Dropshipping; Tips To Begin Selling Online
By Khairul Afzan Aziz
Founder of Somore.net
First Malaysia E-Dropshipper
What is Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is A real Wholesale Dropship supplier who will send products directly
to your customers for you, one product at a time, from their warehouse.
You pay a wholesale price for the products, one at a time, and charge your customer
your retail price. The difference between those price is your profit. You never
have to touch the product, or spend money to fill your house up with products that
you might not sell. The Wholesale Dropshipper does that for you.
To avoid any chance of delivery problems when using dropshipping by ordering 1 or
2 of your hottest selling items from the wholesaler. This will serve as a backup in the
event the Wholesaler is out of stock on those items. Not only will you always have a
backup for your ordering customers, you will also be able to experience what your
customers are experiencing when they get an order delivered to them.
Using Dropshippers allow you to sell brand new, brand name products and etc to
your customers without paying for those products before you sell them. Keep in mind
using Dropshipping costs you a little more, because the Dropshipper does a lot of the
work for you and has to charge you a slightly higher wholesale price. It’s a great way
to test a product market, and many people use Dropshippers as a regular and
continuing part of their Product Sourcing Methods.
Here is how dropshipping works
1. You open an internet store, or start an account on an Auction site, like eBay,
lelong.com.my. or even mudah.my to start selling your product.
2. You find a Wholesale Supplier who is willing to Dropship the product you want
to sell. In this situation for example our website Somore.net .
The red arrow above show 3 currencies option to you to chose. RM, USD
and GBP. Click the currency option if you want to know price of our product
in that particular currency.
3. You establish an account with the Dropship Supplier(s) you choose.
3.1 For Somore we provide TWO types of account. FREE membership,
customer get only Retail Price but still get into our rewards program.
Purchase of RM10 get 1 point that is equal to 10 cents. They still can sell
the product but get a slim margin (profit) only. Thing maybe different if they
get the demand for the higher price.
3.2 Paid membership. Somore membership fee is only RM5 permonth with
benefit of Reseller Price, Rewards points. and discount of Handling on
Bulk purchase. Plus free 2 e-books with reseller rights permonth, links
send direct to member’s email.
4. You need to copy images and descriptions of the products you want to sell
from the Supplier, and place them on your Internet Store or Auction. For
example, after you surf Somore.net and identify the product click the picture to
enlarge, click right button mouse and ‘save image as’ to your desktop or
laptop. Also copy the description of the product from the product info.
The figure below shows example of product at somore that can be
downloaded (the images and product description)
Copy product image
(enlarge it first)
5. A customer finds your Store or Auction, and falls in love with a product that
you have priced at, for example, RM 50. They purchase the item with their
credit card. Your Store or Auction charges their credit card RM 50 plus
6. You email the order to your Dropship Supplier, along with the customer’s
name and address. (for Somore.net just email to firstname.lastname@example.org or sms
7. The Dropship Supplier sends the product directly to your customer from the
warehouse, with YOUR business name, on the package. For Somore.net, to
do so you need to key in your actual name and address when registered with
Somore to make sure we can put your actual information for your customer.
8. The Supplier charges you the wholesale price of for example RM 40, plus
shipping (you’ve already passed the shipping charge on to your customer, so
the shipping costs you nothing).
9. Your customer gets a great name brand product from your store or auction
shipped to their door, and they tell al their friends about you, and you make
even more money.
Now, you just made a RM 10.00 profit on one product. You never even touched the
product and you didn’t have to pay for it upfront. Please REMEMBER that you can
not expect to get too much margin on a product since Dropshipper actually already
bear the cost of time consuming, transportation and also sometimes the pressure to
face the traffic jam, long queue at post office, and etc. You can relax and enjoy
valuable time with family.
How you can be succeed through Somore.net (Dropshipping) ?
REMEMBER although all the hard effort is beared by Dropshipper but as Home Base
Internet Entrepreneur or popular term, SOHO you still have VERY IMPORTANT
works to do.
1) Keep learning the Tips and Tricks of the internet marketing world. Internet
provide DYNAMIC information that keep updating. Laziness will make you left
behind. For FREE Internet Business Magazine you can click this link
2) Remember winning is about thinking one step ahead – you always need to
make research using some online tools. Find product that can be sold and the
right market for it. Frankly speaking, Somore.net is some of it, but you can find
more out there.
Please AVOID Common Mistake.
