What To Consider When Choosing A Supplier For Your Online Boutique?
Let me ask you something, are you interested in finding the right wholesaler or dropshipper for your Online Boutique?
Maybe you already have an Online Boutique you wish to expand by adding new suppliers & products or maybe you just starting out!
Whatever boat you are in, it’s very crucial to know how to spot the right supplier so you don’t end up wasting 100s of $$ and actually get products that would make you & your customers happy.
What are the things to consider when choosing a Wholesale or Dropshipping Supplier?
PS - Dropshipping is a unique retail selling model that allows you sell items without having to keep any products in stock. You partner up with a supplier(s) that stock in your inventory and handle everything for you from packaging to shipping. If you’ve never heard of it before, check out this blog here for more information >> https://bit.ly/2Dev5ge
Diving back in, how do you know if the supplier you are looking into is (1) legit and (2) worth considering?
Here are a few things to consider before finalizing a supplier -
+ Products Options - I know it's cliche, but it's important to find a supplier that provides products that not only fit your niche but are also available in large quantities. You don’t want to just buy 1 batch and not have the option to re-purchase after you’ve sold out the first one.
Along with this, it’s also essential that they have pictures and description that you can use when listing products in your store in case you are looking for dropship suppliers.
+ Customer Support System - We all know a supplier is as good as it’s customer support system. Whether you are looking for a wholesaler or a dropshipper, it’s essential to have a supplier that answers to your queries within 24 hrs, is flexible to work with, understands your language & has a dedicated team to handle queries.
Many small companies out there that may have inventory to sell at cheaper rates than their competitors but would have a poor customer service. This not only affects their business but can also have an impact on yours.
+ Handling Returns and Refunds - Different suppliers have different systems in place for handling returns and refunds. When you are ordering products in wholesale, it’s essential to find a supplier that’s willing to offer returns or refunds in case the goods arrive partially damaged. You can find the information in the FAQ or return section on the suppliers website.
When searching for a dropshipper, be sure to check if the supplier charges a re-stocking fees when returning un-damaged goods just because the customer changed their mind. This will save you paying the cost out of pocket.
+ Domestic vs International Suppliers - There are suppliers available all over the world. However, when selecting a suppler it’s essential to understand who you want to work with. Do you want an international supplier or do you want to focus on a domestic one?
The domestic supplier might have products that are bit expensive but will provide you with high quality products, faster shipping & no language barrier; the international suppliers on the other hand will have low manufacturing cost, prolonged shipping & unknown product quality along with return hassles. Therefore, it’s essential to weigh all your pros & cons before making a decision.
As I mentioned above, most of this information can be found in the FAQ section of the supplier, however, if not, don't hesitate to ask them. It is very important to have all the information before you finalize a supplier & invest.