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Hey, so I started dropshipping this month. Set up my site, added product, and started advertising. But i havnt made any sales. I have been trying to make it look more professional so that I can get sales, and getting the product just right.

Its a tech gadgets store. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
#dropshiping #sales
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  • Profile picture of the author macacortes
    To get sales there's several factors you need:
    - product that it is already selling
    - a good video
    - facebook ads strategy

    If you got the two first options, for facebook ads one of the strategies you can make it's to try: one adset- only one interest (correlated with product)
    Make 7-10 adsets like before
    a budget of $10 each adset
    After 24 hours you have no sale, turn off that adset. If not keep it for 24 hours more.
    If you have recurring sales, you can start to scale. And that's a different strategie. You can try that at the beggining and see if it works for you. Hope that helps
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      this sounds cool, I will use this
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      • What's also great is you can re-target these same audiences. A re-targeting campaign might help you find out how many times a user needs to see an ad before closing a sale.

        Just a thought!
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    • Profile picture of the author efriedel
      Originally Posted by macacortes View Post

      To get sales there's several factors you need:
      - product that it is already selling
      - a good video
      - facebook ads strategy

      If you got the two first options, for facebook ads one of the strategies you can make it's to try: one adset- only one interest (correlated with product)
      Make 7-10 adsets like before
      a budget of $10 each adset
      After 24 hours you have no sale, turn off that adset. If not keep it for 24 hours more.
      If you have recurring sales, you can start to scale. And that's a different strategie. You can try that at the beggining and see if it works for you. Hope that helps
      Can you guide me i have an Amazon store and the option to create a website. But i have thought about not building the website and just focus my energy on my Amazon store.

      As naturally Amazon as a marketplace has more credibility than a stand alone ecommerce site with all the bells and whistles integrated. (My observation)

      Now having said that at a cost of $39.95/mth seller fulfilled have my own inventory my profits are around $4-5 per item.

      I have created 2-3 unique product videos that will drive sales i'll be testing them on Instagram using low cost shout out hired promotions and using likes as a measurement of the video's performance.

      My Instagram page is connected to my FB business page so the ads are automatically fed to show-up if and when i decide to promote/boost them

      Now the average CPC for the items i am selling is roughly 0.40 - 0.99 and working with an ave 1% conversion rate based on industry standards i would be pretty much be breaking even with no profits taking into consideration Amazon fees.

      So FB advertisement would be a loss for me and by the way the markup is 200%.by industry standard considered as very good on items costing under $20

      So if i have to profit i need to markup least 500% and overpriced am i missing something i'm using industry standard guru metrics all the way here.

      P.S.(I have found the niches not that competitive as i do get sales from time to time although not regular but i need to pick up from low cost to the FB ads i will definitely lose money or just about breaking even)

      My only option is low cost Instagram shoutouts so i am thinking promoting on Instagram would be cheaper compared to FB.

      Can i just promote on Instagram ONLY using FB??

      Have the products, have the videos do not have the profit margins with limited financial resources i have good credit.

      But was burnt pretty badly when i first started out in the late 2008 dot.com era too much hype created too much spending do not wish to take this route again. Still paying off credit cards for the initial ecom biz.

      Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        Originally Posted by efriedel View Post

        I have created 2-3 unique product videos that will drive sales i'll be testing them on Instagram using low cost shout out hired promotions and using likes as a measurement of the video's performance.

        So FB advertisement would be a loss for me and by the way the markup is 200%.by industry standard considered as very good on items costing under $20

        So if i have to profit i need to markup least 500% and overpriced am i missing something i'm using industry standard guru metrics all the way here.

        The bold is your issue... LIKES have nata zilch zero to do with SALES. CONVERSIONS are the true and ONLY variable you need to be looking at in terms of how well an ad is performing.. NO SALES... BAD ad. An Ad can have 300 likes in a day and not produce a sale.. does that make the ad good? in my book.. NOPE

        3 sales for every 100 views of the video ad.. THAT is what you are looking for
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    • Profile picture of the author Premo85
      You have to plan a strategy for marketing the products on your store. Although Facebook Ads is good, but I think for Tech Gadgets, you need to put more efforts on Social Media presence like Instagram Influencer, who are already in this Niche, Pinterest, Twitter etc. Make YouTube videos promoting some new Gadgets in the market to stand out of the crowd. Write down on a Notepad or Excel Spreadsheet and do promote everyday.
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  • The products must be unique and attractive. Each product should be tested using different ad groups targeted different markets with different keywords. Also, try different ad copies on each ad group to see which one works well. Start with small budget and scale/stop the campaign depending on the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author techwizard
    No one can answer this without prior details to what you did.


    It can be due to your website, pricing, product page or advertising.


    What was your advertising objective? Have you done any split testing to your adsets? How was the targeting?


