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5 Dropshipping Mistakes That Everyone Makes


If I had known this before, I would have done this differently. This is one of the most popular regrets of experienced people. Many mistakes are understood only after some time when you get experienced. In this article, we have collected advice and mistakes that you should consider.

1.    Product quality

Most big dropshipping stores put the quality higher than everything. But many small entrepreneurs source from Aliexpress or Alibaba, but they don’t do quality inspections. This is the biggest mistake.

After some time, clients will realize, they are not getting the expected quality. Which will decrease the total sales and increase returns.

Some dropshipping suppliers offer competitive prices and quality. However, they can make it cheaper and this is achieved because of the lower quality.

Don’t always choose the supplier which offers the lowest price. This will hurt your sales in long term. Always, try to order sample products. Our company offers “sample product delivery”. Agents will organize the delivery, from the factory to your country.


2.    Sell in different marketplaces.

Working with only one source to sell, may cost you a lot of time and money. The biggest percent of dropshippers work only on Facebook.


The advertisement cost is becoming higher every year. Of course, it will eat your marginal profit. And if you work only on one platform, then the business may be at risk. For example, account banning can cause big financial losses.

Make sure that you are working with several platforms. It is important to have backup plans. So, technical updates or issues won’t bring you serious financial losses. There are alternatives like, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest ads, Google AdWords, and others. Don't forget to try them, too.


3.    Don’t switch the supplier to save.

Many dropshippers change suppliers regularly. However, switching from one manufacturer to another can cost bring losses or even kill your business.

Lets’ say you want to save on the product price because the ad costs are becoming higher. At first, you find another supplier with lower quotes. But this won’t guarantee the same quality as you have. As a result, you lose money. If you are changing the supplier, then always do quality inspections. Specialists should visit the factory and check the process of production.

Import Secrets – offers ‘quality inspections’. Experienced specialists can visit the factory and do ‘pre-production’, ‘in-line’, and ‘post-production’ quality controls.


4.    Learn to take lessons from failures.

Failing is normal, but not failing because you don’t try is not normal. There is no formula for a successful business. If it exists, then it should be - fail and learn from mistakes. The ability to look to your own mistakes will grow you as an experienced businessman. Of course, sometimes failures can be financially or mentally serious, but overcoming them should be the main aim. It doesn’t matter how many times you will fail, but overcoming them and achieving the goals should matter.


5.    Test everything.

Try everything when they are new or when you need fresh ideas and changes. For example, you can experiment with different types of products that are becoming popular. Rather than selling products of different niches, choose one niche and experiment with several products of that category.

Another test can be done with a traffic source. You can experiment with photos, posts, articles, or videos that you are posting on the platform. Try to use different types and look at the results and reactions of your customers.

Work with specialists of their jobs. Import Secrets offers the services of experts in importation.


  • Source the product
  • Negotiate
  • Organize the shipment
  • Deliver samples of products
  • Develop customized products and packages
  • etc.

For further information, please contact us.


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