August 10th, 2009
Assuming you have done a proper research for a product that you would like to give a try to dropship pet apparel. Some samples of product research are available here (they are sort of starting points and in no way recommendations to dropship those product categories):
So, you have defined a product category to dropship – pet apparel. Next step in your e-commerce business plan is likely to be setting up relations with pet apparel dropshippers. This is an important step.
Your options include contacting local dealers, doing your independent internet research, applying to verified dropship sourcing providers. Let’s consider each option.
Contacting local dealers – this option greatly depends on your location. Not every place has a number of pet apparel wholesalers that you can reach out… And not every local pet apparel wholesaler is familiar with dropshipping business model. Though most wholesalers will easily get the idea most will decline your offer – they would need to make change to their business processes and paperwork and your volume of sale (from their point) would not compensate their efforts.
Your own online research of available pet apparel dropshippers – the idea is simple. You go to your favorite search engine and type ‘pet apparel dropshippers’. Your first impression – wow, thousands of pet apparel dropshipper listings to choose from. Once you browse through 20-30 listings you are less enthusiastic – many unrelated information, many listings of some poor quality products offered by some unknown companies… It does not mean that all hose thousands of listings are complete garbage – there are real dropshippers, but the question is how to define and verify those real dropshippers – reliable, with competitive prices and good reputation.
Applying to verified dropship sourcing providers – probably the easiest way to start your pet apparel dropship business. Those product sources are familiar with dropshipping and ready to fulfill your orders on the one hand; on the other hand those companies were verified by some third party and you can be confident that it is not some sort of scam Where do you find those listings of verified pet apparel dropshippers? You can see a few selected lists compared here