As anyone who has read my article on drop shipping pet supplies knows, it’s a double-edged sword that requires care when looking to set up. The main catch, is you don’t want to start getting orders that require you to eat multiple shipping fees.
I recently received the following email from Stacey Byrd and decided to post it here:
“I am really enjoying the podcasts that you have and wanted to thank you for doing those!! I like that you are asking the guests what advice they have for start-up companies, both brick and mortar and online. I would like to start an online pet boutique. In listening to Bo Nelson of wholesalepet.com, and the podcast from Great Eastern Pet Supply, I have a question. You make a very good point in that you want the customer to be able to order products that you know your supplier will have in stock (either ebay or online stores)..I am trying to understand the concept of wholesalepet.com..If I order from their site, I won’t know if it is in stock – right? The advantage of wholesalepet.com is that the have smaller manufacturers with unique items and that is exactly what I want. But, I can’t direct the orders to be drop-shipped, can I? I guess I can use the product photos for my webpages. I am just not entirely sure I can trust the concept behind wholesalepet.com as it could work for me as an online retailer needing to have items drop-shipped. Thanks for any help.”
MY RESPONSE: Wholesalepet.com is NOT a drop ship resource. What they are is a one stop website that represents products from dozens if not hundreds of boutique manufacturers. Yes, you would need to purchase actual product from their site and take inventory. Please note that even though you are buying through the Wholesalepet website, the orders are being shipped by the individual manufacturers so each one will have their own minimums, terms and conditions. The shipping and fulfillment rates can vary wildly, too, so be careful not to assume that everything will come at the same time. Or in a timely manner. I used to order from a company called Nutri-vet on the Wholesalepet.com website and they would take a MONTH to get me the product. So I had to be sure to order replacement items when I still had a bunch on hand so I wouldn’t run out. Other companies I’d order from like Retail Pets, I would get the items in two days! Know your supplier!
So I hope that helps. Wholesalepet.com is a great place to purchase and view lots of pet supplies all in one place. But they are not a drop ship resource. But they do offer a wide selection, great product images and product descriptions you can copy, and helpful suggested retail pricing.