    A classic "I have set up a website but didn't see money" question won't get you an real answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author checkancets
    Are you having any traffic resource. If you dont have targeted traffic you cannot make it.
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    • Profile picture of the author jehu85
      he get traffic with advertising. but i thinks the question is which kind of ads are being run on the platform. this is so important also
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  • Profile picture of the author SidewalkWar
    Are others selling the same items online as well? Do you have competition? If yes, you'll need to make your website and offer more compelling than they do.
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    • Profile picture of the author DavidMorriss
      Yes, if you have competitors you need to make changes to make your best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Harry Yaprakov
    What advertising have you started? What do the KPIs show?
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  • Profile picture of the author skylikemake
    The market is very competitive and it's hard to sell, of course. You need to be creative, try to learn from your competitors
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  • Profile picture of the author Reprand
    Dropshipping is dead. It's too late to make profit unless you think of something very unique.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jefferson9
      no it isnt at all it will never be dead lol people will always be buying things online forever
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    • Profile picture of the author jehu85
      My stats: new store opened this month on shopify, $500 daily profits, i think dropshipping is still alive. Just have best methods and a minimum of burning desire and you can make amazing things
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by techyox View Post

    Set up my site, added product, and started advertising. But i havnt made any sales.
    To get a bit more clear.. are you Advertising the SITE or are you creating advertising for each individual product?

    IF you are advertising the site in general.. NO, you will not make sales. ( And I suspect this is the case )

    You need to be creating advertising for a single product and push traffic to that page. To be real clear.. put all your effort into ONE product and ONE product only. ONCE your efforts are starting to pay off.. you are Converting on that ONE product, THEN and only then move to the next product and the next and the next.

    Best of luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tresor Fotsing
      This is exactly why i always ask the dropshippers using my products to do.. Push One product only , the rest will follow.

      Well, It depends of the depth of your pocket. Successful dropshippers own several sites and spend lots on Ads. You should focus on a niche in a market and sell one specific products which you think your target audience is looking for.

      I usually select who dropship my products, ideas, brand and products must be align to be successful. All the best
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Test test test change website change products change niche change traffic source .something must to work
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    • Profile picture of the author jehu85
      yeah good. some updates are important
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  • Profile picture of the author TheJoshG
    Hey Techyox,

    Is it same to assume that your store is selling low ticket items with low margins?

    Great way to start but not to focus long term!

    I would suggest the following:
    - Build an email list in your selected niche. Try to offer useful content or help in Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Forums to get leads. Offer them a freebie in exchange for their email and build your list.

    - Once the list is big enough, promote high ticket webinars offers so you can win big time in those commissions.

    - Now that you have a relationship with your list, then you can sell them the items (by dropshipping or your own products) so you can be sure of secure margins. It wouldn't hurt a great sales video

    Hope this helps!
    TheJoshG.
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    • Originally Posted by TheJoshG View Post

      Hey Techyox,

      Is it same to assume that your store is selling low ticket items with low margins?

      Great way to start but not to focus long term!

      I would suggest the following:
      - Build an email list in your selected niche. Try to offer useful content or help in Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Forums to get leads. Offer them a freebie in exchange for their email and build your list.

      - Once the list is big enough, promote high ticket webinars offers so you can win big time in those commissions.

      - Now that you have a relationship with your list, then you can sell them the items (by dropshipping or your own products) so you can be sure of secure margins. It wouldn't hurt a great sales video

      Hope this helps!
      TheJoshG.
      What the f are you talking about mate?

      Do you even know what the OP is referring to?

      High ticket items? Webinars? Freebies? List building?

      If you don't even understand the question, don't answer it. Simple.
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        But, then, how are they going to use up their daily word quota? How will they feel important?



        Originally Posted by theDarkKnightMarketer View Post

        What the f are you talking about mate?

        Do you even know what the OP is referring to?

        High ticket items? Webinars? Freebies? List building?

        If you don't even understand the question, don't answer it. Simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abdou Senni
    Sometimes it's traffic, sometimes it's not really a good product..anyway use Insta infuencers, i got great success using some targeted accounts.
    Example: lion rings, people advertise in fb and thinks, well it's a cool ring and everybody loves lions, the answer is NO, there are more targeted people, people who follows only lions accounts.. you get the idea ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zahid Maqbool
    Thank For Sharing. . .
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  • Profile picture of the author dp362pradhan
    As you started dropshipping in this month.It will take time to get sale so firstly increase your customer base.
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  • Profile picture of the author GabrielLove
    Your initiative is so beautiful I think you can make many sales by social marketing for your drop shipping business.
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  • Profile picture of the author scandal
    Dear,
    If I was at your place maybe I will advertise this site on social media like facebook and twitter and Instagram and LinkedIn account.

    So I will suggest you that advertise your site through social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author zain khalid
    Excellent Information
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  • Profile picture of the author gator1985
    Drop shipping is a method of you not holding the stock and getting it shipped to the customer using the supplier so the logistics have been done for you. Now you have to be creative and not only make sure all the images are clear but also a way that communicates to your target audience in the correct way for them to purchase. Then you have to find a marketing tool i.e Facebook which will allow you to target these customers.

    So in steps:

    1: Source products
    2: Research your market 18-34 year olds in London who buy online for new tech electronics
    3: Make product images and descriptions clear and attractive to your target market
    4: Advertise
    5: Test at least 5 different campaigns
    6: Rinse and repeat on winning campaigns

    Its short way of explaining but you put the work in to get the cash.
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  • If you don't have targeted traffic you cannot make it.
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  • Profile picture of the author djay35
    The questions you should ask is why should someone buy from you instead of your competitors?

    Are you selling something common or unique?

    Whats the benefits of people buying from you or your tech gadgets?

    Is your product fulfilling a need or desire and how so?

    Give your business time to grow. Its not a sprint its a marathon. If you are new to drop shipping study other successful drop shippers.

    Sometimes its not really about the product but how you sell it Make content that inform people about the products that you are selling. Give them valuable information about your products and how it can fulfill your prospects needs.

    I would highly recommend creating a email list as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author giorgioarmani
    Look at your traffic.

    Unless it is relevant to what you sell, you probably won't make any sales.

    You have traffic, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author enterprevic
    Originally Posted by techyox View Post

    Hey, so I started dropshipping this month. Set up my site, added product, and started advertising. But i havnt made any sales. I have been trying to make it look more professional so that I can get sales, and getting the product just right.

    Its a tech gadgets store. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
    I think you just need to be a little more patient and try out new techniques then try to diversify
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  • The best place for your tech gadgets to sale is facebook. Try a facebook ad campaign, create a unique video, it is easy to find a video maker on fiverr.com and run a campaign on facebook. Facebook will show your ad only those peopeles who searched for the gadgets in history and for sure you will get more sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author rock
    The whole thing with this model is that you have to become an expert on how to find trending products. You can't just pick something that is appealing to you, and start marketing on a hope and a prayer. There are two ways of generating targeted traffic to your offers. Free and paid. Regardless of what vehicles or platforms, you choose to drive traffic with. This traffic has to be very nitch specific and super targeted. in order to get this type of traffic requires you to be educated in whatever traffic source you use.

    For instance, if you settled on Facebook paid traffic you really need to become somewhat of an expert in building a successful campaign. These campaigns are not built overnight but require a lot of testing and knowledge in their development. and after some time of testing, if your conversion rates are high enough that you're making more money then your spending on advertising you got something to start cranking up with.

    Don't think it's as easy as going and buying traffic and if you buy enough you going to make money. Nope, that is not going to happen. Whatever way you decide to drive traffic free, or paid you to have to become an expert in that manner of driving traffic or you're going not make a dime. There are just too many really smart people out there, that are experts in driving traffic with many platforms.

    You have to become an expert in one of those platforms, I don't see any other way around it. There is no easy way.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiaMatrix
    Branding is everything now a days. and if u r using the same old images from your supplier like 1000's other dropship are , then tis very hard to sell.

    Another thing , you can do is change your advertiser . Everyone is using fb ads for dropship , try making campaigns on google or twitter.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayamari R
    Good idea for social marketing and drop shipping bussiness ideal.
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    Perhaps you might want to do videos.

    Either by yourself or hire someone from Fiverr to do a series for you -

    Before uploading to Youtube channel?

    As of now things have changed.

    Besides ads and content, videos are just as critical.

    As people want to hear your voice as an assurance that they are dealing with the real person before deciding whether your offers are worth their money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayamari R
    I started my first dropshipping store couple weeks ago selling a certain style baby clothing. I ran Facebook ads for 1-2 weeks and have had approximately 50 people visiting my website each day but so far I've only got one sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author amcolex
    I'd recommend looking at Gabriel St-Germain on youtube. One of the few channels who actually seems authentic in terms of what he claims, and how to do it.
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  • are you using facebook ads?
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    What kind of marketing are you doing? The chances of something being sold is greatly affected by the kind of marketing that you do or if you are reaching the right audience for your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tanyiah
    Call a referencing company so your website will be more shown on the net..
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  • Profile picture of the author grancompany
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adil Anees
    Hi Dear first of all welcome onboard to the best platform "Warrior Forum"

    Considering your above concern, first, you have proceed with your product marketing in order to get sales of it. what will be the track to proceed with Effective marketing?

    Now here i gna tell you that there are multiple ways for effective marketing but they are very expensive, I ll suggest you to start with Email marketing which will help you to your product awareness whatever the country you are from or what ever the targeted audiences you required.

    Email marketing is Cheap first and its more beneficial as compared to other marketing tools. as you know everyone checks their email on daily basis so its the right path to prceed with marketing. now the question is which audience you should cater" Now its depends on your requirements, as i am doing email marketing all over the glove to increase sales of my business ( Not Spaming) and every day i get 3 3 conversions. now the question is which software you should proceed with email marketing because these days its much diffcult to enter the client inbox as all the provides have restricted many things for spamming. Now you have to options here i ll suggest to go with Mumara, i am using it because its having spintag which can rotate the the email subject or from email name to have maximum delivery, also autoresponders, triggers, drag and drop email builder to make your email look good, in $10 monthly, also it gives you the feature of Web form which will help you to cater more leads or genrate more leads.

    Your Welcome Man let me know incase of any ambiguity.
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  • Profile picture of the author calvinmd1
    create a Pinterest Account on niche , use the follow/unfollow methods untill you get to 1000followers ,remember follow 100 people a day. Pin a couple pins from other peoples boards. Final step join minimum on 10 big groups boards and start pining your content to the boards .
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  • Profile picture of the author Sinclar
    Most often, dropoffs occur for one of the following reasons:
    Poor (and therefore untrustworthy) site design.
    Costly shipping.
    Low-quality unbranded products sourced from dubious Chinese merchants.
    A problematic shipping-timeline and refund period.
    Lack of information about the seller (a Gmail in the "contact us", nothing in "About Us", no contact address for returns).
    People have extremely high expectations these days about professionalism as it pertains to eCommerce. Dropshipping margins are shrinking by the hour it seems, and word has been out for years that dropshipping is a "quick buck" -- which means that it isn't one anymore. If you want to compete, you have to be great. Nothing else will do.
    Good luck out there!
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  • Profile picture of the author wolexontop
    You need the right knowledge and tools to scale through the world of dropshiping
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  • Profile picture of the author sonikhan
    Real targetted Social traffic makes a good conversion.you should try to know from where you will get this....
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  • Profile picture of the author MSutton
    Originally Posted by rock View Post

    you have to become an expert on how to find trending products. You can't just pick something that is appealing to you, and start marketing on a hope and a prayer.
    That advice is what most new dropship retailers fail to understand.

    Putting a product on a web page with payment buttons or putting together a shopify or woocommerce store together isn't even half the battle of making money with dropshipping - it's maybe 10% at best.
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  • Profile picture of the author vasskachk
    You definitely need a good video and brand. Rather, start doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamell
    Take this into consideration .Do not expect to set up a website "add products" and make sales. First of all you need to make sure that your website pages are search friendly i.e ranking for keywords related to your products services .In addition to having a search friendly website you need content to help draw people to your website because people usually search web pages and browse before making purchasing decisions. Make sure that the images you use look vibrant and that your product descriptions are clear.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnemanShow
    i started my dropshipping business couple of months ago now started generating sales (3 or 4 sales a week) posted heavily on FB with couple of FB accounts .didn't spend any money on ADS yet lost my FB accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Lovecchio
    If you haven't made any sales, then what are you drop-shipping?
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  • target your main audiences on facebook
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    Try to increase your online presence first as this helps with reaching a larger audience. Aside from ads you can also try influencer marketing. I suggest you learn more about this if you want to try it out. Youtube is a good place to start.
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  • Profile picture of the author HJA Fun
    awesome i will try it
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  • Profile picture of the author Stark108
    Marketers should act smart and focus on ROI instead of hesitating to invest in good softwares. Nothing brings conversion like Video advertisement. Specially in dropshipping and product review. Embedding product video in your website not only makes your website professional and trustworthy but also makes it highly UNIQUE which helps to convert your traffic into real customer.


    I have spent several month myself to find best video softwares and trust me nothing comes near to videomax. I suggest you to have a look on it. I have also collected several books that could help to convert traffic. If you think on buying videomax I will be more than happy to leave you my affiliate link. You will get bonus content if you buy videomax from my affiliate link so it can be win-win for both of us .
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    • Profile picture of the author NateYoung
      Everyone who gave their advice on this thread have really great tips and I'm sure if you implement just one or two of these you will increase your sale and profits.



      Marketing is a huge key factor for success in drop shipping and any other business regardless of the product or products that you sell. This is exactly why you need a good idea of how you want to market your products.



      I have been in drop shipping since 1998 and I can tell you that everyone should be using the major social media sites to market the products they sell via drop shipping. Some of these include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Pinterest. However, I would market on other platforms as well due to the fact that the more places you market or sell your products the more sales you will get.



      Since I only source products from the manufacturer I have sold on Amazon, eBay, Wal-Mart, NewEgg, and Rakuten just to name a few. Obviously those are not all of the endless list of channels that you can sell your dropship products on but you get the idea.


      In addition to that is your price points and potential profit margin on each product you sell. The larger the profit margin after your costs for the item as well as listing and seller fees the more money you will make. I think for everyone that alone should be a no brainer. But I have found that most people who try to get into drop shipping don't understand that concept.



      I have talked to many would be drop shippers who have said they source products on Amazon to sell on eBay or they use 3rd party distributors who have increased the price so they can make a profit too. It is true you can find great deals on Amazon however, you are still paying twice as much as the person who sources from the manufacturer directly which means smaller profits and you have to sell twice as much just to realize a profit vs the person who sources from the manufacturer.



