90,000 Wholesale products in one place!
I know a LOT of people have asked me lately about setting up ecommerce stores and the biggest question (after "what store do I use?") is "where do I get products?" Well, thanks to a tip from Lynn Terry at Self Starters Weekly Tips, I have another potential answer for you!
Doba is a service that consolidates 16 different drop shipment, whole sale sources into one searchable database. For a monthly membership fee, you can access these products, descriptions, images and prices, and add them to your store. Then, as your site makes orders, you purchase them through the drop shopper and they send the product to your customers. This is typically how many Ebay and other ecommerce shops work - the hard part, always, is finding good, reliable drop shipping sources with wholesale prices that also allow for profit.
I love that this system has a one week free trial so you can sign up and go exploring the available products. Although I don't currently have a store myself, I had a great time "pretending" as I researched this for my readers. For starters, I found clothing, camping supplies, crafts, consumer electronics, fragrances, supplements, computers - quite a plethora of available products to sell.
The cost for membership ranges from $29.95 to $39.95 per month. The basic membership lets you have access to everything while the extra cost per month includes a tool for exporting your search results in a format that is easier to import into a shopping cart. Unless you're starting very small and are willing to do a lot of cut and paste, the added price sounded worth it for the ease of use.
If you're into Ebay, this service is particularly wonderful - because it also includes a "push to Ebay" feature where you can quickly offer products in your Ebay Store. For every product you can see the whole sale cost and the number in stock, thus deciding whether you want to list something on your store which might be in danger of selling out. The system stores information on what orders you've placed within its 16 drop ship sources, and you can review history and reports. Another great feature of the Doba service is there is a WM University built in which has training and tutorials on selling online, having an ebay store, and goodies like "99 Tips for Buying & Selling on eBay."
I don't currently have a store to put products in so I reluctantly cancelled, but my 7 day free trial certainly gave me a lot to think about for the future. If you're already or thinking about selling online, selling products through Ebay or seeking new sources for drop shipped products, I can certainly recommend this as a worthwhile service to explore!