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Dropshipping is an online business model, where the only part that the intermediary plays is, listing the item on its website and start selling.
Once you find products and order the item, the dropship suppliers, that is the person who is physically storing the product that you want to buy, will get it delivered to you. This way, the seller gets his item sold online, through higher visibility, while the online store, gets a commission. The commission is low enough for sellers to consider dropshipping model at websites like eBay , Shopify and AliExpress whereas, once you take into account, the number of products being sold in this manner, the online marketplace is earning quite a bit, by letting sellers take advantage of its platform, to reach out to the larger crowd. However, different e commerce business stores list down their own set of rules for its sellers. Basically, the seller must get an item, that they list on the intermediary’s website, delivered within a stipulated period of time, once it is ordered. Also, in case that a damaged item is delivered, or the item’s features does not match the online listing, the seller is forced to take the item back. These are some basic rules that most of us know of (such as the eBay guarantee). There are more, but we will not go into the intricate nuances. The main difference between dropshipping and the usual retail model is that the seller here does not own the inventory. Instead, he buys them from a third party, as and when needed. So for him, the risks are much lower.
Some benefits of Dropshipping Model
- Paying for, and managing a warehouse.
- Keeping a track of inventory
- Packing and shipping.
- Handling returns.
- Managing stock levels.
No need for big starting capital: So you want to open an e-commerce store and get in the game. But you do not have thousands of dollars to back you. All you have is an enthusiastic group and a dream. Buying a warehouse, and getting the entire operations set up, is beyond your limit currently. You cannot stock up inventory. With the dropshipping model, you don’t need all these. All you need is to partner with some local sellers and draw up an agreement to list their products on your beautifully designed website. So you only need to focus on maintaining the business and the website, not the inventory management and so on. And as more products sell, you can slowly decide that which products sell so much, that it would be better if you had a personal inventory of them.
Low Overheads: Your overhead expenses can be so low, with this model, that until you see the account-book, you wouldn’t believe it. Many dropshipping websites, actually run their entire business from a home-turned-office, and a bunch of geeks with laptops, at less than a few hundred dollars per month. The expenses will likely increase with time, but will definitely be lesser than the brick-and-mortar stores
The flexibility of Location: Not located in an industrial capital? Worry not. As long as you have internet and telephone connections and you can communicate with all the people that you are running your business with, you can practically run your business from anywhere in the world.
Wide Array of Products: You need not pay for what you list. In fact, as you grow, you can charge your sellers based on which products they want on your front page. Since there is no need of any pre-purchase, you can display all the products, that your seller-partners have to offer.
Scalability: Like most businesses, growth is not always a positive scenario. It might be that through word of mouth, your business grows so much, that your number of monthly orders is doubling every month. In this case, a normal business would collapse. Dropshipping websites would not. Since the sellers will be taking care of meeting the excess demands, and you will be benefiting heavily.