Do not know how to develop and promote websites or how to set up relations with drop shippers or are short of the time to do all these boring tasks? Probably a fully functioning drop ship site is a good solution for you, but be prepared to invest a certain amount of cash – a good drop ship site is not available for free.
Have a look at this dropship website sale (it is currently available from sitepoint.com):
$12,617-$30k/month Established/7500 PAID customers/REV PROOF HERE!
Age of site (months): 26
Monthly revenue: 12,617.00
Sample revenues from 2005 (exacts gross)
Dec 2005 19,065.25
Nov 2005 16,773.40
Oct 2005 15,524.41
Sep 2005 12,488.74
Aug 2005 13,685.63
Jul 2005 9,214.70
Jun 2005 8,798.88
Advertising is Overture, see above posts.
Shipping $1731.00 avg month. (customer pays – we make $1-3/order)
Telephone is $93.25 mo. avg. (vonage)
Credit card fees (merchant related fees) $640 per mo. avg.
Monthly page views: 100,000
Per Alexa: 3 mos. avg traffic rank 2,104,298
1 week avg traffic rank 748,684
Per Alexa: Pageviews for Feb 3.8 million
Huge selection of cross stitch, crochet, knitting, quilting, latchhook, scrapbook and puzzle products. A huge craft store! This site does not carry an inventory, orders are fulfilled when they are placed. It is a wonderful business, the busiest months are the fall, but year round the site averages $12,000 a month. With the right skill, this site could easily produce 4-6 times this, needs more exposure, promotion, better webskin, etc.
We have over 7500 registered PAYING unique customers and many are on the mailing list (opt-in). There is a new affiliate program in place with 10+ affiliates. This needs promotion, I am not to proficient with affiliate programs, business would increase with this built up, craft customers are a trusting lot. Includes domain name, customer list, oscommerce cart with over 80 mods (a very powerful shopping cart), affiliates that are signed up, great repuation etc. This is a wonderful income opportunity, GOOGLE RANKED 4. No inventory necessary, you can get the merchandise locally via distributor or through the vendors themselves.
Price (or starting bid): $35,000
I spend 3-5 hours a day running this site, pulling orders, shipping product and answering emails. There is a drop-ship program available for this product, where the supplier would ship direct to customer, the cost is about $1 an order and a small percentage of each item sold, worth it if you do not want to ship products. They ship the same day order placed.
The products for this site come from a single supplier so the shipping is consolidated to one location. This is nice and makes billing/shipping much easier. We have an outstanding relationship with our primary vendor. We have Net15 day terms and credit limits of upwards of $10-$15,000 per month. This account and reputation should transfer easily with this site sale.
This is a a large customer base, we ship worldwide and in 2+ years only had two or three chargebacks!! Reason:post office delivery error. This chargeback rate is extremely low, unheard of by most industries. In 7500+ transactions, not a single chargeback due to fraud.
Summary: the website is good and established, but the risks, from my point of view, are high for those who are new to the game. You need certain background and experience how to run and promote websites, how to run your own business, how to sell online. It may sound easy – just pay and start making money with your new toy. But in fact it is hard work that requires much learning and effort. Better wait for a cheaper dropship website for sale.
[tags]drop ship, drop ship, home based business, work from home, online store, e-commerce[/tags]