I have started to evaluate cheaper off-shore sources for all kinds of products that could be resold also for a very low price. The nice thing is that it can be drop shipped as well. At everyone’s fingertips is the ability to create your own supply chain with state of the art connectivity. Meaning you can use affiliate marketing as the means to sell inexpensive products to domestic customers. Their are really no shortages of places to source product. names like AliExpress, AliBaba, New Frog, Light in the Box, Deals Machine, Mini In The Box, and CN Direct to name a few.
The next step is to make sure the source you decide to be part of your supply chain can be reached and re-mediate any issues without hiding behind email. Many of the companies do not provide phone numbers for customer service and this could be largely due to scale. On the other hand that could create great concern. If the source company is growing to fast and not properly building out customer support then you may have an issue getting a response to a product being of inferior quality, wrong product, or the product never even shows up.
So it is imperative that you vet the source and make sure you read all of the reviews. Once you find one that you want to roll the dice with, then start with a small order. My feeling is they are either going to be competent or not. I do not think that a small order is ignored in favor of a big order. if they are messing up on the high ticket items, then they will be messing up on the low ticket items.
All of these sourcing sites require you to pay upfront, so do not be surprised to find reviews where people feel as though they have connect and money taken with the product never showing up.
Th more successful a company like AliExpress, their name has credibility, so they need to perform as optimal as possible.
Once you have an anchor source, then you can play around a bit on smaller orders looking to source cheaper. One site is not cheaper across the board, so real bargains can be found by shopping similar items across different companies.
The next step is creating an audience for your products. Will look at creative ways to do that in future posts.