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8 Things I Learned Going from $0 to 1K Dropshipping on Facebook Marketplace

Published on: December 1 2022 by Bryan Guerra

8 Things I Learned Going from $0 to 1K Dropshipping on Facebook Marketplace

8 Things I Learned Going from $0 to 1K Dropshipping on Facebook Marketplace

so i want to tok about eight things
that i've learned going from zero
complete beginner to one thousand
dollars in facebook marketplace drop
shipping okay
and i am not like you know super
advanced to this by any means i'm just
getting into this and kind of starting
it myself
it really interests me because it's
we're kind of like the pioneers of this
it's kind of it's only been around like
maybe like four to five months
ish it's maybe slightly longer since
like the shipping option has been
available so
it's still like the wild wild west out
there there's still a lot of opportunity
and so i like kind of touching on these
things a because it's new
b because it interests me c because i
really think it's a great opportunity
for a lot of resellers out there
um and and i think i was gonna say four
but i guess we're on d
uh and d i like making these videos for
you guys because obviously any insights
that i gain i can relay to you also it
serves as like a kind of
good reminder for me to kind of touch on
these things okay so
first and foremost we have that you want
to adjust your prices
slowly on products that are getting a
lot of views
but not selling okay one of the easiest
ways to pick up sales that i've seen
especially like once you get into it
you've been listing for
you know a week or maybe even longer
than that right is go back down to like
some of your older listings and see
which ones that you've never gotten a
sale on
but have a lot of views because
typically that means that there's a lot
of interest there
but maybe maybe not always maybe the
price is what's holding people back
maybe they think it's overpriced maybe
they're doing research elsewhere and
they can get a better deal
or something like that right so drop the
price it doesn't have to be a lot it can
be
but check your supplier check if there's
a better margin if you
or a worse margin that you can take if
you drop the price but then that might
prompt some sales okay this is one of
the easiest ways that i've made sales
i did this just last night in my own
business i went down to like
not the very very end because i did that
a couple days ago and i don't do this
every single night but like sometimes
the prompt sales i'll try this out
because i'm still trying to
i'm sure i'm kind of treating it like a
scientist right like i'm i'm
mixing in different things i'm i'm
seeing i'm like i'm taking action in a
certain way
and i'm like mixing variables variables
in there and then seeing like okay what
comes as a result of this
this seems to really work right so for
example if there's like a product i have
that's like 45 bucks
and you know my margin is like 15 on
that because i can get it somewhere else
for 30 dollars right
and it has a lot of views but no sales
maybe i dropped the margin to 10
and now i'm selling it for like or even
nine right like thirty nine dollars
and i'm making nine dollars on that
that's still almost a 25
profit margin on that item right so
little things like that adjust your
price
uh and slowly lower it if you're getting
a lot of views on items
and listings but not selling them okay
that's the first thing i've known
or i've notiked go after the low hanging
fruit tends to work well okay
now the next thing i notiked i actually
realized fairly recently and that's that
your location matters when you're
listing items okay
and for the longest time i literally
just let because other like it just sets
your location there because it like
pings your ip address and where you are
and your home town so like i was listing
from you know where i'm at in pa
but i've notiked that your location when
you actually list
matters now so when you go in and search
marketplace you can change your location
and i'll touch on this in a future point
as well
um and i've also touched on it in the
past video as well
but actually when you're listing when
you're on the last page
of your listing so i think it's the
second one when you're about to publish
your listing
there's a little thing at the very top i
think it's like the second one in there
that says
your location right so where you're
listing it from now because
facebook marketplace primarily started
as like
an in-person like local meetup kind of
exchange thing like craigslist or offer
up
your location mattered a lot when you
listed the item because the people
around you
and and close in proximity to where
you're listing it from
are going to see that more frequently
than somebody across the country
or you know farther away from you right
and this is
also very very true i don't have any
proof of this but i have seen
anecdotally remember i said i'm like a
scientist like
i have seen that like i'm getting a lot
more views i haven't actually looked at
like the sales specifically but like i
would
it would lend me to believe that
obviously i have a better chance to sell
things if i'm getting a lot more views
listing from places where uh like new
york city for example right so i'm
i live close i probably live like two
hours outside of new york city like
right outside of philly
but like if i list uh in the mornings
right because i live on the east coast
when like a big city uh like new york
city is like
kind of kind of uh you know waking up
like me and they're on the same time
zone
if i list like super super early out in
l.a which is also a big city and i say
my location is la
none of those people are going to see it
because most people over there aren't up
right
but if i list in new york super early
and then
you know i get the majority of people in
a big city so
there's a lot more population there and
also they're on my time zone so there i
know that they're awake
i'm going to get a lot more views
because the people you know close to new
york are going to see those listings and
it's really going to give my my items a
lot more visibility right
and same thing for like later on right
so like if i'm listing
later on there's really only two times i
really list i don't really like focus on
this too heavily it's just kind of like
something i'm
playing around with and interested in
because i've seen that it works and also
like
