Where do you get OEM/branded products for dropshipping?

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Most dropshipping sites offer any product you can think of, and almost all of them provide quality as well. I just wanted to know if there is a site where even branded products are available for dropshipping. Let's say I want to sell a Dell laptop, do I have to contact Dell for that or is there some other way?
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
    It depends. Some require you to be approved as a seller before they let their distributors sell to you. Some just don't care, some will approve you, you just have to follow MAP, it is not a black and white answer. Some don't allow drop shipping, some do. Some allow Amazon and eBay, some don't.

    Dell is kinda a bad example since you won't be able to get wholesale pricing any better than retail pricing at Newegg and Amazon. Most who do are Value Added Resellers that are doing things like network installations or Managed Service Providers.

    If you are talking about sites like Doba and other sites like that, most of us who have been doing this for a while will steer you away from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raindance
    ^^^ Thanks for your response. It does give me a start on the topic. I am not expecting to find branded products on Doba and such websites. I was actually thinking if I could sell branded products, my site might gain a little weight in the eyes of the visitor as well. Amazon, as well, is dropshipping in most cases of selling branded products. How are they doing it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Raindance
    I took the name of Dell just as an example; I'm not an electronics seller. However, eBags.com is the perfect example of what I'm trying to accomplish. eBags.com is a retail website that sells every brand's bags on its website via dropshipping. Where do you find these suppliers with branded products for dropshipping?
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    • Profile picture of the author ohgworld
      Originally Posted by Raindance View Post

      I took the name of Dell just as an example; I'm not an electronics seller. However, eBags.com is the perfect example of what I'm trying to accomplish. eBags.com is a retail website that sells every brand's bag on its website via dropshipping. Where do you find these suppliers with branded products for dropshipping?
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      You stated that 'eBags' is a perfect example that you try to accomplish ...

      If you mean you are trying to enter the very competitive market to sell 'bags or purses etc', I would strongly advise you to do your research; especially as there is a lot of 'faked' merchandise in this market niche that can get you in trouble - in other words, you better find a legit, reliable distributor who is selling (proven) authentic merchandise, or yourself become an authorized reseller for authentic bags/purses (such as Dior, etc.) ...

      In my honest opinion, you can only make real money in becoming an authorized reseller for authentic (high priced) brands (such as Dior, YSL, etc.), but it will take a due diligence research on your side to find these rare product sources - if you find them, and they accept you as an authorized reseller for their authentic products, you will easily make between $500-$300 per sale
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  • Profile picture of the author malia
    eBags.com is a retail website that sells every brand's bag on its website via dropshipping. Where do you find these suppliers with branded products for dropshipping?
    eBags has tons of brand recognition and proven revenues. At that level, you can get manufacturers to drop ship. Nordstrom, Saks and many major retailers have these arrangements with some or most of the brands they carry. Starting up, you will not get those opportunities from brands that are known and searched for. You may be able to get a hungry, up and coming handbag/accessories brand to agree to drop ship for an unknown retailer, but not an established one.

    In my honest opinion, you can only make real money in becoming an authorized reseller for authentic (high priced) brands (such as Dior, YSL, etc.),
    Except that as a start up ecommerce retailer, you won't get approved as an authorize reseller. You can get fakes all day long, and fakes from companies claiming to provide authentic product, but not the real thing in the authorized reseller channel. That merchandise is even difficult to acquire in the gray market.
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    • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
      It is really as simple as reaching out to the brand and asking the question, can I sell your stuff? Some will, some won't. I have been approved as a retailer for high end stuff and then yet denied by low end manufacturers. Usually if you can start out with at least a few brands, show some sales, it gives you the opportunity to go back to more brands and say, look at my website, look at my sales, can I sell.

      Sometiems they point you to a distributor, sometimes they do it themselves but until you literally call and ask, you will never know.
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    • Profile picture of the author ohgworld
      Originally Posted by malia View Post

      eBags has tons of brand recognition and proven revenues. At that level, you can get manufacturers to drop ship. Nordstrom, Saks and many major retailers have these arrangements with some or most of the brands they carry. Starting up, you will not get those opportunities from brands that are known and searched for. You may be able to get a hungry, up and coming handbag/accessories brand to agree to drop ship for an unknown retailer, but not an established one.

