Big or small, every retailer has at least one challenge in common: they all want to pay as little as possible for their merchandise. For thousands of years, retailers have been asking their suppliers “So how much will this product cost and how can I get it for less?” Whether you're a stay-at-home mom selling on eBay or a massive multinational entity like Amazon, keeping costs down can spell the difference between big bucks and bankruptcy.
Doba has been aggregating, categorizing, and standardizing drop ship inventory from suppliers and wholesalers who are willing to drop ship for over 10 years. We have made many improvements to the retailer’s interface to this virtual catalog to help online retailers easily narrow our database of 1.5 million SKUs to just the products that are relevant to their selling strategy online.
Doba has long had a mutually beneficial relationship with ProStores, the eBay company that helps small- and medium-sized businesses sell their products and services online. Basically, ProStores provides merchants everything they need to set up, design, and manage a customizable virtual storefront at their own Internet domain, and Doba provides those very same merchants with easy access to the 1.74 million SKUs in our product catalog, all of which can be drop-shipped by our affiliated suppliers to ProStores’ end customer/buyer.
After three decades working for a telecommunications company, Jerry Rodriguez retired in 2007 and, being a young fellow with lots of energy, opened his own restaurant. Jerry will be the first to tell you there was a flaw in his timing and the economy wasn’t cooperating one bit with his plans.
If you use Magento’s ecommerce platform to manage the backend of your online store, you now have an easy way of exporting product data from Doba’s online catalog and importing it into Magento Community Edition or Magento Go Edition.
When it comes to shopping cart applications, Pinnacle Cart has long impressed its customers with its SEO-friendly features and what is touted as an incredibly simple-to-use template system. Pinnacle has also impressed those of us here at Doba who observe such things and, as a result of a recent integration, Pinnacle Cart has become a Doba Certified Integration Partner.
Retailers using Volusion’s award-winning platform to open, manage and grow an online business now have an easier way to export product information from Doba that’s configured to properly upload to a Volusion-powered store.
Learn how drop shipping compares to bulk wholesale buying and which approach is right for you.
Wholesale products, by definition, are products and merchandise that are purchased in bulk from a wholesaler by a retailer who will normally turn around and sell them to consumers. The basic idea is the more you buy at a time, the less you pay for each individual piece. This is exactly how retailers like Walmart can offer such low prices. Walmart buys more products from wholesalers than pretty much anybody on the planet, so they can demand a lower wholesale price than anybody else and, in turn, sell those products, accessories, and items to you and me for less while still making money.
The same principle works for online retail. If you are launching a fashion accessories website, the traditional way to get products and items of merchandise at a good price is by approaching a wholesaler, say a wholesale apparel supplier, and buying all of your wholesale merchandise in bulk. This is great, because now you can buy 40 faux-alligator purses (retail $150) for $80 each and turn around and sell them for $120 each and make $40 for every purse sold. Wholesaling is awesome, right? It absolutely can be, but first let's make sure we're seeing all the cons as well as the pros.