The Shopify Interface allows you to set up and manage various shop-seller labels. Dropshipping is allowed as well as selling your own products. I am setting up a drop shipping arrangement and will add to this article as I action each step.
Some of the main channels to sell are;
- Your Shopify Website.
- Google: a window for users searching and ordering your items on your Facebook account.
- Messenger: in Messenger conversations with customers you can directly sell
- Button Purchase: this service allows you to buy buttons for e-commerce on every platform or forum.
- Amazon: this enables you to manage Amazon listings and to shop in one place.
- Ebay: You can use your Shopify store to list your product on Ebay.
A lot more (including Instagram, Houzz and Buzzfeed) channels are also available.
In general, utilising the Shopify app is very easy, but it is worth noting some small annoyances.
Product Images (Online Shop channel).
If you upload shopping photos at a certain aspect ratio, you can not shop it automatically. Shopify will not configure them in either situation. In other terms, you have a set of photographs of various forms, which have a detrimental impact on the picture.
You can do so by utilising a photo editing software to maintain a clear aspect ratio with your items-but you may have a headache particularly if your shop includes vast quantities of goods because you do not do that until you start to upload your pictures.
It is certainly worth noting that integration with Shopify-Facebook will not suit every merchant.
Selling products on Facebook with Shopify As things stand, the ‘Facebook platform’ of Shopify can be used to fill up a Facebook page segment — but only one object can be bought from consumers on a Facebook page (there’s no ‘Cart Attach’ option).
It would be all right with certain retailers, but if there are sellers with the consumer base who usually sells products in large amounts, that could be irritating. That is relevant with musicians and performers who choose to market a new CD on the Facebook page.
Moreover, you can’t offer Facebook digital goods – as I have learned when I attempted to add my It can only be sold on that channel for shipping products.
To be honest, there are restrictions on the Facebook edge, so if you have ambitious ideas for Facebook sales you must be conscious of them. Before they are answered, it may be easier for other merchants with Shopify to actually urge their Facebook backers to click on a key to their complete online stores.
However, aside from these grips, the code of Shopify is smooth, easy to use and does not give many users a learning curve. See a vlog-style photo from below: Shopify Point-of-Sale One of Shopify’s especially good features is its ‘selling point’ (POS) choice, and hardware that merits special attention and helps it stand out from its rivals.
Shopify Equipment For Point-of-Sale.
The “Selling Stage” package helps you to use Shopify not only to operate your company online, but also to sell physically.
POS hardware from Shopify helps you to sell Shopify digitally and physically – as long as you’ve got an iOS app or Android computer. To support you achieve this, you will buy a broad variety of hardware (barcode readers, tills, receipt printers etc).
There are a number of applications for Shopify’s point-of-sale tools: they allow you to sell your inventory and stock counting automatically in a pop-up shop, from a market stand, at an event or even in a permanent retail outlet.
Reliable Suppliers for Drop Shipping.
Thousands of wholesalers
Over 10 million products
Price: $299 for a lifetime membership
Worldwide Brands is one of the oldest and best-known supplier directories. It advertises that it only includes suppliers that meet a set of guidelines to ensure legitimate, quality wholesalers.
We’ve used the directory in the past to find legitimate wholesalers and to brainstorm niche ideas – and found it useful. Though the directory is missing some suppliers we’ve worked with, it does include a large collection of legitimate wholesalers. If you want lifetime access to a quality directory and are comfortable with a larger one-time payment, Worldwide Brands is a safe bet.
Over 8,000 suppliers
Price: $67 per year
The SaleHoo supplier directory lists more than 8,000 bulk-purchase and dropshipping suppliers, and seems to cater heavily to merchants on eBay, and Amazon. Although we’ve never used SaleHoo to source products, its $67 annual price is one of the most compelling values among supplier directories and includes a 60-day money-back guarantee. If you’re comfortable paying an annual membership – or only need to use a directory temporarily – SaleHoo might be worth a look.
Over 1.5 million products
Price: $60 per month
Instead of simply listing suppliers, Doba’s service integrates with dropshippers (hence why they only have 165 suppliers) allowing you to place orders with multiple warehouses using its centralized interface. Membership also includes a Push-to-Marketplace tool that automates the process of listing items on eBay.
Doba’s centralized system offers more convenience then the other directories which is why we imagine the $60 / month fee is significantly higher than other prices. If you place a high value on convenience and can find the products you want among their suppliers, Doba’s interface may be worth the cost.
However, if you can identify quality suppliers on your own and don’t mind working with them directly, you’ll be able to save around $700 / year. If there are only a few key suppliers in your niche – reducing the number of parties you have to coordinate with – this may be the way to go.
Unlike many other directories, there’s no charge to search Wholesale Central for suppliers because it charges suppliers a fee to be listed and also displays ads on their site. They also claim to review and screen all suppliers to ensure they are legitimate and trustworthy.
It’s difficult to argue with free, and there’s no harm in browsing the listings at Wholesale Central, but you’ll need to be a bit more discriminating. A number of the suppliers we found appeared to be retailers selling to the public at “wholesale” prices – not something a supplier would do when offering real wholesale pricing. So while we’re sure there are genuine wholesale opportunities listed, you may want to be a little more thorough with your due diligence.
Alright, so you’ve found a number of solid suppliers and are ready to move forward – great! But before you start contacting companies, you’ll want to have all your ducks in a row.
YOU NEED TO BE LEGAL – As we mentioned earlier, most legitimate wholesalers will require proof that you’re a legal business before allowing you to apply for an account. Most wholesalers only reveal their pricing to approved customers, so you’ll need to be legally incorporated before you’ll get to see the kind of pricing you’ll receive.
Bottom line? Make sure you’re legally incorporated before contacting suppliers! If you’re only looking to ask a few basic questions (“Do you drop ship?” “Do you carry brand X?”), you won’t need to provide any documentation. But don’t expect to launch without having your business properly set up.