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The problems of dropshipping and how to control them

A Dream

Don't expect to smooth-sail through commerce related to direct delivery; there are plenty of obstacles to be found

Dropshipping is one of the most interesting modern business ventures in which the only real risk can come in the form of a too-tense relationship with the manufacturer. The dropshipper and the manufacturer are analogous to two peas in a pod, and it's not hard to guess who the forerunner is. Losing control of the situation is the hardest part of dropshipping. So what types of danger does a businessman face in the field of direct delivery?
A reality

Your manufacturer - have you checked who he is?

The simplest, but not the most harmless danger is the negligibility of the manufacturer. The fact that you signed a contract is not a guarantee of the quality of his merchandise or the reliability of his services. For example, a simple carelessness in the organization of the warehouse and your client is already irritated and demanding to know why his paid-for product still hasn't been delivered.
This situation is especially dangerous for those who work at the auctions. A couple of negative feedbacks and your account is rendered completely useless, even if you deal with several manufacturers, and all of them but one make it a point to be punctual and courteous.
Sometimes, the situation can be a lot less black and white. What if your supplier isn't a manufacturer at all, but a dropshipper like yourself? It doesn't seem too bad - well, we got another pea in our pod: But the merchandise inevitably becomes more expensive when there is an added middleman while also making the system a lot less reliable. Try to pass around a stack of money between a dozen random people and see what happens!
Often, these "pyramids" are created by the dropshippers themselves, gawking at the thought of being able to step in the role of the manufacturer. They forget the number one rule of dropshipping, however, only sell that which you can control.
Customer can get much more stuff, beside an ordered goods

Other things out of the dropshipper's control: foreign advertisement

It's a shame, but the lack of control is not exclusive to the shipping of merchandise, but also to its surroundings - particularly advertisements. It's well known that advertisement is the rocket fuel used to propel any type of commerce. Still, besides an immoral supplier, there is nothing more harmful to a dropshipper than foreign advertisement.
For example, let's say you made an agreement for a delivery with "Brent". Seems harmless enough, your client will receive his delivery from people wearing "Brent's" uniform who will be very polite and ask him to "please, come again". As a result, your client could end up feeling betrayed, understanding that he's been dealing with a tiny part of a complicated mechanism - you.
The dropshipper is also unable to control the many possible commercial offers neatly tucked into your merchandise that the deliverer might deem necessary. But the worst thing that could possibly occur is an invoice inserted into your consignment (a transaction receipt that clearly reads the original price the item was purchased for from the supplier). Even if the client hasn't decided to discontinue any further business with you, who's to say that the next time he makes a purchase, he won't demand a discount?
Friendship as friendship, but everybody wants to eat

When the marketplace becomes too clasped: how the supplier takes away your income

A dropshipper is an irreplaceable partner for a growing business: while attempting to increase the volume of his clientele, the manufacturer may employ the services of a middleman, selling through both the dropshipper and directly through his company. But as time passes and his business becomes larger and more stable, the supplier may want to end his partnership: slowly raising the prices for his merchandise and attempting to "push" the dropshipper out of the marketplace. It's human nature and it's understandable, but how can it be avoided?
Actually, it's not that hard. An assortment of suppliers is all that's really required to protect your business from such common human weaknesses. On the other hand, attempting to back one single brand practically leaves a dropshipper and his business completely defenseless.
Fairness for divider often looks so

Shared clientele - only half yours

So the far-sighted dropshipper is able to deal with the ever changing marketplace. Unfortunately, the problems don't end there: business is cruel; it possesses its own laws and regulations. The practice of direct delivery is built in such a way that the supplier always has access to the dropshipper's clientele, and that can be taken advantage of.
For instance, you're successfully selling printers supplied by "N". The cartridges to these printers are sold separately by "N". He doesn't refuse to supply you with these cartridges, but sells them to you at a higher than normal price. Since he has access to the database of your clientele, he can freely sell them the cartridges on his own. In addition, being fully aware of the average life span of the printers, he can directly offer them all of his merchandise, thus taking away the clients you thought were your own.

Choosing dropshipping: successful business doesn't mean easy business

In no particular arrangement, these problems await anybody who's ready to dive into the turbulent waters of e-commerce. The unreliability of suppliers is often the direct result of them being far from the first link in the retail chain, while the intent to "push" the dropshipper out of the marketplace is often followed by the administering of foreign advertisement. Yes, dropshipping is quickly advancing within the business marketplace, but that doesn't mean that direct delivery is easy, or that the door from your e-store leads to a life of glitz and glamour.
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