Friday, February 06, 2009

Solar Panel Dropshipper!!!

Wow, check this out. A guy up in Vermont offers to dropship solar panels and solar beehive ventilators.

His website is: . Talk about an interesting niche! Solar energy is definitely a huge topic of conversation at the moment. With the emergence of President Obama's energy plan, I would think people would be stopping at nothing to get their hands on solar panels.

Therefore, I would suggest you think about getting into this niche. In my opinion, this is one in which their is much demand for this type of product, but short supply. Breaking into this dropshipping products market may be tough at first, but, once you do, you could reap some huge rewards.

Dropshipman Out.....


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Drop Shipping Explained....How to Start your Drop Shipping business

What is Drop shipping??

Before you think about opening an online business, you have to understand what drop shipping is...

To understand Drop Shipping, we should first understand product distribution. People have been distributing products since before the first mastodon skinner traded a fur coat for a flint axe.

Here's how it works.

Let's say ABC Manufacturers makes a product called Mom's Ankle Wax. We'll say that Mom's Ankle Wax has been around for years. It's a very well known brand name product. It will without a doubt give you the shiniest ankles on your block, and everybody wants some.

ABC Manufacturers makes Mom's Ankle Wax, but they don't sell it directly to the public. They're a manufacturing operation. They're far too busy melting paraffin and waxing test ankles to go around building stores all over the place. They need distributors; companies who will take their product and distribute it to the places that will sell it.

For years, ABC Manufacturers has sold Mom's Ankle Wax to a company called XYZ Distributors. The founder of XYZ Distributors knew Mom herself, back in the old days when she made her Ankle Wax by hand, out in the turkey barn.

Today, XYZ Distributors buys Mom's Ankle Wax by the truckload. They pay $5.00 a case for it, which is a very good price. It's such a good price, it has it's own name: the Manufacturer's Wholesale Price.

However, XYZ Distributors does not sell it to the general public either. They are a distributor. They distribute Mom's Ankle Wax.

XYZ Distributors works with a chain of retail stores called Wax R Us. This place was founded by a retail business visionary who saw the incredible potential of Ankle Wax a long time ago. Today there are Wax R Us retail stores on every street corner in every major city in the country. Wax R Us buys truckloads of Mom's Ankle Wax from XYZ Distributors for $10.00 a case. So, XYZ Distributors makes $5.00 on every case of Mom's Ankle Wax they sell to Wax R Us retail stores. This makes XYZ Distributors very happy, because Wax R Us buys a LOT of cases.

Cases and cases of Mom's Ankle Wax arrive in the stockrooms of Wax R Us stores everywhere. The Wax R Us employees open those cases, and pull 12 cans of Mom's Ankle Wax out of each case. With their pricing guns, they stick a price of $4.50 on each and every can. Wax R Us stores make a total of $44.00 on each case of Mom's Ankle Wax. (12 cans x 4.50 per can = 54.00, minus the 10.00 they paid for the case = 44.00).

So, Wax R Us is even happier than XYZ Distributors.

However, the happiest people of all are the people who can stroll into Wax R Us and purchase a can of Mom's Ankle Wax for only $4.50. They think this is a great price, and they're walking around with the shiniest ankles in town.

Well, that's it basic product distribution. The manufacturer sells to the distributor, the distributor sells to the retailer, and the retailer sells to the end user (the consumer). The manufacturer, the distributor and the retailer all make money because the customer is willing to spend money for the product.

Drop Shipping has been around for a long time, too.

Above, we talked about the manufacturer-distributor-retailer relationship. When you use drop shipping to sell products on the Internet, (or anywhere else), YOU become the RETAILER in that relationship.

For our purposes, there are two kinds of retailer. There is the retailer who stocks products, and there is the stockless retailer. Drop Shipping means that you become a stockless retailer.

