One of the beauties of dropshipping is that you can conveniently run an e-commerce store without keeping a single inventory or worry about shipping – your supplier takes care of all of that.
But then here is the small problem; there is a good chance your customers will know where and who you are shipping products from. And you might be shipped out of business for good if they find out. Pun intended.
How would they even find out, you may wonder? Well, they will most likely find out via the invoice, billing or lading, or any other shipping document that comes with their orders.
For example, let’s say run a dropshipping store where you say gaming accessories. A customer places an order on your website, and immediately, you contact your supplier, make payments and get the product to the customer. The customer receives the package with the supplier’s invoice.
What do you think will happen if the customer finds out from the invoice that you actually bought the product at a much lower price? They will boycott you next time and buy directly from the supplier. You’d be on your way out of business if this happens over and again.
What to do? Try bling dropshipping!
What is Blind Dropshipping
Ever gone on a blind date before? If you haven’t, give it a try – it’s fun!
Blind date involves going on a date with someone you don’t know, right? Could even be someone you have never seen before.
Blind dropshipping is pretty much the same.
It’s the practice of dropshipping products to your customers while concealing the identity of the supplier. In fact, you not only conceal the identity but also make it seem like the product came directly from your warehouse by using branded shipping packages.
But is that even possible?
Well, it is! Many dropshipping suppliers allow you to customize your shipment by adding your logo and business name to product packaging. You can even take things a little further by customizing the invoice too.
How Does Blind Dropshipping Work?
Though blind dropshipping might look like some sort of spiritual mumbo jumbo, in truth, their nothing complex – or scary – about it.
It works like this:
First, you contact your supplier and ask if they offer blind drop shipping services. A lot of suppliers do. Even those that don’t right off the gate are willing to consider it.
After that, you will request they ship products to your customers while concealing their identity. You can also ask the supplier to use your branded packaging materials.
Blind Dropshipping vs. Drop shipping
How does blind dropshipping differ from the regular dropshipping you already know? Well, they differ in a number of ways, and they are as follows:
- Supplier identity: In regular dropshipping, you don’t pretty much care about customers finding out your supplier’s identity. But in blind dropshipping, you would take all necessary measures to ensure that doesn’t happen.
- Customer identity: Sometimes, keeping your supplier identity isn’t enough; you also need to take steps to ensure your customers’ identity stays hidden as well.
If your suppliers get their hands on that information, they might call your customers directly and blow up your cover. And possibly snatch them away from you.
- Packaging: To conceal your supplier’s information, you’d often have to go the extra mile in customizing your packaging and shipping materials to make them look like they are coming from your store.
Pros and Cons of Blind Dropshipping
Blind dropshipping has several advantages – as well as disadvantages. Let’s go over some of them:
- You don’t have to worry about losing your customers to suppliers because they won’t know where their orders are coming from.
- More sales as nobody is stealing your customers.
- Better credibility. Shipping orders to customers using branded packaging will make them trust your business the more.
- It can be a long, complicated process. Getting suppliers to hide their details can be tedious.
- Can lead to longer shipping time.
- You can get into trouble if customers eventually discover that the products you ship using your branding didn’t come from your store.
Does Aliexpress Support Blind Dropshipping?
Aliexpress supports blind dropshipping, but not right out of the box. To get blind dropshipping, you will have to contact a prospective supplier and inquire if they offer blind dropshipping. Most do.
When you find a supplier willing to blind ship, all you have to do is write them and request for blind drop shipping.
One easy way to find potential suppliers for bling dropshipping is by using Sell the Trend’s supplier finder feature. This feature allows you to find suppliers on Aliexpress and CJDropshipping easily.
And you can filter suppliers based on niches/categories, number of reviews, star ratings, and many more.
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Is Blind Dropshipping Legal?
Blind dropshipping is totally legal, so you don’t have to worry about getting into trouble with the law.
In fact, blind dropshipping is the only option on some online marketplaces like Amazon. To fulfill orders via dropshipping on Amazon, you must remove packaging slips, invoices, and other documents indicating a third party is involved.
A note of caution: while removing your supplier details from your customers’ packages is acceptable, making products look like you made them isn’t. That’s copyright infringement, and it can get you into trouble.
Tips for Blind Shipping
Here are some tips to make the most of blind dropshipping:
1. Work With Reliable Suppliers
Working with reliable suppliers is key to succeeding with blind dropshipping.
Do you know why?
When you work with a reliable supplier, you will know for certain your order delivery time and communicate accordingly with your customers. This will help build credibility for your business.
In addition, working with dependable suppliers puts you at ease because you know that they won’t breach your blind shipping agreement.
2. Dropship Hot Selling Products
You won’t make much sales if you sell products customers do not want. As such, you are better off sticking with hot-selling, in-demand products
But how do you find these products?
Easy. Just use our innovative product finder tool, NEXUS. With NEXUS, you can find hot-selling products across dozens of niches in seconds.
And that’s not even all; NEXUS provides you with insights on products you want to sell. For example, you can check the product’s average selling price, see how many times it’s been sold on Aliexpress, the countries it sells the most, and the top stores selling the product.
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3. Ship Your Customers’ Orders Quickly
If you want your customers to trust your business and regularly buy from your store, you need to expedite your shipping times.
One of the easiest ways to speed up your shipping time is by sourcing products from suppliers closer to your customers.
While there are several ways to find such suppliers, you are better off using the Sell the Trend’s Local Shipping feature. This feature allows you to find suppliers in specific countries.
And the best part is that you can do so with just a click of a button.
Blind Dropshipping has numerous benefits. If nothing else, it helps ensure you don’t lose customers to your supplier. Plus, it can help generate a lot of sales for your business.
Best of all, it’s totally legal.
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