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Looking for a Dropship eBay Alternative?

 

amazon ebay dropship alternativeAre you tired of the exorbitant fees, seller unfriendly policies, totally dysfunctional search engine and all the rest of the current CEO’s “disruptive innovations” and looking for a dropship eBay alternative?


If so, take heart! There is life after eBay, as many sellers who have already jumped ship can testify.

True, eBay does still get a lot of traffic and according to some news tidbits you red; the site has pulled out of its slump and is growing. But, try telling that to sellers.

Well, we’ll rephrase that: try telling that to smallish sellers. The huge corporations eBay has wooed strenuously for the past several years are going great guns. They love eBay and why shouldn’t they? Most of them aren’t required to pay the outrageous fees imposed on smaller sellers.

So, if you happen to be one of those smaller sellers, there is a good possibility that you’re paying more and selling less.

A Dropship eBay Alternative


If you’re disenchanted with FeeBay and actively scouting around for a viable dropship eBay alternative, you do have some options:

Amazon: Amazon has about the same fee structure and seller policies as eBay, but their site actually works, which is a huge plus. Amazon’s search engine kicks booty and shoppers on the site are able to enter a word or phrase into the search box and---wonder of wonders if you’re used to eBay---find it!

The thing about search is that if someone can’t find your dropship listings when they search for products you are selling, it’s a lead pipe cinch you aren’t going to sell many.

eBay has worked arduously to pattern its business model after Amazon but for some reason, hasn’t been able to implement a search algorithm that does what it is supposed to do. This is a source of frustration for buyers and sellers alike. Buyers because they can’t find what they’re looking for and sellers because they can’t sell their stuff.

Advantage: Amazon

 

Amazon is the hands down winner over eBay in the search department, which will be enormously helpful to you in dropshipping sales.

Another benefit of Amazon as a dropship eBay alternative is the amount of global traffic. Any way you care to slice, dice, chop or cut it---more traffic means more potential customers which means more money in your pocket. This is a good thing. We like money.

According to an article from Compete Pulse:

“1 in 2 consumers who visit Amazon in a month conduct an onsite search and are exposed to a search results page according to new Compete research.  At first glance, you would expect the number to be higher. However, Amazon has done an increasingly effective job of bringing searchers directly to products or category landing pages based on keywords. There are also those consumers that are conducting external searches that direct them to a product.”
Source: Compete Pulse

See how important a working search function is on a website? This is, as noted above, definitely an area where Amazon has a clear advantage over eBay. During the past several years, if eBay manages to get a search engine that delivers reasonably relevant results at least some of the time; they immediately begin tweaking it again until it’s right back to its old dysfunctional self.

Some sellers claim that eBay’s motto is: “If it ain’t broke, break it.”

This certainly seems to be the case with their internal search engine.

Amazon is an excellent dropship eBay alternative!

Want to Dropship Fun Products? Try iPads & Accessories!

 
dropship fun products iPadsIf you want to break way from a humdrum, stodgy niche and dropship fun products, maybe you should take a look at iPads and accessories!

One thing is for sure, iPads are popular and sales are booming!

People all around the world are buying and enjoying iPads, so this should certainly qualify them as fun products. Of course, they are also terribly handy for business use, as well.

This means that you have a broad target market of potential customers if you decide to dropship fun products such as iPads and their accessories.

iPad Accessories


What are iPad accessories?

There are quite a few accessories available for iPads. That being said, the most widely used are these:

  • Cases
  • Docks
  • Ear Phones
  • Stands
  • Portfolios
  • Screen Protectors
  • Display Cases


Bear in mind that the above are only the most used, there are plenty of others you might want to offer in your online dropshipping store or in your eBay or Amazon listings.

Benefits of Accessories


There are some hefty benefits to offering iPad accessories if you are going to be dropshipping iPads. Think about it. If someone is buying an iPad, there is a very good possibility that this customer will also be in the market for a case, stand or other accessory---maybe several accessories.

So, this gives you, an eager beaver ecommerce entrepreneur, a golden opportunity to boost sales by such techniques as:

  • Bundling
  • Cross Selling
  • Up Selling

When you sell someone an iPad and then show them a bundle with desirable accessories at a lower cost than purchasing each item separately, you are likely to close the deal and end up with more sales and profits because you sold multiple items.

