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Making Money The Ultimate Guide To Dropshipping With Shopify (Updated)
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RE: The Ultimate Guide To Dropshipping With Shopify (Updated)
I have a question! What about customs in the US and Canada? How do these chinese items go thro and how does paying customs work?
10-03-2017 10:40 PM
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RE: The Ultimate Guide To Dropshipping With Shopify (Updated)
(09-27-2017 02:38 PM)jamaicabound Wrote:  Guys, if you're going to do this treat it like a real business and not a half ass hustle. I'm not saying dropshipping in itself is a terrible idea but IMHO it's critical you have a relationship with your supplier. You don't just want to be some clown ordering stuff from Walmart or Ali Express it will end badly, your not building a business your acting as a middle man, you have no brand, you have no control over pricing or inventory, etc.

You would be better off contacting a company who makes a product you like and asking if you can be a dropshipper or distribute it, work out a commission rate or discounted price you can buy for, you'll get much further doing this than doing Ali Express.

First off most Ali stuff people are going to buy on eBay or Amazon, not go to a specialty site for. Secondly the shipping times are long and not that I really care about this but technically speaking your violating importing laws because these items aren't for personal consumption or use your doing a commercial endevour but again not acting like moral police so do what you want but I'm saying this isn't really effective anymore.

Tail Lopez is now making videos about this stuff. Alex Becker who in the past was a software developer is now making videos about dropshipping wolf mugs and unicorn socks even though in the past he was a multimillion dollar software entrepreneur who was above this stuff. That tells me that this is completely saturated and dead.

The whole just pay shipping gimmicks are dead, fb ads to stupid products are dead. Again, not saying not to dropship but actually contact a real company making a non shit product, form a relationship and do it the right way.

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10-03-2017 11:12 PM
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RE: The Ultimate Guide To Dropshipping With Shopify (Updated)
Ok fuck this! I’m starting tomorrow.
10-04-2017 12:34 AM
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RE: The Ultimate Guide To Dropshipping With Shopify (Updated)
(07-24-2017 09:20 PM)asiaslayer Wrote:  since Shopify is a bit of a pain the ass to get started on and requires a lot of initial investment like dumping lots of money into advertising and constantly whoring out your products on social media, what's the deal with Amazon these days? i thought i read they won't let you sell anything unless you have a company or legit supplier invoice? what if you sell your own unique brands or unbranded items?

Here's the thing with Amazon vs Shopify. Amazon brings you organic traffic so your not having to whore yourself out on social media or pay a ton of money for ads, but at the same time your paying them 15% plus are building a business they can shut down at any moment. Also AMazon has been known to steal your product and undercut you on price adn they know what products to steal because they have access to your and everyone else's sales data.

While you do get organic traffic Amazon is getting very competitive meaning you have to dump money into PPC campaigns or giving away free products so either way your spending money, at least with Shopify your building something you control.

As far as needing to have a company or a brand that is not true. It does help you protect your listings from other people hopping on them but there's no requirement you have an LLC or be a brand or have patents or copyrigths, any individual can sell on Amazon
10-04-2017 11:27 AM
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(10-03-2017 11:12 PM)Suits Wrote:  
(09-27-2017 02:38 PM)jamaicabound Wrote:  Guys, if you're going to do this treat it like a real business and not a half ass hustle. I'm not saying dropshipping in itself is a terrible idea but IMHO it's critical you have a relationship with your supplier. You don't just want to be some clown ordering stuff from Walmart or Ali Express it will end badly, your not building a business your acting as a middle man, you have no brand, you have no control over pricing or inventory, etc.

You would be better off contacting a company who makes a product you like and asking if you can be a dropshipper or distribute it, work out a commission rate or discounted price you can buy for, you'll get much further doing this than doing Ali Express.

First off most Ali stuff people are going to buy on eBay or Amazon, not go to a specialty site for. Secondly the shipping times are long and not that I really care about this but technically speaking your violating importing laws because these items aren't for personal consumption or use your doing a commercial endevour but again not acting like moral police so do what you want but I'm saying this isn't really effective anymore.

Tail Lopez is now making videos about this stuff. Alex Becker who in the past was a software developer is now making videos about dropshipping wolf mugs and unicorn socks even though in the past he was a multimillion dollar software entrepreneur who was above this stuff. That tells me that this is completely saturated and dead.

The whole just pay shipping gimmicks are dead, fb ads to stupid products are dead. Again, not saying not to dropship but actually contact a real company making a non shit product, form a relationship and do it the right way.

Are you speaking from your own successful experience?

I typically buy my inventory though I have dropshipped a little more so to test an idea rather than it actually being a business plan though. In order for dropshipping to work IMHO you need to have a supplier who y ou have a relationship with and who ships quickly. Doing retail arbitrage dropshipping isn't a recipe for longterm success imho
10-04-2017 12:33 PM
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