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“Hot Offer! A Drop Shipping Business For Sale!”: Why Owners Wave Goodbye To Their Stores

by Olga L. Case studies
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Jul 09, 2018 11 minute read
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How to react on “Drop shipping business for sale!” ads? Where to look for a reliable pre-owned store, and how to choose the most worthy option? Why sell your hard-earned store to someone else? These and other questions are covered in today’s article!

For some Internet users, finding a well-built drop shipping websites for sale and buying it from the previous owner seems like an easy way to start a thriving enterprise – others, at the same time, consider it to be a risky decision.

So, let’s go through the most common queries and concerns typically related to the area of drop shipping business acquisition!

Why entrepreneurs put their own dropshipping business up for sale

It’s not an uncommon situation: a person sees an ad for a ready-made drop shipping website for sale, and immediately thinks that something is deeply wrong with the store.

“Why, indeed, would the owner say goodbye to a reliable source of income? The store brings no money, I guess, and the seller just wants to get rid of it by tricking some lazy and inexperienced buyer.”

This might be the case, of course, and this exactly why you need to be really cautious while buying a ‘second-hand’ store (read the necessary rules below!)

But, even if a store runs perfectly and looks promising from the financial point of view, the owner still might want to sell it. There are numerous reasons for it:

  • Immediate profit

Some owners treat their drop shipping stores as long-term investments. Instead of getting continuous (yet moderate) profit from processing clients’ orders, they receive a huge one-time revenue from selling the whole store to a different person.

Indeed, if a store attracts lots of visitors, sees a stable flow of orders, and has high Google rankings, it has an incredible potential in terms of further growth. With wise management, the owner can turn a store like this into the main source of self-generated income. Understanding this, the current store owner can find a person who would love to get an established well-performing store, and sell the site with a reasonable profit margin.

  • Growth opportunity

Through selling an already existing store, the previous owner gets the financial resources to support his/hers further undertakings. Maybe, the store seller wants to try a different niche, or desires to launch a store with a different type of layout and design, etc.

It is a common scenario for recent newcomers: they order a ready-made store and don’t pay much attention to the niche choice. As the result, they get a good-looking store with a stable performance, but don’t feel any emotional attachment to the niche – as you can guess, they lose their interest to such a ‘random’ store quite quickly.

From this perspective, by putting a dropship website on sale, the owner gets an opportunity to grow professionally, and to test alternative business opportunities.

  • Time savings

As we can learn it from the experience of our client Alex, time factor has a solid impact on the decisions made by a drop shipping business owner. In Alex’s case, it was challenging to keep up the outstanding performance across all the 5 stores he had – so, in order not to do a job of poor quality, he decided to sell one of his brilliant stores, and to focus on the remaining sites.

  • ‘Spring cleaning’

Lack of time is not the only thing that can motivate the owner to resell the store. Sometimes, entrepreneurs get really excited about dropshipping business (which is perfectly understandable :)), buy or develop several stores at once…and find out that they now have more sites than necessary.

Our client Otto, for example, admits that he is ‘too lazy’ to work on all of his stores, which is why he doesn’t pay attention to a half of them. In this situation, indeed, the best decision is to sell these stores to someone else.

Some people, like our another respondent Daniel, solve the ‘overstocking’ issue through hiring virtual assistants: they are responsible for minor managerial tasks and customer support. But, as you can guess, it means additional expenses, so, if the owner wants to cut down the operational costs, the obvious decision is to put some of the ecommerce websites on sale.

In other words, if you see that a ready-made store is sold by the current owner, don’t immediately assume that it’s a fraud: chances are, the store owner is just rethinking his or her business strategy – and maybe, you can heavily benefit from it and start an online business with a ready-to-go store.

How to choose between several options of drop shipping websites for sale

So, you’re looking for an already operating drop shipping store. What aspects should you consider before completing the purchase?

  • Pros and cons of the deal

Before you buy a ‘second-hand’ store, consider your reasons to do this. If you’re buying an already functioning store just because you don’t want to bother yourself with assembling a site from scratch, you can use a much more convenient opinion of ordering a ready-made webstore from an expert team.

The purchase of a ‘second-hand’ store makes sense if you want to buy a store that already has a history of smooth functioning and already brings profit to the owner. Still, even if this is your core motivation to buy out a ready business, remember that you probably won’t be able to fully customize the site. Basically, you will have to accept the majority of development / design / product decisions made by the previous owner, and adapt to them.

