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Focalprice.com is a Hong Kong based wholesale and drop shipping website supplying, storing and shipping a wide range of products for your online sales business. The site is well set out and for the most part fairly navigable, although several parts of the site were closed for maintenance at the time of this review. There are a number of membership options, free registration and a range of discount options when you purchase products.
The product range on Focalprice.com is huge, but even with over 70,000 items for sale it's not the biggest selection you'll find in this category (e.g. Drop-ship.com has over 1,000,000 products). Nonetheless, there's more than enough to keep your business going, with new products added each month. You'll find 11 main product categories including 'cell phones', 'consumer electronics', 'video games' and more. Whilst the mainstay of the product catalog is electronic products and accessories, you'll also find toys, hobby craft, home and outdoor products too. Taking the popular category 'Apple accessories' as an example, there were 8 nested sub-categories with products for iPad 2 (1,100 products), iPhone 4 (4357), iPhone 3G/3GS (1335), iPod Classic (143), iPod Nano (174), iPod Touch (632) and Mac (240), indicating an impressive level of choice.
When browsing products you can click on a thumbnail image to bring up more details about a specific item. As well as enlarging the image you can view price, estimated shipping fee, category, 5-star rating and the product description. You can also view other recommended items similar to the one you're viewing. There's a keyword search and you can refine your search results by brand and product type. It's also possible to specify a price range or select only those products that are discounted. In short, product information is very detailed and ranks among the best in this category.
There are 4 membership account levels, all of which are reasonably similar and only vary in accordance with the amount of items you sell. You promote and sell products from Focalprice.com. by choosing products, listing them on your website or auction page and selling them. When a customer places an order and you collect payment, just order the product on Focalprice.com and it's shipped directly to the customer. There's no minimum order. If you sell products up to the value of $4,999.99 you receive a 1.5% discount per product (Pre-VIP level). Selling between $5,000 and $19,999.99 worth of stock gets you a 1.6% discount on products (VIP Preliminary level). The VIP Medium Level is reached when you sell between $20,000 and $99,999,99 and gets you 1.8% discount. Finally, for those who sell over $100,000 you get a 2.0% discount on products purchased (VIP Advanced level). There aren't any ecommerce website packages or eBay auction memberships. It's unlikely that many members will achieve such sales.
Even if you're new to drop shipping, you receive detailed guidance and help when you sign up. There's also dedicated customer support by email, telephone and MSN Messenger, as well as delivery tracking. As products ship from Hong Kong, it can take 7-20 business days to ship items unless you select priority delivery. Products may also be liable for US import fees (check with the site).
With a great product range and detailed catalog, Focalprice.com is a strong contender. However, membership options are somewhat lacking in comparison to other sites. Furthermore, the products aren't always the cheapest and with higher than normal shipping fees as well as import fees you'd need to think carefully before registering. That said, the free membership makes it a tempting choice for your online sales business.
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