Category Archives: Strategies

Explore different ways to sell online, including retail, private label, dropshipping and more.

Amazon Sellers Need to Stop Dropshipping and Arbitrage. Here’s Why.

Amazon is now suspending sellers before their first sale, and requesting evidence of authenticity. Some sourcing models won’t survive.

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This post is by Chris McCabe, owner and founder of ecommerceChris, LLC, an Amazon seller account consultancy.

Dropshippers and arbitrage sellers on Amazon can’t catch a break.

Things have changed in the last several months to make life even tougher for resellers trying to maintain a successful account. The number of sellers contacting me after they have been suspended due to a lack of adequate supply chain information has been multiplying every week.

We have tracked so many cases like this throughout 2019, that we now wonder why sellers continue to use these sourcing methods at all. Sellers like these, with weak supplier info or who lack invoices, need to modify their business models, and fast.

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Sourcing Products from India: An Alternative for Ecommerce Sellers?

As the trade war between U.S. and China pushes up prices for importers, online sellers should consider sourcing products from India.

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This post is by Meghla Bhardwaj, an expert in sourcing products from India and China, and organizer of Global Sources Summit for ecommerce sellers.

While most private label ecommerce sellers buy products from China, an increasing number of sellers are exploring alternative markets such as India to diversify their business and minimize risks.

The import tariffs imposed by the U.S. on China-made products has further accelerated the need to look beyond China.

This article describes why sellers should import from India, what kind of products are manufactured there, and how to find suppliers.

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Alibaba Alternatives: 10 Other Ways to Source Products from China

When you’ve outgrown Alibaba, what are the alternatives for sourcing high-quality products from the best manufacturers in China?

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This post is by Gary Huang, an expert in sourcing products from China and creator of 80/20 Sourcing.

When you think of sourcing from China, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Hopping on a plane and flying to Guangzhou to find a factory? No, you go on Alibaba!

Alibaba is very popular and accessible, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best option. Why not? Well, it attracts a lot of middlemen and trading companies, and some of them aren’t upfront about that.

Alibaba is also where your competitors are likely to buy from, so you all might end up selling exactly the same products as them. Perhaps most importantly, some of the best suppliers avoid Alibaba – because they want to find a better class of customer!

So, what are the alternatives to Alibaba? I’ll explore them all here.

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My Three Biggest Fails As An Amazon FBA Private Label Seller

Learn from one seller’s mistakes made selecting, sourcing and importing products from China, to sell on the Amazon marketplace.

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This post is by the author of the Garlic Press Seller blog, and is written anonymously to protect their business.

I have been an Amazon FBA seller for three years now. I am a big believer in sharing knowledge, and that you can learn everything you need to start selling online from freely available articles.

Based on that perspective I started my web blog and in this post, I want to tell you about my three biggest FBA fails. Hopefully people can learn from my errors and it might even prevent you from making the same mistakes that I made.

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Top Dropshipping Suppliers for Amazon and eBay Sellers

We look at the best directory sites for finding dropshipping suppliers, with top tips for making the dropship model work for you

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When you decide to dip a toe into the ecommerce waters, dropshipping is an attractive first-time option. Having suppliers fulfill your orders without needing to store, package, and send out stock can seem like a low-risk, easy approach, and there are many businesses out there thriving with this model.

The difficulties come when you try to make it profitable. A lot of people want to make a business out of dropshipping, and there is often little for them to compete on other than price.

So how do you compete and make decent profits? The key is choosing the best place to source products from. Not all dropshipping suppliers are equal. This is why it’s important to determine your specific needs and go for a supplier that aligns with those. Many are niche-focused or industry-specific, while others will have better delivery options but might be more expensive.

Finding a good dropshipper that delivers on time, has competitive prices, and that you are able to rely on can dramatically affect your chances of success.

Here, I’m going to outline the different ways you can source dropshipping suppliers and I’ll list out some of the best dropshipping directories to help you get started.

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