SoldOuts Dropshipping FAQ
If you’re interested in ecommerce, you may have heard about dropshipping. Dropshipping has seen a huge rise in popularity recently, and many entrepreneurs have already found success by running their stores with this business model.
What Is the Meaning of Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is a business model which you can use to run your store without ever holding any inventory. Once you’ve made a sale your supplier will ship your products from their warehouse, straight to your customer’s doorstep. You’ll never need to worry about storing, packaging, or shipping your products.
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If you’ve been wondering how you can start your own dropshipping business, you’ll be glad to hear that there are steps you can follow. Check out this page to know how dropshipping works
How Does Dropshipping Work?
Dropshipping is a simple business model. Once a customer places an order from your store, you’ll simply purchase the product from your supplier, and instruct them to ship the product directly to your customer’s door. You can run your own dropshipping business from anywhere in the world.
Is Dropshipping Profitable?
Yes dropshipping can be profitable to merchants. Dropshipping is a low risk business model that allows you to sell products to your customers without incurring huge running costs like a wholesaler would have. Because of these lower costs it is easier to become profitable with dropshipping a lot faster than other business model. Also, you can price your products in a way that covers both your marketing and shipping costs and still make you a profit.
Do I Need To Purchase Products For My Online Store?
No, the beauty of dropshipping is that you don’t need to hold any inventory yourself, you order it from your supplier once a customer has bought from you. It can be a good idea to buy sample products from your suppliers before uploading them to your online store to make sure you are happy with the quality of the product.
Do I Need to Register a Business Entity to Dropship?
Yes, you’ll need to register your business once you start to make sales, but there is no rush to do so until you start making sales consistently. This is because the majority of payment providers require you to prove that your business has such credentials.
Keep in mind that business licenses vary from country to country. If you’re running your dropshipping business in the USA, we recommend checking out this article. We recommend that you reach out to a local government representative, or similar local authority, for more information.
What is Soldouts?
Soldouts is a platform that makes it easy to find awesome products to sell online. WithSoldouts you can access a huge variety of different products with just a few clicks. Whether it’s fashion, electronics, toys, beauty, or the next trending product –Soldouts makes it easy for you to find products from suppliers all over the world and instantly add them to your own online store.
Once you’ve made a sale your supplier will ship the products from their warehouse straight to your customer’s doorstep – you’ll never need to worry about storing, packaging, or shipping your products. Instead, you can focus on the things which really matter – growing your brand and making sales.
WithSoldouts dropshipping, it costs nothing to add products to your store – you can select the forever free plan to start dropshipping today.
How DoesSoldouts Work?
Soldouts allows you to import products to your Shopify store in just a few clicks. You don’t need to worry about shipping and packaging since suppliers ship products directly to your customers. Click here to learn more.
Is Dropshipping Legal?
Yes, dropshipping is 100% legal. Businesses can build their online store and sell products online without ever processing or storing the physical items themselves. Dropshipping can be done through your own website or through online marketplaces likeSoldouts.
Is Soldouts Free?
Oberlo’s Starter plan is 100% free, and you’ll be able to use it for an unlimited number of orders. You can check outSoldouts’s pricing plans here. Also, keep in mind thatSoldouts only works with Shopify, which is a paid platform.
Is Soldouts Available in My Country?
Yes! You can use Soldouts to run your own dropshipping store from any country. When you’re running a dropshipping business, your geographical location is irrelevant as you won’t need to worry about holding physical inventory.
However, keep in mind that since we aim to sell our product overseas, you are not allow to sell it in Korea. So we provide international shipping only.
Is Soldouts Only Available in English?
Nope!Soldouts is available in several languages, including Spanish, German, and French
What about Soldouts Shipping Times?
The delivery time depends on the original location of the product and the final destination. It might take several days or a couple of weeks. Most products have various shipping methods available – more about shipping options here.
Is Soldouts Only Available on My web site?
No you can upload our DB on your web store or amy other ecommerce platform.
Can I Use Soldouts on My Own Website?
Soldouts is exclusive to the Shopify platform, but there is a Shopify tool called the Buy Button. It allows you to embed products or a collection of products on your own site.
Why Can’t I Log in to Soldouts?
If your Soldouts account is not connected to the Shopify store, go to app.oberlo.com/login and click Forgot Password. You will receive an email from which you will be able to set a new password. YourSoldouts account may become inactive in such cases:
– You uninstalledSoldouts from Shopify
– Your Shopify store is closed
– Your Shopify store is paused/frozen
– Your Shopify trial period has ended and you haven’t added your payment card to your account. In this case you will be able to continue using your store once you pay for your Shopify subscription plan.
If you have 2 separateSoldouts accounts, it’s best to accessSoldouts through Shopify’s ‘Apps’ page. This will ensure that you’re logging into the correctSoldouts account.
How Much Money Do I Need to Start a Dropshipping Business With Soldouts?
One of the best things about starting a dropshipping business with Soldouts is that it requires minimal initial funding. However, it’s important that you take into consideration all the expenses which you will incur: Subscription fee of any kind of ecommerce market places,your marketing budget or and any additional funds you’ll need for your first orders. If you want to purchase a custom domain this will also cost a small fee.
It’s important to note that it’s considerably less expensive to start a dropshipping business than it is to start a standard ecommerce store. You won’t need to source products in bulk, or worry about delivery, so it’s still one of the best ways to run your own online store.