it's new and exciting to me um but
there's really only two main times i
list
a like super early in the morning when
i'm working out like in between
sets and then uh late at night for like
an hour-ish before i go to bed just to
kind of play around with it and see so
those are really
the only times that i'm that i'm
actually doing this you know enlisting
in this
and so when early in the morning i'll
list and say that i'm in new york city
and i've seen that that works a lot
better because obviously
there's a ridiculous amount more people
in the population of new york city
than the small town where i live right
and that might be true for you as well
okay
and then later at night i'll list out in
la because it might be 10 o'clock here
or 9 o'clock here
but people are just getting off work or
just getting home out in la
again big city a lot of population and
when you're shipping it doesn't really
matter okay
so play around with that that's the
second thing i've notiked that your
location matters when you list
it's the easiest thing like when you're
on your second page of your listing
change your location to a populated city
you can go near you
you can try a bunch of different things
but i've seen that this works well
it doesn't have to be new york doesn't
have to be la play around with it
you will probably see similar results
okay now
the third thing is that you want to try
and i've touched on this before
you want to try to list or avoid listing
excuse me
from generic sites like amazon walmart
and home depot okay there's nothing
wrong with them they work very very well
and especially
you know if you have something like
amazon prime that's a completely
different like topic that i don't really
want to get into
and you're actually using your prime
account to drop ship to other buyers
which
you know you can get not in trouble for
but they can shut your account down
eventually if you do that
i personally don't do that i don't
recommend that people do that you can
kind of throw a couple in there every
once in a while it's totally fine if
you're ordering a lot of products to you
anyway um but i definitely wouldn't just
use your prime account and like
if you're ordering like 20 things a day
to like different addresses using prime
they're going to catch on to that pretty
fast i think and i don't think that
that's going to work very well also it's
not very long-term way to build your
business okay
but the margins obviously on amazon are
great the descriptions are great
um the pictures are great you have a lot
of things to work with the prices are
great there's a lot of products on
amazon
same thing with walmart same thing with
home depot they're phenomenal okay
they're also reputable companies the
issue with that is everybody else is
listing from them
so you're gonna you know you might not
be in a very saturated
you know category or saturated product
or saturated niche
now but as more and more people get into
this and i've started to see this you
know if you look at like some of the
products that i've listed from amazon
specifically
and from walmart chances are you can
find them on ebay for cheaper
or you can all cause someone's dropping
drop shipping them with a less margin on
ebay right
and you can also a lot of times find
them on facebook marketplace from a
different
person okay so if that different person
is listing it in a different location
other different people might be seeing
that
and you still might be all right but the
whole key here is try to avoid those
because if you want to build a long-term
business and you want to do this like
sustainable long-term
where your listings have more life than
just listing them for like a week or two
you want to list from other sites where
you're not competing with as many people
so try other sites don't just list
always you can still use them
but don't just list always from amazon
home depot and walmart okay
just a recommendation but try it out
you'll see that it works for you and
also
that way when you find like an obscure
product selling really really well
you know that chances are not a lot of
other people are seeing using that
product another little tidbit that i
forgot to add here too
i actually learned this from a different
video the other night is when
and i didn't even think like i knew
inherently about this like i didn't put
two and two together it's like
when you go into a category on i just
said don't use walmart but let's use
walmart as an example right
let's say you go into like sporting
goods on walmart right and then you go
into like
i don't know baseball supplies right
what i used to do when
probably what 95 to 99 of people do is
they just start listing from that
category but the smarter thing to do
would be to go like three or four pages
deep at least
because nobody else is really doing that
you're not competing on those products
okay so
go a few pages deep or you suppliers
that
or and obviously and you suppliers that
not a lot of other people are using
it'll lower your competition
increase your margins and hopefully
build your business longer okay
number four is that you need to follow
up with orders to get reviews
so it's not like amazon where they'll
hit you with like a
a question of like do you want to review
this order it's not like ebay where
they'll hit you with a question of like
do you want to review this order
or makari or poshmark or offer up or
anything like that where
you're going to get orders just for or
you're going to get reviews on your
your thing just for selling at least
i've seen you need to follow up with a
lot of these buyers in order for them to
review you and reviews are huge
on any platform but obviously especially
with a new platform like facebook
marketplace
where people don't just you know
inherently trust random other people on
facebook marketplace as much yet right
it's not like somewhere like amazon
where like
people don't even think about the
packages that they're buying because
they just trust
that amazon's going to deliver them to
them they they know that they can always
get a refund and there's just that
inherent
like built-in trust it's not like that
yet on facebook marketplace obviously
because it's still very very new and so
your reviews matter a lot more
especially in the beginning okay
so you need to follow up with with
orders to get reviews i have like a
simple little script i just copy and
paste like
probably a couple days to a week after
somebody gets the item delivered
