Question about trade references when applying to work with dropshippers

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Explorer
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I'm starting a new shop and I'm carefully curating specific products to sell.  This means that I have selected a few dropshippers that I want to work with.  A few of them require trade references.  Since I'm new to this, I don't really have anybody to act as references in this context.  Does that mean I need to work with the smaller dropshippers for a while before I can list them as references?  If so, how long is normal in this industry?  Also, does it work like employment references where I need to ask their permission to use them as a reference before I put them down on applications?

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Excursionist
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Most will only ask about that if your trying to establish a line of credit with them (in my experience) . Which is kinda odd for a dropshipper.

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Explorer
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Oh, they don't make that clear in their applications!  I plan to pay per order by credit/debit card.  I guess I can email them and ask them to clarify it.  Thank you for replying

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