Fitness dropshipping

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by CrazyFitness, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. CrazyFitness

    CrazyFitness UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    So as you’ve probably had about a thousand threads asking what I’m about to ask but I’ve gotta start somewhere Haha so thankyou for even reading

    Anyway I’m after starting a fitness Shopify store, selling like fitness clothing but not a huge variety but then also selling like shakers, chalk, etc.

    Now I have choose my niche and write down how I’m going to expand my store via social media but I’m struggling with finding the best place for products, I’ve heard aliexpress is shocking since it’s all Chinese, now I don’t mind using them if it’s the only resort but I’m wondering what else do you lot use to find products and is easy to add to my Shopify store.
     
    Posted: Apr 25, 2019 By: CrazyFitness Member since: Apr 25, 2019
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  2. CrazyFitness

    CrazyFitness UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Anyone willing to help me
     
    Posted: Apr 25, 2019 By: CrazyFitness Member since: Apr 25, 2019
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  3. intheTRADE

    intheTRADE UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Have you looked at the Shopify plugin Oberlo ?
     
    Posted: Apr 25, 2019 By: intheTRADE Member since: Apr 14, 2019
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  4. WaveJumper

    WaveJumper UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Are you looking for clothing?
     
    Posted: Apr 25, 2019 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  5. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    So you want to know where your competition buys their products, which will have probably
    Took them years to source hmmm
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  6. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Dropshipping will tend to limit choice of companies to buy from compared to buying in stock and selling it.
    Dropshipping isn't done by every supplier.

    Still if you find a supplier, great.

    Then all you have to do is make sure you only sell stuff that is available and deal with customer returns. Oh, and marketing. Which tends to be the expensive bit of selling.
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  7. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Well anyone in the trade cannot be trusted to give decent suppliers (though may give awful ones) and those not in the trade may not be aware of the suppliers.
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  8. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    ive just started selling online and got to admit took me a while to get suppliers, why would I give them away on a forum. They took me hundreds of hours to source meet etc. Now I’ve been selling a week and bit and done just over £1200 sales why would I give them details and end up with them competing
    All the suppliers I’ve found wouldn’t be interested in drop shipping as they send me say 100 items one wagon or pallet whatever why’ve would they want to send 100 items to hundred houses doesn’t make sense, they would want a dramatic uplift on the price
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  9. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Think my first supplier took 5 minutes. First dozen took only a few minutes each but doing an order can take an hour... each time.
    Retail therapy on a commercial scale, don't take the wimmen if time is short.
    Trade shows - great for seeing merchandise.

    There are a few companies who specialise in dropshipping.
    There's also a few suppliers who sell commercially as you say sending you a hundred items in a box - that also will do dropshipping. Its like an extra couple of packing stations with different setup in their warehouse.

    Where you may buy an item at £4 wholesale and sell for £12 (including £3 to post the item), a dropshipper may sell for £14, buy for £6 and get charged £3.99 postage.

    They may require much bigger transaction numbers to get volume discounts - for instance I'll buy a carton of 6 items from my supplier who also dropships - that carton will get me 10% off the wholesale price for those 6 items. The dropshipper is only ever buying individual items, cannot get that carton discount.

    It works as a business model. Except for specialist stuff it may require a lot of listings.
    Used to sometimes come across dropshippers on amazon with a few million listings and a few dozen orders a day - I could do that at the time with a couple of thousand listings, quicker dispatch and have a better profit margin.
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  10. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thousand listings wow I’ve got 3, saying that market leader in this field has thousands listed but they’ve probs got a 20k a week advertising budget aswell lol
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  11. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Can I dm you mr d?
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  12. WaveJumper

    WaveJumper UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Well I asked you a question and you never replied?
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  13. WaveJumper

    WaveJumper UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Stedurham

    Good morning ill ask you the same question I asked CrazyFitness are you selling clothing as part of your range or looking for a supplier
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2019 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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