There are billions of products on this Earth, and nearly as many suppliers. It can be difficult just to pick what to sell, let alone find quality dropshippers for that product! That’s why I’ve put together a list of the best-selling eCommerce niches with pros and cons for each, and some high-quality dropship suppliers to get you started.
The top-selling industries include:
Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Baby gear is a hugely popular dropshipping market, and for good reason! According to a report by Statista, baby products are set to make a whopping $66.8 billion dollars per year in sales by 2017. Parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents all love to shower babies in outfits, new toys and more.
Shipping: Shipping baby gear is usually super easy. Most products are small and light. The bigger ones typically break down to fit in a compact package.
Pricing Range: Due to the huge variety of baby products, prices vary massively. However, the majority of items lie in the $10-$200 range, which is perfect for online retail.
Overall, baby gear can be an excellent niche to build your online presence around. As long as you know the laws in your country and do some research to find the products with the least competition, it can work great for you.
Here are a few baby gear suppliers to get you started!
While the camera market is difficult for multiple reasons, camera accessories can be a huge hit if you find the right niche. The camera & photo market claims somewhere around $2 billion in annual sales. There is plenty of money to be made!
Shipping: Accessories are super light and easy to ship. However, the actual cameras are fragile, which is a major sign that new eCommerce businesses should stay away until they have more experience. Additionally, be aware that shipping batteries is subject to strict regulation.
Pricing Range: While the cameras themselves are out of the ideal price range (often costing several hundred, if not thousands of dollars), accessories fall into it for them most part. Bags are usually around the $15-50 range, lens attachments typically go for $300+ (with some going up to several thousand), and tripods typically fall in the $10-30 range for entry-level, with hobbyists and professionals spending $100 or more.
Camera and photo products can be a good market to get into, especially if it's one that you already know a bit about. Just because you may have a hard time selling cameras, doesn’t mean you can’t sell bags, attachments, cases, and other accessories! That said, this is definitely a market for those with a little more experience under their belt, because of the high price points on some items.
Here are a few camera & photo product suppliers to get you started!
These days it seems like everyone in the world has a phone of some kind. It seems that way because it’s true: Nearly everyone in the world owns a cell phone, even in developing countries. That number sounds incredible, and it is. That means almost every single person is a potential customer if you’re selling cell phones or phone accessories.
Shipping: Keep an eye out for the regulations regarding shipping batteries. It’s not only the phones; some accessories have batteries as well. Besides that, shipping should be easy and inexpensive for most things.
Pricing Range: While cell phones usually go for several hundred dollars, the accessories fall into a much nicer price range. Phone cases are the most popular, and typically run anywhere from $10-30, with the stronger ones (such as Lifeproof cases) going for up to $100 or more. Chargers also run in the $20-40 range, and Bluetooth speakers go for $40-200. Plenty of items fall in the target price point in this category.
While selling cell phones may not be a good idea, selling cellular accessories certainly is. The prices are definitely right, the items are typically easy and inexpensive to ship, and it doesn’t cost much to get started selling. Perfect for the beginning online retailer!
Here are a few cell phone suppliers to get you started:
Clothes aren't just a necessity — they're an expression of personal style and individuality, a way to show everyone your unique aesthetic. Clothing manufacturers know it, too. The clothing and fashion industry makes a jaw-dropping $12 billion per year. Needless to say, there’s a lot of money to be made if you can tap into this market.
Shipping: It’s cheap and easy. However, expect to deal with frequent returns.
Pricing Range: You can sell cheap jewelry (less than $1/piece) from overseas with a huge markup (up to $20) to make a nice profit. You can also order shirts which can sell anywhere from $10 to $50, fancy jewelry from $50 to $200 (or more), and shoes ranging from $20 to $150. These are perfect price points for the new eCommerce store owner.
Overall, the fashion industry can be a great market to break into as long as you’re willing to dig deep to find a good niche. Just make sure you have excellent sizing charts to help people pick their ideal size, and a great returns policy to keep them coming back.
Here are a few wholesale clothing suppliers to get you started:
In the U.S. alone, approximately 233 million people own a desktop or laptop. The U.S. also boasts about 144 million tablet owners. Bill Gates became a billionaire through computers — who’s to say you can’t make some money of your own in this industry?
Shipping: Shipping computers can be complicated. Between the delicate moving parts and the tight regulations on batteries, it’s no walk in the park. However, shipping computer accessories like bags or charging cables is simple and inexpensive.Pricing Range: Computers can range from a cheap $150 Chromebook to a high-end $2,000 gaming setup. However, most of the accessories lie nicely within the $10-$200 range that’s perfect for dropshipping.
Computers and software products can be perfect for a beginner eCommerce store owner as long as you stick to low-cost accessory items. If you're feeling lucky, you can consider stocking some low-end laptops and tablets.
