Originally Posted by pacasowithagun
Makes sense which is one of the reasons I was going for ANS as a supplier for dropshipping since they have a large product selection. None the less, good to know what I was about to get into.
Nonetheless, I am still curious about the trade referrals. It seems like a catch 22 since you need referrals to get referrals...
It's pretty straight forward... None of the major manufacturers want to sell to internet only businesses. And they don't want to sell onses and twoses.... They want someone to call them up, place a $10,000 order and support their complete line.
In the old days (a few years ago) the paintball industry destroyed itself by selling to anyone, and having terrible margins. Real stores didn't want to even bother carry their products any more. Now the margins are still terrible, but at least they make sure they are not selling just to some kid that wants to buy some stuff cheap for him and his friends, undercutting the stores that are trying to make a living.
So just pull out the check book, place a big order, and it's not too hard to get set up. But calling up and wanting to set up so you can drop ship guns one at a time.. they have no interest.