      You do not won't to compete with eBags based on their pricing structure; or what are you trying to tell us? ... not sure what sense it will make to use eBags as a dropshipper when they sell at consumers at the same price structure you will get as dropshipper ... good luck if that is your biz model!
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      Except that as a start up ecommerce retailer, you won't get approved as an authorize reseller. You can get fakes all day long, and fakes from companies claiming to provide authentic product, but not the real thing in the authorized reseller channel. That merchandise is even difficult to acquire in the gray market.
      I am not sure on what basis did you make this comment, as I (as a an approved authorized reseller for authentic brands) am the living proof that you can get approved if you find your correct sources. ...
      and as to your comments about fakes, you can be rest assured that I would not even try to sell any products (especially in the cosmetic, clothing, and bag markets) that are not 100% authentic; just because, sooner or later it will catch up with you legally and you losing it all - trust me, I have seen it to often!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    I kinda doubt ebags is dropshipping all those brands. At a certain point, it's in your best interest to purchase in volume and ship items yourself.

    Ebags probably does serve as a good model though. Prices are extremely competitive these days, way moreso than when I got started in 2005. It's difficult to make enough if you're selling a brand-name product online when prices are so easily comparable and most products already being sold on Amazon. The best bet is to carry all the stuff people are looking for, but having your own line of products where the margins are much healthier.
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by Ryan David View Post

      I kinda doubt ebags is dropshipping all those brands. At a certain point, it's in your best interest to purchase in volume and ship items yourself.

      Ebags probably does serve as a good model though. Prices are extremely competitive these days, way moreso than when I got started in 2005. It's difficult to make enough if you're selling a brand-name product online when prices are so easily comparable and most products already being sold on Amazon. The best bet is to carry all the stuff people are looking for, but having your own line of products where the margins are much healthier.
      "At a certain point, it's in your best interest to purchase in volume and ship items yourself" If you can buy small volumes direct from the manufacturer surely that "certain point" would be as soon as possible, or immediately. There is no good reason to delay making maximum profits.

      I regularly check the sources that I recommend, and in the course of browsing the safe sourcing sites that I favor I have recently come across a number of products that you are unlikely to see on eBay or Amazon. The items I have in mind are not made in China, but in places like Central and Eastern Europe and also the Middle East.

      Negotiating small orders at genuine ex-factory prices is not difficult if you take the right approach. By holding a small to medium inventory and doing the shipping yourself you will have control of your own business and the real bonus is profit margins that dropship resellers would kill for.
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  • Profile picture of the author malia
    I am not sure on what basis did you make this comment, as I (as a an approved authorized reseller for authentic brands) am the living proof that you can get approved if you find your correct sources. ...
    and as to your comments about fakes, you can be rest assured that I would not even try to sell any products (especially in the cosmetic, clothing, and bag markets) that are not 100% authentic; just because, sooner or later it will catch up with you legally and you losing it all - trust me, I have seen it to often!
    There is no such thing as a CORRECT SOURCE. If you want to buy a brand, for example Coach, you buy direct from Coach. The designer apparel and accessories industry does not have distributors, except in cases of a few foreign brands that sell through an American distributor as opposed to setting up an American entity to import and distribute the goods. And that is an uncommon exception, as most branded products will set up a legal entity in the USA to manage their brand presence here.

    You are misleading people with your statements. I base my statements on over 15 years in the apparel industry, as a retailer, a manufacturer, an industry writer who has been quoted in trade publications.

    If you are purchasing a brand, like Coach (for example) and you are not purchasing directly from Coach, then you are in the GRAY MARKET and the gray market does NOT provide "authorized reseller" status. Furthermore, most known brands have high minimum order requirements, annual order requirements and merchandising requirements that prohibit almost all internet sellers from establishing accounts.

    If you claim to have Dior, YSL etc, you are either selling counterfeit merchandise or you are operating within the gray market and potentially selling counterfeit merchandise, but there is no chance in hell you have authorized reseller status from Dior as an individual ecommerce operator. Even an established brick and mortar store with the money to carry the brand has a hard time getting these brands.

    What you MAY have is a slick talker claiming to have distribution rights, providing you with "certificates of authenticity" and other forged documents. Maybe that gray market reseller (or counterfeit seller) is saying they give you authorized status but it has no legal significance. I've been in this industry a long time, and I've seen it all, even to the point of people who went through great lengths to establish a legitimate looking entity to sell fakes or a company purchasing closeouts from department stores and mixing in fakes with authentic merchandise.

    But don't mislead people here about your "correct sources" AND "authorized retailer" status. These are conflicting terms. Again, if you are an authorized reseller you are buying direct, so there is no "correct source". If you have to hunt down a "correct source" then you are either in the gray market or selling counterfeit merchandise and thus cannot be granted "authorized reseller" status by the brand owner. Anyone can call up the Dior or YSL offices in NYC and find out for themselves.

    This is how so many people end up selling counterfeit merchandise, because people spread misinformation about how the industry works.
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    • Profile picture of the author hyasif
      @malia - Not every vendor involves in direct sales or distribution. Try buy anything directly from Invicta.
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