesaler drop ship instead of just selling directly to the public. This is an excellent question and understanding the answer is key to understanding the whole drop shipping business.

What do Wholesalers Do?

Wholesalers purchase products from manufacturers with the goal of selling large quantities to retailers. Many wholesalers will only sell items in large quantities – we are talking entire truckloads for some items. These wholesalers prefer to make their money in large lump sums, usually on a few big accounts.

However, this model leaves money on the table. There are many online and small retailers that cannot afford to purchase huge quantities of merchandise in one lump sum. This is where drop shipping comes in. With drop shipping, when a customer makes a purchase from a retailer (either online or in a store), the retailer sends the shipping information on to the wholesaler. The wholesaler then ships the order (which may contain as little as one item) directly to the customer. The wholesaler usually ships with a generic return address and either no insert or the retailers insert. Basically, with drop shipping it looks like the retailer shipped the item.

Why do Wholesalers Drop Ship?

So, why would a wholesaler go to the trouble of drop shipping? Well, some (maybe even most) wholesalers do not drop ship. They are setup to handle large orders and do not want to deal with small one’s. There are, however, many advantages for the wholesaler that decides to drop ship. First, it means increased business. Second, it provides a competitive advantage. Many online retailers prefer drop shipping and will only use wholesalers that provide it.

Why don’t the drop ship wholesalers just market directly to the consumer and keep all the profits for themselves? In theory, there is not reason why a drop shipper can’t do this. However, wholesalers do not really understand the retail market. They do not know how to market directly to consumers and they do not want to handle customer inquiries and support.

If you are looking for a drop ship wholesaler, but cannot find one for the products you want to sell, it is worth approaching a traditional wholesaler about a drop shipping arrangement. You might get lucky and find a wholesaler that was already considering drop shipping or you might be able to strike a mutually beneficial arrangement.

3 Key Secret Components For Wholesale Profit Success

Everyday it is getting more attractive to start selling wholesale items online and offline because of the profit potential many products carry. Now a days if you plan to make a part-time income or make a full-time living by selling wholesale items, you need to know three basic components that almost every seller online and offline do not use to their advantage.

In order to have success within the wholesale business you need to follow the three steps key components 98% average Joe marketer does not apply and fails to recognize as vital important factors for company short-term and long-term success as competition is getting heavier every day, such key steps are:

Key Component Number 1: Research. Product and market research both online and offline is a must for the initial start-up success of a potential profitable wholesale business.

You need to discover what wholesale items are profitable, which items are viable and saturated, item acceptance-nationally or worldwide, market population, item conversion rate, return on investment and competition research to name a few.

Know how to make this research before deciding to sell a product and more importantly, a wholesale item. Since when we sell wholesale, profits are less since we sell to merchants, retailers or clients and therefore need more research time to enjoy possible future profits.

Key Component Number 2: Test. Most successful businesses test their product and system before even starting to sell the main item both online or offline.

One of the tools you can use for your immediate advantage is the use of surveys. By using and completing a survey to a potential customer, you obtain valuable rapport on customer likes and dislikes about your idea, product or business concept. Use this free survey resource to your advantage before selling for immediate feedback.

Key Component Number 3: Take Action. Start offering the wholesale item for a fee and gather final conclusions if your item will or will not sell. By doing the proper research, testing and getting into an action process mode, you will win or lose money. No matter what happens in your sales experience with your new item, you earn profits or you gain considerable knowledge and experience.

Very importantly, you must take action with your new idea or recurring wholesale business venture as doing so will increase your experience and potential profit success within your niche and industry.

Arranging Furniture Storage

Sometimes, there isn’t enough room for all of your belongings ñ and arranging storage, on top of moving can be a blessing in disguise ñ or a nightmare.  So you need another, convenient, cheap option for your furniture.

Storage companies are basically large warehouses or lockups that you can rent ñ and range in size from a box room to an area large enough to store a complete house.

Storage is great if you’re needing to move out of one house before your other hoese is ready ñ or when you’ve sold your old house but haven’t finished arranging the new one.  It saves the you having to work out what to do with your things.

It’s also a good idea when you have too much furniture for your new house, and no where to store it yourself ñ and while garages and basements are great for short term storage, they aren’t protected, in some cases against the elements, nor, possibly insured against accidents, such as fires or flood.  Garages and basements also, while accessible, may also need to be used for other things.

It is possible for your belongings to be damaged in storage, but highly unlikely ñ you’ll be given a list of belongings that you’re checking in ñ and you should check at that time that everything is secure, sealed and stacked or placed well.

If you’re moving long distance, its always good to research, throughly, by phone and if possible, in person, how much access you’ll have to your furniture, and belongings, and what sort of notice you need to give ñ you’ll also need to work out what is going into storage and how much space you’ll need for it all.

If you’re unsure of storage companies, and you’re using a removal company ñ ask them ñ they may have a group of storage companies they deal with, and offer you a better premium than you may otherwise get.  It also means that you’ve got less research to deal with.