Here are a few computer product suppliers to get you started:
Just 30 years ago, homes without TVs, cell phones, or computers were commonplace. Today, it’s hard to imagine a home without a TV (probably several), at least one computer, and some smartphones. The average adult spends roughly $2,300 per year on consumer electronics. Times that by the 214 million adults in just the US, and you get a big number. That leaves plenty of dough to be had if you’re ready to enter the consumer electronics arena.
Shipping: Again with those batteries! Be aware of the regulations and restrictions. In addition, some consumer electronics (like TVs and appliances) can be a pain to ship, and expensive to boot. There are plenty of smaller, easily shipped objects (like vaporizers or wearable tech), however.
Pricing Range: As tempting as it may be, I recommend you stay away from all the high-end tech over $200. In the $10-200 range lies iPods, Bluetooth speakers, car computer decoders, and much more. You won't lack for options.
Consumer electronics is one of the more difficult industries to start out with if you’re new to eCommerce. However, that doesn’t mean it should be crossed off the list right away. There are lots of cool, easily shipped gadgets that aren’t too expensive, such as TV mounting kits, virtual reality viewers, or remote-controlled helicopters, to name a few.
Here are a few consumer electronics suppliers to get you started:
How many movies do you own? My girlfriend owns somewhere between one hundred and two hundred. My grandma owns slightly less than that. My aunt owns more. My mom owns a few dozen herself. DVDs and Blu-rays aren’t dead, despite what the techies say — people still love buying physical movies (especially as Christmas gifts). Maybe it’s a psychological collection thing, but whatever it is, movies are still a 13 billion-dollar-per-year industry in the US alone. Also included in this niche are music CDs and audio CDs.
Shipping: Shipping is super easy and inexpensive with DVDs. Just slip them in a padded envelope and send away!
Pricing Range: Most DVDs go from $5-20, with some variation. Collector's editions, series, and other specialty purchases can go for $100 or more.
The DVD and movie industry is not for the beginner eCommerce store owner. While there is money to be made, the gradual decline of the industry and high competition makes for difficult entry. Additionally, the restrictions surrounding sales of high-status movies such as Disney titles make for extra complications.
Here are a few movie & DVD suppliers to get you started:
What’s a universal truth about what people really desire? We all want to be healthy and attractive. Businesses know this, which is why the health and beauty industry is huge. Cosmetics alone are a $56 billion industry in the US! Get this: $5 billion in soap was sold in the US this year. These two categories are only scratching the surface of the health and beauty market, too. There’s also the huge, closely related fitness and nutrition market, which is only growing as time goes on.
Shipping: Like I said, shipping is super easy and inexpensive for most health and beauty products. The majority are kept in small bottles and containers.
Pricing Range: While price can vary widely, the majority of products you’ll come across are likely in the $10-50 range. However, there are plenty of high-end beauty supplies that can reach $50-200 or more. Also, many of those high-end brands have very tight pricing guidelines and won’t allow you to go outside the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Overall, the health and beauty industry is a high-work, high-reward-potential industry. You have to find your niche and deliver amazing quality and customer service to be able to stand out from the overly saturated crowd. You also have to be careful of the laws and regulations surrounding your products and make sure you don’t accidentally choose a product with unexpected side effects. The work is definitely worth the outcome if you can get some traction, though. People love their health and beauty products.
Here are a few health and beauty suppliers to get you started:
Similar to fashion and clothing, jewelry and watches are very popular. People just love to buy things that show off their sense of style and individuality. In 2014, Americans spent $78 billion on fine jewelry and watches alone. This market is the biggest one we’ve mentioned yet!
Shipping: Shipping is inexpensive and easy. Small, inexpensive pieces make for little risk. Just be wary of the moving parts and batteries in watches. Offering tracking and insurance for higher-priced items will definitely go a long way toward reassuring potential customers.
Pricing Range: You can find jewelry and watches at virtually any price point, from $0.10 to $10,000 or more. It’s not hard to find the price range you’re looking for.
The jewelry and watch industry is the industry I began my own personal eCommerce journey with. Because of the low wholesale prices from overseas, it’s virtually no-risk to start a business.If you happen to fail, you can just pack it up and move on to the next thing without losing any money. I definitely recommend it for a beginner, especially because there are so many possible niches within this industry.
Here are some jewelry and watch suppliers to get you started:
Are you noticing a trend yet? People really like to spend money on fashion. Time magazine estimates the average woman spends $16,000 on shoes over the course of her lifetime (around 67 years). That’s a lot of shoes, and a lot of money for you to make if you get in this market.
Shipping: Shipping is easy, and not too expensive. While it’s not as cheap as jewelry, you’re still not dealing with large or heavy packages.
