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Dropshipping Business Chapter 3: Drawbacks of Dropshipping


Dropshipping Business

Chapter 3: Drawbacks of Dropshipping

Chapter 3: Drawbacks of Dropshipping - Prosper Affiliate Marketing

Of course, like anything, there are also some drawbacks to using dropshipping for your shop. Let’s take a look at a few of the biggest problems you might encounter when using dropshipping.

Delivery & Inventory Issues — Because you’re relying on someone else to ship your items, you may run into problems where the company you’re using to dropship your merchandise doesn’t deliver on time, or they run out of inventory and don’t let you know in time. This can hurt your reputation because customers bought from you, not the drop shipper. Ultimately, this falls back on you, because you trusted the company to deliver. You’ll have to apologize, take responsibility, and offer a refund or other compensation to your customers.

Drawbacks of Dropshipping

Shipping Issues — If you’re using more than one supplier, you may run into issues with shipping costs. For example, if a customer orders several products from you and each one happens to be from a different supplier, you’d have to pay several different shipping charges. You cannot pass that cost onto the customer, because they’ve already paid you for shipping when they placed their order. For this reason, it’s a good idea to stick with a single supplier, at least in the beginning.

Low-Profit Margins— The profit margin on a lot of products, such as consumer electronics, is already incredibly low. It can be difficult to make enough profit, even if you’re buying wholesale and paying for inventory upfront. When you’re using a dropshipping supplier, your margins will likely be even lower, because you won’t be buying in bulk, thus you’ll be unable to take advantage of bulk wholesale pricing.

Dropshipping isn’t perfect. If you’re looking to start a business that will leave you rolling in the dough without a care in the world, it’s probably not the right method for you. There’s always something stressful happening when it comes to dropshipping… always something frustrating going on that needs to be addressed.

But if you don’t have a lot of money and you’re certain you want to own your own online shop, dropshipping is probably your best option. You can always stock your own inventory in the future. Dropshipping is simply a stepping stone.

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