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7 Reasons To Rethink Dropshipping

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Kate Hoots

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Kate Hoots is a writer for Merchant Maverick, taking on the topic of eCommerce. She brings a background in journalism as well as in business leadership and communication training. Kate has a degree in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College.

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    Kenny

    Thanks for sharing this insightful information.

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      Ivannah Cabrel

      1. Easy to begin – running an eCommerce kind of business is way much easier and simpler when you do not have to arrange physical products. With this dropshipping, you do not need to worry about:

      – Paying or managing a warehouse.

      – Packing and shipping the ordered products.

      – Tracking inventory for your accounting purposes.

      – Handling returns with the inbound shipments too.

      – Continually ordering of products and managing the stock level.

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        Kiara

        Thank you for your insight. As a new small business owner I had considered drop shipping and starting conducting my research on this processs. I am thankful to have come across your article. It explained the dropshipping process clearly enough to understand what it is, and how you could one could be making a big mistake by not having the patience to go through the process of doing things right. As, a new business I can see myself wanting to have more control over my inventory and being able to view my products before they are sent out. Thank you again for the insight it is greatly appreciated!

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          John

          Hello, Great article!
          you are complete right that drop shipping is not easy. The major problem in drop shipping is that with drop shipping, you unfortunately have very little control over your customer service. Since you are not in charge of product fulfillment,, so you are not able to control when a customer will receive their product.

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            Robert

            I started a “sort-of” drop shipping site and looked at your shopify recommendation. My concern is their monthly fees. Do you know of a POS that will NOT charge a monthly fee, and will only take a small percentage of every purchase up to a certain amount? Because of those fees, I will actually be losing money once the store opens up unless I sell way more product than I am actually expecting to sell. My site itself is for a product I make, and the drop shipping end is there to be a “one-stop shop.” Any ideas?

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              Jessica Dinsmore

              Hi Robert,

              There are actually a few good mPOS that do not charge a monthly fee. I think Square would likely meet your needs here, but you can take a look at our comparison chart and decide which one would best meet your business needs.

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                Carmine

                Dropshipping is good for newbies but I feel like there’s better business models to get into. I moved away from it and began selling my own products with way better results.

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                  Jessica

                  What business model would you recommend?

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