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    Okay, next attempt at diversification.

    1)Drop shipping, which companies are good? Is there a directory of drop shipping companies we should use? I don't mind paying for a directory if that's what we need to do, but I
    don't want to pay for a low quality useless piece of matter to manure my garden.

    I don't mind your own affiliate links if it really is a good list or a good drop shipping company (except if it's Fred's links, LOL). [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    2)Database for loose diamonds. Rapaport doesn't allow theirs to be used on anyone else's website. Any idea where the big companies get their searchable databases of loose diamonds? Is it like really amateurish for me to ask them? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif[/img]

    Thanks everyone here. This place is the best. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]


    edited to get rid of mister cranky face on accident.

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    I haven't done it so this is just hearsay.

    Ralph Wilson (no THAT OTHER Wilson) has recommended The Drop Ship Source Directory in his email newsletters and I tend to trust his recommendations.

    Yes, I'm reviewing the DS option, as well. From what I've seen, the above-mentioned directory is the most commonly recommended as a LEGIT source.

    But I can't recommend it on personal experience, because I've not used it.

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    I can recommend it and it's one of my affiliate programs http://www.americandropshippers.com

    #1. It's the only drop ship source to offer real time updates,
    #2. You can download it immediately,
    #3. The sources listed are all verified, legitimate dropshippers.

    If anyone is considering using the services of a drop shipper and has any qualms, download the free drop ship e-book for an insight into the industry and how to get started.
    And it would be nice if you went through
    http:www.americandropshippers.com
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    I can recommend it and it's one of my affiliate programs http://www.americandropshippers.com

    #1. It's the only drop ship source to offer real time updates,
    #2. You can download it immediately,
    #3. The sources listed are all verified, legitimate dropshippers.

    If anyone is considering using the services of a drop shipper and has any qualms, download the free drop ship e-book for an insight into the industry and how to get started.
    And it would be nice if you went through http://www.americandropshippers.com
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    I definitely will be building a site using dropshippers after I finish one that I am working on. Surely, I can convert better than some of the merchants that I have come across. The only downnside to me is that you have to take the money, making yourself subject to fraud, and then placing the order but it continues to be something that is appealing.

    Mike

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    Got your affiliate code in there, MJ, or did you just send them a heap of FREE traffic?

    One "due diligence" question:

    Have you used the directory yourself?

    On another note, Haiko and I had discussed drop shipping a few months ago on these boards, but I never got to it, primarly because I thought it would involve having to e-mail a bunch of places on spec and then having to negotiate with every one. Maybe I'm a born Saturn (cars) customer, I like to know what I'm getting and paying up-front without that element of vagueness best described as "let's make a deal"...

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    You can check out the directory yourself and see what's in it, although you won't be given the contact person/details for the various companies.

    In a nutshell, you pick out the product/s you want to sell, contact the dropshipper, get hold of the creatives, do your own spin, work out the price you want...it's all in the e-book.

    Say you want to have Sony or IBM stuff dropshipped, you'll only be using one dropshipper but access to all of the Sony/IBM catalogue.

    I've been involved with this company for a longtime now and have nothing but praise!

    Download the free e-book, besides being an eye-opener to dropshipping,dealing with dropshippers and customers, it also gives you some great advice re: setting up merchant accounts without it costing an arm and a leg and you can then work out whether dropshipping is for you.

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    MJ:

    Do you sell via dropship programs and have you used the The Drop Ship Source Directory?

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    No, not as yet but the new site I'm working on now I will be using dropshippers.
    Chris has been using dropshippers for years and prior to publishing the directory he tried every drop ship source available and come across every drop ship scam, so he knows what he's talking about.
    I pretty excited about the site, if I can sell the same amount of stuff I sell for others on cj and the others, I'll be laughing!
    Instead of collecting 5 or 10%, I'll be making some real money!
    Guess we've all often looked at the monthly sales figures of 20 to 30K and thought a good part of that could be ours without the tracking concerns.
    A couple of months ago I decided to take the plunge and actually do something about it, working out which products to sell has been my hardest decision but I think I've found a nice little niche market [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
    It's not for everyone, because it involves a bit more than an "affiliate" site but the rewards are greater.
    Just another step on the web [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Has anyone looked at buylink? www.buylink.com

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>It's not for everyone, because it involves a bit more than an "affiliate" site but the rewards are greater.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Maybe I'm naive, MJ, but concentrating on one site with 50 or so products seems like less work than monitoring thousands of affiliate links, promoting a dozen sites, dealing with different affiliate programs, etc.

    I know orders have to be processed every day and it's hard to take time off, but how many of us stats junkies go that long without building a page or checking stats?

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    We sell a prepaid cell phone off of a single page. The people order the cell phone pay us the money.

    When we get an order we call Teledynamics and they charge our CC and ship out the phone
    to the customer.

    They have hundreds of phone type products, like fax machines, phones, etc. They are a distributor of brother, panasonic, sony etc.

    Prices are wholesale. You can set the retail price you want.

    We haven't had a problem in over 4 years of dealing with them.
    www.teledynamics.com

    And we don't make any money if buy stuff from them.

    If any one knows how to buy Epson Printers or Cannon's new 2400x1200 printer at real wholesale please let me know.

    This CPA crap at 3% is a joke for sure. It costs the time to promote the merchants. And with BenOver screwing everyone who is an affiliate it may be time to become the merchant and have the money sent here and not depend on all those nice people at Snare,
    BeScrewed, And Steal Your Commission Junction.

    5 years ago, before Snare & Company we were making more money selling three products direct online than we make now.

    Time to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear.

    How hard is it to have UPS pick up orders for you - one phone call. Takes 5 minutes to prepare a shipping invoice, if that and UPS comes and get's it.

    Make 10 sales per day at a $10 profit and you
    make $3,000 per month.

    And you can set it all up at Clickbank for chumpchange.

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    Leader, I specifically baited mj into posting that one with my wording. I don't mind click on anyone's link who give me info I need (well, almost anyone [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] ).

    Looking good MJ, we'll probably sign up today.

    Noone knows where to get those searchable diamond databases? Going, going....

    Not that I mind. Takes the pressure off of me learning MySQL and PHP under deadline. I can take the old "I need to do this right now, how can I?" approach to learning it on my own time.

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    lol! Let me guess - was roseabor one of your merchants? Nice selection of loose diamonds there before they were deactivated wasted 3 days pulling all their links, shame, loose diamonds, antique cartier watches looked good!

    WM I have been looking around so far no luck if you happen to stumble on "quality" opals (nothing under 1K), please let me know.

    WM, Good to hear, I'm working on my new site now,I love and hate this part,it's like having a baby!

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    No, not replacing a merchant, trying to build a site for someone not on line yet. They are certified diamond merchants and custom ring makers. They got a little carried away looking at the really big diamond sites (I have something more like Szul in mind where there are a small selection of mid priced rings available) and thinking we "really need" to have loose diamonds available. But they don't carry a large stock. I think it's not a good idea, since if they have to arrange buying something when they get an order it could be a mess.

    You mean you weren't doing the exact same thing [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] ? I'm disapointed. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

    The idea is you get some merchant who knows your hit man really well (my business partner is a lawyer) and tell him that if he gives you any trouble, you turn the site into an affiliate site for some merchant on cj in a blink.

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    WM, I know you said to post affiliate links. But when I didn't see the old familiar Tracking Code in the link, I thought she got so excited about the directory that she accidentally sent 'em free traffic!

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    <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif> No, one of my babies leader.

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