  • Dropshipping business niche

Personally, you might see no difference between selling pet supplies and kawaii stationery, but even if you don’t really care what type of business to run, you need to at least make sure that this particular niche sees enough demand and won’t go out of fashion anytime soon.

For this purpose, you can use our free niche evaluation tool: with its help, you will learn if you really can make money in this exact niche. It will give you a general idea about the profitability and overall potential of the dropshipping store you’re going to buy.

  • Store design

The quality of the store design influences the visitor’s decision to make a purchase, and heavily influences the store’s conversion rate – and therefore, your profit level. Most likely, you, as a new owner, will be able to change logos, banners, and other types of on-site images, but the overall structure and layout of the site will remain as is.

You don’t necessarily need to be an expert in online store design to evaluate this component of the site you’re going to buy. All you need to do is visit different pages of the store and take notes: is it convenient and understandable for you to navigate the webstore? Can you easily guess where to find the desired product and how to place an order? Does it look like a modern site developed by a skilled expert, or it reminds a slow and outdated relics from 2000’s?

  • Website traffic and performance

Ideally, the seller should provide you with the screenshots from the admin panel that disclose the amount of visitors, the sales volume, and other important performance indicators. Even our success stories’ authors do this!

Additionally, you can make your own independent research, and, for example, check this website on SEMrush. Even though you won’t see its financial performance, you will get the access to important SEO indicators like organic and paid traffic, the number of backlinks, main organic competitors, etc. It will help you understand whether the ecommerce website is optimised, and this way, you will be able to roughly estimate how profitable it might be to run this particular site.

  • Cost of the deal

Does the current owner ask a reasonable price for the store? Is this a fair price for the site’s design features and performance peculiarities? Won’t it be cheaper (and handier) to order a fully customised store from a trusted service provider?

Remember: you can only identify the true value of this store after a thoughtful research of its core metrics, so don’t be too fast in your judgement!

  • The seller’s behavior

If the original owner answers your questions promptly and clearly, you have nothing to worry about: you’ve came across a decent person who just wants to change his or hers business strategy.

If the seller seems impatient, leaves your questions unanswered, and refuses to show the ‘inside’ of the webstore, most likely, this is not a really trustworthy person, so it’s better to stay away from the ‘deal’.

Where to buy an online dropshipping business 

If you want to find a good store for a honest price, you need to look for the suitable deals on well-reputed platforms. We can recommend the following ones:

  • Flippa

Flippa.com is a digital marketplace that is specifically designed to buy and sell online businesses around the globe. Since it’s a regulated platform, it has a set of rules for the deals’ participants, so you can expect a safe and fair environment.

  • AliDropship forum

On AliDropship forum, there is a special thread aimed on current business owners who want to sell their stores – and the visitors who want to buy an already operating site. We cannot guarantee the honesty and professional ethics of each and every particular seller, but we really hope that our forum, as a community of like-minded entrepreneurs with similar business goals, exclusively consists of friendly and reliable people 🙂

By the way: if a forum poster sells an AliDropship-based store, we, with the fullest responsibility, can guarantee that the design and layout of this site meets the highest industry standards and is optimised to bring you the highest returns possible. Just sayin’.

So, what will be your choice? Will you order a turnkey store meeting your personal wishes and preferences? Or you’d rather prefer to look for a drop shipping business for sale? It’s only up to you to decide!

By Olga L.
Olga is a content creator at AliDropship, and she aims to explain the most complicated drop shipping concepts in the simplest terms possible.
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8 Comments
Maxwell July 10, 2018 10:43:29

Please explain these terms. Turn key store, woo commerce. Are they all included in Alidropship custom site?

    Yaroslav Nevsky July 12, 2018 8:19:58

    Turn key means that you get a completed site ready to make first sales. WooCommerce is a WordPress-based platform we build a site with.

    NDAYISHIMIYE BOAZ September 4, 2018 10:53:54

    A turn key store is a store made for you. Woo commerce is the software that can be used to create. It doesn’t matter they use Woo commerce or not, but at the end, you will get your ready made store that you can start marketing.
    I wish you good luck and much success!

Isaac July 10, 2018 12:12:09

May I know if the gateways are accepted in Ghana

hammad July 13, 2018 11:51:01

can i open alidropship plug in store with different niche?
and is it possible to open multi vendor store in Pakistan with alidropship plug in?

    NDAYISHIMIYE BOAZ September 4, 2018 10:55:21

    The plugin can only be used once or on one store.

      Yaroslav Nevsky September 4, 2018 11:03:32

      One plugin license is valid for one domain.

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