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Tips to Build a Dropshipping Empire From a $25 Million Seller

We spoke with Connor Gillivan about how he built up his dropshipping business and whether the same approach still works on Amazon today

Many sellers see dropshipping as the perfect ecommerce business model and it’s not hard to see why. You don’t have to purchase stock in advance, have a warehouse or even ship orders. In theory, all you have to do is find products, list them for sale and send the orders to your suppliers. Sounds like the ideal business, right?

Well, in reality, it’s a lot tougher to build a successful business using dropshipping than sellers think. The process might seem simple, but there’s a lot of challenges. Unless you’re highly efficient it can be very easy to make mistakes.

To find out what it takes to build a successful dropshipping business we spoke to Connor Gillivan, who has sold over $25 million of products using dropshipping. Connor has been running ecommerce businesses since 2009 and is also the co-founder of ecommerce outsourcing company FreeeUp.

We talked about the reality of dropshipping, the methods that Connor used to build his business and whether using the same approach could still be successful on Amazon today.

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How to Start a Subscription Box Business Using Amazon and Cratejoy

We spoke with Sophie Howard about the subscription business model. Here’s how to leverage Cratejoy’s platform and Amazon’s market reach.

As competition on online marketplaces has become fiercer, more and more sellers are looking for a way out of the ecommerce rat race. The big question is, “How?”

One way is to start a subscription box business. In this model, sellers put together a selection of products which customers pay to receive automatically, every month.

Subscription boxes exist for a wide variety of products, from beauty and pet supplies to comics, food and drink. Customers can choose to receive a set selection of items each time, or have a surprise box, where the items are chosen for them.

We spoke to ecommerce entrepreneur Sophie Howard about the subscription box business. Sophie builds and sells her own brands, and is the founder of Aspiring Entrepreneurs, where she coaches online business owners.

We talked about why subscription boxes are an attractive business model, how to leverage leading platforms Cratejoy and Amazon, and the unique challenges that subscription business owners have to overcome.

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eBay Account Suspended? Why It Happens and What You Should Do

eBay account suspensions are on the rise. Here’s why eBay suspends sellers, how the process works, and how to avoid it happening again.

This post is by Mordechai Epelbaum, an independent eBay business consultant and Tuvyah Schleifer, the founder and CMO of CRSeller, a bespoke marketplace services provider.

When there is a breach of eBay’s policy, sellers can have their accounts suspended. An eBay suspension means business interruption, and often a cascade of problems with serious implications for the seller.

Why does eBay suspend seller accounts? It’s their business to protect the community from bad buyers and sellers. They want to make sure that no one gets hurt. Not the brand, not the buyer, and not the seller.

Perhaps most importantly, policy violations hurt eBay’s reputation and, in the final analysis, that is why eBay cares about them.

In this post, we’ll explain why eBay accounts are suspended, how the process works, and how to avoid it happening again.

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FBA Fee Refunds: How to Get Reimbursed for Amazon’s Mistakes

You shouldn’t be paying for Amazon’s mistakes. Here’s how to check if you are paying more than you need to, and recover what you’re owed.

For Amazon sellers, FBA is hugely important. It lets you store your inventory in Amazon’s fulfillment centers while Amazon take care of shipping your orders and providing customer service. This streamlines your operation, making your business more streamlined and efficient. It also makes your products eligible for Prime, helping you grow sales.

Amazon are known for their industry-leading processes and sophisticated technology, so you are in good hands with FBA. But even Amazon make mistakes. With more than 2 billion marketplace items shipped through FBA per year, even a tiny percentage of errors really adds up. Those could be overcharging of FBA fees, lost inventory, incorrect customer refunds and more.

Amazon pick up some of those mistakes themselves, but others slip through the cracks. You could be owed money for issues that you know nothing about.

So how do you go about finding them and getting a refund? There are a number of methods, and we will cover them all here, including third-party services that automate the whole process for you.

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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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