Category Archives: Dropshipping & Arbitrage

Articles on selling with direct shipping from the supplier, using dropshipping agreements or retail arbitrage.

Dropshipping on Amazon: The Secret to Success

Michael Anderson reveals how to build a hands-free dropshipping empire on Amazon through automation and integration

This post is by Michael Anderson the CEO and co-founder of Etail Solutions, a SaaS sales and supply chain management platform.

The dropshipping business model is tough and it can be a difficult one to make profitable. Despite getting wholesale pricing, your product costs are likely to be the same as many other sellers, if not more.

In addition, suppliers will charge a per-order fee ranging from $2 to $10 for storage, shipping and handling. By the time these costs have been factored in, sellers all too often find themselves in uncompetitive positions, very close to being unprofitable.

But, as you’re about to discover, there is a way to make the dropshipping business model work. In fact, a few dropshippers have turned this highly competitive, low-margin model into lucrative seven-figure-per-month businesses that practically run by themselves!

In this article, you’ll find out what it takes from an operations standpoint, to go from a handful of SKUs to a hands-free dropshipping empire. You’ll discover how to leverage integration and automation to drive up sales and purchasing volume at the same time as driving down costs.

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Dropshipping: The Essential Guide for Getting Started

Cody Stallard talks all things dropshipping. From deciding what to sell and finding a legitimate supplier, through to processing orders

This post is by Cody Stallard and was originally published as a ten part series on The Wholesale Forums

If you’re looking into selling online, then you will more than likely have come across the term “dropshipping”. Sadly, this isn’t the practice of dropping a ship into the middle of the ocean, however fun that may sound.

No, dropshipping is a business model for online sellers, where merchants don’t purchase their stock until they receive an order. How is this possible? Well, they list an item and then, when an order is placed, they order it from their supplier, who ships it straight to the customer.

Dropshipping is one of the most attractive strategies for selling online, primarily because you never see or touch your stock. This means that you don’t have to find room for hundreds of units, or spend time handling and shipping orders.

In this post, I’ll be looking at the whole dropshipping process, covering everything from from the pros and cons of starting your own dropshipping business, to how the order process works and how to find legitimate suppliers.

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Spotlight on Profit Bandit from SellerEngine

Here’s why Profit Bandit is the number one mobile app for Amazon product research and scouting

This post is by Austin Fisher, Product Manager for SellerEngine’s product research scouting app Profit Bandit. He also works with SellerEngine Services, helping Amazon sellers with listing and account issues.

At SellerEngine, we’re proud that Profit Bandit has long been the number one dedicated mobile scouting app for Amazon product research and retail arbitrage.

We’ve consistently received an impressive number of downloads when compared with other scouting apps, and we’re pleased to have helped Amazon sellers of all sizes and experience levels achieve greater success with their businesses.

We’re more than just a software company though. Our support and services teams are here to interact with sellers, answer questions, solve problems, and do all the things that software can’t.

At SellerEngine, we take pride in helping out and interacting with people. It’s the goal of this article to explain not only why Profit Bandit is the number one scouting app, but also help readers get to know SellerEngine and our community.

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Retail Arbitrage at Scale: An Interview With Robyn Johnson

Robyn Johnson Interview

Retail Arbitrage is a simple concept: you buy items from regular bricks-and-mortar stores, then sell them online through marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.

But to make a profit after shipping and marketplace fees, arbitrage sellers need to find products which are a lot cheaper in-store than online. Those items do exist, but they are rare. So not surprisingly, retail arbitrage shopping trips are often described as “hunting for treasure”.

Spending hour after hour checking prices in stores doesn’t sound like a great foundation for a profitable business. But it can be done.

Robyn Johnson’s business is proof of that. Robyn has spent as much as $50,000 on inventory in 2 to 3 days, and sold well over a million dollars on Amazon and hundreds of thousands on eBay. It’s profitable too, with excellent margins. Robyn also finds time to blog and offer coaching on her website Best From The Nest.

I spoke to Robyn about how her business has grown since she started in 2011, and to find out how retail arbitrage really works at scale.

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