Starting into Dropshipping - Amazon FBA or eBay

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Hello,

I'm new to dropshipping and wanting to explore the different ways to start my journey - Shopify, Amazon FBA or ebay.

I do have my concerns about starting out on a platform like Shopify as I feel I'd be like a lone ship in the sea, having to take care of store design, marketing, etc., while if I choose a platform like Amazon FBA or eBay, I'd be on a well known platform where I already have potential buyers close by.

I don't want to hold an inventory.

I'm totally new to Amazon FBA and eBay dropshipping.

Several questions - is it really possible to do amazon FBA without holding an inventory, how do I start, what are the startup checklist
Would appreciate if I could get some guidance on all this, pls.
#amazon #dropshipping #ebay #fba #starting
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    FBA means fulfillment by Amazon but it is not dropshipping. They warehouse items that you purchase in bulk and then do the shipping for you. Likewise, eBay does not have any prodcuts that you can dropship.

    Both are simply places to advertise your goods but you need to find a supplier who will dropship for you first. You can take the easy way out and get no-name, generic products dropshipped from China via AliExpress and deal with a TON of competition or you can go the more difficult, less competition route of contacting actual brands and seeing if they will dropship for you or if they can provide you with contact info about their distributors who might dropship for you.

    There is a whole lot more information you need to know about dropshipping than can be answered in a simple bulletpoint list in a forum thread. There are many courses online, some paid, some free, that will help you a great deal in your journey.
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  • Profile picture of the author rubylulu
    It is possible to do amazon without holding an inventory. However, if you can't provide a fast delivery service, your listing will not have good rankings and comments.
    Then, FBA should hold an inventory.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fay Naj
      That's more what I'm looking at - not holding an inventory but selling FBA products but really need to know more on how to start.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fred Kimberly
    When you say dropshipping through Amazon FBA, it just sounds you need to understand the FBA itself. Under FBA program you have to send inventory to Amazon's warehouse so Amazon can fulfill orders on your behalf. While on the other hand, when you do dropshipping then your supplier will ship the items after receiving the order from you and the payment of course!

    However, you can still dropship on Amazon using individual account. If you have completed your product research and have supplier on hand then simply list your items and start promoting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fay Naj
    Oops, Looks like I've been using the words in the wrong places. Well, atleast I am now getting to understand the terminology better.

    Maybe I can put what I have in mind and can be better guided?

    What I want to sell is, home decor products inclined towards nature: bamboo, wood.
    I don't wish to hold an inventory, but rather work with ready sellers on Amazon, working on the FBA model.
    So I get an order, and in turn place it with the FBA seller on Amazon with an agreement that the Amazon (FBA) seller ships the item to my customer in my name. (I hope I'm making sense)

    Is something like this possible - whether on Amazon or eBay?
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Fay Naj View Post

      Oops, Looks like I've been using the words in the wrong places. Well, atleast I am now getting to understand the terminology better.

      Maybe I can put what I have in mind and can be better guided?

      What I want to sell is, home decor products inclined towards nature: bamboo, wood.
      I don't wish to hold an inventory, but rather work with ready sellers on Amazon, working on the FBA model.
      So I get an order, and in turn place it with the FBA seller on Amazon with an agreement that the Amazon (FBA) seller ships the item to my customer in my name. (I hope I'm making sense)

      Is something like this possible - whether on Amazon or eBay?
      I still think that you do not get it. There is no such thing as an FBA seller on Amazon that will dropship for you. You need to make contact with actual companies or distributors, get a dropship account set up with them and then promote their produts any way you like - on your own website, on Amazon, on social networks, email, whatever.

      Now, you may find some people who sell on Amazon that also have their own websites that have affiliate programs where you make a small commission for a referral to them just like you can make money as an affiliate for practically anything on Amazon but that is a whole different scene.

      Incidentally, there are quite a few manufacturers who dropship wood and bamboo home items. I can't tell you who because it would not be fair to people I know who have already done the hard work of finding those manufacturers and setting up accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author mspiky
    The short answer to your question is that Amazon will hold your inventory. You'll have to pay them a fee every month for doing just that. You still should have your products shipped to your house. This way you can make sure everything is okay before sending them off to Amazon.

    I highly suggest that you read as much material as possible about selling with Amazon FBA. The entire process is something you'll have to become familiar with. While it's not as easy as many would like to think right off the bat, it's not complicated either. You will get to the point where it all becomes second nature to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author plamen
    hello, Fay
    i would say from my experience shopify is the best way for me
    unlike amazon fba you dont hold any inventory, if you are afraid about the shipping time dont , dont worry just make sure in the descriprion of the products you state that it would take around 2-4 weeks, that way you will escape from some big problems afterwards,
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  • Profile picture of the author offbeatzombie245
    I do shopify and amazon fba too. I get more sales on amazon cuz of high traffic. I dropship and don't hold any inventory. If you're concerned about fulfillment time of amazon then you have option in your amazon account to adjust the same. Though if you're just starting out then i would recommend you to take a look at affiliate marketing as well. Its better than drop shipping in every way
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