10 Things to Do BEFORE Dropshipping (AVOID Beginner Mistakes)



Do these 10 things BEFORE you start dropshipping so that you don’t lose money!
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#1: Check Shipping Times BEFORE Choosing Which Countries to Sell To.

A lot of beginners put “worldwide” shipping on their product listings and ship anywhere because they know that most Aliexpress sellers will ship worldwide. But this doesn’t mean as a beginners that you should do that. Why? Well, because some countries are problematic to ship to.

For example – shipping to the UK takes a long time. It will take 20-40 days for an item to arrive. Compare that to ePacket shipping to the USA which is 10-20 days. We strongly recommend as a beginner focusing on countries with shorter shipping times of 2-3 weeks, as this will cause less customer support issues.

#2: Create Your Own Store When Dropshipping. DON’T Dropship on eBay or Amazon.

A lot of beginners want to do Aliexpress dropshipping on eBay or Amazon because then they can save money and not have to set up a Shopify or Woocommerce store. However, we recommend that you don’t do this as pricing competition is fierce on those websites. Spend the extra money upfront to sell in your own store.

#3: Set Up an LLC (Company)

A very common question we get asked at Wholesale Ted is whether you NEED to open an LLC before starting a dropshipping store. The answer is that no, you don’t need to. You can sell without any legal paperwork. If you do this, you are by default a sole proprietor.

HOWEVER, while you don’t NEED to, it is a good idea to. By setting up an LLC you protect yourself legally in case you get sued. This is especially important for people that live in the USA.

But as it costs money to set up an LLC, not everyone will be able to afford this. If you can’t afford it, don’t let it stop you. It is optional.

#4: Make Shipping Times VERY Clear

We recommend that you add a shipping disclaimer (that the item will take 2-4 weeks to arrive) in the following places:

1) On the product page description (bold this).
2) On the checkout page.
3) In the purchase confirmation email.

#5: Create a Strong Refund Policy Page

Set up a refund policy page and note in it that you only accept returns for faulty/broken products. It is also industry standard to require customers ship the item back to you for a refund at their own expense. Include a link to this page in the footer of your store.

#6: Set Up a Follow-Up Email Sequence

Don’t just use customer’s emails for promoting products to them in newsletters: use this to keep the customer happy while they are waiting for the items to arrive. Send 3-4 follow-up emails over this period. In them do the following things:

1) Remind them about the shipping times of 2-4 weeks that they agreed to when they purchased the item from you.

2) Tell them that if they are having any issues they can always email you.

3) Remind them that they can track their order online, and give them a link to how they can do this.

#7: Run a Like Campaign to Your Facebook Fanpage

Before you run ads, set up a like campaign and get a few hundred likes to your store’s Facebook fanpage to add authority.

#8: Add 20 Products to Your Store BEFORE Testing Products

Do not get impatient and only add a few products to your store before running ads. This will make your store look illegitimate and you will create mistrust between you and your potential customers as it makes your store look half-finished. Make sure you add lots of products before running ads/tests.

#9: Have Either a Credit Card Or Money Set Aside to Purchase Items Customers Buy

When a customer buys an item from you, you will not get that money instantly. PayPal often holds money for up to 3 weeks. And Stripe pays out money weekly. So you need to make sure you have money set aside on a debit card, or have a credit card to purchase items the customer buys from you while you’re waiting for your money to clear.

#10: Be Prepared to Spend Money to Make Money

If you plan on running paid Facebook ads, then be prepared to test a lot of products. Don’t run a few tests and then give up if they don’t make you money immediately. Set aside a budget of a few hundred dollars and be willing to spend that while running lots of tests to find your winning products.

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48 thoughts on “10 Things to Do BEFORE Dropshipping (AVOID Beginner Mistakes)

  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    As someone who lives in the UK I can honestly say trying to buy things from China can be a nightmare for shipping time. On Wish I've had items which took 2 months to arrive or not at all.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    I like your honesty opinions about everything you don’t go with emotional or trying to attract more viewers. Thanks for sharing this great information.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Is there a shopify profit calculator? To help you set up your price in case there are other fees you need to pay when you make a sale.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    where should i launch my dropshipping store as we can see there is a lot of dropshippers selling their items and getting big ? & you look gorgeous!!!

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Will people really wait 2-3 weeks nowadays for a product when we have come to expect our purchases to arrive within 48 hours? How do you overcome that objection pls. Great video btw.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Must i use E packet in all my shipping, because some shipping method are more faster than E packet

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    2 days ads on FB, not a single sale on my first dropshipping store -.– BUT I choose to EMBRACE this experience 😉 thank you!
    And nice accent! Bye

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Watching this 2 years after everyone else and still all the tips are gold. You always add extra special value Sarah TY !

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Hi Sarah, If shipping takes 14 to 30 days from China to Us or somewhere else why don't you guys buy those product shipped to your house before it sells.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Such a great tutorial. Thank you very much for the golden tips! Shame there is no SUPER LIKE button on youtube 🙂

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    There seems to be a lot of negative reviews about the Printful WordPress Plugin. I am wanting to add this to an existing ecommerce site. What do you suggest?

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    How do you go about shipping products from different supplies? E.g. if a customer purchases multiple items from your store, but the products are from different supplies then the products will obviously arrive at different times and separate packages. Won't the customer be confused/disappointed in their purchases as they may expect them to arrive in the same package?

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    NZ accent is hard to understand , very different from all other English accents.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    What if someone gets really unlucky and had $5000 worth of sales, and they can’t pay for all the products 😂

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    2:30 amazon FBA Stores buy off alibaba in bulk upfront and ship to amazon FBA warehouse. They get a better price because of this compared to AliExpress.
    However obviously this requires upfront capital you don’t have to do with drop shipping off AliExpress.
    Completely different e-commerce models-but please get your facts straight.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Hi would it be worth then finding a supplier in the US to ship to the UK, will it be viable financially and timewise?

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Beware that in the EU you are legally obliged to take a product back within 14 days as long as it is unused. Customers have the right to change their mind. The return shipping is usually paid by the customer though.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Thanks so much for sharing this wealth of information. I do have a question regarding dropshipping and compliance requirements. I am interested in going into children's toys, but I am learning that legally speaking, all children's toys must go through third-party testing and receive a CPSIA certificate of safety. This compliance certificate must be under the name of the importer (me), not a past test that the manufacturer can provide me. I am sure there are plenty of people who dropship toys without this certificate, but technically this is not legal, am I correct? If so, would the only way that I can "dropship" toys be actually not dropshipping, by doing the traditional method of buying in bulk, doing the compliance testing, etc? This would also mean that I can't "test" out the market by buying individual orders before this bulk order, correct? Or is there another way around this? Thanks for any insight.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Research is so important in this zone. I haven't started yet dropship ping. Let's go through the videos first. Great video and value. Many thanks.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    I considered selling on Amazon at one point, but it looks like a pain. They have a lot of rules and regulations that change all the time, and worst they own you. At least with Shopify your business is yours and yours alone, even if it means you have to drive the traffic yourself.

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