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How to Find Legitimate Drop Shipping Companies

To achieve success with drop shipping, the first and most important step is to find legitimate companies to work with. Companies that can supply the type of products you’re interested in selling, and are able or willing to ship direct to customers.

This task is often time consuming and can quickly turn into a stress filled nightmare, particularly for those who are keen to just get stuck in and start selling products.

Thankfully, in this article, I’m going to make things that little bit easier by revealing some simple and proven ways to find suppliers. I’ll also give you some tips on how to research them and ensure they’re legitimate.

Use a Directory

Directories can help you to fast track your way to finding legitimate drop shipping companies. A directory is a website that complies a list of organisations, and their information into one database. Members can browse the database via categories, or by search to easily find exactly what their looking for.

There are many directories that specialise in drop shipping and wholesale suppliers specifically. These types of directories make the process of finding a suitable supplier super simple, it’s what they were designed to do. In fact, here at Wholesale Frog, we have our very own free to use directory. Finding suitable suppliers using our directory literally only takes a few seconds. Learn more.

Search on Google

One of the simplest ways to find suppliers is by searching on Google. Doing some good old fashioned manual searching is the best way to find little-known suppliers that don’t have a lot of competition. Less competition gives you a much greater advantage and more flexibility to aim for higher profit margins.

Study Online Forums

Online forums are another useful resource when it comes to finding legitimate drop shipping companies. They’re not only great for finding suppliers but also for discussing them. Joining a drop ship or wholesale forum will give you the opportunity to interact with other like-minded people involved in the industry. What better way to find suppliers than to learn from those who have been there, done it and got the t-shirt. Our very own forum here at Wholesale Frog is a great place to find drop shipping companies, check it out here.

Attend Trade Shows

Trade shows are one of the best places to find legitimate drop shipping companies. Unlike searching online, they give you the opportunity to physically see and touch the products for yourself. This is particularly important when drop shipping to give you an idea of product quality. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet the people behind the company and establish a rapport.

Additional Tips for Finding the One

Put Together a List and Narrow it Down

Whatever method you decide to use to find companies, put together a list of potential candidates as you go. Once you have a list, research each company to eliminate those that are unsuitable. A technique I like to call short-listing.

Study each companies range of products, delivery policy and returns policy. Find out how long delivery takes, how much it costs and how returns are handled. Do some checks on the suppliers items to see how well they’re selling on platforms like eBay and Amazon.

Do Your Due Diligence

Once you’ve shortlisted a group of potential suppliers, do some checks to verify their legitimacy. The best way to do this is by studying online forums, particularly drop ship forums. Forums tend to have honest, reliable and accurate reviews posted by real people.

Another option is to check if they’re a register company. You could even go down the route of giving them a call to clarify any concerns you may have. Speaking with someone from within the organisation will give you piece of mind knowing that they’re real.

Choose The One

After following these steps, you should be left with a list of at least a few drop shipping companies that you’re confident are legitimate. Choose one and stick with them, at least until you’ve got the ball rolling. Don’t make the mistake of over complicating things by using multiple different suppliers at the same time.

The key is to build and establish a close relationship with your supplier. Only once you’ve gained enough knowledge should you expand and start using other suppliers.

Don’t Cut Corners

Finding the right supplier to work with can be time consuming. However, if you’re serious about building a long term business with drop shipping, having a good supplier is the most important part. The biggest mistake you can make is to dive in blind and start using the first supplier you come across. Searching and researching may take up a lot of time but it’ll be well worth it in the long haul.

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