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hi,

I've noticed a new entrant into my selling space, that is obviously not holding ANY stock. Their listing all show that customers need to wait 3-4 days for dispatch.

I was always under the impression we had to work within a 1-2 day dispatch window, so that would stop firms doing the virtual stock thing.....

FTR We never list anything on amazon we don't hold in stock for immediate shipping...

Thoughts please

Thanks


I was under the impression that you can choose your shipping times (Im not sure because we always ship next day) but to accomodate for home made products etc I'm sure you can change that ship next day to whatever you like as long as you are clear and let the customer know. Could be a drop shipper or anything who knows but I'm sure it is allowed.

Edited by: Steve on Nov 1, 2015 1:52 AM


Nothing wrong with dropshipping. Or could be simply someone not able to go to the post office as often as you.
Perhaps even a shift worker.


You up again so late Martin! Yes totally agree as usual nothing to say that Amazon sellers have to work around the clock. You just have to let your customers know what to expect.

Steve


This doesn't mean they are not holding any stock exactly, they could have a delay for some reason or another, or simply might not want to feel rushed by the 2 day limit, but in most cases it could mean the fact they are a "dropshipper"

Items do have to be shipped in 1-2 days so you are correct there, but sellers can select a "handling" time which allows them a longer period to ship, which the buyer is notified of when listing an order.


Buyers can see that they dispatch in 3-4 days instead of other sellers who ship within 1-2 so they get to choose which seller they order from. It doesn't mean that they are a drop-shipper or don't hold any stock for definite though. Wouldn't worry about it if I were you.


A lot of our listing are set at 3-4 days, the reason for this is that we are a manufacturer, and when we are busy we have to make to order.


the company in question are only selling generic products.

Thanks for all the thoughts everyone. I appreciate it!


There are a few full time workers who do 3 - 4 days - or longer - for despatch. Full time elsewhere, not internet selling.


we do 3 days even though most are shipped same day.


The good thing for us about dropshippers is the fact that their suppliers could run out of stock at any time and if they don't deliver on time, they'll soon have a bad reputation and lots of negative feedback. In the meantime, we have to just bite the bullet because there really is not much we can do about it


Transkei Trading Ltd wrote:
The good thing for us about dropshippers is the fact that their suppliers could run out of stock at any time and if they don't deliver on time, they'll soon have a bad reputation and lots of negative feedback. In the meantime, we have to just bite the bullet because there really is not much we can do about it


Don't automatically assume that a seller who is stating dispatch in 3 - 4 days doesn't hold any stock

All of our listing are set for 3 - 4 days dispatch or even longer on some items.
We do this due to the sheer volume of orders we are dispatching and we are not fortunate to have a shed load of people packing orders.
One thing we don't want to happen is to run late on dispatch.
Tried doing the 1 - 2 day dispatch and we could not cope with it even working till 2am.

I can understand if someone is selling books or CD's, it is a simpler process to take one item off a shelf, pack and dispatch. We don't sell such items, people will order say 50, 100 or more of 1, 2,3 or more items. Each product needs counting by hand, packed and labelled.
This all takes time, hence the 3 - 4 day dispatch window.

As a general rule we can get most orders out earlier but at peak times we need the buffer of the 3 - 4 day dispatch window.

By the way you Do Not have to work to a 1 - 2 day dispatch window, you can set your own dispatch schedule.

So don't assume 3 - 4 day dispatch means No Stock or a Drop Shipper


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