“You have to sell a product you are Passionate about”
This is a few links that will be useful to make market research:
You Need to do Market Research First. Some of it is as follows:
For ebay: 1) http://www.terapeak.com/
Also to analyse demographic (such as age range, gender,and etc for many
high ranked websites click this link: eg for lelong.com.my
After you know what is the demanded or hottest product, the price and
percentage of sales and what kind of people in terms of gender, age, family
and education background, you then can decide what product that will be
suitable for your target customer.
3) In order to have your own store for FREE you can go to
http://www.vendio.com/ . You can put all the products you get from
Somore.net website and start to sell it there or direct it to your ebay auction.
4) Or if you want FREE E-Commerce website to sale your product just click here,
5) Maybe some of the readers familiar with blogging but here are some for those
who still new with it. You can have your own blog for FREE just like a website
to promote your product;
6) After setting up product platform (blog, website, online store and etc) you need
to have correct advertisement methods. You can use some paid program
such Google Adwords, PPC (pay-per-click) program. To increase traffic to
your store, blog, website and etc. Google provide many packages but you can
begin it as low as USD30 or RM 100 permonth. TRAFFIC is also means
CUSTOMER. More traffics so you can get more potential buyers of your
products. To learn about google PPC program click this link, Google Adwords .
Note: please make sure you are ready before going for the paid
7) Other way to advertise for FREE is by using this program comment kahuna to
post you comment to high traffic blog or forum that will in return bring traffic to
your store. Click this link www.commentkahuna.com
8) Also the direct promotion or sales you can make is by selling it through
ebay.com.my (Malaysia e-bay) or ebay.com (USA ebay) or ebay.co.uk (UK
ebay) where the differences in currency give you more opportunity. Eg: if in
Ringgit Malaysia the Product price is RM 25 but in USD it price is $ 6.75, it
looks like more cheaper compare to sell in RM. Instead of that the US market
is larger than Malaysia market.
But how to go to oversea Market (USA, UK and etc)?
This is the steps you can do: (use it as a checklist as well)
1) Open up an account with paypal (there is many other secure online
transaction provider such as alert pay but I use paypal for example). Go to
www.paypal.com to learn more.
2) If you have credit card you can link and verify it with paypal, actually many
of my friends claim that they have paypal account but can’t withdraw the
money. That is actually many of Malaysian do not know instead of credit
card we also can use debit card for that. If you want to read my steps in
applying the card you can read it from my blog
www.alafafzan.blogspot.com . You can transfer your money from paypal to
the Credit or Debit card. However bear in mind, Paypal charges USD5 for
each withdrawal made.
3) Then open up account with e-bay (if you don’t have it yet). If you already
have Malaysia E-bay just go to the international selling requirements. Click
here; www.ebay.com.my. Below is example of screenshot for Malaysia
Ebay User. See the read arrow. The rest of the process will be shown by
Ebay. Ebay will ask for either to submit all valid documents like copy of
Identification card, Utility bills and etc. Or verify using credit or debit card.
In that case I use Public Bank Visa Electron Debit Card. To sign up online
Example of screenshot to sell to US ebay.
Instead of ebay US you can also try to market your product at Ebay UK, click
here http://www.ebay.co.uk/ to learn more.
4) After you verify and link the card to e-bay, you now can start selling your
product. But WAIT you must remember. US ebay charges some fee for the
listing, this is different with Malaysia where the listing is free. To learn more
you can joint forum at http://www.wangcyber.com/forum/perniagaan-
internet/12432-diari-usahawan-ebay-berhingus.html where there is some
discussion regarding the tips and trick doing business abroad.
5) Learn and keep learn, you need patient and focus on what you are doing.
Begin with 2 or 3 items then adding more when you get the rhythm. And
REALLY when you keep learning this online marketing and business world
you find out that you know less than what you’ve thought.
6) Maybe some of us can’t write in English very well (including me actually)
Hence, this link will be helpful to them write advertisement or to inform
oversea customer via email or message. A FREE Translation Services
Good news for the paypal user here is extra link for you to get daily income
(not to much but if you multiply it properly you get extra income). The link is
Ok, I think thats all for the meantime, if you all need some assistant regarding
dropshipping please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com or sms to
019-2843850, I am not a Sifu but I will try to give the best for readers and our valued
We at Somore.net value any feedbacks and comments regarding this ebook and our
beta Somore.net website. We would like to apologize to all readers and customers if
this information is not complete and our website is not provide sufficient services
(since it still at beta level).
Thank you, and good luck.
Khairul Afzan Bin Aziz
First Malaysia E-Dropshipper
The figure below illustrates how Drop shipper works
Other useful link:
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