February 15th, 2007
When I started this website I was sure that drop shipping is a very viable option to make money online and that this trend would grow with time. I do not state that drop shipping is dead as a model of online business, but it definitely does not become more popular two years after I commenced dropsiparea.com
Directory of dropshippers is a good place to start for those who would like to make baby steps with dropshipping. But one needs exclusive deals with merchants to make good living with it.
Otherwise you have the lists of merchants available to thousand other online entrepreneurs who try to get some coin. How can you beat your competition in this case? Reduce price and make your slim margin slimmer? Price wars are certainly not the way to develop your business if you are about to last.
I also intended to start drop ship forums to discuss issues of drop shipping – handling orders, dealing with customers, discussing various merchants, but at the time I tried to launch them they were not popular and I modified the forums into a sort of linking forum (that is not popular either). I have recently read a forum thread at searchenginewatch.com where some online business gurus shared their lists of the toughest industries to do online business for individuals – affiliate marketing and SEO were on the list.
So, I closed drop ship forums and do not try hard to promote the forums the way they are now.
My attempt to find other popular drop ship forums (my perception was that I did something wrong probably and there should be better resources out there) was not successful.
Summary: There is much discussion of drop ship business model, it attracts thousand of people as it sounds so easy – no products to buy, no products to store, no funds to invest, no risks to run. People buy this and start searching for drop ship suppliers and drop ship forums hoping to discover real (opposed to fake those merchants that just buy some stock fro other merchants, add their margin and promote their services as if thy true dropship product suppliers) dropshippers.
Yes, there are some good dropship wholesale suppliers available and worth your time:
Recommended drop ship lists:
But I think it is for starters. Once you et some experience you should focus on searching merchants to arrange an exclusive agreement, to become their ONLY dropshipper.
[tags]drop ship forums, dropshipping, drop ship, wholesale, internet marketing, affiliate marketing[/tags]