Check their business registration
Just about every country has register of businesses that the public can access. Professional dropshippers should be on this register, and will be able to provide you with a businesses registration number you can check. Some, particularly in the US and Canada, may also be registered with the Better Business Bureau. Although not essential, this will give you a little extra piece of mind about your supplier.
Check their website
All suppliers of drop ship products should have a website you Dropshipping Supplier UK can take a look at. A professional-looking site, with lots of information about the business, and genuine phone numbers and e-mails you can use to get in touch with them, is always a good sign.
For added reassurance, you can check the registration of the websites with any of the WHOIS tools on the internet (just type WHOIS into Google). This will give you information on who actually owns and manages the sites, which should hopefully match up with your dropshippers’ details. This may not always work, because the information can be kept private.
Poor websites don’t always mean the dropshipping supplier shouldn’t be trusted, but you should be a little more cautious. After all, if their own marketing isn’t that professional, what’s the rest of their business like?
Look for reviews, testimonials and references
The internet is a great way for finding and sharing information. It’s unlikely you will be the first person to have found the particular dropshippers you’re checking out, so look for testimonials and reviews on their site, as well as on the internet. See what other sellers are saying about their experience with the business before you order your drop ship products.
You could even ask the company for a reference from another customer that you can follow up on – most will be happy to tell you about their other customers’ good experiences
Place a trial order
Before you risk your reputation and your customers money, it can be a good idea to place a trial order with your new Dropshipping Supplier. Purchase one of the drop ship products you are planning to sell, and see what kind of service your customers can expect, as well as how good the products are – you can always resell the product if it all goes well, and you’ll be happy you’ve found a good drop shipper.
If it goes wrong, you might be out of pocket slightly, but at least you won’t have an irate customer chasing you.
Trust your instincts
Most of us tend to be quite good judges of character, and this can be a useful when you’re choosing a new business partner. As a general rule, if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. If you don’t feel comfortable with your dropshipping supplier, if they are difficult to get hold of, or don’t return your calls, then maybe they’re not right for you.
Of course, this doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with them, but you want to be working with helpful and reliable dropshippers, whose professionalism will be reflected in the quality of products and service they give your customers.