Yay!

Sales Stats for iPads


If you are wondering about how well dropship fun products such as iPads and iPad accessories would perform for you, you’ll probably be interested (and encouraged) by some of these sales stats and info from Apple and Techcrunch.com:

  • Last March, Apple announced sales of 3 million iPads in just 3 days.

  • Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said last year that the firm was forecasting as many as 66 million sales of the new device in 2012, up from the earlier prediction of 60 million.

  • Munster also forecast that Apple will ship 12 million iPads this quarter alone to reach 66 million by year-end. By 2015, that number will reach 176 million, he says.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook noted during the launch of the iPad that Apple sold more iPads in Q4 than any single manufacturer sold in Pcs.

  • Gartner Research showed that PC shipments were on track to grow just 4.4% in 2012 to 368 million units, as consumers would prioritize buying smartphones and tablets over desktops and laptops.

So…..we can safely assume that you will have a red hot niche if you decide to dropship fun products like iPads and their accessories!

Where to Sell iPads and Accessories


Where do you want to sell them?

You can dropship iPads and accessories on eBay. Amazon, Overstock, Bonanza, your own website or any number of other venues. Regardless of your marketplace, you can be sure of a steady flow of traffic and plenty of sales when you dropship fun products like these!

Are You Looking for a Dropship eBay Alternative? Try Amazon!

 
Amazon eBay dropship alternativeIf you are tired of the high fees and seller unfriendly policies and looking for a dropship eBay alternative---try Amazon!

If you are considering jumping ship at eBay, you aren’t alone. Many eBay drop shippers and plain old garden variety sellers are voting with their feet and leaving the site in search of greener pastures and friendlier skies.

So, if you’re fed up with eBay, what are the alternatives? Are there any viable alternatives to eBay for dropship sales?

Yes!

There are some alternatives to eBay if you simply do not wish to start your New Year off there. Amazon is a very attractive dropship eBay alternative. Let’s take a look at some of the features to be found for dropship sellers on Amazon:

Amazon---Amazon is HUGE. Absolutely humongous and still growing. In fact, Amazon has been eating eBay’s lunch for several years now. No surprise to seasoned eBay sellers, Amazon started leaving eBay in the dust shortly after the current CEO took the helm at the Bay with his disastrous “disruptive change” policy.

Now, if you want to leave eBay strictly for smaller fees, you’re out of luck at Amazon because the fee structure is about the same. That being said, there is more traffic than eBay and wonder of wonders---Amazon’s search engine actually works! This is a boon indeed to beleaguered eBay dropship sellers whose sales are down because shoppers are unable to find the products they have listed due to a woefully dysfunctional search feature.

Amazon has a ton of categories and will accommodate almost any dropship niche. As it will be much faster and easier to tell you which categories you can’t list under rather than the ones you can; here are some of the categories that are off limits on Amazon:

  • Alcohol
  • Gambling and Lottery
  • Animals
  • Human Parts
  • Burial Artifacts
  • Postage Meters and Stamps
  • Tobacco and Tobacco Related Products
  • Hazardous and Dangerous Items
  • Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
  • Currency, Coin, Cash Equivalents
  • And More

Actually, not many more. If you are in doubt as to whether or not your dropship product is on the restricted list, you can contact Amazon and make inquiries.

If you are listing less than 40 items per month, you pay $0.99 per sale plus other selling fees. For more than 40 listings per month, you move up to the Professional rank and pay $39.99 per month plus other selling fees.

To add items to Amazon, here are your options:

  • Use the Add a Product feature on Seller Central to create one product at a time
  • Use the Seller Desktop, which is a free, easy-to-use desktop application that can be used to manage and upload inventory one product at a time or in bulk.
  • Use inventory files to create multiple products simultaneously.

You can download a free guide to getting started selling on Amazon here.

You should be aware that customers may leave feedback on Amazon although it doesn’t seem to be the big deal it is on eBay. Amazon gives you a performance rating, same as eBay. In fact, eBay has attempted to pattern itself after Amazon without quite managing to do it well.

Here's a Great article that you need to read that will help you get started:                                                                                                 

Amazon is a great dropship eBay alternative, so check it out today!



