If I asked you where you buy things online, you would probably list big, established web sites like Amazon or eBay. But if you are like me and shop a lot online, there are times when you want that specialty or hard-to-find item.
To find that special item, you will have to go to a small, specialty online retailer. But did you know that most likely that product is actually most often what we call a drop ship product?
Drop shipping means that the person who sells you the item is not the company that actually sends you the order. Small online retailers can use drop ship product sources to offer a wide variety of products – and not be forced to keep them all in stock. You can easily start selling online using this method.
With drop shipping, you collect the money from your customer from your web site or auction listing, and then turn around and order that drop ship product from your supplier. The supplier ships the item with your name and company on the paperwork. It looks like you shipped the order to the customer. The customer does not care because he or she got their item quickly, and packaged professionally.
You pocket the profit between what your customer pays and the cost to order the item from your supplier. This is a very easy, low-risk way to get started selling merchandise online. You don’t have to pay a large fee up front for inventory or warehousing – you can just begin selling right away. If you want a quick way to get started selling online, drop shipping is a great solution.
Source by Carl Ringwall