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New DIM shipping changes

Written by Jeff Allen on January 21, 2015 in Ecommerce News

 

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The holiday season is over, so you can breathe easy, right? Well, don’t get too comfy yet. After all the stress that came with getting shipments made on time over Christmas, get ready for UPS and FedEx’s new switch to DIM (dimensional) shipping. For those of you who aren’t familiar, dimensional shipping is a pricing system based around the total dimensions, as opposed to actual weight, of the product you’re shipping. For example, say you had a 10-pound package to send. Regardless of the size of your package (up to 3 cubic feet), your price would be fairly consistent in the old weight-based pricing system.

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Santa Claus: a dropshipping role model

Written by Jeff Allen on November 21, 2014

 

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Christmas is coming.  Decorations, music, and happy children are flooding everywhere you go, and you can’t NOT think about it.  It’s infectious.  Seriously, who doesn’t like Christmas(except for those of you who actually don’t enjoy Christmas, in which case this article is definitely not for you)?  It’s such an anticipated holiday that the whole country forgets about Thanksgiving!  And we love Thanksgiving, and it’s a holiday, and stuff...and stuff….but Christmas!

Christmas is also a lucrative time for dropshippers.  Let alone the fact that it’s the most shopped season of the year, you have a leg up on other retailers by the unique shopping experience you offer.  And, if you really think about it, the Jolly Man himself seems to like dropshipping a whole lot as well.

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Holiday closure schedule for Doba suppliers

Written by Jeff Allen on November 18, 2014 in Company News

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Happy (almost) Holidays!  You’re sure to be feeling the stress anxiety that come with trying to fill an avalanche of orders as the holidays swing around this year.  Well, we’re hoping to help curb that stress a bit by giving you a heads-up on important dates with our suppliers.  

Many of the suppliers you buy from will be closing the day of, as well as the day after, Christmas.  However, we thought it would be best just to give you a list of all the suppliers who will be closing, and when, for the holidays.  We’d also like you to keep in mind shipping cut-off dates.  Orders need to be shipped by Dec. 15th to make it in time for Christmas.  

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You’ll really “like” this combo: Facebook and ecommerce

Written by Jeff Allen on November 14, 2014

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We’ve asked Ecwid to offer insight on how social media sites like Facebook can harness the agile, powerful e-commerce tools of today (and tomorrow) to make some extra money. And Ecwid would know – they’re the preferred free online shopping cart for individual proprietors and businesses all over the globe. Here’s their exclusive guest blog:

Drop shipping has always been a profitable way to sell products without the hassle and headaches normally associated with merchandise supply chains. Doba’s streamlined process has made drop shipping even better. With enhanced features and smart tools, they’re leading the next generation of the drop shipping revolution. With all the advances that have happened in the drop shipping industry (thanks in no small part to Doba), you might think the business model can’t get any easier.

You’re wrong.

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Supplier updates: Wetterhorn, Sea of Diamonds, Baker and Taylor

Written by Jeff Allen on November 11, 2014 in Company News

We’ve had some recent changes to our marketplace, so read on to find out if any of your suppliers have updated/changed information about their products.

Accutech (Wetterhorn)

If you’ve found success selling the electronics/office supplies offered by Wetterhorn, you may want to take a peek at the new shipping rates offered by the brand Accutech.  With Christmas right around the corner, customers are going to be going into overdrive looking for a good deal, and Accutech offers just that.  Accutech is now offering $7 shipping on any order, no matter how large.  This means you can start planning for the big bucks as you ship at a low-cost fixed rate.  Utilize this new and awesome change as you give your customers a much better deal, as well as making more money for yourself. 

