Making the most out of online marketing, means that you should diversify your income efforts, whenever possible. Drop shipping is one of those opportunities, that like affiliate marketing allows you to make an online income, without every actually holding inventory.

As I mentioned in the intro, in drop shipping you never actually hold any inventory or products. Essentially you are the middle man/woman between the manufacturer/wholesaler and the consumer, directing the consumer toward wherever you are selling your products from, collect the money, and send the money in return to the wholesaler, who then packs and ships the products to the consumer directly, without you ever touching the product.



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Chezbrown Premium
Thanks for all this great information Claudia but sorry for the late reply. xx
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hueyc Premium
Claudia,
Thanks for your sharing on dropshipping. Your postings on this topic has been an superb educational journey for me.

I am actually now seriously thinking of setting up my ecommerce site for dropshipping.

But I have never set up such site before with so far I only have a simple site. I have read your posting on setting up a store on ebay.

(1) Where can I get detailed guidance on setting up an ecommerce site ?

(2) Additionally, I came across this just released drop shipping WP plugin http://emarthub.net/ which supposedly sell a WP plugin site with ability to source from Amazon, Aliexpress, Walmart and ebay for dropshipping.

Based on this sourcing model from these big 4, I was thinking how I would be making my profit as internet searchers also can buy directly. With my profit margin added on, I am asking myself how will they buy from me, being higher in cost from buying directly ?

Do you think the plugin will work ?

Thanking you in advance for sharing .

rgds,
Huey
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arturosiew Premium
Has anyone an example Drop Ship website I can look?
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NWTDennis Premium
I'm sure you meant ... a little bit less stressful (= more stress free) on page 5 :-). I wonder if there are many Wholesalers left in the eMerchant universe that haven't converted to FBA?

What doesn't Amazon offer either directly or through "wholesalers" that already has operating margins squeezed down so they can offer the best price (often the lowest)?

I think I read somewhere the other day that Amazon is almost as influential on the internet as Google ... or something like that.
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Lasting Premium
Hi Claudia - thank you for this!

I'm just starting my 2nd website and wanted to get into drop shipping this time. I'm all ready to pick a drop shipper and am having a hard time choosing.

However, that's not why I'm writing you today. I would like to know if you have any suggestions on what I should use to keep track of everything.

Is there a program I should purchase? What do you use to track sales / orders? Do you do it all through the site / shipper? What do you use to accept payments?

Hehe, yeah, I have a lot of questions!

Anything you can offer would be great!

Thanks,

-Steve
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vandine Premium
Where is more information available?
Something like a "start guide".
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ClaudiaHB Premium
that is what it was meant to be. I have written more extensively on drop shipping on my blog http://missfiercelyindependent.com/drop-shipping-tools-and-resources - this will lead you to the resource page, which includes all of the articles on the subject I have written so far. Hope that helps, blessings!
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vandine Premium
Great thanks!
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bryanshipley Premium
Excellent post, as always Claudia.
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JoshTate Premium
That was concise and informative thank you! I learned so much in such a short amount.
-Josh
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MSteelMojica Premium
So incredibly helpful...
Thanks!
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TW2016 Premium
This is an interesting article for newbie understanding what dropship is al about, thanks for the contribution. I was wondering if you could have a similar discussion on Amazon FBA, especially for those who are residing out of US and want to be part of the Amazon FBA, how do they get into the system. Thanks. Terry ;)
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ClaudiaHB Premium
absolutely - I will add that to my to-write list! Blessings, Terry
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TW2016 Premium
Thanks Claudia, Rejoice! Terry
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johnwnewman Premium
Thanks! Great training!
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DomW Premium
It's worth pointing out that if you are doing dropshipping via your own website, you'll need an SSL certificate, and at this point I don't think WA hosting offers this.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
that goes in effect September 2016, but there are ways to comply if you are using WooCommerce themes - which are free via Wealthy Affiliate.
I am adding two links so everyone can get more info:
http://arboxy.com/ecommerce/free-ssl-and-stripe-for-woocommerce/

https://wordpress.org/support/topic/does-paypal-standard-require-woocommerce-websites-to-use-ssl-certificates

I prefer Shopify for pure eCommerce sites anyway. Siterubix is perfect for standard websites, but it has its limitations.
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DomW Premium
Interesting. It's nothing about whether or not something goes into effect, it's just about security. Customers are giving you their cc details and their addresses and whatever other personal information is needed, so it's essential to have security from hackers. Hopefully this free version is a good enough measure.
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WilliamBH Premium
Great Training Claudia! Cheers, William.
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SadieChan Premium
Hi Claudia, Thanks for the training. Where do I find the Drop Shipping Products and how do I know the shipping and other handling costs before I can quote the price of the product to the customers?
Thanks Sadie.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
there are two ways to go about finding wholesalers - one, google wholesalers in your niche, the same way you would go about finding affiliate programs, and the second, less risky version, is go with a wholesale directory.
The individual website of the wholesalers will tell you what they charge in shipping - some have free shipping - stay away from those who use UPS, their shipping cost tends to be higher, and eats into your profit margin like crazy. The best (and resonable priced ) wholesale directory, I used, and my clients use is SaleHoo. It is only 67 dollars per year - and comes with a Market Research tool, that is worth the fee itselt. Hope that helped.
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Michael-55 Premium
Claudia, thank you for sharing your information. Enlightening us of profitable avenues makes you a valuable member of WA.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
well, thank you for reading!
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Michael-55 Premium
It is how we learn, reading others......., that have blazed a trail.
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Margherita Premium
Cool!
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HVella Premium
I will check it out thanks for the info.
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T1967 Premium
very informative :-))
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ecomtom Premium
Good info Claudia, thank you.
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lenead Premium
Thanks for sharing the helpful information about drop shipping with us Claudia!
Was wondering about how it works and now I know the basics.

Arlene
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ClaudiaHB Premium
glad you enjoyed the training - blessings!
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janmar Premium
I have book marked this for use a little later in my growth here at WA.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
awesome - thanks for reading!
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stevecox Premium
Thanks Claudia - There are several (more than 1 and less than a million) books out on this topic also as well as courses on Udemy. But not near as concise as your Lesson !



Thanks,

Steve
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ClaudiaHB Premium
wow, thanks Steve - I appreciate that complement!
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stevecox Premium
We tell it like it is here at WA (with love in our heart of course)
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ClaudiaHB Premium
thank you
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GiuliaB Premium
Finally, a clear and to the point explanation of drop shipping!! Thank you. Giulia :)
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ClaudiaHB Premium
thank you so much, Giulia - I appreciate you reading my training! More to come!
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Traveller75 Premium
Hi
Great lessons, I have done this a few years ago selling Egyptian cotton bedding and bathroom supplies and it worked quite well, No inventory is what I liked about it.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
I worked with Pagan products such as jewelry, candles, altar supplies, and art - loved it. Now I am just telling others how to do it. Blessings!
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ChrisScott Premium
Bookmarked girl. Thanks.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
thank you, Chris!
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suzzziq Premium
Thanks so much for the share, Claudia:). I never thought about drop shipping!
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ClaudiaHB Premium
it is absolutely a viable inexpensive option for passive income - blessings!
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suzzziq Premium
Thank you! Same to you:)
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