Dropshipping might be appealing if you’re looking to jump-start your business. This e-commerce solution can let you focus on marketing and promotion while a third party handles fulfillment. In this article, learn how dropshipping compares to Fulfillment by Alifdukan seller center and find tips for success.
Dropshipping is permitted in the alifdukan seller center store if you follow applicable guidelines, including the alifdukan seller center’s dropshipping policy. There are also alternatives to dropshipping, such as Fulfillment by alifdukan seller center, or affiliate marketing through our influencer program.
If you see dropshipping as a stepping stone to building a brand, here are some things to watch out for and ways to protect the customer experience. In this post, we’ll cover:
Alifdukan seller center policies
Tips for success if you use dropshipping with an Alifdukan seller center
What to look for in a dropshipping supplier
How dropshipping compares to other methods of selling online
Steps to start dropshipping
For more background, learn what is dropshipping.
Tips for success if you use drop shipping to sell with Alifdukan seller center
Let’s cover some common dropshipping guidelines to avoid mistakes.
- Make sure you’re the seller of record
To drop ship on the Alifdukan seller center without penalty, you must be the seller of record. The seller of record is the person who is registered to sell the product to the end customer.
You’re responsible for setting the price, recording sales and revenue, handling returns, and paying sales taxes. In this scenario, you own the products before the dropshipping supplier ships them to customers.
- Avoid e-commerce or retail sites
It’s tempting to use an e-commerce or retail store to supply products for your dropshipping business. If you do, however, you won’t be the seller of record.
Retailers are unable to list anyone else as the seller of record. So when these products ship directly from their stores, the packaging, invoices, and other shipping materials will contain the retailer’s information.
This is against Alifdukan seller center,s dropshipping policy because it causes confusion for customers.
3. Make the customer experience seamless
One mistake Alifdukan seller center sellers sometimes make when dropshipping is not taking accountability for the customer experience. When you become a drop shipper, you’re not selling as an Alifdukan seller center —you’re selling as your brand.
You’re not anonymous, which means customers will attribute your great (or poor) customer experience to your brand. This can hurt reviews and sales in the long run. To prevent fallout with customers, ensure they know who to contact for support. Include your contact information (e.g., email and phone number) with the product packaging so customers don’t wonder whether they should contact the Alifdukan seller center or the dropshipping supplier.
Also, check to make sure any manufacturers, suppliers, and dropshipping companies you work with don’t mind putting you as the seller of record.
Note that it’s prohibited to create an Alifdukan seller center product listing for an item already on another retailer’s site take the order through and then enter the order into the third-party retailer’s system so they can then ship it.
What to look for when you select a dropshipping supplier
Once you’ve found a dropshipping supplier that’s willing to list your brand on the
packaging, mailing slips, and invoices, here are some other factors to consider.
A good dropshipping supplier…
…doesn’t ask for control of your Alifdukan seller center account.
Once you know you’ll be the seller of record, it’s time to set up an Alifdukan seller center account. