Not Sure How To find supplier

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Hi all! I'm new to this forum and really intend to create a good relationship with you all!

I have been dropshipping for the last two years and am now opening a skincare niche store. I figured I would start by talking with you guys about my current issue which is HUGE for a dropshipping store.

So I already know what products I want but what I was wondering is: How do you guys regularly find your suppliers? Are there any special directories you guys use?
Thanks guys
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    We get on the phone and ask the actual brands if they will dropship for us. If not, we ask them if they can let us know who their distributors or large buyers are and we contact them.

    Please Note: I said to call them on the phone. If you email them, your email will almost always be ignored and deleted.
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    • Profile picture of the author SeeyouVader
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      We get on the phone and ask the actual brands if they will dropship for us. If not, we ask them if they can let us know who their distributors or large buyers are and we contact them.

      Please Note: I said to call them on the phone. If you email them, your email will almost always be ignored and deleted.
      Does this method work for general stores who have hundreds of orders in many different product ?
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      • Profile picture of the author cheese1688
        Originally Posted by SeeyouVader View Post

        Does this method work for general stores who have hundreds of orders in many different product ?
        I honestly don't see why it wouldn't. Some stores may not give you their supplier sometimes.
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by SeeyouVader View Post

        Does this method work for general stores who have hundreds of orders in many different product ?
        Well, few if any, massively successful eCommerce sites started as general stores that sold everything. Amazon started with books and only books. Both WayFair and Hayneedle started with individual niche websites that many years later - after they had a massive customer base from their dozens and dozens of websites - they combined into the giant "online general stores" that you see today.

        Just get one supplier at a time, add their products and go for the next one on your list. You also might find an actual authorized distributor of the product line you are looking to carry. Usually, they carry many different brands of that product.
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    Alibaba is a great source of suppliers, but it's highly competitive. You can find many many companies on there that can probably do what you want. They can create the products for you or you can use products already available.

    Many dropshippers use Alibaba. The only thing to watch out for is minimum order quantity. It's usually quite high. However, you can develop relationships with the vendors and negotiate lower order quantities or cost per unit etc. Many of the vendors are very familiar with the dropshipping business model and can help you sort everything out.

    I'm not sure how your business is set up. Are you using Amazon? If so, you can ship your Alibaba products to an Amazon warehouse to store them. Once there, you can market the products and your delivery time will be the same as any other Amazon product.
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  • Profile picture of the author allegandro
    What I would do, is just email or phone all the brands you like.
    Ask if they have a supplier in your region or if they do direct dropshipping from them.

    When you found them, just merge the feeds and get the best deals out of them and put those on your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by allegandro View Post

      What I would do, is just email or phone all the brands you like.
      Ask if they have a supplier in your region or if they do direct dropshipping from them.

      When you found them, just merge the feeds and get the best deals out of them and put those on your website.
      Emails almost never work. They are much easier to ignore and delete than a phone call is. You need to call them.

      You need to realize that these people often get dozens of requests per week for this and after awhile, they become jaded because 90+% of the people they set accounts up for never send a single order.
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  • Profile picture of the author npoint
    Have you heard about Aliexpress ?
    Thousands of wholesalers are available there. Easy integration, once you are integrated , you got access to all the wholesalers on that platform. You do not have to worry about shipping, cos many wholesalers have their warehouses in Europe
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