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Dropshipkids.co.uk is a quality drop shipping site specialising in children's clothing and accessories, allowing you to start your own online business without having to hold stock or pay upfront. You simply pay when a customer places an order. The site looks neat, but doesn't quite match some other sites, e.g. theselect.co.uk. It's also not the cheapest to join, but offers the best range of products for a niche site of its kind.
Compared to some of the other sites in this category, dropshipkids.co.uk is quite cluttered. There's lots of information on the site, which is great in the sense that you receive a depth of information on setting up a drop shipping business, but it can seem intimidating at first. Once you've had a look around you'll find that there are two membership types available; Standard Membership and Premier Membership. The former entitles you to membership of the site in order to promote and sell items to be shipped direct to your customers, access to product descriptions, attributes, images and pricing information. This information is incorporated into a CSV file (including links to product images). The file is updated automatically each day so you will be aware of stock levels before orders are processed. Premier Membership is designed to cater to the needs of high-volume drop shippers. In addition to receiving an extra 10% discount on all products you will also get a direct stock level feed to your website (site not included). Unless you intend putting substantial effort into your business venture, the costs are quite steep. The Standard Membership fee is more reasonable, and you can also join on a monthly basis if you want to give it a trial first.
Joining is a quick and painless affair, so you can be up and running within 24 hours (often within 6 hours). No prices are given until you join, which makes it difficult to judge whether to join. You can get a good idea of prices by looking at their companion wholesale site, angelwholesale.co.uk. Note that drop ship prices are approximately 12% higher. Wholesale prices are lower because there is a minimum order level, whereas with a drop shipping membership you can order a single product. and so you do not have to hold stock. However, if you're prepared to invest in stock upfront, you can buy products more cheaply than purchasing at the drop ship price and make a potentially larger profit. You are then given the product list and media directory (in the form of a CSV file) where you can get images, text and other information that allows you to sell products either on your site, eBay or Amazon or another channel.
Dropshipkids.co.uk deals in children's clothing from newborn to 12 years old. There's a variety of brands to choose from and new brands and manufacturers come on board weekly, giving you the best selection of children's clothing available. At the time of this review there were 677 products available ranging from clothing, toys, games and cutlery. Each product has a thumbnail image, product code, name of product. There isn't a lot of product detail provided and pictures are quite small (but can be enlarged). The site has a couple of decent search options to pinpoint specific products, including a quick keyword search on the homepage and an advanced search that allows you enter additional keywords and select how to search for that term (all words anywhere, any word, exact phrase). You can also specify a price range.
Postage costs are listed on the site (using Royal Mail First Class on a trackable service). Deliveries can also be made to Europe and the rest of the world and products are usually shipped in 2-5 days in plain packaging (depending on when the order is placed). Dropshipkids.co.uk take care of returns, but deduct a 10% administration fee from the refund and do not refund postage costs unless the product(s) is faulty. It may therefore be necessary to build such costs into your retail price in case of such an eventuality. The FAQs section is rather short, covering just 8 issues and in not too much detail. However, there's live support (only periodically available) and email support (response within 24 hours). You can also telephone or contact dropshipkids.com by post.
Dropshipkids.co.uk is the best choice if you want to promote and sell children's clothing. It also offers a couple of membership options depending on how much effort you want to put into your online business. Whilst it lacks the odd feature, e.g. offering a dedicated website setup service, it offers some great products and is sure to help kick start your online sales business.
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