      If you source from the manufacturer your profits are much higher as you spend much less to purchase the same product than the person who sources from Amazon.



      Example: Seller A sources an item for $125.00 on Amazon and sells it on eBay for 150.00. Seller A would see a profit of $25.00 before paying any Paypal and eBay seller fees. So if he spent $10 on the total cost to acquire the sale which includes marketing expenses, Paypal, and eBay seller fees Seller A would be able to pocket $15.00


      Example: Seller B sources the same item from XYZ manufacturer for $50.00 and sells it on eBay for the same $150.00. Seller A would see a profit of $100.00 before paying any Paypal and eBay seller fees. So if Seller B spent the same $10 to aquire the sale which includes marketing expenses, Paypal and eBay seller fees. Seller B would be able to pocket $90.00



      In these examples Seller B made much more on the exact same product with the same overhead expenses. I know you are probably thinking that it isn't possible to source products from manufacturers as they do not drop ship. However, the fact remains that most manufacturers will drop ship and that you can source the product for much much less than you could ever buy it on Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexbn
    Advice: Do not do dropshipping unless you know how to do ads and you have a big capital to invest.
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  • Profile picture of the author promoparrot
    Dropshipping can become a nightmare. There are lots of ways to go about it. However, the issue that you have mentioned is very common. The first thing that you should look at is if you are getting any traffic.

    If YES, then the design of the site is poor (prospects don't like it), the products that you are selling are not trending at the moment or the prices of your products are too high.

    If NO, you should have a look at the advertising that you are doing to check that it is set up correctly and targeting the keywords that you are looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author wickedstock1
    You can promote your products By social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebestsellers
    Buy Targeted Website Traffic. These visitors will be more inclined to make purchases from you, because they are already seeking out the type of website that you have.
    Getting traffic isn't always a big deal, but getting the quality ones that converts sometimes becomes a headache. If you are thinking of buying general traffic and expecting it to yield results, then you might not end up making a dime out of it. You need to make sure that you are reaching out to the right audience who are looking for your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jerrico
    If your using shopify or a site with a pixel installed, you won't get sales till the pixel matures from activity, generally that means you will pour a lot of money into testing and running a lot of adsets (facebook?) with the expectation of building your pixel, then it will be smart enough to find people who specifically need/want your service/product.

    But when that pixel fires enough times (200?) and you've done your homework building better ads, watching data from engagement, adjusting ads i.e. running one for all female if your data tells you your ad is being engaged by mostly women, you'll adjust your ads, market targeting/retargeting, and test the hell out of everything, that's how you flood with data and give the pixel the information it needs to target deeper (fb has severe targeting because it knows everything about everyone on there who uses it a lot).

    It's a big mistake to expect sales right away, but when you do finally make sales they flood in, some products won't work regardless, so test a different one, test a different ad, change wording, ad emoticons, one guy simply changed his laptop picture to a side view and all of a sudden he got sales, another guy changed the button color from red to green and got more conversions. This engine is powerful if you learn how to do it right, and adjust your expectations, but it's also as complicated as building a car from scratch but you learn a little bit every time you fail- so fail, it's part of the equation, at first you'll fail more in the 75% range, but as you adjust course from what you learned along the way, you'll bring that down substantially.

    Make sure your store loads fast, you'll lose position (fb) if your pages take 10+ seconds to load, don't try to make it professional looking at the expense of page load times, keep it simple and clean. I just got into the game myself, from SEO background, now learning e-commerce and just got my own store up with 200 products, but tell you a secret, only about 20 are going to make my million, and it may be 20 I add later, but having a full store looks more professional if they do due diligence before buying.

    I use Shopify for my storefront, Klavio for my email marketing, oberlo for ordering automation and product importing from ali express, and Facebook ads (Instagram and others too). Picking a winning product means you can hit a million dollars from just it, but there are a lot of products that just don't do it, no matter how much you like the product.

    I would launch ads optimizing for add to cart (atc) to get a feel for who wants my product if anyone, if I get a good amount of engagement (not purchase), I'll retarget them for a few days then test a few variations of the ad, gather data from all of that (pixel), and retarget with an ad custom made from the data optimizing for purchase...

    There are a lot of strategies from engagement ads (to see who your audience is and what they like) it can be a blog post or video (not even product video just i.e. related topic). This is how I understand it, I'm in the build and polish the site phase, and optomizing descriptions (very important, it's what sells or breaks the sale), pictures (shrinking for faster page load), conversion features, email marketing... it's a lot, but it works.