Dropship News: The Shape of Things to Come for Ecommerce

 
dropship trends 20132012 has been a fairly tough year for retailers in traditional brick and mortar stores, but e-tail stores and ecommerce endeavors such as a home dropship business have experienced growth.

Ecommerce analysts have studied the situation and made certain predictions for success in online business in 2013. If you want your online dropship business to keep abreast of the pack, or better yet, pull ahead of your competitors, here are a few suggestions:

  • During the next year, you can reasonably expect to see more and more shoppers accessing the internet to browse and buy via mobile devices. It is therefore vitally important to the health of your ecommerce home business that you make sure your website is mobile friendly and accessible to devices such as iPhones and iPads. This is very much a case of you snooze, you lose; because road warrior shoppers will drop you like a hot potato and head for a site that is compatible with their mobiles if you don’t get with the program.

  • Back in the day, many people would take a friend along when they went shopping in order to get the benefit of a second opinion. Nowadays, though, instead of inviting a friend or two to tag along, people shopping online can take their entire social network along for lots of other opinions. Sites such as Pinterest have become real popular real quick and many people are “pinning’ favorites and making lists online that guide others within their spheres of influence to a buying decision. You should definitely make sure you are on board with this!

  • Social media marketing is huge. Make no mistake about it---it’s here for the duration. But, here’s the thing: in the coming year, you should be putting more emphasis on engagement with fans and followers and less on the number of fans and followers you accrue. Internet researchers all agree that in today’s society, shoppers want to interact, so give them what they want and engage with them (and their friends) to drive traffic to your dropship website and make sales. This works equally well if you sell on eBay or Amazon or another venue.

  • 2013 is expected to see a significant increase in video usage. Now that more internet users have faster speeds and dial up is basically a dinosaur for the majority of the online global population, videos slowing your site down is no longer a concern or problem. People generally react very well to videos, so be sure to use them wisely to boost dropship sales for your home business.

  • Not only is the way we shop online changing, but so is the way we pay for the things we buy online. Payment options will be more important than ever in 2013. Naturally, you will want to continue to accept all major credit cards, but you should also consider Google Checkout and if you don’t offer Paypal as a payment option---you’re losing sales! Paypal, by the way, is fully integrated with mobile devices.

Use these trend predictions tips to make sure you have a successful and profitable new year for your dropship business!

Work at Home: How to Dropship With Amazon

 
dropship with AmazonIf you want to work at home, how to dropship with Amazon should furnish you with some solid info and plenty of motivation to make it happen! 

First of all, you should know that Amazon is the giant marketplace….bigger than eBay and according to sellers who have used both venues, easier and slightly more seller friendly.

Learning how to dropship with Amazon isn’t rocket science, but there are some simple steps you must follow in order to get set up and start making money; and then to continue running a profitable enterprise.

What Can You Dropship With Amazon?


Some categories are copacetic and some are not allowed on Amazon, so if you have decided you want to dropship with Amazon, be sure to choose a product niche that is allowed.

Here are the categories that are open to all sellers on Amazon:

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Baby Products
  • Beauty
  • Books
  • Camera & Photo
  • Cell Phones & Accessories
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Everything Else
  • Grocery & Gourmet Food
  • Health & Personal Care
  • Home & Garden
  • Kindle Accessories
  • Music
  • Musical Instruments
  • Office Products
  • Personal Computers
  • Software
  • Sports and Outdoors
  • Tools & Home Improvement
  • Toys & Games
  • Video, DVD, & Blu-ray
  • Video Games

Some categories are okay provided you get approval from Amazon first.

Subscribers to Professional accounts may sell in these categories with permission:

  • Automotive Parts & Accessories
  • Clothing, Accessories & Luggage
  • Collectible Books
  • Entertainment Collectibles
  • Gift Cards
  • Industrial & Scientific
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes & Accessories
  • Sports Collectibles
  • Watches
  • Wine

If you don’t see it on either of the two lists above, just figure that you can’t sell it on Amazon and choose another product.

