Here’s How to Come Back After Being Rejected by Drop Ship Suppliers

And What To Do If Every Drop Ship Supplier Rejects You

I had a recent YouTube comment that inspired me to make this post. It came from a member that was living outside of the States and was worried about getting rejected by the best drop shipping suppliers.

So the basic gist of the question was:

“What should I do if every supplier denies me?”

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Listen, not every supplier is going to reject you. It doesn't matter if you're from Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, New York, wherever.  There are still suppliers that will work with you if you follow the Drop Ship Lifestyle model.

If you're totally new to this business, check out our intro blog post on "What is Dropshipping?"

But let's just say somehow, you do everything wrong.

You don't use our phone and email scripts.

You don't have a bank account.

You don't have any way to pay suppliers.

You’ve contacted the twenty suppliers you found, and they all denied you.

What can you do?

How can you still make this work?

Well that's what I'm going to talk to you about in blog post. I’m going to show you how you really have no excuses if you want to make this work.

Now I should also mention I've done a video in the past called “Dealing With Rejection” and I’ve included it below. Watch this first if suppliers have rejected you and see what you can do before moving forward in this post. 

Again, it's totally normal to deal with a bit of rejection, especially when you're first starting out! 

What to do When You’re Rejected by Drop Ship Suppliers

So let’s say that all you’ve dealt with has been rejection. Well it’s not time to give up yet, because you can make this work– and I’m going to tell you how.

When you start Module One of the Drop Ship Blueprint, you’re working on niche research and selection. Part of that is brainstorming all different ideas for items to drop ship.

wood tables with marble

You might want to sell wooden furniture with marble inlays (for example) because that's something that people can't get locally, especially not in different you know stains of wood or types of marble.

Maybe that's something that you could drop ship right? So you build your demo drop ship Shopify store, and contact your suppliers. But you can't get any.

Well here's the beautiful thing right. I promise you, no matter what, that if you go on Google right now and search for different marble fabricators and different custom furniture builders, you’ll find potential new suppliers.

You can reach out to these people that aren't the type of brands you would normally go for because most of the time they don't have brand names. Instead, they're an individual or small team that have small fabrication shops.

You might want to sell wooden furniture with marble inlays (for example) because that's something that people can't get locally, especially not in different you know stains of wood or types of marble.

And if you reach out to these small fabricators, don't tell them you want to drop ship. Don't ask them for an application because they won't have one.

Go to their websites and see what type of different items they've made in the past. (They should have a photo gallery.) Now, they usually won't have eCommerce stores, they'll just have more portfolio type websites.

wood tables marble inlay

Then reach out and say, “Hi my name is you know Anton from Anton' I really like what you have to offer. I would love to list them on my website. We are looking to have a collection of best sellers. Can you let me know all the different types of marble, wood stains and types that you have, along with the different shapes and dimensions of the furniture you make?

At this point, because they're not your normal supplier, they're not going to just send you a normal CSV or Excel sheet like you would get from your typical supplier.

After they tell you what they make, you want to ask them a few other specific questions such as:

  • What is the wholesale price on [specific item]?
  • What’s the lead time if I wanted to order a [specific item]?
  • What’s my wholesale cost for [specific item]?

Got it, good. Go to your website and list the specific item(s) you discussed with them. You have the dimensions from them. You have all the info you need. Put it up there, and guess what?

You're now in business. Now you can run traffic. Now you can set up Google Ads. Now you can set up ads wherever you want.

And then boom– you get the sale! You place it with the manufacturer. They actually make this thing. They ship it to your customer. All is well.

Why it Works

So this kind of strategy of drop shipping for small fabrication shops is something I think you should do, regardless. Whether or not you get approved with all the gold and silver suppliers you want, you should still do this.

To these suppliers, you’re the same to them as the customer down the street that orders an item for their house.

Another benefit about this strategy, is if you start drop shipping just a few customer pieces, you can drive highly-target traffic to product pages

Then, once you start making sales and growing your store, you can pick up more suppliers. You can go back to the ones that denied you with more confidence and business experience.

Stop Making Excuses and Stop Having Assumptions

That’s my advice for dealing with rejections from the gold and silver suppliers. Don’t have any excuses for thinking people don't want to work with you.

Don’t assume every supplier is going to turn you down because you’re still learning how to run an online business. That's not the truth. You can always make this work. Where there's a will, there's a way!

If you don’t believe me, some of my biggest orders was from a brand just like the one I explained above. I found a small, no-brand-name, fabricator creating custom stuff and listed their products on my drop shipping site. In fact, the biggest order placed in that store was $66,000! I was pumped.

So, no excuses. Find suppliers regardless of what it is you're doing. If you want to make it work, you can.

It doesn't matter how much experience you have. Doesn't matter how long your business has been around because, again, this is a simple relationship.

Easy to build. As easy as a few emails back and forth. Maybe a few phone calls. And you could be in business that quick. Without having to buy inventory in advance. Without having to lay out a whole bunch of capital. You can make it work!

If you’re dealing with supplier rejections or worries, feel free to drop me a note in the comments below. I’d love to try and help!

  • Hi Anton,

    How would you do if you offer different products from different brands, say the customer buys shoes from your website on brand x and a belt from brand y, he would get two different boxes and would have to pay double shipping fees.

    How would you handle that, what am I missing?

    Thank you very much,

    • Hi Jeremy,

      We offer free shipping to all of our customers, so that’s not an issue…

      But here is a video I made on this exact topic:

      Hope that helps!

  • Hi Anton,

    Is it a good idea to follow up with suppliers about your application? I submitted two applications about a week and a half ago and haven’t received a response yet. In this situation would you recommended sending a polite email asking about your application status?

  • Marilynn Puglisi says:

    The only problem I see is those type of small fabricators usually will not drop ship – they will only ship to seller. So you have to charge your customer very high shipping and also the time it takes to ship to seller and then to your customer is too long.

    • Hi Marilynn,

      I’d recommend reaching out to some yourself and seeing what they say.

      We’ve never any had any shops that take custom orders refuse to ship direct to consumer.

      Let me know how it works out for you!

  • Hey Everyone,

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  • Hey Anton,

    I’m from Singapore and trying to start a store in the US. I’m not worry about talking to the supplier even with the time zone difference. I am willing to stay up in the night just to speak with them.

    However, I’m not too sure if the supplier will approve me if I’m from other country especially when I do not have any EIN yet. Is it possible for me to not get a EIN but register my business in my own country and drop ship in the US?

    This has been stopping me from going forward and hope that you may enlighten me a little.


    • Hi Zender,

      We have many students in your situation.

      They have not had any problems getting EIN #s and/or getting approved with suppliers that are based in the states.

      If you’re willing to put in those late night/early morning hours, you should do just fine!

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