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Drop shippng fact or fiction? EBay parcel sellers! starting an ebusiness? :-))

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
OK Ill post under miscellaneous as I think this may make a good debate and provide invalid information to some. Being on HUKD we all have one thing in common, looking for deals and sharing! (optimistically )

So! I was looking at various internet businesses, obviously the largest and most accessible global market place being EBay, even though fees are extortionate. I have done small deals in the past, e.g. buy M&S clearance football rattles at one pound and selling them, all very quickly at ten pounds, to make a quick buck. Im always patient and buy at the best prices, but how does one translate this into a business. Good drop shift links seem to be out numbered 100 to 1 by spurious sites making all sorts of promises, for a fee. Similarly clearance sites that end up selling at premium as buyers feel they are getting a bargain, when, if they did their research, they would find cheaper else where. Even larger parcels from, say Argos, particularly games, seems to go rather expensively when compared to new games on Cex or even clearance deals on HUKD, although yes you have to be quick, which is why I use HUKD for personal use only! Yes I loved the Tesco Christmas hampers and I probably have too many LCD TVs in the house now.

So are there easy to find drop ship links out there? Can you really find legitimate parcel links out there? Any guidance would be appreciated guys. I see any guys selling ten to 20 specific items a day, or are they just resource full in finding good suppliers? I know I have the ability and have been very successful in creating business for my employers in the past, but feel tie is running out to go solo!!
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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[mod]#1
If you want to do drop shopping on eBay then you have to make it clear in the listings that is what you are doing else you can kiss goodbye to your account.
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Syzable
If you want to do drop shopping on eBay then you have to make it clear in the listings that is what you are doing else you can kiss goodbye to your account.


Thats cool, honesty is the best policy and obviously that should be a plus point to listing :thumbsup:
[mod]#3
A lot of people sell stuff and then buy/ship it direct from play.com, HMV, Dealextreme etc. :)

Can be risky if the price increases though. lol
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A lot of websites will only ship to a billing address also for the likes of the well known shops.
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Mum2Connor&Cerys;5847437
A lot of websites will only ship to a billing address also for the likes of the well known shops.


The major ones like Play, Amazon, HMV, The Hut etc will ship anywhere :thumbsup:
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Syzable
The major ones like Play, Amazon, HMV, The Hut etc will ship anywhere :thumbsup:


And all deliver with evidence of the retailer on, whether it be price labels, packaging or receipts. Next time they'll just go straight there.
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vinylandtrinkets
focal price drop ship, did this with my sister in law, plain package just the customs label, If you are going to sell on ebay be careful when listing that you do mention if its from China /Hong Kong it may take upto 14 days to arrive, When i see drop shippers on ebay i avoid them to be honest, My last employer tried doing this with his website using UK suppliers and it was a nightmare as most of them had minimum orders and point blank refused to ship to any other address.

Personally i would save a little, investigate the market on ebay for things that sell well and buy them in bulk even if they are from China or whereever at least you'll have a small par stock.
it would be easier then listing stuff you dont have as this will cause problems with buyers and ebay.

Also a good place to look is your local trade fairs, the one i went to in the NEC had dropshippers there selling wonderful christmas decorations and jukeboxes,

what are you looking to sell??


Cool, no idea on what to sell yet as i feel it has to do with buying it at the right price in the first place. I thnk I will probably go down either the parcel route or buy wholsale stock.
Cheers guys for clearing up the drop ship route. I would not sell on ebay and buy from play afterwards as this would not be the best business plan. I would rather have the stock in hand and build the business. Thaks again for all your input guys!:thumbsup:
#8
Looked into this about 4 years ago and gave up. I actually made over £1000 profit in a month selling very little on Ebay, I was even considering packing in my job if it kept up as I would be able to sell a lot more if I had time. Then the person I was buying stuff from stopped trading. You can't get anything without buying in huge bulk most times and a lot of wholesalers aint interested in ebay sellers, especially if your just starting up. The best way to go would probably be buying in the shops when the sales are on but this would take lots of shopping and time which is fine if you don't have a full time job. You can get 75% off boots in Christmas sales and seasonal sales you can get 70% off La Senza, 70% off Jane Norman, Next sometimes over 90% off or more, especially at clearance stores and TKMax is good too.
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michellerfc
Looked into this about 4 years ago and gave up. I actually made over £1000 profit in a month selling very little on Ebay, I was even considering packing in my job if it kept up as I would be able to sell a lot more if I had time. Then the person I was buying stuff from stopped trading. You can't get anything without buying in huge bulk most times and a lot of wholesalers aint interested in ebay sellers, especially if your just starting up. The best way to go would probably be buying in the shops when the sales are on but this would take lots of shopping and time which is fine if you don't have a full time job. You can get 75% off boots in Christmas sales and seasonal sales you can get 70% off La Senza, 70% off Jane Norman, Next sometimes over 90% off or more, especially at clearance stores and TKMax is good too.


I agree clearnce stuff is aways profitable as demand is always there and I know how to read markets. I am the guy who buys new stuff for our home and always sells on for a profit a year or two later at a rofit or at worst get my money back.

Seasoal can also be good too, I used to buy a convertile car in november and sell it at a big profit at the end of August as summer was abou to finish, thanks guys so much for all your pointers,:-D

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