Pricing Range: Most shoes run from $10-50, with some high-end pairs going for $50-150 or more.
Shoes, like other fashion categories, have a lot of potential as a primary item for your online store. You can build a brand around them, and there are plenty of niches to choose from. Again, while competition is high, all it takes is a commitment to excellent customer service and high-quality products to really stand out.
Here are a few dropshippers of shoes to get you started:
In America alone, consumers are spending some $70 billion dollars on sports equipment annually. Almost every school, from middle school to college, has a sports team that needs sports equipment. There are also plenty of adults who just play for fun. No shortage of customers here.
Shipping: While there are plenty of items that are easy to send out (like athletic clothes, deflated sports balls, or small equipment), some supplies can be awkward to ship, including big gym equipment and padded uniforms.
Pricing Range: This category is all over the board. You can sell single pieces of clothing for under $20 (like shirts, gloves, etc.) or you can sell bulk orders for $200 or more. Some equipment you can sell for less than $100, but higher-end or larger items can easily go for $200 or more. You’ll have no problem finding items in your ideal price range.
Overall, I would categorize sporting goods and entertainment as medium difficulty. While you can certainly find a niche and be very successful in it, there is a lot of competition, especially around the major sports. Also, breaking into the B2B market can be difficult for a beginner, but selling athletic apparel and smaller items to consumers won’t be quite as tough.
Here are a few sporting goods and entertainment suppliers to get you started:
Who doesn’t love toys and games? In the UK, the average amount spent on toys per child per year was $438 in 2013. Multiply that by the roughly 11 million kids in the UK and you get $4.8 billion spent on just toys per year. In the U.S., spending is $371 per child. Multiplied by the 48.6 million kids under the age of 11 in the US (as of 2015), and you get an additional $18 billion! Add in all the other countries and you’ve got a nice healthy market here.
Shipping: Toys and games typically are easy to ship. However, you may occasionally see something big, such as a dollhouse or something else with odd edges and points.
Pricing Range: Again, price is all over the board. You can easily find small toys and board games going for $10-50. Bigger, better toys and games could cost $50-200, and even into the thousands of dollars for some of the highest-end toys and games.
The toys and games industry is only going to keep growing as long as the population grows. That fact makes this industry a good one to get into. Plus, with the huge range of items you can sell, it’s a good one for beginners; if you do enough research and digging, you can find a good niche to settle into and expand from there.
Here are a few toys and games suppliers to get you started:
Ahh, travel and the great outdoors — my personal favorite industry. My girlfriend and I live in an RV, so we spend a good chunk of change on this stuff. Oh, and did I mention this is a $646 billion per year industry? Yes, you heard right: $646 billion! It’s the largest industry on this list by FAR!
Shipping: Because of the massive number of products in this industry, it’s hard to say whether shipping will be easy or not. There are just as many small, easily shipped items as there are large, awkward ones. But remember that you have a choice in what you sell!
Pricing Range: The sky's really the limit. You could sell everything from $0.50 fire starters to $2,000 tents and big equipment. You will definitely not have trouble finding items in that golden $10-200 price range.
The travel and outdoor industry is a great one to get started with because of the virtually unlimited products. In addition, it’s growing, and I don’t foresee a decline anytime soon. The sooner you hop on, the sooner you’ll be able to ride the growth wave. Just remember to stay away from huge competitors.
Here are a few outdoor and travel suppliers to get you started:
Video games have a special place in my heart. I’ve been an avid gamer since the young age of two. I’m certainly not the only one: Americans alone spend about $23.5 billion on video games each year. The great part about video games is the passion and excitement surrounding them. Hundreds of thousands of people stay up late and sit in line well past midnight for releases of big titles like "Call of Duty."
Shipping: Easy and inexpensive. You could even get into selling downloads instead of physical copies, which means no shipping at all.
Pricing Range: Most new titles run at a solid $60, with some collector’s editions running up to $120+. Used games can go from $1-50 depending on the age and popularity of the game, the console it's for, and the rarity of the game.
I definitely do not recommend this industry for beginners. With giants like Steam and GameStop (not to mention Amazon) dominating the market, it will be very difficult to make a name for yourself. However, there is some potential selling to foreign countries just starting to have the extra spending power for electronics and video games as long as you’re willing to deal with regional locking.
Here are a few video game suppliers to get you started:
You now have a list of some of the best-selling product industries and the best drop shippers within those industries. Of course, it doesn’t stop there — information and ideas are nothing without action.
Here are a few final words of wisdom to get the most out of your drop shipping business:
Need more ideas? Here are 40 more dropshipping ideas we found trending this year.
I hope you’ve found these tips and this list helpful! Feel free to ask me questions in the comments or contact SaleHoo directly.
What industries have you found success with? Are they on this list? Let me know!