Amazon Seller Account Features


Here are the features included with a Professional Seller’s account:

  • Ability to create new products and add them to the Amazon Catalog

  • Fulfillment by Amazon enabled

  • Use of feeds, spreadsheets and other tools to load inventory

  • Access to order reports and order related feeds

  • Seller customized shipping rates (for products other than Books, CD and Vinyl, Video and DVD products)


  • Promotions, Gift Services, and other special listing features

  • Eligible for featured merchant status: this is necessary to win the Buy Box on product detail pages

This plan costs $39.99 monthly, plus other selling fees. An individual selling account only includes the first two features shown in the above list. However, you wouldn’t need the Fulfillment by Amazon, so basically you would just be getting the “Ability to create new products and add them to the Amazon Catalog.” This is sufficient for most home based dropship businesses.

There is no monthly fee for the individual selling account. You pay $0.99 per sale, plus other selling fees.

Uploading Your Products to Amazon


It’s fast and easy to upload your dropship products to Amazon. Here is the scoop on this aspect of selling on Amazon, straight from their website:

“There are several ways to add your products to Amazon.com.

  • Create one product at a time via Seller Central's Add a Product
  • Use the Listings Loader in Seller Central if you are listing many products that are already in the Amazon Catalog
  • Use Inventory File in Seller Central if you are listing many products that are not yet in the Amazon catalog (not available for Individual Sellers)
  • Work with the easy-to-use Amazon Seller Desktop application to list single or bulk products”

How About Payments?


You might be wondering how you get paid through Amazon and how long it takes. So, again we go directly to the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Here is the lowdown on payments per the Amazon website:

“Amazon settles your account between 7 and 21 days.

  • It usually takes about 3-5 business days for the funds to appear in your bank account
  • Make sure you have entered valid information in Seller Central for your U.S. bank checking account”
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So, there you have it! Dropship with Amazon, work from home and enjoy all of the perks and privileges that come with being your own boss!
 



What are the Amazon Webstore Advantages for Dropshipping?

 
Amazon webstore dropshippingIf you are contemplating starting a home business in ecommerce, you might be wondering: what is the Amazon webstore advantage for dropshipping?

For those who are complete newbies to the wonderful world of ecommerce and online sales with little or no practical computer experience and little time or knowledge to market their dropship products; this question is the equivalent of asking which would be better, easier and faster---riding a donkey from New York to California or driving a car?

While nobody can argue that even a clueless beginner can forge ahead and eventually start up and run a profitable online business, the fact is that all of that time and hard work isn’t necessary.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

If you want to get a lot of traffic right away, have built-in professional marketing and a turn key operation to open your webstore filled with dropship products….Amazon is the answer!

Amazon as a Marketplace

Let’s take a look at Amazon as a marketplace and see what it has to offer:

  • According to ComScore, surveys show that in the United States four out of five  smartphone owners are checking out retail sites on mobile devices. The total number of mobile retail visitors was 85.9 million. Amazon was the Number One retail destination with an audience of almost 50 million smartphone users. Amazon is the most used site for shoppers who are in stores and price checking or interested in seeing product reviews.

  • Based on findings by Quantcast.com, Amazon has over 80 million visitors each month from the United States alone!

Starting a Dropship Amazon Webstore

Amazon makes starting a dropship business almost ridiculously easy! No worries if you aren’t an ecommerce star or a computer guru, they take care of everything and basically all you have to do is list your products and collect the money as they sell.

Here is some info straight from the Amazon site about an Amazon webstore:

“Multiple sales channels allow you to generate even more online revenue, and the tight integration between Webstore and Amazon.com allows you to open up new sales channels with your existing Webstore catalog. Selling on Amazon allows you to:

  • Reach millions of consumers by listing your products on Amazon.com
  • List your products in over 25 categories from books and electronics to sports and toys
  • Offer features like the A to Z Guarantee, 1-Click, and association with a trusted brand to help customers choose to purchase from you

Online retailers can take advantage of Checkout by Amazon to make the shopping experience much easier for millions of potential customers. These consumers can use the shipping addresses and payment information in their Amazon.com accounts to make a purchase on your Webstore. The process is quick, convenient, and familiar, and your customers never have to leave your website.