    The only way you can fail is to give up. Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author rafimahmudbd24
    In that time we generated a little over half a million dollars in sales. ... Drop shipping is not one of those things where you grind every day and ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Jerrico
    at first it definately is. Once you get things down sufficiently yea, it can be automated even through VAa but coming in from day one a month later you have to be extraordinary or have come from some other field in internet marketing, to make money at the go. It typically seems to take people 6 months to get enough experience and training, and often they get the wrong training from a greedy slick guru. dropshipping is just a gateway buisness for me, there is so much more and much easier ways to make money once you get your email list and everything situated. I've been grinding 18 hours a day everyday, it's hard, but gets easier and amazingly lucrative if you stick with it and give it all you got.
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  • Profile picture of the author Md Julkarnaine
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  • Profile picture of the author grumpyb
    I ran a large on line retail company for 12 years ( now retired ) There are so many components involved in selling anything on line. It makes me laugh when I see on TV advertisements for WIX suggesting just set you web site up and make lots of sales LOL. You need qualified traffic, I mean you need traffic that has some interest in your product, Then your product needs to be competitive and the potential buyer needs to feel secure and that you are credible. Selling on line is not simple at all and most people do not succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author NateYoung
    I have been in drop shipping since 2001 and the keys to making sales and profits are based on several factors.



    1. Product Type
    2. How Your Sourcing Products
    3. Pricing
    4. Overhead
    If your new to drop shipping or selling physical products those key factors above may cause you to scratch your head a little wondering what the heck I'm talking about. Don't worry I will make it as easy as I possibly can to understand.



    Product


    Yes! That's right the type of product you sell makes a difference. Like any product physical or digital you need to make sure your filling a need or niche if you will. Like anything you need to be passionate about the products you sell. The reason for that is you can sell every product under the sun and you won't make too many sales unless your passionate about the products.



    I usually tell people to sit down and make a list of things they enjoy. What I mean by that is if you like surfing you could sell surf boards, boogie boards, surfing gear, surf clothing like bermuda shorts, wet suits, paddle boards and the list could go on. If you like children I would recommend selling toys, or anything geared towards children.



    Since I spent several years as a preschool teacher prior to getting into drop shipping I sold children's toys and products for 13 years and made some really good money. I only did it part time but had I did it full time I would have probably earned well over 6 digits possibly even 7 digits.



    All of those products could be niches as they all fill a need. It also doesn't matter if you have lots of other people selling the same stuff all it means is you have to get more creative in how you source your products and how you market them.



    Sourcing

    Over the years I have seen a lot of so called drop shipping gurus launch their own drop shipping courses and I've bought into most of them. I didn't buy into them to learn about drop shipping but more due to the fact I like to see how these so called gurus are running their drop shipping business.



    With that said I have seen a lot of different ways people can do drop shipping and most of the courses teach people how to source products from Amazon just to sell them on eBay and other websites. I have seen a course that teaches you how to source from Ali Express just to turn around and sell them on Amazon and eBay both. I have even seen one course that teaches you how to buy products from closeout sales and clearance sales at Wal-Mart and the like.



    While all of those are okay methods none of them really go into the viability of sourcing products using those methods as they all fail to include the cost to source products as well as seller fees and marketing expenses. If you ask me none of those are truly viable ways to source products if you intend on creating a long term profitable business. No! I'm not just saying that to put anyone down or make fun of anyone's method as everyone has their own way of doing things.



    I for one would never source products using any of those methods. The reason why is that you would have to sell 5x more product just to make a good product.



    I will use a product that I have actually sold for this example which is a Ladybug Rocker that has an MSRP of $158.00 On Amazon you can buy it for $103.00 and on eBay its selling for $130.00


    The manufacturer has an MSRP of $158.00 However, the actual wholesale price is $50.00 and you sell it for $158.00 leaves you with a profit of $108.00 before listing and seller fees.



    If you buy it on Amazon $103.00 and you sell it for the same $158.00 you would have a profit of $55.00 before seller fees.



    Now lets say that between your Paypal, and eBay seller and listing fees total $10.00 you would then have a profit of $45.00 if you sourced it from Amazon.


    If you sourced it directly from the manufacturer you would have a profit of $98.00 after all of your fees. I don't know about you but if I had a choice of sourcing my products from the manufacturer rather than Amazon I know which one I would choose. For me its the manufacturer hands down.



    In all of my years of drop shipping and talking to other drop shippers or would be drop shippers not a single one of them have ever sourced from the manufacturer directly. I always get told that manufacturers will never drop ship and I find that hilarious as I have found that most will drop ship and I'm not talking about brands you have never heard of I'm talking about major name brands. In all of my 13 years I have never sourced products any other way.



    I have also never seen a drop shipping course that teaches people how to dropship by sourcing from the manufacturers. I have always questioned people the validity of doing it any other way for the very reasons in the examples I gave above. For those that do source from Amazon or Ali Express you have to sell twice as much as the person who sources from the manufacturer. For those that don't think manufacturers drop ship. You might want to look at Wal-Mart, Target and other major stores as they all sell products that are drop shipped from the manufacturer to the buyer when that product sells.


    Just my food for thought I won't go into the pricing, or overhead as for the most part its covered in the above paragraphs. Besides I have to leave some stuff out so you buy my course when I'm done creating it. But in the meantime I'm more than happy to give a few tips for those that want a little help.



