Dropshipping, in its infant form, was around many years ago when everything was offline. Mail order companies would post or distribute through other shops their catalogues, a booklet containing pictures, descriptions and prices of their products. A customer would fill out the order form with a pen and post the order along with a cheque (check) back to the mail order company. This clever marketing began around the 1960's.
Online dropshipping took off in the 2,000's with eBay and Amazon offering a marketing platform for anyone who had something to sell and for those who were looking for something to buy.Shopify joined the ranks offering ecommerce websites and then Oberlo a shopify app that allows Ali Express to be able to speak to a shopify dropshipping store and automatically add products and descriptions from any supplier listed on Ali Express also added into the concert of Shopify Dropshipping.
- #1 Shopify is very user friendly. Ready made themes and templates and a lot of drag and drop.
- #2 You don't need pots of money to start up a Shopify Dropshipping store
- #3 You don't spend your money on inventory. That's the beauty of Dropshipping. You sell to your customer and your customer pays you and then you place that one order to your supplier. You pay the supplier the wholesale price of that product. You provide the supplier with your customers name and postal address. Your supplier posts the product to your customer. How amazing is that for a way to conduct business!
- #4 You have more time for marketing. The time that you would have had to spend mucking about with inventory is now extra time you can spend marketing your Shopify Dropshipping store.