Recently I’ve received several emails from readers of my book Make Serious Money on eBay UK. It’s always nice to hear from readers and it gives me a good idea of what I might need to improve in future editions.
One thing I don’t really cover is how eBay sellers can make the best of a dropshipping company to facilitate their sales. So it’s hardly surprising that I’ve had a few contacts asking my views.
So what do I mean by dropshipping? It’s where you outsource the storage and despatch of your items to a third-party leaving you to concentrate on administering your business. Lots of sellers do use dropshipping services successfully but in general I have two views on the subject (seeing as I have been asked!) and I’m not really a fan.
Firstly, I do sometimes wonder if these services offer ‘value for moneyâ€. I’m pretty certain that an enterprising seller can organise themselves in such a way that they’re cheaper and more efficient than a dropshipper and those savings go straight to the bottom line.
Secondly, it’s your reputation on the line. Your hard-earned Feedback could be at risk from poor service if you are let down. That’s why it’s essential to choose your service carefully and make sure you have watertight SLAs and make sure they live up to your high standards.