How to Choose a Drop Shipper for your Online Store

The most important decision you’ll make for your online business is selecting which products to sell.

If you’re not quite sure which items to offer, or are just looking to expand your product line, a drop shipper might be a good alternative. But before you dive into your research, check out today’s episode to learn five questions that you should ask  before signing the dotted line when you find a dropshipper.

Are you on the hunt? Check out our comprehensive guide to choosing a dropshipper.

Happy selling!
-Matt Winn, Volusion


Matt Winn is Volusion’s Senior Brand Manager, where he helps oversee the organization’s branding and communications efforts. Matt has created hundreds of articles, videos and seminars on all things ecommerce, ranging from online marketing to web design and customer experience. Beyond being a certified nerd, Matt is an avid college football fan, enthusiastic home cook and a self-admitted reality TV junkie.

9 Responses to “How to Choose a Drop Shipper for your Online Store”

  1. Chris Sapp


    I found a drop shipper however, I do not currently have a website up and running. Should I put a site online before calling a drop shipper or is it ok call then an let them know you are developing a site and need products to add to it.


    Chris S.

    • Matt Winn

      Howdy Chris, that’s a good question of chicken and egg, and it honestly doesn’t make a huge difference. I’d recommend getting started with your website so you can begin working on basic site design and setup, but you can simultaneously be working with your drop shipper to determine which products you need so you can begin loading those into your ecommerce site. Hope this helps!

  2. Anne Baird

    Hi Matt:

    I am creating a site focused on selling eco/green products for the home, family, lifestyle etc… Doba offers very few green items and Honest Green has a good selection but no apparel, home decor etc… Any suggestions for green drop ship wholesale sources ?

    Thanks for your help,

    • Matt Winn

      Hey Anne, best of luck on the new site. I personally don’t know of any green dropshipping or wholesale sources off the top of my head. Anyone else have suggestions to help Anne out? Sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance on this one. -Matt

  3. Sunk818

    Great sales people but lacks a strong data feed. It’s full of poor quality data which is a liability for any drop ship business.

  4. Keith

    Matt I am trying to find a drop shipper and one that ships internationally. I looking at opening a online store internationally. Not to sure what products to sell. Can you help me out with this.

    Keith Dale

  5. Justin


    Does Volusion have any call center recommendations. We would like to outsource our phone orders to a call center and we want someone familiar with the back end of volusion.


    • Matt

      Hi Justin,

      Unfortunately we’re not currently partnered with any call center providers. We do have a partnership with Grasshopper, but they provide toll-free numbers and extensions to handle your own customer service, as opposed to outsourcing it. Wish I could be of better help – let me know what you find!



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