What's up everybody? Anton Kraly here from dropshiplifestyle.com. If you're not familiar with my company, we help people build highly profitable semi-automated stores by drop shipping high ticket products from domestic brands, meaning brands that have products in stock locally to where you'll be shipping them. That way, customers get their products fast, customers are happy, you make money, you have a business that actually provides real value to the world. Today, we're talking about something a little bit different, and that is drop shipping and making really good money doing it without even having a website. You might be thinking, "Why would I ever want to drop ship without a website?" The truth is you probably wouldn't, but I wanted to share this anyway.
This is a real story from my life many years ago, that I think can open your eyes and other people's eyes to what dropshipping actually is and how much possibility and potential there is within this huge umbrella term drop shipping, where literally anybody with zero technical experience can make money. I'm going to go back now to... This is probably in the summer of 2004, 2005 while I was in college and on summer break. Now, one of my buddies from college was looking to make money and looking to make more than you can get as a lifeguard, which is what I did that summer. He thought, "I'm familiar with how sales work on Craigslist and eBay." He just started selling stuff he had. That was the initial thing. "What do my parents have in their house that I can help them sell and that I can make some money with?"
He sold a few things. He made some money, but then he thought, "What else can I possibly sell? How can I make more money without, again, getting a basic job that a 18 or 19 year old would get?" What he did, which was super smart of him, was go on eBay and he would search in his geographical location... Now, when you search on eBay for product listings, you can choose if you want something local to you based on zip code. What he was doing is going on eBay, putting in his zip code, looking within a small radius, and looking at expensive products for sale. What he was trying to find were listings where they had either no photos or terrible photos and maybe some basic product descriptions, but things that really didn't look trustworthy. Things that people wouldn't want to buy.
What he did from there was reach out to the sellers, the people that were listing the products for sale. Now, again, these are the product owners, these weren't businesses, these were people on eBay selling their products like anybody else would sell on eBay. He would reach out to them and he would say, "Listen, I think I can help you get X, Y, Z product sold. If you're interested, I'll do it for this X amount of commission." I can't remember exactly what the commission was that he was charging. If I recall correctly, the way it worked is he would see what they have the product listed at, he would tell them, "If I can get you X amount of dollars," which was more than they listed it for, "then I'll just keep anything above that that I sell it for." Basically, if somebody on eBay had a buy it now price for some antique piece of furniture, let's say, and the buy it now price was $2000, he would say, "Give me 30 days to get you $2500. If it sells for more than that, then I keep the difference because I brought you more money."
He didn't have many people in the beginning that agreed, but he did have people in the beginning that agreed. Part of his pitch, because remember he was searching locally on eBay in his geographical area, was he would drive to their house or their business, wherever the item was located. He would have his digital camera, which back then was probably one megapixel. He would take multiple photos from different angles. He would show the thing off and he would write a better description. Then all he would do was relist it. He would relist it on eBay, he would relist it on Craigslist, and whatever other marketplaces were around back then. I don't even recall going back that far. But he would have this basically, beefed up listing that now looked much more presentable and he would obviously do his research, so he knew what the products should sell at and could sell at. Then he would sell them.
What happened over and over again throughout this summer, is he would have people buy either directly through eBay from his listing of these products or people that would buy through Craigslist, and he would have the buyers simply go to where the product was, which was at the customer's home and they would pick it up. Or if it was being shipped somewhere, if it was sold on eBay, he would have the seller put the product in the package like they were going to do anyway, ship it to the consumer. Now, that is drop shipping. He built a drop shipping business. He wasn't actually handling the products. He didn't need a warehouse. He didn't need to arrange shipping. What he was handling back then was the marketing.
What he was handling back then was the customer support. That's exactly what we do. At least the way that we build drop shipping businesses, is we focus on getting sales. We focus on traffic, bringing buyers in the door, and once they buy, we focus on offering excellent customer service. Just like he did back then where he was dropshipping without any website of his own, never signed up for Shopify or Magento... Shopify wasn't even around back then. [inaudible] Volusion, BigCommerce. No. Just, "Okay. I'll make a Craigslist post. I'll make an eBay listing." But the way he was able to drop ship is by selling products he didn't have to see, touch, or ship. Again, he had other people do this for them. They were happy to pay him a markup. Just wanted to share that.
Again, let's say for some reason you're petrified of actually building your own online store and you're so scared to call suppliers and try to get approved to sell their stuff, I would tell you get over it because it's worth it, but maybe you're even younger. Maybe you're 17 years old and you can't even sign up for Shopify Payments yet and you're looking for a way you can make an extra few thousand dollars in the summer or something like that. Well, maybe try this strategy. I see no reason why it still wouldn't work if you understand marketing and if you're interested in e-commerce, which I'm assuming you are if you're watching this and listening to this, then it could be a great way for you to build up a bank roll and some cash reserves pretty quickly.
Again, the benefit that you'll be providing to the person with the product is, "I'm going to take care of the marketing, get some great product photos. I'm going to write great descriptions. I'm going to put the thing in the right categories and basically put the product in front of the person that would be interested in buying it." Now, where we are in 2021, that probably includes Facebook groups and posting in relevant places like that as well, Facebook Marketplace. If you do that, I see no reason why you can't earn some extra money. Again, little different type of an episode today. My advice for the majority of people is still, of course, build a store that can sell the same products over and over again instead of those one-off sales. But if you want to start... You don't want to build a website yet, you want to just make some extra cash, yeah, I think it would be a great way to do it.
If you do try this method and it works for you, I would love to hear about it. Go ahead and leave a comment, and as always, if you got value, be sure to give a thumbs up and leave a review. With that being said, I'll be back on Thursday for the next episode of the eCommerce Lifestyle Podcast.