Are you looking to start an eCommerce business without the need to stock inventory yourself?
Or are you wanting to expand your existing business by offering more products?
Dropshipping may be the way to go.
Dropshipping allows you to partner with a supplier to display their products in your store. In other words, you can sell their goods.
The supplier retains each product in its own warehouse until the item is ordered.
When an item is ordered from your site, the supplier will then ship the product directly to your customer.
The product itself never passes through your hands.
Dropshipping can be a convenient way to offer your customers more products or to launch your own business.
But there’s a reason why not everyone is getting in on the action.
Here’s the truth of it: there are risks to dropshipping and it can be difficult to find a reputable, affordable dropshipping supplier in your business niche.
Many dropshippers are tiny companies without much marketing power, meaning they barely show up in Google search results. That makes them incredibly difficult to find with a simple Google search.
Others may turn out to be a scam just trying to swindle you with an exorbitant sign-up fee.
There are other options too – like turning to general, more well-known dropshipping marketplaces like Alibaba or SaleHoo, which grant you access to many suppliers at once.
These, however, often come with a yearly fee.
Between scams, fees and just plain difficult to find suppliers – using dropshipping to launch or expand your business is often cumbersome, and expensive in both time and cash.
All dropshipping companies have their advantages and disadvantages. It is important for online businesses to evaluate the various dropshippers based on their own specific needs and use cases.
Here is an overview of the most popular dropshipping suppliers, their advantages and disadvantages.
AliExpress is a wholesale and dropshipping platform that connects dropshippers to suppliers and products. The platform offers millions of products from suppliers in 40 niche categories like electronics and apparel. AliExpress also offers free sign-up.
SaleHoo is a wholesale supplier directory that connects dropshippers to suppliers. It includes suppliers in a variety of niches that serve the United States, UK, and Australia. Signing up for SaleHoo costs $67 (per year) and has a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Doba is a marketplace that compiles manufacturers and suppliers into one place. With Doba, you can search through products in your industry and consolidate them into custom lists. Their basic service plans start at $29 a month; more plans are available.
Wholesale2B is a supplier integration system that allows you to choose from 1 million products, offered by 100s of suppliers, and sell them on eBay, Amazon, BigCommerce, Shopify or a custom website. Different apps and pricing plans are available for different platforms — the BigCommerce app starts at $29.99 a month or $149.99 per year.
Worldwide Brands is a comprehensive directory of dropshippers and bulk distributors. They continually update their list with new suppliers across all niches and certify that each is reputable and reliable. Receive access to this directory for a one-time fee of $249.
Wholesale Central is a directory of wholesalers and dropshippers. This directory is free to access and is categorized by product type, with niches such as eyewear, books, candles, and pet supplies represented.
Sunrise Wholesale is a general wholesaler and dropshipper that offers 15,000 products in categories like home decor, sports and fitness, jewelry, garden decorations, and more. This platform is able to be connected to eBay, Amazon, BigCommerce, Shopify, and more. Membership is $29.95 a month or $99 a year.
MegaGoods is a distributor and dropshipper for goods like clocks, cameras, kitchen appliances, televisions, and Bluetooth products. Their general service fee is $14.99 a month.
Inventory Source is a dropship network that provides access to 150 suppliers and allows you to sync inventory and auto-upload product data. It connects to platforms like BigCommerce, Shopify, eBay, and Amazon. Pricing plans start at $50 a month.
National Dropshippers is a wholesale product source that offers over 250,000 products at prices such as 50% below MSRP. They carry a wide range of products, from pocket knives to umbrellas to barbeque grills. The service costs $19.99 a month and dropshipping costs $2.49 per order.
Dropshipper.com is a general dropship platform that carries over 1,700,000 products from 890+ suppliers. Their products include beauty products, electronics, jewelry, and more. Pay a one-time $99 fee to access their list of drop shippers, or pay $69 a month to access these products through Dropshipper.com.
OfficeCrave offers a huge selection of office supplies, business products, electronics, industrial supplies and so much more. With more than 100,000 products on the store, OfficeCrave makes it easy to build a dropshipping store with a single supplier. The dropshipping program is free to join and offers blind drop shipping to customers anywhere in the US. Getting started is easy, just sign up using the form on their dropshipping information page.
Spocket is a dropshipping marketplace that enables retailers to start and scale their online stores. Spocket connects retailers to thousands of suppliers, the majority of which are located in the US and EU. Spocket offers a number of subscription plans, including a free dropshipping subscription.
|Company||Product Category||Sign Up Cost|
|AliExpress||General||Free Sign Up|
|WorldwideBrands||General||$249 (One-Time Fee)|
|Wholesale Central||General||Free Sign-Up|
|National Dropshippers||General||$19.99/Month or $89.88/Year|
|Spocket||General||Free dropshipping subscription|