How Can I Change Currency in My Store?
Soldouts imports all products in USD, but you can simply change your currency. The easiest way to do it is to download a currency converter application from App store. Then, the only thing to do is to change currency sign in your online shop
What Profit Margins Can I Expect?
The answer to this question highly depends on the types of products which you decent to sell. If you’re sourcing cheaper products for around $5, you may find success by marking them up 4-5 times, which means that you’d be selling them for $20-$25.
However, we don’t recommend this for more expensive products. If, for example, you source a product for $30, we’d suggest that $60 is an appropriate price point.
In general, we recommend that you set your prices at least $10.00 more than the price that you paid to source it — this will help you to generate profit whilst covering marketing expenses.
Another rule of thumb is to check out the prices that your competitors have set for similar products. You can use this as your benchmark. You should always monitor your product prices, and amend them if you think that they’ll improve your conversion rate. You can read more about conversion optimization here.
How Many Products Should I Import to My Store?
Most of Soldouts’s success stories feature dropshippers who focus on several flagship products in their store. We recommend that you import 10-200 products to your store. This way the customer’s focus will not be scattered, and they can find what they’re interested in. However, you can import up to 1,600 products with Soldouts’s premium plan, so the maximum number of products you have available in your store is up to you.
Can I Use Product Pictures From My Supplier?
Yes — it’s actually common for dropshipping entrepreneurs to use their supplier’s pictures in their own store. However, most dropshippers remove any logos, watermarks, or branded names from their product images. You can also ask for supplier’s permission to be on the safe side.
We always recommend that you take your own product photography.
How Can I Get My First Sale?
Getting your first sale with a new ecommerce store is a real challenge, no matter how much experience you have as an entrepreneur. Once yourstore is setup and you’ve launched it, it’s essential that you drive a large amount of traffic to it. There are multiple different ways that you can achieve this.
First, we recommend using free social media services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to post valuable content which encourages viewers to visit your ecommerce store. You can share links to your store on relevant forums, Facebook groups, and other online communities which your target customers use, but do so sparingly — you don’t want to get a bad reputation for your store.
Another great way to attract traffic to your store is with influencer marketing. Influencers are individuals who hold the power to persuade the buying and engagement decisions of certain groups of people (see our post on social proof for more info). If you use influencer marketing, we recommend that you ask influencers who have a similar audience to yours.
You can also use paid marketing channels to drive huge amounts of traffic to your store or Google AdWords. We recommend that you read up on these platforms before you dive in — you don’t want to waste valuable business funds
Once you’ve started to drive traffic to your store, the sales will eventually start to happen! After all, every person who visits your store is a potential customer.
How Long Does It Take to Make the First Sale?
The length of time that it takes to make a first sale mostly depends on you. You can get your first sale on your first day, after a month, or after a year. It mostly boils down to the level of success that you find with your marketing activities, the amount of work that you put into your store, and the audience that you target. We have some valuable resources on different marketing channels, and how you can use them to make sales here.
Can I Use My Address on the Package Instead of the Supplier’s Address?
Unfortunately, suppliers don’t currently offer this service. It’s necessary that the supplier’s return address is added to the package for customs purposes.
Do Customers Mind About Longer Delivery Times When Dropshipping?
Yes! If you clearly manage your customers’ expectations for shipping times, your customers won’t mind waiting a couple of extra days for their products to arrive. Make sure that you define your ecommerce shipping policy, and communicate it clearly in your online store.
If a Customer Orders More than One Product, Will it Come in Separate Packages at Different Times?
If one of your customers places an order for several products which come from multiple suppliers, the items will be shipped in separate packages. However, it’s unlikely that your customers will mind this – some of the largest ecommerce businesses in the world also ship several packages for the same order. If a customer does complain about this, let them know that your distribution centers are located worldwide, so this is the fastest way to deliver their products.
Can I Customize My Products?
No, at the moment Soldouts does not support any customization options neither for products nor packages. However, this option might be available in the near future.
Why Can’t I See My Shipping Fees?
Shipping costs aren’t imported by default with the product since it’s just for you. That being said, you should set up your shipping settings in Shopify, more is here. Keep in mind, that shipping rates for different classes of products tend to vary. So it’s easier to select a couple target countries and calculate an average shipping cost so that you can charge your customers reasonably.
Why Should Somebody Buy from My Store Instead of Buying from the Manufacturer Directly?
Because you’re better!
As a store owner, you’re providing your audience with an outlet to easily purchase products that they’re interested in – this alone distinguishes you from a manufacturer.<
You’re also building a trustworthy brand with awesome products, great design, and compelling content, all of which make potential customers feel comfortable enough to make a purchase from your store.
Can I Sell Everywhere?
Yes. However, it’s better to select a couple of target countries and focus more on them. This way it’s easier to calculate shipping costs, to do your marketing and reach customers more efficiently.
Can I Use USPS, DHL or Canada Post Shipping That is in My Shipping Settings?
No, you shouldn’t use carrier shipping methods since they aren’t compatible with Soldouts. Shipping methods, prices and time are provided by suppliers and you can’t offer any other shipping methods.
Can I Return Items or Get a Refund?
Yes, but each case is individual and there are no general rules. Your very first step is to reach supplier and explain the problem. More about returns and refunds are here.