If you are on a tight budget, then you have probably wondered if it is possible to pay your dropshipping supplier directly using your customer's payment.

By doing that, a part of your customer's payment would be sent to your supplier directly, and you would receive whatever is left.

The advantages of this would be that you wouldn't have to pay for your supplier's products out of your own pocket, but is this even possible?

Well, today we will find out!

In this article, we will learn about the journey of your customer's money.

By learning about this topic, you will gain a clear understanding of how money flows between all involved parties when dropshipping. It will allow you to answer questions like:

  • Is it possible to pay a supplier directly using a customer's payment?
  • How does your customer's money end up in your supplier's pocket?
  • How long does it take to process a customer's payment?
  • What are the steps that are needed to pay your supplier or other expenses?

Sounds interesting, right?

If you agree, then let's start!

Do you have to buy the products (first) to dropship?

Before we get into the journey of your customer's money, let's take a look at how dropshipping works.

If you're not familiar with dropshipping, you might be wondering if you have to buy the products first before you start with dropshipping.

Well, I can tell you that you don't have to buy the products first to dropship. Dropshipping is all about the concept of your dropshipping supplier holding and owning the products you are selling. This means that when dropshipping, you will buy products from your supplier one by one, but only if you get orders for them.

What is a dropshipping supplier infographic

In other words, if you decide to switch products or stop with your online business, you won't be left with a lot of products in stock that you can't sell!

Who pays for shipping in dropshipping?

When dropshipping, the products you sell will have to be shipped from your supplier's warehouse to your customer's address.

As you know, shipping a product isn't free, so someone will have to pay for it.

But who?

Well, often, you will have to pay for these shipping costs.

The cost of shipping will depend on the destination of the package, its size, and its weight.

Sometimes, your supplier will offer free shipping. However, in that case, they have simply added the shipping costs to the product's price. Remember, shipping is never truly free!

Free shipping vs. lower product price: What's better

The journey of your customer's money when dropshipping

As I said, I hope to answer all your questions about paying dropshipping suppliers by walking you through the journey of your customer's money.

How does it end up in your or your supplier's pocket after a customer order something?

By studying where your customer's money goes, you will be able to answer all the questions that you saw in the article's introduction.

Let's start at the beginning of the process, the moment when a customer orders something:

1. Payment processing

When dropshipping, one of the things you will need is a way to easily transfer money from your customer's pockets to all parties that are involved, including you.

Payment gateways are companies that do exactly this, transferring money. They can send money from one person's account to someone else's.

They are needed when dropshipping, because normally, your customer won't be paying you in cash!

When a customer proceeds to check out in your online store, they will often have to choose between several payment options. These are offered by payment gateway companies:

Payment options

Payment gateways for dropshipping businesses can be a bit of a complicated subject. That's because:

  • Different countries have different preferred payment methods.
  • Not all payment gateways accept dropshipping businesses.
  • Some payment gateways may hold your money for a prolonged amount of time if they see you as a high-risk client.
  • Each payment gateway has different processing times and transaction fees.

Below, I will show you a table of the seven best payment gateways for dropshipping stores in 2024.

For each payment gateway, I have listed the place where your customer's money will be sent after they have made an order:

RankPayment gatewayWhere the money will be sent after an order
1Shopify PaymentsYour bank account
2PayPalYour PayPal wallet
3StripeYour bank account
4Amazon PayYour Amazon Pay account
5Google PayYour Google Pay balance
6Apple PayYour Apple Pay account
7Crypto PaymentsYour cryptocurrency wallet

Please note that this list is internationally orientated. Specific countries may use popular payment gateways that are not present in this list.

For example, Klarna is a very popular payment gateway in Germany, and adding it to your dropshipping store will increase your conversion rate when targeting customers in Germany.

Related article: If you're wondering what the best payment gateway combinations are when dropshipping, check out this article here!

2. Paying your dropshipping supplier

Once you have received an order from your customer, you will need to purchase your customer's products from your dropshipping supplier.

As you could see above, each payment will be deposited to a specific account, depending on the payment gateway. However, eventually, each payment will end up in your bank account. In other words, it is not possible to let your payment gateway automatically send a part of the payment directly to your supplier.

Considering you will want to minimize your store's delivery time as much as possible, it is not advised to wait until your customer's payment has reached your bank account before ordering the products from your supplier.

