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My ebay aliexpress experience dropshipping.

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Startrick, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. Startrick

    Startrick Junior Member

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    I am a newbie here in the forum; my mother language isn’t English so sorry in advance. I am here cuz are very interesting methods and i would like to learn.


    My experience: Some months ago (around December) I did started this journey, I picked some good vendor (98 -100 % feedback and with more than 10000 sales).


    Items were around 1- 10 dollars each.


    Profits were from item price multiplied by a number in order to get 5-10 % profit per sale after eBay and PayPal fees.


    All was going ok; I did open a store, 300 products on store, around 100-200 dollars profit per month (virtually).


    The problem: ( And here is why I say "virtually” money) Even most of the buyers were honest; few were always looking for a refund even item was send.


    How I know item were send? Cuz some buyers were little smart and after signing on the USPS received item they even asked eBay for a refund.


    I had many ways buyers were asking for a refund (of course in any market may be a 1-3% losses or real problems (which I did take into account), but this ""smart buyers"" were the problem.


    Some used coupon from eBay, after receiving item asked for a refund which eBay gave them without asking me anything, even it was a coupon, my PayPal was drained with that amount, after a phone call to PayPal they told me the problem and PayPal thankfully refunded me , here one notices how smart buyers are ---21th century thief’s--- Even after this buyer emailed me asking for a refund ( so he wanted item ( he told was received but not working ), coupon again to reuse ( which ebay give him back ) and a refund from my paypal account to hims .. so .... i told him paypal and ebay know what he was doing and no more emails or anything from him.


    Others even with tracking number asked for refund , some were more smart and had a speech about a default item ( which is hard to prove ) after asking for pictures and videos they refuse to make any video, why ? The answer they gave was--- I have no time (the true is that item may be working correctly and in a video obviously this would be proved, but this is just my guess).


    Once upon a time an order of 100 dollars with tracking number -- magically disappeared from data base of USPS-- here could be a seller trick or who knows, this is out of my imagination.


    I had no way to solve this problem so refund was given to buyer.


    After all I was buying from aliexpress so I used their refund policies which was ok for me but I kept refunds to the 3% maximum (why? cuz this is the normal average more that this is suspicious). The over refunds I did or PayPal took my money from my account.


    Over all my journey was a disaster mostly due to orders arrround 1- 10 dollars without tracking, from USA buyers ( I block all other countries to avoid more problems after a period data mining ) , and all this buyers were mostly NON usa user living in this country , Chinese names, Arabic names, Italian and Spanish names ( foreigners after all ).


    My eBay account was registered in Spain, no way to change it (well I could but I tried to be honest to the platform) buyers after payment may know they were buying from a Spanish registered address and account, and obiusly item was located in china and it was clearly show in ebay location.

    Each buyer who asked for a refund I trusted and refunded him; I tried to be honest and treat people like I would like to be treated.


    My conclusion, if you want to make money just buy from a reputable seller; this is more that 2 dollars a day, stealing from a person who try to work.


    My recommendation, try to be honest; this hurts a lot, now I am looking for better ways to make money (trying to be fair). Even in marketing there are a lot of sellers selling crap, try not to do so, and no to steal money from people as is not fair.


    I see a lot of users here and I like to read as many are honest (moderators majority) which is good (teachers are the guide to a better world).


    If you try to make a dropsshiping journey , try to stay away from PayPal and eBay , their refund policies are hard and if this --21 century thiefs-- proliferate your earnings would drop as mines to nothing after two months.


    If you finally sell on eBay, sell items with tracking , avoid selling more that one at a time ( this could be software implemented ) so if you loose you loose one item price only.


    Hope this helps somebody , now I am going to refund another buyer ( after two month since I closed my store still people are asking for refund). I have to trust users ....
     
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  2. blackpenny

    blackpenny Junior Member

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    So you directly dropshipped the items from China to the sellers right? What about shipping times and every possible issues with faulty items or other problems, if you can't check the stuff before sending it to customers? Thanks
     
  3. Startrick

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    Shipping times were checked with each seller ( data mining process before launching store ) i did some purchases... some sells... and tested . Also as i had an store in my country i had experience with the products i was listing as droppshipper this time. I know the products fault percentage by experience. Even i had no control over it i tried as droppsshipper to have as much as i could but this bussiness plan have weak points ( at least for me ) maybe it was not for me.

    But what made me quit was this people looking for free items.

    On the other hand i had sellers that i purchased from him and send also to my customers ( 10 order 9 customers + 1 order for me ) just one item arrived to a customer all the others ( including the one for me ) did not arrive, so every other customer was asking for refund which i did and i quit using this seller . Chineses sellers also even having good reputation try to scam droppshipers.
     
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  4. blackpenny

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    Yeah, I guess that one of the key point would be to find the right chinese seller as many probably would try to scam you sooner or later.
     
  5. 1morenoob

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    3% max refund rate dropshipping from China was always going to end in tears, mines 3% and everyone gets it within 2 days.
    Generally dropshipping on ebay is always going to be a poverty method, theres too much competition
     
  6. Startrick

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    That´s it, poor performing system, too much work for pennies.