The Lynchpin of Dropshipping – Buying in Bulk Online
Dropshipping, as people are finding out, might be a simple and easy model to grasp, but it can demand a lot of a store owner. As online consumerism grows year on year, there is clearly money to be made in dropshipping, but you have to get a few things right if you hope for success. You need to offer quality goods at a fair price, you need to be consistent and prompt with deliveries, and ideally, you need to buy in bulk online. So what, you might think? Well, ask anyone who has fallen out of dropshipping why that happened, and nine times out of 10, it will be because of the difficulties in buying in bulk (quantities too high or no bulk quantities available, or simply lousy service from online wholesalers).
Where does a dropshipper buy in bulk online, especially a South African dropshipper? Well, you can comb the world to find great gear for your online store, but that is hugely time consuming. It is also often not very fruitful, oddly enough, in spite of the massive volume of consumer goods offered online. In the legacy retail arena, stores were either manufacturing themselves, or had a dedicated list of land-based wholesalers they could visit.
It does seem online, however, that a more mercenary ethos governs business, where dropshippers particularly can be ghosted by their wholesalers at a moment’s notice, should that wholesaler not be making their margins, if they have picked up a larger client who is cleaning them out, or if they are sticking to a minimum return based on demographics. As many South African dropshippers have discovered after they buy online the first time from a supplier, there is often no guarantee that the same goods will be in stock again, or that the supplier will be interested in supplying the second time around.
Dropshipping Demands Consistency of Supply
Nothing alienates consumers more than disappointment, which is why savvy dropshippers avoid disappointing their customers at all costs. How do you do that though, when your dropshipping retail outlet is dependent upon the quality of your bulk wholesaler? As a dropshipper, you are only as good as your supply chain, which is why smart dropshippers target only one or two wholesalers, and develop a relationship with them. It is easier to do when that wholesaler is a legitimate warehousing wholesaler that is actively seeking to build relationships with local dropshippers. As a salve to the pain points of early dropshipping, companies like Ecomstock have arisen precisely because of that dropshipping need.
Dropshippers beware – look out for telltale signs of disinterest from your suppliers, because they are the same as you will encounter in land-based reality. Any dropshipping store hoping to survive, grow, and eventually make decent money, must avoid being strung along by erratic or illegitimate bulk suppliers.
Bulk means “lots of”, it means warehouses with goods in them, it means a consistency of quality of those goods, and a consistent stock holding too. This might seem obvious, but it has taken the local arena some time to get the obvious stuff sorted! More a failure of online wholesalers than retail stores, the good news is that in the aftermath of the sometimes shambles bulk online supply was, legitimate bulk suppliers like Ecomstock have emerged to address the issues all dropshippers face.
When You Need to Buy in Bulk, Think Ecomstock
South African dropshippers – good to meet you! Ecomstock is your other half, your friend in need, and your faithful partner in your journey to dropshipping success. At Ecomstock, we have made a mission out of supplying South African dropshippers with fast-moving, quality goods across a range of categories. We stock what sells, we stock in bulk, and we are faster off the mark when responding to you or delivering to your customers than anyone else.
Ecomstock’s logic is simple – if we help you become a dropshipping success, you will be back! That means we have carefully analysed what makes dropshipping tick, and where the usual pain points lie for dropshippers. We analysed it, and built a business right over it, meaning you can find in us everything you need to make a success out of your online store. Call us, mail us, or browse our site galleries at your leisure. When you are ready to buy in bulk online, contact us first – you will see the difference right away! Do not just buy in bulk, buy consistent quality online, and watch your retail store fly.