    Nate Young
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  • Profile picture of the author samb7
    Originally Posted by techyox View Post

    Hey, so I started dropshipping this month. Set up my site, added product, and started advertising. But i havnt made any sales. I have been trying to make it look more professional so that I can get sales, and getting the product just right.

    Its a tech gadgets store. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!

    To succeed in dropshipping you need to build an audience... Build an audience using FB Chatbots and FB Groups. There are many courses online teaching these strategies.
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  • Profile picture of the author bikroyads
    Please try to facebook boost and other digital marketing service i hope increase product sale soon .
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  • Profile picture of the author salmanrocks
    I am doing dropshipping from a lot of years. Have seen this a lot of time that you guys failed just not because of Marketing.
    There are numerous of factor that you have to look.
    1- Your store. For that I recommend you to see other stores and look how they are making. You can easily see this by searching it on google. For Example: Niche + Store in Country
    2- The second and the really important thing that is pricing. Just look at the pricing thing when it comes to setting up the prices for your online store. Just check at Amazon, Ebay for the same product. Then look at your competitors.
    3- Product Research: Try to find some product that is not easily available. Just search posts about "niche/product" and "free shipping" Try different variations of this.
    4- Your marketing side. First specify what is going to be your target Maketing Platform. For that you can try Facebook Ads. Most of the newbies in this always fails just because of this reason that they even don't know which objective they should chose. If you ask Facebook for engagement. Facebook is going to give you the engagement. If you ask them for sales they are going to give you that. I have experienced this thing on many platforms. So, run Website Conversions Ad Campaign with Purchase Ad objective.
    You can also try Instagram Influencers in this as well. They too have a lot of audiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author daf zyrus
    Dropshipping is not easy.Its unappealing to many business owners because of its reputed low margins
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    • Profile picture of the author salmanrocks
      This thing totally depends you can even play with High Ticket Products as well.
      Just like where your Per Purchase Cost is like $50. Your Product Cost is like $300 with shipping. So you are going to make $250 net profit. Just like someone can easily do this thing in drones niche.
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by daf zyrus View Post

      Dropshipping is not easy.Its unappealing to many business owners because of its reputed low margins
      Do you have any actual Data to back up that information ?
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    You can sell anything with the right marketing. You might have a problem with your audience reach. Are they the right audience? Or are you even reaching enough audience? Consider different strategies. You might want to look into influencer marketing. That's what I did and it gave me good results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Lotzer
    Have checked out all the Free tutorials offered by the greats like Miles Beckler, Pat Flynn and many others? They teach via blog, video and podcasts.
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  • Did you check your market? Do you have a market? Did your advertising target your market? Who are your competition?

    These are all the things you need to consider before advertising, even before you start dropshipping.

    Make sure you have a market you know will buy your product.
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  • verry nice
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  • Profile picture of the author j0r3z
    Does drop shipping actually still work? I use to do it around 2013, but haven't heard much happening in that niche so figured it was already dead.
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  • Profile picture of the author SecondGuess Help
    Usually, newbie sites suck, Shopify especially. Take a look at your site. Newbies buy in to idea it is free, easy etc.

    Mistakes newbies do

    They add products with oberlo from Aliexpress (and may even think that's it!)
    They don't bother to edit titles descriptions.
    They don't edit photos
    They don't order samples
    They don't test if shipping is set up correctly.
    They don't test the payment button.

    They Don't have legal pages such as privacy policy, disclaimer, terms of service, shipping.

    They don't have proper categories.
    Sometimes they have hired or bought site from "designers" who make the site look like an advertisement, with those aliexpress descriptions it is an embarrassment.

    They have only shop/All products
    Not having about page
    Homepage is not complete
    ....if you have any of these, you have a problem

    The second thing is blowing money on ads without a plan!!!! It is not lottery even some people make money like that, but it is not a long-term strategy.

    Least you can do is build an email list and actually email them. Use MailChimp it is free.
    Then you want to upsell and downsell. You want to remind them of an abandoned cart, which can be easily made with MailChimp and others.

    Don't blow your money. Find mistakes and fix them as they accurate...this is called management, yes it is not passive, it is a real business.

    Put ad, test if it is converting sales, good. If not converting then kill it. make sure you put sales on fb, not likes or traffic. By the way, in the beginning, you need to get X amount of visits to your store so your FB pixel gets the data it can use for retargeting right people, better customers.

    Keep in mind that testing product/ads/audience is part of this journey if you don't have skills just yet it will take time to practice and learn.

    After making sales, you have to take care of returns, complaints and so on..must have a mindset of not giving up and always learning and growing.

    While it is a good idea to create a content plan and post in social media. Link everything together.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Rock
    It really depends on your competition. A brand new website will be difficult to get into the race. The best thing you can do is to get as many websites, mentions, shares, and likes to your website as possible.