  • Improve your conversion rate by enabling millions of Amazon customers to use the information they already have stored in their Amazon.com accounts
  • Amazon Webstore offers full fraud protection for any transaction that meets our payments protection policy so you can reduce the risks of bad debt and fraud-related chargebacks
  • Checkout by Amazon can be fully integrated into your existing checkout process so that it will remain consistent with your brand”

So there you have it. With an Amazon webstore, you don’t have to work and work to get some traffic to a new website because Amazon has millions of visitors every day.

Plus, since Amazon is the largest online marketplace, it has an international reputation that will help you make sales.

Check out this very informative article that will help you get started:                 

It’s easy to see the Amazon webstore advantages for dropshipping, so get started today and achieve the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of!


5 Timely Tips to Get Your Dropship Business Holiday Ready

 

How about 5 timely tips to get your dropship business holiday ready?

The holidays are getting closer and closer and along with them comes a massive surge in online shopping that is a boon to enterprising ecommerce entrepreneurs.

In fact, many retail and e-tail business count on the extra spending during the winter holiday season to help boost their annual bottom line if sales have been sluggish.

Let’s face it, the current global economy isn’t one to foster much besides slightly slow sales, so if you can play your dropship cards right this holiday season, it will greatly enhance your yearly revenue.

Without further ado, then, here are 5 timely tips to get your dropship business ready for the holidays:

1. If you sell on eBay, Amazon, your own website or any other online venue, try to use some virtual decorating with cheerful holiday colors and images that will help put shoppers in a festive, buying mood. Don’t use flash images, though, as those tend to be annoying, as well as distracting. You don’t want to distract your shoppers from shopping; you merely want to brighten things up with a holiday theme that will help remind them that Jolly Old Saint Nick is due to make his run very soon, so they need to get those gifts bought.

2. It’s time to start with holiday promotions. You can have shipping freebies or discounts, contests and giveaways, deals and steals---anything that will help drive traffic to your dropship products. Use email marketing, along with social media marketing and other types of advertising and marketing strategies.

3. Don’t forget Black Friday. This particular shopping day, along with Cyber Monday, is BIG. There will be a tremendous influx of internet shoppers on both these days so be sure to have great deals and promotions ready for them. These shopping days are perfect for loss leaders, so decide what you can use as a loss leader and get your dropship ducks in a row accordingly.

4. Make sure that your dropship products are accessible by a mobile device. The number of shoppers who are using mobile devices and apps to shop is rising at a phenomenal rate and if you snooze, you lose. If you doubt the veracity of this, check out this graph:

dropship business holidays

5. Check your website for errors, speed and efficiency. Internet shoppers are notoriously unforgiving about things like error messages and slow, clunky check out processes, so you need to be sure everything is up to speed and working correctly before you get hammered with all that extra traffic your good marketing and advertising techniques have gotten you. Recent research has shown that as little as 3 second page load times can cause 40% of online customers to abandon their shopping carts and leave your site, and 79% of shoppers who aren’t happy with the performance of a site are less likely to buy from that site again.  Ouch!

Here’s a few factoids that might motivate you to put the above tips to good use:

  • According to the National Retail Federation, online sales are predicted to increase by 12% compared to last year.

  • That growth rate could boost internet holiday sales to as much as $96 billion.

  • Online retailers are guess-timated to accrue almost one-third of their business in the fourth quarter, driven mostly by holiday sales.

Get your dropship business holiday ready and scoop up all those tasty sales and profits!


Dropship eBay Alternatives: Do They Exist?

 
dropship eBay alternativesIf you are disgusted with FeeBay and its constant “disruptive innovation” along with the frequent increases in fees; you might be wondering if there are any feasible dropship eBay alternatives.

While nobody can deny that eBay is still one of the giants among online marketplaces, the grim truth is that it is not growing at the same rate as Amazon.

Why not?

Probably because the current CEO took a popular, thriving auction marketplace and changed it to the point that it’s almost unrecognizable. Now, many have speculated exactly what purpose the CEO thought that all this “disruptive innovation” would serve and the only theory that seems viable is that he simply wanted to be seen to do something to earn his probably ridiculously inflated pay.

If what he did in the process was to basically dismantle the old, working eBay and replace it with a new, non-working eBay….oh well.

The crippling fees and ludicrous seller unfriendly policies have driven many good sellers from eBay.

