How to Find a Good Drop-Shipper
If you are interested in selling products on eBay through a drop-shipper, you need to do your research. Some of them are good, solid companies with legitimate backgrounds, but others are just trying to get your money.
Consider the following when you’re choosing drop-shippers to work with:
Skepticism is healthy. When you come across Web sites that proclaim that they can drop-ship thousands of different products for you, think twice. Thousands? There aren’t many stores that carry thousands of items — if they do, they have vast square footage for storage and hundreds of thousands of dollars to invest in merchandise. A much smaller offering of merchandise may indicate that the drop-shipper has the merchandise ready to ship and isn’t relying on ordering it from someone for you.
Look out for long lines of distribution. Drop-shippers are often middlemen who broker merchandise from several sources — for example, from other middlemen who buy from brokers (who in turn buy from manufacturers). The line of distribution can get even longer — which means that a slew of people are making a profit from your item before you even buy it “wholesale.” If even one other eBay reseller gets the product directly from the distributor or (heaven forbid) the manufacturer, that competitor can easily beat your target selling price. Verify with the drop-shipper that they stock the merchandise they sell.
Check the demand for, and quality of, the merchandise. See whether a zillion sellers are selling the same merchandise on eBay — and not getting any bites. If you find a solid source and believe in the product, order a quantity and have it shipped to your door.