Inventory Source Review
By business.com editorial staff, business.com Writer | Updated Dec 02, 2016
Inventory Source is a dropship service that has strong inventory and back-end management features as well as good account support. There are some drawbacks with its fees.
This dropship company has more than one million products sourced from almost 100 different suppliers. It also has many of the features we like in a dropship service. You can use data feeds to export products to your website or the online marketplace of your choosing. These exports include product descriptions and images. Inventory Source can also construct a website for you if you don't have one.
One of the things we look for in a dropship supplier is whether it aggregates the suppliers it works with. With Inventory Source, it depends on which plan you purchase. The free plan gives you access to the supplier list, and you're responsible for contacting the supplier and working out how orders will be managed.
Inventory Source does not include a complete catalog of all available products on its website, but other plans allow the products of multiple suppliers to be combined into one datafeed. Since you work with different suppliers, shipping speeds vary. If you are interested in forming your own relationships with suppliers, Inventory Source can help you.
Another drawback of Inventory Source is that it charges you for each supplier you use. You pay a set monthly rate for the first supplier and a slightly smaller rate for each one you add after that. Rates vary depending on what you plan on using Inventory Source for. Costs for data feeds are cheaper than having a website built for you. Others costs, such as dropship fees, restocking fees, and shipping and handling costs vary depending on the suppliers you work with.
Inventory Source provides account support through email and through scheduled calls. You can submit support tickets to help with technical issues. This service also provides guides, video tutorials and other information for those who are new to dropshipping.
Inventory Source is missing some of the features we look for in dropshippers, such as a catalog listing of its products. It charges you for each supplier you work with and to aggregate the products of those suppliers. It has a variety of suppliers to choose from and good options to help get those products on your selling platform.