Start an Online Business Dropshipping Products

Sell straight from suppliers to customers— no warehouse, no problem

What is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a method of ecommerce where an online store sells products to consumers, but the merchandise moves directly from the wholesaler to the final consumer without being handled or stored by the retailer. A drop-shipper could be a manufacturer, distributor, or other supplier. Drop shipping is a straightforward business model that requires store owners to work closely with their distributors, ensuring a seamless supply chain and keeping the behind-the-scenes handoffs out of sight from the customer.

This partnership between the retailer and the distributor is what makes dropshipping different from other business models. You don’t have to buy your products upfront or pay for somewhere to store them. You don’t have to manufacture anything yourself. All you need to do is build an online store that sells well and make sure your fulfillment process is running smoothly.

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How does dropshipping work?

The most convenient way to sell online

Dropshipping involves selling products through your online store, which are then fulfilled directly by the supplier. No need for packing, shipping, or maintaining inventory — just simple, hands-off sales. Here's how 3dcart makes dropshipping easier than ever.

customer places order

The customer places their order in your online store

Your customer shops as normal, placing items in their cart on your 3dcart store. Payment is processed as usual.

store forwards order to dropshipper

Your store forwards the order to a third-party supplier

The customer's order information is passed to your supplier for fulfillment. You pay the item's wholesale price, and keep your markup and profits.

supplier ships the order

The supplier ships the order to the customer

Orders are shipped with your own store's name, address, and logo on the packing slip and invoice — the customer never knows you're a dropshipper.

store notifies the customer

Your store informs the customer that their order has been shipped

The customer receives an email from your online store to let them know their order is on the way. The notification comes from you, not your supplier.

3dcart has all the tools for dropshipping

No matter your industry, niche, or supplier, you can build and grow your business with 3dcart.

3dcart has all the features you'll need for setting up your online store and connecting with your dropshipping suppliers. Build a complete, mobile-friendly, search engine optimized eCommerce site fully branded for your business — and save on the costs inherent in running an online store, including shipping and warehousing, time spent, and the need to manage your own inventory.

build your business

Build your own business

Stand out from the crowd with your own brand, website, and company, all independent and under your control.

no fees

Free yourself from fees

Stop paying commissions to eBay, Amazon, and other marketplaces, and cut down transaction fees as well.

total customization

Total customization

Create the online store of your dreams, with full power to customize your site's look and feel, and add content wherever you need to.

accept payments

Accept payments anywhere

Take advantage of 3dcart's integration with over 160 payment providers to let your customers pay by credit card, eCheck, Amazon Pay, Bitcoin and many more.

Learn how to get started

Resources and guides for all stages of your business

Understanding Dropshipping

eCommerce University: Understanding Dropshipping

This three-part guide walks you through the details of dropshipping, from basic understanding to choosing a supplier. Get started with Understanding Dropshipping.


Discover products to sell with Doba

Doba is a dropshipping supplier with over 2 million products from quality manufacturers and suppliers. Browse the Doba marketplace and find everything you want to sell, all without the hassle of manufacturing, inventory, packaging, or shipping. Plus, Doba is seamlessly integrated with 3dcart, so you can get set up now and start selling faster. Get started with DOBA


Access hundreds of distributors with Worldwide Brands

Worldwide Brands, Inc. believes that home-based sellers should have access to the same top-quality suppliers that the big retail stores use, never have to worry about whether or not they are getting scammed by their "Dropshipper". Worldwide Brands passion is the same now as it has been since 1999 - find the absolute BEST Wholesale Suppliers for Online Sellers to work with and then add them to their Directory. Get started with Worldwide Brands