To dropship pet supplies, one needs to have an intricate knowledge of the needs of pets. With this information, the retailer can offer items that are often demanded. This will ensure that the business is successful.
Some of the common pet supplies are bird cages, cat toys, exercise pens, grooming brushes, ID callers, dog and cat food. With this broad and non-exhaustive list of pet supplies, a drop shipper can easily set up a lucrative money-making system.
As opposed to running a normal pet supply store, drop shipping reduces the cost of shipping the products and eliminates the process of making an inventory. Due to the ‘infinite storage space’, the retailer is able to ‘stock’ an immense variety of products that can only fit in a virtual storage space.
The pet owner also has the freedom to shop at whatever time is convenient as the site is open 24 hours. This means that he/she can compare prices for as long as they want and not have to worry about transporting the sometimes bulky items.
Pet owners are also more likely to shop online as it eliminates the pressure of buying from persistent sales reps. The buyer is then able to make a wise versus a forced decision.
To successfully dropship pet supplies, one needs to first of all create a website for his/her company. This will help in advertising the business and will also serve as a link between the consumer and the retailer. Accurate and clear images of the products should be put up on the website and the costs should also be indicated. The product descriptions should be as detailed as possible. Do not forget to indicate the modes of payment on your website.
On your web page, open a form where the shoppers can discuss the products they have purchased and advise each other on the best purchases. This is an easy, effortless and effective way of marketing your products. Also give your own advice and recommendations on your best products. Offer discounts on various items and to regular customers.
Next, identify a reputable and cost-effective supplier. Make sure that he is reliable to avoid back orders. Back orders arise in cases where the client has already paid for a product but the product is out of stock. This not only disappoints the customer but also portrays a bad image of your business. In the unfortunate case that you encounter a backorder, always be ready to apologize to the customer and offer to cancel the purchase. Try to be nice to the client and never lose your temper. This will show that you take full responsibility of your mistake.
One final thing to note is that you should avoid selling items whose prices are very low. The cost of shipping, which is usually high, could end up being more than the money the customer is paying. The drop shipper will therefore have to cover the costs and there will be no profit margin. In fact, you will incur a loss.