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Why should I order from someone who doesn't really 'have' it?Because I can get it and deliver it for less.
Why should I trust your product description if you've never actually 'seen' it?Are you sure I haven't actually seen it? We actively install all the products we sell in the local market so that we're certain not to be shipping out product with a high failure rate.
Why should I consider you an expert if you're just a middle man?Just because I'm a few steps off the manufacturer does not mean that I'm not an expert.
Why should I pay you to pass my order along to someone else?Maybe because you either can't get the product direct or for less anywhere else?
Because I can get it and deliver it for less.
I've ordered stuff from places that I later found were drop-shipping, and it turned out to be a problem, because it was very unprofessional
Yet I have not seen a company proudly promote that they drop ship; and list all the advantages; as a marketing tool.
The advantages to drop-shipping are to the business and not really to the consumer.agree 100% as many that buy off my site actually call first and ask "do you carry stock" I assume they have been burned before by drop shipping sites.
I don't think it's "most consumers don't care about dropshipping and only care about price and delivery." I think that's true only if that is the kind of customer you want to attract.
I personally would not advertise anything that discusses the finer details of shipping and handling e.g. drop shipping.
It's why Amazon moved away from being exclusively warehouse. Every year they move closer to becoming an all-inclusive retail search engine and farther from a store.
It's a ready-made business plan for a manufacturer as well.