Nick here from Shopify.
Great question. I did some digging for you on this to find some UK based suppliers both on Oberlo and via print on demand (POD) service (Print on Demand is when the supplier makes the products per order for you and ships them out). Let's take a look at them below:
The apps mentioned above are stand-alone apps. You mentioned Oberlo also, and there are some UK based suppliers within the Oberlo ecosystem which you can see below:
Some of the suppliers are based on specific types of products and others are a bit of a mix and hopefully, you can find something which fits your needs from the above.
All the best, Nick
You mentioned the UK Suppliers within the Oberlo system but when you click on them it just takes you to the Oberlo homepage. Is there a way to filter within the Oberlo App to just these suppliers or at least see what they are just selling? All i see is Aliexpress products which is frustrating as their delivery time is far too long. Would love to see what the other suppliers sell.
The UK dropshipping industry is far behind the USA.
You may see better results in opening an ecommerce store and targeting American customers instead. The internet allows us to reach a global audience, no reason to ignore that added benefit.
If companies in the UK expand on better dropshipping opportunities in the future, you can always look into expanding your reach.
Iv had some success with this but I used Esources to find a good UK dropshipper. The UK doesnt really have a huge choice of companies offering this unfortunately, so I found when dropshipping from USA or even China to target certain markets IE USA instead of the UK. It was a nightmare, returns, tax laws etc was just a pain so I gave it up. I then used Esources and found a few decent drop shippers. Since then iv stopped dropshipping anything and once the items I dropshipped had reached a decent level, I just ordered stock to hold myself. This not only made the whole process easier, but a LOT cheaper so my margins doubled, then I had more profit to but back into advertising to then scale up again. I think dropshipping is already a saturated way of doing things, there must be 1000 stores all selling the same items branded as something else and customers are slowly figuring this out. Add campaigns that work can easily be replicated so anyone starting out dropshipping could potentially spend a lot of money testing adds and products, for someone to just come in and copy the idea, make more profit and have no initial testing costs.
My advice from personal experience would be to only use dropshipping to test the market place, if all goes well and you manage to turn any profit, then order the items in bulk and handle yourself.
Hope this helps