Downside of drop shipping

RedAlix

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I had an order this afternoon for something that my supplier has discontinued :( The item wasn't on their latest price list but I hadn't got round to updating my website .. what a pain.

This is when I wish I actually had a stock room filled with what I sell then I can set my website to update automatically when orders are placed.
 

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Since at least you appear to be selling items (even if they are not in stock lol) Is it worth using your drop shipping skills and selling other items from other suppliers?
 

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I don't think so. I just find it hard to keep so much stuff up to date with all the stock or price changes. I sometimes think about dropping a supplier but then I'll sell one of their products and make enough for me to rethink.
 
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This was ALWAYS my worry whenever I read about drop shipping that I would sell an item and then not be able to fulfill the sale. I suppose if the item being sold is general enough you could get it from other places instead of the drop shipping company.
 

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As I go direct to supplier I can't get the items from elsewhere. Luckily most customers are happy to wait a few weeks for their items. If something will be more than a few weeks before its back in stock I'll refund then offer a discount when it does come in stock.

It doesn't really happen that often, it just unlucky for it to happen twice in just a few days!
 

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