Depending on the payment gateway, it can take two to five business days before your customer's payment gets deposited into your bank account. And, on some occasions, it can take even longer.

How long does it take before you get paid by Shopify
Shopify Payments standard payout times (Source)

We can conclude that it is necessary to order products from your supplier before your customer's payment reaches your bank account.

So, how do you pay your dropshipping supplier?

Different dropshipping suppliers accept different payment methods, but most dropshipping suppliers will accept credit cards.

If you're on a tight budget, using a credit card to pay your suppliers may be a great solution because it allows you to send money to a supplier without directly deducting funds from your bank account.

This way, you can pay back your credit card company at a later date when you have received the payment from your customer.

To give you an idea of what kind of payment methods dropshipping suppliers accept, here's a table of the best US general dropshipping suppliers, including their accepted payment methods:

RankSupplierAccepted payment method(s)
1ZendropCredit card, PayPal, Shopify app
2SpocketCredit card, PayPal, Shopify app
3US DirectCredit card
4SaleHooCredit card, PayPal
5Wholesale2bCredit card, PayPal
6DropCommerceCredit card, Shopify app
7Worldwide BrandsCredit card, PayPal

As you can see, almost all of these suppliers accept a credit card as a payment method.

If you're interested now in using a credit card for your dropshipping business, then check out this article to learn everything you should know about it!

Related article: Are you currently dropshipping with AliExpress and not sure how to pay your AliExpress supplier? Check out this article with the best payment methods for AliExpress.

If you're directly dealing with your dropshipping supplier and need to transfer money abroad, then take a look at Wise (formerly TransferWise), they can save you a lot of money.

Here's an example:

Wise vs PayPal cost comparison

You can check out Wise here, or you can learn more about Wise in this article here.

Bonus tip: Juni.co

Juni.co homepage

As a bonus tip related to payments, we would like to tell you about Juni.

Juni (juni.co) is a fintech solution made for digital entrepreneurs operating in the UK, Europe, and Norway.

It's a great product that can help you pay your dropshipping supplier and other business expenses!

With Juni, you can connect your ad networks (Google Ads, FB Ads, etc.), payment gateways (PayPal, Stripe, etc.), and bank accounts in one place.

The benefit?

You will be able to track the ROI across all your business's activities and improve cash flows!

Juni.co Main dashboard
Juni's main dashboard

If you’re running multiple Shopify stores, Juni makes creating this financial overview effortless with its Shopify integration.

Simply follow the steps below to activate it:

How to integrate Juni with Shopify

One of Juni's most significant perks is that you can get up to 1% cash back on all eligible card spending. This may not seem much, but when scaling your business, it can really add up!

Other benefits include:

  • Virtual cards. With Juni, you can generate as many virtual cards as you need in GBP, USD, and EUR.
  • Get savings relevant to your business. For example, as Juni's customer, you can get a 20% discount on the Loox Shopify app or a 15% discount on the BeProfit Shopify app.

So, what does all of this cost?

Turns out, not much!

Juni tried to eliminate as many fees as possible, as you can see on their pricing page.

As a result, you can sign up, get insights, create IBAN accounts, and generate all the virtual Juni cards you need for free!

The only thing that isn't free on Juni's pricing page is the account transfer FX fees, which can cost up to 0.25% of the transferred amount.

If all of this sounds interesting to you, you can find more info about Juni on their website here!

3. Paying your other business expenses

Once you've ordered the required products from your dropshipping supplier, you will also need to reserve some funds for your other business expenses.

A common error that beginner dropshippers make is underestimating these other business expenses. When looking at each expense separately, it may look like it's not that expensive. However, when looking at the whole picture, costs can add up very quickly.

Here are some everyday things that a dropshipping store will have business expenses for:

If you're interested in learning all about how much money you will need for each of these expenses (and more!), then check out our complete guide here.

Learn if you can start dropshipping without money

4. Keeping anything that is left over

This is what it's all about; keeping a profit at the end!

If you still have a part of your customer's payment in your bank account after all the expenses, then you are profitable!

If you aren't profitable after paying all your expenses, then don't give up yet. There are many things you can optimize to minimize your expenses and maximize your revenue.

If you are interested, take a look at the following articles:

We have now seen the process of how your customer's money is transferred out of their pockets, gets split up, and ends up in the account of your supplier, your business, and others!

