We are open to the idea of partnering with some company that’s willing to become our supplier if its MO allows it to. On this page we’ll try to give you maximum coverage of all aspects for such a venture. If showing your products on our website sounds attractive, please, read our answers to the main topics this business entails.
Q & A
Invented in America, drop shipping with us are the same as everywhere in the world. We advertise Supplier’s products on The Elegant You and, when order comes, our system automatically dispatches it to the Supplier along with the full payment for shipping and product; The Supplier also receives Customer’s home address for shipping directly. Done!
We’re doing a lot of work to accommodate you. On The Elegant You we’re trying to present your brand to the US market in the best possible way. Again: we build you a fully functional store at The Elegant You, market your products – at no cost to you. Just hover your mouse over menu DESIGNERS. See the sub-menu with listed brands? Click either and you’ll see what type of a Landing page we’re talking about. Each of them is a store front for the brand. You can have it, too. Read on!
As a legitimate US company we ask you for the wholesale price on all your products. We have to be able to use Multiplying Factor 2,5 on your price and arrive to the retail price on our website. The retail prices on your own website and this one must be close and not create disadvantage to either operation. We can also add to our price some estimated shipping cost when we advertise a” free shipping”.
First, you and us are signing a Drop Shipping agreement that summarize our responsibilities. Then, according to the clause about the Supplier’s role, you provide us with all the information regarding your products:
- Photos of the products
- Price list
- Full product descriptions
- Company profile, its history and founders’ biographies (optional).
Next, we are creating a Landing page for your company which will be shown at the Main Menu section DESIGNERS: hover your mouse over it and a dropdown submenu will show a list of brands already signed with us. Click on the brand name takes you to their Landing page.
Then we create a catalog of your products at our platform and your storefront with us all set. After your approval of the Landing page, it gets published and your products become visible at our website and ready for sale.
Note: during the design period we expect your cooperation in providing best available data – text, photos and marketing materials. Remember, we’ll be creating your online presentation and it’s in your best interest to have it done right.
What we need from you is to keep us constantly updated with your inventory. Since you have your own website as well, you already set to work with us. The key to success with us is to keep our catalog showing the same information as yours.
If you update your own website information and we don’t update ours we’ll be showing products that you have sold out, or cancelled or re-designed or changed price.
The person who does updates on your website has all the information ready and after your own catalog update this information must be emailed to us as well. We’ll enter it into our website and our catalogs will be fully synchronized.
To keep sales going on our end we need to have all your updates.
Being our Supplier isn’t adding just one more outlet for your product. In fact, your products get marketed on several other outlets we own:
- Instagram and other social media
All our websites interconnected by internal links and appear for the search engine like Google as a small network or a web cluster. The search engine has a much better chance to catch our network that a single website address with your products. In other words, by showing your product at our web platform you are seriously increasing chances for your products to be found during the online search. That’s how successful sales happen – all major brands have their products present on multiple websites! Same applies here: the more domains carry your products the higher your chances to sell them.
Based on our experience, monthly to quarterly updates would suffice. If your own website is technically advanced, all can be discussed and arranged individually, including creating a fully automated system linking both sites.
Our system is based on a deeply modified WordPress Content Management System (like Amazon, PayPal) and is totally independent. We can automatically accept data in every usable format in business, whether it csv or Excel files, or it requires a manual entry.
In no way we’re encouraging our customers to practice returns as a routine exercise in online shopping. Returns of the products only can be accepted after thorough inspection of the product. The customer first, sends to our office photos of the defective product and, based on what we see, we can accept it to our office in New York for further inspection. In case of obvious manufacturer defect, our office in New York returns product to the Supplier for refund or replacement. Real returns happen very very rarely. Because of the possibility of the double shipping, our return policy is set for thirty (30) days from the date of purchase.
No custom-made products will be accepted. To minimize costly mistakes customers provided with extensive help in setting up custom order.
When order is placed Supplier sends us invoice and we transfer payment based on invoiced amount, which can be either based on estimated shipping cost or on the exact number. After transaction is over and product is actually shipped, we balancing transaction with Supplier either by sending some missing amount or on the contrary, Supplier sends us back what we overpaid for shipping. Usually the amount to compensate shortage/overpay is small enough and it never poses a problem.
Is it possible? Yes, if you don’t have an official trade representative in United States. Selling on your behalf works under entirely different set of rules, first of which is to grant us exclusive rights to sell. We cannot market your product online if there’s a competitor offering the same your product. Marketing online often more expensive that regular marketing. You can see product we offer here: www.itatous.com
At the page COMPARISON you can see a table where we show our platform The Elegant You vs major players in online retail. Our web platform is feature-rich, independent and easy to navigate. This is a good time to get onboard. Use this chance and join others who already with us and are enjoying increased exposure to the US market.
Growing a company always easier in partnerships.
If you reading this, you are interested in raising awareness of your designs in United States. As a Step One we create awareness about you and also about ourselves by placing your catalog at this website. It will cost you nothing to sign up but for us cooperation is not free. Creating a catalog for you, a dedicated landing page will take a lot of work. We need to maintain our website, keep it updated and fully operational. To promote our businesses in America we use our dedicated highly qualified professionals. It is a win-win situation when giving you our outlet also helps our own business grow.
Preparing data files for upload to the website (download pdf)
Warning: it’s a bad idea to ask us to download your images from your website!
We have our own criteria on what’s good for the product depiction at our site.
For transferring graphic files use either of the common file transferring systems: Dropbox, Google Drive, We Transfer etc.
- All products should have no less than 3 images shot from different angles, the more the better.
2. For best depiction on our site, we suggest sending png files with completely removed background or, less desirable, jpeg files with White background.
3. Best would be to send us original files from the camera. The image file dimensions should be no less than 2040 x 2040 px. The “magnifying” feature on our website requires graphics files to be this size or larger. Smaller files will result in magnifier failure. Remember, your product perceived as good as its image at our pages!
Please, pay close attention to this request: send us your company Logo in its original file. It could be work of your own or a professional graphics designer but it’s already determined by you how to best represent your brand. While we can re-create your logo, spending lots of time, the original logo can be easily attainable. We’d rather installed your own logo over your presentation page than you later dispute its authenticity with us, looking at our replica.
For the product data, the best would be to have a full Excel or csv file. If you cannot provide them, the information on products should include the following parameters:
- ID code, SKU or other code allowing 100% identification of the item
- Title of the item you want it to have. We use a system when brand name comes first, then the name of the model and its brief description for the header (H1-H2).
- Full description of the item in English
- Price in € or $.
- If a product has several variations in colors, they all should be provided at the separate sets of images. If colors or size variations have different prices they are too, need to be indicated clearly.
We welcome any press or promo text on your company that would help to introduce you to our visitors. It can be publicity photos, videos, reviews of the actual customers.
If your inventory changes regularly in terms of designs added or removed; prices change; brand name change – we need to know it as soon as the changes occur. The best way to keep us, your retailer, informed would be to establish a direct link between your website administrator and ours. Having two IT-people talking to each other directly ensures our showing your inventory changes fast. All we need is updates in any form your administrator does it.
We are trying to eliminate manual work as much as possible. Once your changes for your website done on the Excel spreadsheet or some other format, your admin can email it to us and both our websites will be showing the same information.