Category Archives: Strategies

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

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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Make Better Buying Decisions With Algopix Product Research

Analyze any product on Amazon, eBay and Walmart, across 16 different markets, with product and market research platform Algopix.

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Products are the bread and butter of an ecommerce business. Some sellers get lucky and find a product that shifts from their digital shelves like no other, but many struggle to find the sweet spot.

As a result, sellers often end up with a lot of inventory that won’t budge. This costs them time, money, and resources and, in the worst case scenario, can bring a business to its knees.

Today, product research is easier than ever before. Algopix pinpoints products that are successful by providing users with estimated unit sales, expenses breakdowns, and competitor analysis across Amazon, eBay, and Walmart.

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10 Amazon Pricing Strategies for Private Labels and Brands

How to optimize your Amazon pricing strategy to maximize revenue and profits, from coupons and sale pricing to shopper psychology

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This post is by Paulina Masson, Founder and CEO of Shopkeeper, written with Paul Maplesden.

Amazon is a very price-sensitive marketplace, so using the right pricing strategies will dramatically increase your ranking and conversions. As a successful Amazon private label seller, I’ve experimented with and analyzed dozens of different product pricing methods to optimize product sales.

In 2018, I was lucky enough to present as part of the AMZ Seller Summit where I talked through some of the most effective pricing strategies for private label vendors – whether you’re using Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) or taking care of logistics yourself.

I’d like to share these Amazon pricing strategies with you to help you maximize your sales and optimize product pricing. You’ll learn about discounts, pricing psychology, sales pricing, changing prices, types of buyers, split testing, and more.

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