In the end, it can all be summarized and visualized in the following image, where an example is given of how the journey of your customer's money may look like:

The journey of your customer's money when dropshipping infographic

Do I need a bank account for dropshipping?

I hope you're excited about starting a dropshipping business, but I understand if you still have some questions left.

For example, you may be wondering if you need a bank account for dropshipping.

When dropshipping, you will need a bank account to manage your cash flow. You need it to pay your dropshipping supplier, receive payments from your customers, pay your business expenses, and more.

Furthermore, it is advisable to set up a credit card for your dropshipping business. Check out this article to find out what you should know about credit cards for dropshipping!

How do you approach a supplier about dropshipping?

When you are ready to approach a supplier, it is important to prepare yourself.

While it is possible to approach a supplier using a simple sentence like "Hi, I would to do dropshipping", you won't get the most out of it.

The best way to approach a supplier about dropshipping is to prepare some questions to help you decide whether or not to work with that supplier.

These questions will clear up any misconceptions, and by asking them, both parties will know what to expect.

Some important questions that you should ask your supplier might be about their delivery times, packaging, or pricing. But, there is more to it.

If you are looking to partner with an awesome dropshipping supplier, then this article containing 14 questions for suppliers will definitely help you!

14 Questions to Help You Find Awesome Dropshipping Suppliers


There you have it!

After reading this article, you should understand how you can pay your supplier when dropshipping.

The answer is actually pretty short and straightforward. The customer pays you, and then you pay the supplier.

If you're still confused, then take a look at the infographic above. I hope it will help to make it all clear.

Otherwise, you can also leave a comment below. We will do our best to reply as soon as possible!

Good luck with your dropshipping store, and have a great rest of your day!

Getting Started with Dropshipping in 2024

Getting started with your dropshipping store today

So, are you ready to get started with dropshipping? Or maybe you have already started, but you’re looking to get some inspiration?

If so, then I suggest reading this complete Shopify dropshipping guide.

It’s a huge article, but it contains everything that you need to know to create your own Shopify dropshipping store in 2024. It’s like a dropshipping course, but then for free!

Reading this article will surely help you to get started and to stay motivated while beginning and continuing your dropshipping journey.

Just don’t forget that success takes time. Keep improving each and every day!

Shopify Dropshipping: A 20-Step Guide to Starting Your Store

And here are the articles I suggest you read next:

And also, if you didn’t create a Shopify account yet (to get your dropshipping store online), then you can click here to get a free 3-day trial + 1 month for $1!

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  1. if a customer order CASH ON DELIVERY, what price would He actually see their in Order details on order, will it be mine or suppliers.

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      Patryk Reply

      Hello Kaashif,

      When a customer makes an order using cash on delivery, they will simply see your website’s price in the order details (not your supplier’s). So the customer pays your price for the product when it is delivered. I hope this has answered your question 😊

      Have a nice rest of your day!
      – Patryk

  2. Hi Patryk,

    Thank you very much for all your detailed articles! I am wondering – how does it work when your drop shipping suppliers are not from aliexpress/oberlo etc. I am finding my own suppliers based in UK, some who may have never done drop shipping before. Rather than buying the ordered products myself (as they are quiteexpensive) , would it be sensible for each vendor to send an invoice to me every month depending on the number of products they have sold via my website?

    Appreciate your help.

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      Patryk Reply

      Hi Sophia,

      Thanks for your question! In your situation, I think it would be best to contact your suppliers and discuss how they would like to be paid. If they are okay with sending you an invoice each month for the sold products, then that should work just fine. Also, some suppliers might prefer that you pay them through a bank transfer, while others might use payment gateways such as PayPal, Wise, etc.

      If you have any further questions, let us know!
      – Patryk

    • Hi, Patryk! I have a question about dropshipping fulfillment. If a buyer orders from my Amazon shop, do I have to pay the supplier first using my own money?

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        Patryk Reply

        Hi Jones,

        Good question! Yes, it’s best to pay your supplier as soon as possible after you get a sale (with your own money). This is because it takes Amazon up to five business days to transfer the buyer’s money to your account. Therefore, if you wait to pay your supplier till you get money from Amazon, the delivery time for your customer will be significantly longer! (And you don’t want that 😉)

        Hope that helps!
        – Patryk

  3. hello sir
    I am curious that when I get paid for a product which I did not have in my inventory but rather a supplier has shipped to my customer. so in that case would or should the supplier trust me that I will pay the supplier after I get paid by the customer? this question might seem silly one to you but to me its a great block in understanding how dropshipping works?

