July 9, 2019 - by
It isn’t easy to find the right dropshipping suppliers when it comes to starting out a store, especially for newbie dropshippers. This is one of the major reasons why most of dropshipping businesses fail.
So, is there any way to choose the best suppliers? Of course, YES!
This article will walk you through two effective methods to identify the right dropshipping suppliers for your store. There is NO shortcut to perform this task. You need to spend enough time doing research and take everything into consideration.
Note: The words “suppliers” and “wholesalers” are used interchangeably. For the sake of this blog, they have the same meaning.
The following is the criteria you can use to search for a great dropshipping supplier. Pay much attention to them to make sure your chosen supplier strongly fits your business.
Basically, an ideal dropshipping supplier should offer:
In the remaining parts of this blog, we’ll cover the two most common approaches for finding a dropshipping supplier. They are:
Now is the time to dive in each of these techniques.
There are a lot of dropshipping platforms that you can use to find your ideal supplier. Some of them are AliExpress, Alibaba, Amazon, and Walmart. You’re free to choose any platform you want to work with.
Let’s say your choice is AliExpress. Then, take the next steps to find out which suppliers best suit you.
Go to AliExpress and type your chosen product into the Search box. Tick the “4 stars & Up” box to show high-quality items.
Besides, if you sort the results by orders, you’ll see the most frequently bought items at the top of the product list. Take a look at the screenshot below.
By doing so, you won’t waste your time on poor quality items. Instead, you’ll only focus on worthy offers that have already been purchased and approved by other buyers.
It’s highly recommended that you go with AliExpress suppliers who gain more than 97% positive feedback. This ensures that your chosen wholesaler has built customer trust and credibility.
Click a product to access its page on AliExpress. Then, hover the mouse over store name to view the stats on this seller’s activity.
As you can see, this supplier has 98.5% positive feedback, which is above the 95% range. Added to that, all three seller ratings are green, meaning the customers are mostly satisfied with the product they bought.
Tip: It’s a good sign if the seller has a top brand badge. This indicates that they provide the highest quality products, deliver the best customer service, and earn a good reputation.
This step will tell you what is good and bad in the seller’s activity. Within the selected seller’s store, pick 8 – 10 items that have the highest number of orders. Then, go to their product pages > Feedback tab, and read customer reviews carefully.
Take notice of the reviews that include pictures. They’re useful to evaluate the quality of the product and clarify whether the customers’ claims are fair.
Some people complain about small details that aren’t really relevant. But oftentimes, many customers point out the same problems they had during the buying process. That’s exactly the thing you need to zero in on.
On the product page, look at the shipping section to see whether the seller can ship your order to the country you want.
Click the tiny arrow to change the country of delivery and explore supported shipping methods.
Here are some things you need to bear in mind:
With most sellers, the on-time delivery is set on 60 days, but in some cases, this duration can be shorter.
If the item isn’t shipped to your customers within 60 days, and you can’t reach an agreement with your supplier, you can open a dispute.
Send a message to your potential supplier to check how active they are. For example, you can ask:
Also, remember to order the same product from 3 – 5 different suppliers and then make a comparison. You can compare their answers to your questions, time for response, and the product quality to choose the best supplier.
Another good tip is you can take a product and order its different sizes/colors. This way, you can check if the quality is the same for all items.
Using wholesaler directories, working with search engines, or following dropshipping blogs is also a good way to look for suppliers.
In a word, a supplier directory contains profiles for hundreds or thousands of dropshipping suppliers categorized by industry, niche, or product. For-profit companies manage these databases, and you have to pay a fee for access to them.
Supplier directories are handy to quickly find and/or browse many suppliers in one place. They’re of use when you want to brainstorm dropshipping product niche ideas to enter as well. Whether your niche is furniture or gear, you can search for it in those directories.
There are many different supplier directories, such as:
It’s common to use search engines to find high-quality dropshipping suppliers. You can enter “[product type name] suppliers [location]” to the search box. For example, if you want to find clothing dropshipping suppliers in China, type “phone case dropshipping suppliers China”.
Keep these in mind:
In addition, remember to use targeted keywords to find suppliers that are directly connected with your product idea. For example, try “clothing dropshipping supplier” or “yoga mat dropshipping supplier”.
When finding a dropshipping supplier, you shouldn’t ignore dropshipping blogs. They provide you not only with useful information about the market, trending products, tips and tricks but also with top and emerging dropshipping suppliers. Follow them, and you’ll find out many good suppliers you can’t find anywhere else.
Apart from these ways, you can attend a trade show to connect with manufacturers and sellers in a given niche. It’s a great way to build relationships with suppliers and discover their products all in one spot. However, this only works well if you’ve already selected your niche and/or product.
Suppliers are your business partners. They can make or break your dropshipping business, so you should pick them carefully.
Try to use the methods above to choose the right dropshipping supplier you want. Also, let us know if you take any other step by commenting below.
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