But, have those sellers found decent alternatives?

Dropship eBay Alternatives: Amazon

It depends a lot on the niche. For example, if you are a dropshipper, you can certainly find another good marketplace such as Amazon. Someone submitted a comment to a recent article here on the Drop Ship Access blog recently about Amazon and dropshipping.

Their comment was that dropshipping is not allowed on Amazon. People, this is not true. Don’t know where the poster came by their information but it is incorrect.

You most certainly use the dropshipping business model on Amazon. What you can’t do is dropship and use Amazon Prime.

Big difference.

So, it’s safe to say that Amazon is, indeed, a great eBay alternative. Their rules for sellers are stringent, too, but their site isn’t constantly under renovation with the result that it’s a case of one long, ongoing glitch after another.

Other Dropship eBay Alternatives

There are other dropship eBay alternatives. Bonanza, for instance, has no problem with dropshipping. Bonanza started out as Bonanzle and then was able to snag the Bonanza website name, which was better and makes more sense. Besides, it’s easier to remember.

Bonanza is big and continues to grow. The set-up is different than eBay in that you have booths for your merchandise instead of listing each item separately.

But, here’s the thing about Bonanza. Recently, they announced that sellers who want to pay higher fees can get Bonanza’s assistance with Google and eBay as far as selling items.

Honestly, it seems really murky as to how this works. Apparently, you pay Bonanza a higher fee to list your eBay listings in a 30 day Fixed Priced format. Then, you would owe both the eBay fees plus the extra fees to Bonanza.

This doesn’t seem like a good idea, does it?

If you’re going to list on eBay, why go through Bonanza and have a double dip situation going on in which you pay more money because you’re using both eBay and Bonanza?

Along with this change is that Bonanza is paying Google Shopping for Pay Per Clicks for its members. Here is what it says about this deal in the FAQs:

“"This is indeed the major difference between Bonanza and every other advertising platform that we know of.  We have built systems that understand the selling potential of a given item, so we can have our software automatically adjust the cost per click such that the risk is sufficiently low for Bonanza.  That said, there will be many times where we pay for clicks to your items, your items don't sell, and we lose money.  We accept that as a cost of doing business to help us reach our "big hairy audacious goal" (see above).

Those potential losses are justified to us, because we don't think that you want to learn how to calculate the optimal CPC cost for your items, so we're doing away with the complicated stuff and focusing on what matters to you - what percentage of your profits are going to be spent on getting this item sold?"

It occurs to one that these changes indicate a knowledge that Bonanza, by itself, isn’t working.

So, you might want to think twice about putting your dropship eggs in Bonanza’s basket.

You can’t dropship on Etsy as no new items are allowed, plus they just flat don’t allow dropshipping. Ruby Lane is good for vintage collectibles and antiques, but it’s unlikely you will find a wholesale dropship source for these types of items, so you can scratch them off your dropship eBay alternatives list.

There are other sites that you might consider dropship eBay alternatives, or you can simply start your own website!

So, if you’re fed up with jumping through eBay’s hoops---go for it today!

3 Tips to Increase Traffic to Your Ecommerce Dropship Store

 
increase traffic dropship store
With the holidays right around the corner, you might appreciate a few tips to increase traffic to your ecommerce dropship store.

First of all, let’s clarify “store.”

You may be dropshipping on eBay, Amazon, Bonanza, Overstock or another similar venue and not actually have a web store, per se. However, for the purposes of this article, we’ll simply refer to your dropship products---wherever they may be listed---as your store.

Holidays bring a huge influx of shoppers to the World Wide Web!

In fact, more and more people are choosing to shop online due to the ease and convenience. Really, can we blame them? Just look at the benefits of shopping online:

  • No elbowing your way through a milling crowd in a brick and mortar store. If you doubt that this is a big plus, cast your mind back to that poor Walmart employee who was literally trampled to death by a herd of shoppers a couple of years ago.

  • No burning up fuel driving from store to store and mall to mall. With prices at the pump high enough to cause most of us a mild case of sticker shock; this is a considerable benefit.

  • No wasting time going from store to store when you can shop online and let your fingers do the walking. Unless you have a mighty slow internet connection, no way will you be able to get from Point A to Point B as fast as you can hop from site to site online.