and you can go back into like your
shipping orders and like see when it's
been delivered
and then message those people like a
couple days later okay and i don't do
that every day i do that every couple
days and just message the people where
the
their orders have been delivered i
follow up with them and that's a lot
easier way to get a review okay
um now number five is that if you go
into facebook marketplace from your
phone or
also from the computer i think but i
know for sure from your phone
um you can see a lot of the hot items
that facebook is pushing now
that seems to be getting sales what you
can do is you kind of like
check that every couple you know a
couple times a day randomly it's not
hard to just pop on your phone
and like look at facebook marketplace to
see what they're suggesting you
because chances are what they're
suggesting you if you keep seeing items
like that
are selling very very well and that's
why they're putting them on the home
pages
of those specific categories and the
home pages of facebook marketplace okay
before we get into number six if you're
wondering why it's like bright and then
dark all of a sudden bright and then
dark it's because
the sun continues to go through a
passing cloud that's like bright dark
bright dark
so that's why you're seeing it like dim
in and out number six
is that other sellers can actually see
the products that you're selling
um on facebook marketplace specifically
if they find your profile
and then potentially reverse engineer
your best sellers okay
so for example i'm in a lot of facebook
groups so what i can see is like
somebody's
posting in one of those facebook groups
and i don't specifically do this but i
did take it a step further than the last
video i toked about it
and i know that you can actually do it
now if i wanted to um
you can see like if you're in a facebook
marketplace group that's like a bunch of
drop shippers
and somebody's always toking about like
how they have a lot of sales they have a
good day which if you're in a facebook
group like that
you will see that what you can then do
is you can then figure out
you can click on their profile number
one and first and foremost
most of the time it's going to tell you
where they're located and what city
they're in
then you can literally go to facebook
marketplace into the search bar
search for their name and then expand it
out like 500 miles with your radius
and the first couple ones typically will
be that person or that seller right
then you can find their profile see all
their listings and reverse engineer what
they're selling
figure out their supplier and slightly
undercut them for all those sales
yourself okay
now i don't do this because i think it's
a lot more effort necessarily and i
think it's better off to just like list
a bunch of things and see what works for
you and what sells for you
but you can do that because it's not
like somewhere like amazon it's not like
somewhere like
um you know any other place like that
where you can kind of hide behind a
seller profile
or change it and people won't
necessarily know where that is okay
and this is also true if like you're you
know you're like me for
for example like you're creating
tutorials and showing your profile
other people can obviously go search
that in facebook marketplace and figure
out what you're selling
find your suppliers and list all those
same products okay so
just keep that in mind i don't know if a
lot of people know that or a lot of
people realize that
i'm not personally doing that but it is
something that you know you
can do and that other people i'm sure
are doing that ties me into number seven
which is you don't want to delete old
products um now
there's for two there's two reasons for
that okay first and foremost because of
the fact that other people can kind of
search through
you never want them to be able to know
specifically it's a lot easier
if like you have 15 products to reverse
engineer those 15 products right
if you have a couple hundred products or
a thousand products
nobody's gonna go in and nobody's gonna
be able to know specifically
which products are selling well and
that's one reason why you don't want to
delete listings
because it's not like ebay where like
you can see the sales on products on the
like on those specific pages and how
much they've sold recently right
so that's one of the reasons you don't
want to delete old products okay
the second one is that i have seen that
like old products do get sales right so
there have been plenty of times where
like
listings that i listed like a week or
two ago have been like pretty much dead
in my opinion and i'm like on the verge
of going to delete them
but then like a day or so later they
sell somehow even though they barely had
any views okay
so that would lead me to believe that
listings are never really dead they do
sit there and their shelf life obviously
you're gonna get a lot more visibility
and views
initially when you list them and like
close to when you list them but that
doesn't but that would indicate that
they're never
actually fully dead especially if you're
renewing them um and even after you
renew them they're still a lot they're
still like live on the marketplace
it's just they might be like hidden down
in search a little bit
and so i have seen that you can
specifically get sales on old items
and i'm honestly not sure that facebook
is like uh ebay in a way where like
they're tracking your stores
sell through rate i'm not i don't have
any proof of that that's just my opinion
but
that's two reasons i wouldn't recommend
i've heard other people recommend the
opposite
me personally if things change i'll let
you know but i recommend right now
not deleting old products for those two
reasons
and finally number eight is to keep
listing one of the things that i've
heard
everybody tok about that's had success
with this i've seen it myself as well
and obviously beginners get to
discourage very easily
is just keep listing okay most things
that you list won't ever sell
most things that you list won't ever
really get much attention and that's
totally fine
the few items that do take off
eventually it doesn't matter if you're
listing 20 things it doesn't matter if
you're listing 100 things
or a couple hundred things the few items
that do take off will make up for all
the other listings okay so keep listing
it will work out for you hope you guys
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