Retailers Who Stock Products
Let's imagine that you want to open a retail store on the Internet. You have to have products to sell, right? Let's also imagine that you like to suffer. Mental anguish is your favorite pastime. You aspire to financial ruin. In that case, you will want to stock products for your Internet retail store. To stock products for your store, you will have to rent warehouse space. You will have to have to pay for a shipping account with UPS or FedEx, unless you want to saddle up and trot down to the post office every day. Worst of all, you will have to pay for those products up front.

Yes, that's right. Money. Probably lots of it. For example, if you want to sell Mattel Toys, you can contact Mattel and they will be happy to set you up as a retailer. I know…I've talked to them. We had a nice conversation about setting up an account, placing orders, and all the other wonderful things businesspersons discuss with each other when beginning a relationship. Toward the end of our conversation, this nice woman said to me, in an offhand manner, "By the way, your minimum first order must be at least $100,000." That's One Hundred Thousand Dollars, folks. I nearly choked on my bagel. Needless to say, I do not stock Mattel products. Or anyone else's, for that matter.

Stocking products costs money, that's the bottom line. No matter what you sell, if you carry stock, you pay first, and then hope you sell later. If you don't sell the products you buy, there are going to be some very happy people at your next garage sale, and your bank will be sending you an amazing amount of undesirable mail.

There's a much better way.

Stockless Retailers (Drop Shipping)
It should be noted here, if only to keep the Punctuation Police happy, that if you use the method of drop shipping in your business, YOU are not the "drop shipper". The company(s) who ships the products to your customers for you is the drop shipper. YOU become a "Stockless Retailer".

Here's how drop shipping works.

1.) You open an Internet Store, with a shopping cart and the ability to accept credit cards.

2.) You find a distributor who is willing to drop ship the products you want to sell. The best place on the Internet for this is This is our website, and our Drop Ship Source Directory and Light Bulk Wholesale Directory are recognized as the best sources for legitimate Wholesale Suppliers on the Internet.

3.) You establish an account as a retailer with the distributor(s) you choose.

4.) You receive images and descriptions of the products you want to sell from the distributor, and post them on your Internet Store.

5.) A customer surfs into your Internet Store, and falls in love with a product that you have priced at, say, $80. They purchase the item with their credit card. Your Store charges their credit card $80 plus your shipping fee.

6.) You email the order to your distributor, along with the customer's name and address.

7.) The distributor sends the product directly to your customer, with YOUR Store's name on the package.

8.) The distributor charges you the wholesale price of, say, $48.00, plus shipping.

9.) Your customer gets a cool product from your store shipped to their door, and they tell all their friends about you, and you make even more money.

There you have it. You just made an $32.00 profit on ONE item. You didn't have to buy a whole bunch of the product and keep it in your warehouse, hoping you would sell it. You didn't have to pay to have it shipped to you, and then pay to ship it to your customer. All you did was send an email to your distributor.

Keep in mind that there are a LOT of people out there who want you to believe that they are drop ship distributors. You need to find REPUTABLE distribution companies. A good rule to go by: a real wholesale drop ship distributor does NOT charge you a setup fee for an account.

That's the drop shipping process in a nutshell.
Chris Malta

Worldwide Brands, Inc.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Issues with Dropshipping International and How to drop ship outside the United States

I get this question all the time from non-US citizens..."How do I dropship oversees or sell to US based customers while not being a US based business?" and this one "I'm really mad, some of the dropshippers in the drop ship directory I subscribed to won't dropship internationally..."

-Folks, there are ways of running a drop ship business while not being a US citizen. First, if you're a Canadien, German, Russian, Madagascarian, or whatever, why not setup a US based business or work with a partner who is US based? If you don't know anyone who is US based, then incorporate a new business in the United States and use an entity like "Mailboxes, Etc." as the address of your business. This way, you can market and sell products through your ecommerce website to US based customers.

-However, remember you're going to need a TaxID number and a US checking account to make this happen though. This is why you're going to need a US based address.