  • Better prices, more promotions. Although this is not always the case, you can usually find lower prices and better deals online than in brick and mortar stores. Why? Simply because it costs a small fortune to maintain a brick and mortar store what with utilities, the building itself, insurance, displays, storage, employees, etc. Somebody has to pay for all these things and guess who it is? That’s right---you.

There are other advantages, of course, but you get the idea. More folks are shopping online and this trend is a boon for an ecommerce entrepreneur!

Now, let’s look at 3 ways you can divert some of that massive stream of holiday traffic to your own dropship store during the winter holidays:

1. Work out some great promotions, tasty enough to attract shoppers. You might use loss leaders, which means offering a product at a very low price for the sole purpose of using it as bait to catch bigger fish when shoppers come to your store. You can certainly have some free shipping deals. Ditto for coupon codes.

2. Market those promotions! Get the word out. Use social media marketing and post all of your promotions on your Facebook page, tweet them, etc. Definitely have a fantastic email marketing campaign for the holidays and pump up your efforts to solicit referrals, as well as people to sign up on your opt-in email subscription list. Having killer promotions won’t do any good if nobody knows about them.

3. Beef up your SEO and keywords. True, Google has made some changes with its Panda and Penguin updates. But SEO is still what it’s all about as far as getting traffic to your dropship store, so don’t fall down on using your keywords to best advantage. This will help you get picked up by the search engine spiders and the result is a higher placement in the SERPs , or Search Engine Result Pages.

These tips will help you get your fair share of the very rich holiday shopping pie if you use them correctly, so get started now to increase traffic to your dropship store!

Want to Dropship? Sell Now, Buy Later!

 
dropship sell now buy later
If you are dreaming of saying Adios to a job you detest more with each passing day in favor of working from home in an ecommerce endeavor, you might want to dropship---sell now, pay later!

Working from home is something that doesn’t have much against it and a whole lot going for it. If you have the following attributes, you can be a successful ecommerce entrepreneur with a profitable home business:

  • You’re a self starter who doesn’t need someone cracking the proverbial whip over your head to work.

  • You’re able to draw up a feasible business plan and then stick to it.

  • You can manage your time wisely and not succumb to the temptation to dawdle, take ridiculously long breaks and lunch hours or get snarled up on the phone socializing when you should be working….or any one of the 1,001 other things that are waiting to trip you up if you aren’t careful.

  • You aren’t afraid to take a leap of faith and understand that in order to get something different out of life, you must do something different with your life.

  • You can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving ahead even if you stumble and fall a few times.

  • You aren’t a spendthrift who wastes large amounts of money on unnecessary objects such as Herman Miller office furniture and gold plated letter openers. This is not to disparage Herman Miller office furniture, but really---a simple chair will run you around 3 grand or more. If you have that kind of money starting up a small home business, you probably don’t even need to work.

These are the main things, the biggies. Of course, there are other traits and work habits that will stand you in good stead when you start a home business in dropshipping.

Now, you may be wondering how on earth you can dropship; sell now, buy later.

It’s easy!

Simply find a reputable wholesale product source with a great selection of high quality, preferably brand name products and choose the ones you want to dropship.

Decide which venue or marketplace you want to use, such as eBay or Amazon. Alternatively, you might choose to start your own website or use ProStores.

Once you’ve settled on a venue, list your dropship products and you’re in business; ready to sell now, buy later.

This is show it works:

You list your dropship products and when you make a sale, you notify your product source. You also supply your dropship supplier with the name and shipping info for your customer.

You have already collected the payment for the widget from your buyer, so now you pay your wholesale dropship product supplier.

So, what has happened?

You sold first and actually bought the product second. Sell now. Buy later.

Could it get any easier or more economical to start your own home business? Don’t think so!

This is a beautiful set-up because not only are you not out a king’s ransom buying inventory to sell, but you also don’t have to spend money on storage space to house that inventory, hassle with loading, unloading and warehousing it, or even packaging and shipping.

Your dropship product supplier does all of that!

So, if you want to drop out of the Rat Race and let the rats win, you can earn a great living from the comfort of your own home. Dropship: sell now, buy later!

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