When navigating through the sea of wholesalers and suppliers can be difficult but there are a few ways you can spot the real, genuine drop ship suppliers to the fakes.
Sell to the public – Wholesalers and suppliers don’t sell to just anyone. To be able to purchase from a legitimate wholesaler you need to make contact, prove you are a business and apply for an account.
Fees – You can expect to pay some initial establishment fees like a bond (so they don’t have to wait for your money to drop in their account for them to send out the product to your customer) and an establishment fee. A genuine drop ship supplier does not ask for ongoing fees so be wary of this and questions the drop ship supplier if they are request you pay pre-order or ongoing fees or for the service of drop shipping.
Minimum order sizes – Wholesalers use this method to try and stop small time retailers using them as to some big time wholesalers, they are not worth the time or effort to keep happy.
Drop ship suppliers on the other hand should not have a minimum order size at all. As you could imagine, if there was a minimum order size required it defeats the purpose of using them as a drop shipper because you will not be able to process single item orders.