In terms of dropshipping from the US to other countries, I do this, but the shipping costs can be monstrous for bigger sized items, and I honestly don't get many sales this way so I don't put alot of effort into international marketing.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

DropshipMan's review on The Rich Jerk (

What an asshole, I can honestly say after ordering this guy's Ebook that he is a true jerk and some of his methods and just overall thinking in terms of making killer money online are just downright mean.

Downright mean..., he actually tells you that some of his methods may be unethical and all of them are legal and really, really accessible. Before I purchased his Ebook last night, I checked his Alexa rating: 3,143 . Wow, looks like a herd of cattle are rushing to this site but are they buying this book??

I then checked with Clickbank to see if people actually buy his informational book. It's friggin Number 1.

Refund Option, tons of buyers and website visitors, and tons of people promoting this thing.
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I bought it last night, and after thoroughly reading through this thing (while I should really be studying for my legal exams), I am literally blown away on how easy he seems to detail making millions on the Internet. The only thing I ever really thought was for real in terms of making money online was via dropshipping and using my favorite directory through Worldwide Brands, Inc. I've honestly made great money setting up online dropshipping businesses and that is definitely one thing I will always do. However, this Jerk has got me thinking.

I don't wanna say too much, and I don't think I can say alot about the content without getting sued, but I will say that the information on his Ebook is something that you've probably heard before. However, this thing is so concise it almost makes you think you're stupid for not putting all of these ideas together yourself. $49.99 is not a bad price and the day after reading the Ebook, I am already putting his Google and Traffic Strategies to work.

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DropshipMan (Joey)

Those Backorder Situations - My 1000.00 Dropship Sale

Yep, I recently made a 1000.00 dropship sale online, well not a full grand, more like $976.00 but let's just call it the grand backorder sale. I'm going to use this situation to give everyone an example of how to handle backorder situations in the drop ship business.

-I recently sold two big items in the alternative energy market, now I can't tell you what exactly because too many people will just read this post and automatically curtail my long research efforts in the past months and immediately start selling those exact products. So, I sold two of them, buyer sends me a $976 e-check via Paypal and says, "Wow, those are some good prices, please get me my %%%%%-%%%%%% as soon as possible."

Up to that point, I was giving her great customer service during the auction on Ebay, giving her information on her products, energy output readings, things of that nature. Well, as in dropship business goes, you then have to forward the order to your dropship supplier.

-My Dropship Supplier

(which I found off the incredible Drop Ship Directory created by Chris Malta and Worldwide Brands). , then tells me that he just ran out of that product 24 hours ago and then he tells me that he has NO IDEA when the next batch will come in. My product market on my certain webswite is in very, very high demand right now, and the inventory turnover ratio is ridiculous, so it's hard to measure sales vs. dropship supplier inventory on any given day.

So, what do I do?? Freak out?, get mad?, nope, if you want to succeed in dropshipping you have to learn that backorder situations occur, pretty frequently. So get over it. I then emailed my customer, explained the situation telling her that backorder situations were frequent in the alternative energy market and that her order could arrive anywhere between 2-12 weeks. (Big, Big window I know..). I told her that I would give her an update email every two weeks if she wished, but I could not guarantee a delivery date for her. Then, I gave her the option you ALWAYS have to give your customers in the dropship ecommerce business, A FULL REFUND NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Always offer this if you are delaying your customer's happiness in any way, but however, don't ever offer a freebie or gift portraying that the backorder is your fault, because it's not.

Conclusion: Backorders happen in the drop-ship business, explain your customer the situation, tell them the truth, the full truth. I had no idea when I could get her her product, and I told her so. Then tell her, I will update you every two weeks if you want to stay on the backorder list, or you can get a Full-Refund, always say you can get a full refund, but don't ever, ever offer something like free shipping, or discounts because of the backorder, because that' s not good business and will hurt you in the long run.

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