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So, you're tired of being an idiot. 
 
Perfect!  I was too and I learned that if you've been scammed once or twice (or more) then you will have the motivation and dedication to succeed in your new dropshipping business.   For those who are unfamiliar with dropshipping it works like this:
  • You locate products to sell from a database of over 1,000,000 products.
  • You use tools through Doba that allow you to select products, set pricing and automatically send them to eBay.
  • Your item sells on eBay and you receive payment through Paypal.
  • You purchase the product from Doba using the Paypal funds you just received from the buyer.  You pay the wholesale price and keep the profit - no waiting for a commission check!
  • Doba will process and ship it to your customer.  They will handle any returns, exchanges or problems or instruct you how to resolve the issue through the manufacturer when warranties apply.  You will have tracking information on every order.
You can expect to spend at least a good week getting your business set up.  The good news is that you will probably already have made a profit by day 5, and once you have set up all your products the business will pretty much run itself without a whole lot more effort on your part, but I am getting ahead of things.  Let's start from square one, shall we?
 
To start your business you are going to need:
  • A Paypal account (free)
  • An eBay account (free)
  • A Doba account (free trial - use this route for no out-of-pocket start up costs) and/or

  •  A World Wide Brands membership (involves upfront fees, only recommended for advanced individuals looking to move to the "next level")

    As I already said, there are many supposed drop-shippers out there that are nothing but a scam. 

     DOBA is one of only two eBay approved drop-shippers and they are the only drop-shipper fully integrated with eBay. 

    Are you curious as to why I suggest Doba over World Wide Brands?  The two are very different and it costs a hefty chunk of change up front to access World Wide Brands.  They are an amazingly usefull resource for the more advanced drop-shipper so you should add them to your favorites for the future when you are ready to expand and can afford them. 

    You will eventually need to sign up for membership with Doba when your free trial is over.  DON'T PANIC!!! 

    By the time you need to pay membership dues you will have easily earned more than enough money to cover your monthly dues.  

    Remember I told you it would cost $0 out of pocket?  Here's how:

    1. Sign up for your free Doba trial  
    2. Make a real effort to get things started by following the rest of this guide.
    3. Work your butt off during your 30 day trial period and you will easily earn the few bucks your membership will cost you and more.  Then you can pay your membership with your earning and thus have a $0 start up.  In fact in my first two weeks I earned enough to pay for a one year membership at a huge discount which leads me to step 5....
    4. When you have convinced yourself how wonderful your new business is and you are ready to pay your membership dues to Doba, DON'T!!!  Don't do a thing until you call the customer service department back and ask to speak with someone in the promotions department.  They will be offer you HUGE discounts on your membership and they will usually throw in free tools as well.
  • Before we go any further you need to take some time getting familiar with eBay, Paypal and Doba. Explore each site carefully.  Read about eBay's fees (you will not have to pay any fees up front to use eBay but you will need to understand the fee structure to price your items properly).  Get extremely comfortable with the "Push to Marketplace" tool on Doba.  If you run into any questions or problems along the way contact the customer support for the site you have issues with and they will be glad to assist you.  It will be much easier for you to follow the rest of this guide if you have a basic understanding of your new accounts first.
     
    Go ahead.  I'll wait.  Add this page to your favorites and come back when you are good and ready. 

    Now that you have a feel for the tools you will be using there are five more areas we need to cover in detail to make sure you are off to a solid start.  We will look at:
    • Product Selection-You have instant access to over 1,000,000 products to pick from.  Find out how to determine which products to sell.
    • Product Pricing-How to set prices that will earn you the best conversions.
    • Traffic-There are over 60 million eBayers out there.  Learn how to drive them to your listings.
    • Things to Avoid-Find out the most common mistakes newbies make.
    • Advanced Tools-Reviews of some of the best tools available to expand your business when you are ready.

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