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      Patryk Reply

      Hello Umair,

      Thank you for this question! Here’s how it works:

      You receive an order (but no money from the customer yet, that takes some days to reach your bank account) -> You place the same order at your supplier (with your ‘own’ money, as your customer’s money didn’t reach your bank account yet) -> The customer’s money gets deposited into your account balance.

      So, basically, you buy products from your supplier just as if you were shopping at Amazon, for example. You do this with your own money (for example, $10), and after a few days, you will get your customer’s money deposited into your bank account (for example, $30).

      And remember, there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers 😉

      Have a great day!
      – Patryk

  4. Good afternoon, I have 2 questions. I’ve been learning dropshipping for awhile now. In fact at this point, it’s analysis paralysis, but correct me if I’m wrong. If I’m dropshipping a physical market place such as Walmart and a customer bought an item from me for $80 and i bought it’s for $32 with all the shipping fees. Will the customer see how much I spent? Will they see the order?
    Also, after 30 days wether it’s Shopify or EBay that your dropshipping on will the payment holds release since the company sees that your a top rated seller? In other words, eventually, you’ll be able to use the customers money rather than your own since your a top seller.
    Thanks for articles.

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      Patryk Reply

      Hi Ruben,

      Thank you for your questions!

      First, if you are using any of the top dropshipping suppliers, they will know that you are dropshipping and won’t include any of the order details in the package. If you want to dropship through a physical marketplace like Walmart, an invoice might be added to the package but it depends on which marketplace you use. To check if your customer will see how much you spent, I would recommend placing a test order for a cheap product on Walmart and see for yourself if they added any order details to the package! Maybe you could also enter a billing address that isn’t the same as the shipping address so they won’t add any invoices.

      For your second question, yes, you will be able to use ‘the customer’s money’ after a number of days to pay for new orders. Pay periods on Shopify are usually a lot quicker though, taking between two and four business days on average.

      Let us know if this answered your questions!
      – Patryk

  5. Hello there, how do i see the customers address after they have made a purchase from my shopify store? Would it come up in the shipping details once the purchase has been successful? If so, that’s great. But what if the customers address doesnt show up, And I’m unable to send them the products, would I have have to cancel on the order and deal with the refunds? Or would I have to contact the customer via email? How does this work?

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      Patryk Reply

      Hi Nathan,

      Good question! During the checkout process, your customers are required to fill out their shipping addresses. Once the purchase is successful, Shopify saves the shipping address, and you will be able to see it on the order details page from within your Shopify dashboard (along with the customer’s name, ordered products, purchase date, and so on!).

      Let us know if you have any other questions 😊
      – Patryk

  6. Great post!

    Most drop-shipping ‘gurus’ never want to talk about money?! I mean they like to boast about how much they have made but never the real costs.

    You would see and hear statements like ‘…how I made X dollars in a week/month with zero dollars…’ whilst completing ignoring, intentionally or unintentionally, the capital costs needed in order to have made the ‘X amount in sales’?!

    One cannot simply use customer’s money to directly pay the supplier! All businesses needs capital! I thought I was going crazy there?

    Thank you for the clarification, explanation and the information provided in this post.

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      Hi Alex,

      Thank you for your amazing comment! It’s great to hear that our article clarified it for you 😊

      Good luck with everything!
      – Richard

  7. Vikram Naidu Reply

    Fantastic Job i gained lot of information because of you
    You are my guru now.

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      Patryk Reply

      Hi Vikram,

      That’s amazing to hear, thank you so much for your feedback!

      Good luck with everything!
      – Patryk

  8. Hello
    Thank you for your outstanding work. I have a concern regarding my current situation as a resident in a country where our central bank has banned our debit cards and limited our credit cards to $250 a month. I need guidance on how I should make payments to my supplier in this situation. It is extremely frustrating to have to wait for my customer’s payment.? it’s crucial to me to solve this for launching my website. thank you

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      Patryk Reply

      Hi Mohamed,

      Thank you for your question! This indeed sounds like a frustrating situation. Have you thought about using an online payment provider like PayPal, Payoneer, or Juni.co?

      I hope that helps!
      – Patryk

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