|Sat July 1 2017 11:16:25|
How Would You Respond to an Unsolicited Drop Shipper?
By: Ina Steiner
Online sellers are receiving unsolicited invitations from supposed drop shippers. Is it a great business opportunity, or a scam?
Here's a rough outline of a message sellers have received from would-be drop-shippers:
Hi (seller name),
My name is (sender name) and I run an ecommerce business. You have a great online store.
I'm interested in selling your (product name) in high quantities. I would like to enter into a drop shipping relationship with you.
That means when I get a sale, I will send you an email with the customer's name and address, and you will ship the product directly to them on my behalf.
Let me know if you are interested and we can discuss discounts.
What's interesting is that the sender of such emails aren't asking a lot of questions about how they will protect themselves - how would they know if the seller actually ships the item to their customer?
Are there any red flags to look for in such letters? How do you evaluate a potential drop-shipper, and what would you demand from a potential partner before doing business with them?