And as long as we’re on the topic of Wetterhorn, do any of you sell Verbatim brand products?  If not, you may want to jump on this little gem.  Well, more of a giant diamond, really.  Dropshipping is all about finding that right niche to sell your product to.  But more than just finding the right niche, you need to right product.  Namely, one that has a fairly good wholesale/MSRP margin.  Verbatim is a top-selling brand with huge margins, some as big as 50% or more.  Hot stuff for the holidays, to be sure.  If Verbatim’s products fit with your niche, or even if you just want to sell popular products, you might want to give Verbatim a shot.

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Holiday preparation for your dropshipping website

Written by Jeff Allen on November 7, 2014

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There’s a mixed reaction to seeing Christmas advertised (long) before it actually arrives.  From rolled eyes to genuine ire, many people don’t like to see Christmas before Christmas.  As a dropshipper, you have a completely different point of view.  Christmas is game time.  It’s the Holy Grail of ecommerce.  It quite literally is the happiest time of the year for you, if not a little (read: a lot) stressful.  If you want to make mad profit, you take this time of year incredibly seriously.  And so that means making your preparations now, before Santa even begins to think about his Naughty or Nice list.

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Is Amazon’s bark worse than its bite?

Written by Jeff Allen on November 4, 2014

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The short answer is no, it’s not.  Amazon is still one of, if not the, ecommerce big dog out there.  And it has a very powerful bite.  However, it might not be as powerful as we’d all assumed

A recent survey held by Wells Fargo and data firm 360pi returned some interesting results: Amazon doesn’t have the lowest prices online.  Say what?  It’s a confirmation to some, and a downright shock to others.  While Amazon has great sales prices, stores like Target and Walmart actually win the prize for lowest prices.

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Google Panda on patrol

Written by Jeff Allen on October 21, 2014

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Any of you who regularly put up content on your website to attract more customers are probably well aware of Google Panda. The program is designed to seek out content from the myriad of websites online and determine which has meaningful “good” content, and which websites don’t. With each update, it becomes increasingly more difficult to just laze by. Now on it’s 21st update, Google Panda is pretty good at seeing content for what it is. If you think you can squeeze in some lame, rushed out content, don’t be surprised when Google penalizes your website rank.

But just like any component of your dropshipping business, content should be regarded a top priority. Unfortunately, content usually comes as an afterthought. The icing on the cake, if you will. The actual product is the meat of the business, right? Well, if your product is the meat, your content is the delivery truck. You may have a killer product, but if you have a low pagerank (affected by the quality of your content), don’t expect to roll out the carpet for a massive flow of customers.

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7 habits of highly effective ecommerce pros

Written by Jeff Allen on October 17, 2014 in How to Sell Products Online

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Ecommerce is fantastic. The idea that you can sit at home, listening to your favorite music, watching the latest episode of your new show, all the while running a profitable business seems like a dream come true. For many people out there, ecommerce really is their dream job. Tens of thousands of those people have turned that wishful thinking into a full-blown online business, and have exceeded even their own expectations.

But ecommerce isn’t easy. It’s a rapidly evolving business that requires constant research, monitoring, and changes. Many of the most successful retail companies aren't run by one person. It would be too much for one person to keep up, which is why many give up on ecommerce: it can be overwhelming.

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New price changes for FragranceNet

Written by Jeff Allen on October 14, 2014 in Company News

For any of you who sell products from FragranceNet, we’ve got some good news. Due to the high volume of products sold through Doba, they’ve offered a 3% decrease in their prices. This decrease affects over 19 thousand products. Chances are, if you sell FragranceNet products, you’ll see a change in pricing. On the flip side, there has been an increase of price on a few of their products. However, this affects only 750 items. Make sure to update your item descriptions to match the new prices.

If you’re new to FragranceNet, they are one of the top-selling companies of perfume, cologne and other skincare products, as well as candles, aromatherapy and more. In the fragrance business since ‘97, they’ve shipped more than 10 million products. Your customers can be assured that all of FragranceNet’s products are 100% guaranteed name-brand. Fragrances are generally a hot seller here at Doba. So if you’re thinking of selling this type of product, consider FragranceNet.

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