PROS / Inventory Source connects you with over 90 suppliers in a variety of industries.
CONS / This dropship service charges you for each supplier you work with.
VERDICT / Though it charges you for each supplier and may require more work, Inventory Source still has a wide variety of inventory and back-end options.
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 the shipping options and the costs and fees associated with it. Inventory Source may require you to do more work than some other services, but it does put you in direct contact with suppliers.
This dropship service has more than 1,000,000 products sourced from almost 100 different suppliers. This is a good variety that places it near the top of the services we requested. Inventory Source 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 main things we look for in a dropship service is whether it aggregates the suppliers it works with. With Inventory Source it depend on which plan you choose to purchase. The free plan gives you access to the supplier list, and you will be responsible for contacting the supplier and working with them to set up how orders will be managed. Inventory Source does not include a complete catalogue of all available products on its website, but other plans do allow the products of multiple suppliers to be combined in one datafeeds. Since you work with different suppliers, shipping speeds vary. If you are interesting in forming your own relationships with suppliers, Inventory Source is a resource that 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 the first. The 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 choose to work with.
Inventory Source provides account support through phone and email. 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 that we like in dropship services. It charges you for each supplier you choose to work with and to aggregate the products of those suppliers. It does have a wide variety of suppliers to choose from and good options to help get those products on your selling platform.