    Here are a few things that you can do off the top of my head.
    • Submit your business to Moz Local
    • Add social media share and likes to your website.
    • Get someone to write/blog product reviews online and submit them to other websites that link the review links back to your website.
    • Write articles/blog posts on your website that have to do with tech gadgets and share them on your social media. If it is a good enough article/blog people will share and link to it on their own.
    • Create a YouTube channel benchtesting out your products in a video and link back to your website.
    • Find other websites that relate but are not in direct competition with you and form a partnership recommending eachother.
    • Give you product for free to someone famous and ask them to review it and promote it if they like it.
    • Double check how your website product URLs look like. Something like xxx.com/productid=363 will not work as well as xxx.com/flux-capacitor would.
    • Emply on-page optimization for each product page. If you have a WordPress website you can use the Yoast plugin. If you do not have a WordPress website then Moz offers a tool to test this out.
    • Create a contest online (other than your website) where one of your products is the prize. This will bring in brand awareness, links, and traffic to your website.
    • Create top 10 lists on things that have to do with one of your products on Facebook then link the product back to your website.
    • Share news about computer security vulnerabilities, etc. that relate to your product them. Post them on your website, wait for Google to index your post, then share off of your website.
    • Do keyword research on a particular product and find out what people search for the most with the least amount of competition then build your page around this keyword research.
    • Do keyword research on the theme of the products you sell. You will find questions that people ask frequently that you can answer on your website.

    I'm sure if I sit down and think about it I could come up with some more. Sounds like a good blog post to write for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author CutOutExpert
    Do you make buyer personas for your product?
    Did you research much before starting your business? such as product demand on your region, pricing with competitor business?
    Drop shipping is a very good business option but somethings you should consider before starting it.
    However, from my point of view, i think you have problem with targeting. focus on it than advertise your product. Hope that problem will be solved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monica8297
    Hey guy's are you have any traffic source? If you have any traffic source you can do it .
    Thank you so much for your post.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdeallsorts
    I'm on ebay.co.uk, I dropship.

    I'd love to increase traffic and get more consistent sales.

    Any ideas / tips?

    I have an instagram account i post a couple of pictures up with link to drive traffic but thats it, no website and no facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonVanDevere
    I have created several dropshipping sites. My first few never made any money. Some of them had sales but not enough to cover what I was spending in ads.

    What changed it all for me was buying a Udemy course that taught me how to make a site. There are tons of courses on there for about $10, look for one with lots of good reviews and give it a try, the investment is WAY more than worth it. They will teach you how to make your site look great and implement add ons and apps that will make your site seem a lot more professional.

    Getting your first profitable store is an awesome experience, stay at it, let me know if there is something else I can do to help!
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  • Profile picture of the author Monica8297
    What advertising you want to started?
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  • Profile picture of the author adecore
    Originally Posted by techyox View Post

    Hey, so I started dropshipping this month. Set up my site, added product, and started advertising. But i havnt made any sales. I have been trying to make it look more professional so that I can get sales, and getting the product just right.

    Its a tech gadgets store. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
    Hmmm..did you've get solutions
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  • Profile picture of the author t1tutorials
    Which strategy are you following?
    Have you followed a dropshipping course ?
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Not enough informations to know what is wrong.

    Maybe the product is bad,
    Maybe your targetting is bad,
    Maybe your store is bad,
    Maybe your Ad is bad,
    Maybe your product description is bad,
    Maybe all the above.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ossai Ojie
    Try out video marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author Gadgets Path
    simple, does you love to buy something from your website... see yourself from the eye of the buyer... if it seems ok, then you must be lacking in marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author AskiKaOwnzYou
    You need to use keywords for bing ads and google adwords like:

    "BUY PRODUCT NAME"
    "HOW TO BUY PRODUCT NAME ONLINE"

    ETC.

    Only use these keywords for pay per click and you will make sales.

    The only other issue is if your website does not form "TRUST" for the customers.

    You really need seals of approval from "norton anti-virus, comodo/etc ssl certificate security badges etc".

    Basically, you need to form "TRUST" with the customers or they will not purchase.

    Private message me the url of your website you use to drop-ship and I'll check it out for ya, cheers.

    David Kellas.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiaMatrix
    Try to make your own videos. Do not use random aliexpress videos instead make your own and promote them.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnjanaDhanvi
    Drop shipping is a supply chain management method in which the retailer does not keep goods in stock but instead transfers the customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer, another retailer, or a wholesaler, who then ships the goods directly to the customer.
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  • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
    Originally Posted by techyox View Post

    Hey, so I started dropshipping this month. Set up my site, added product, and started advertising. But i havnt made any sales. I have been trying to make it look more professional so that I can get sales, and getting the product just right.

    Its a tech gadgets store. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
    First of all: tech gadgets is probably one of the most competitive niches in the world. Secondly, if you are not selling the lowest price on your gadgets, you will not make any sales.

    Shopping for price on tech gadgets is only a click away.

    Thirdly: I am only guessing because the amount of info you have given warrants only guesses.

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author maraby
    The products must be unique and attractive.
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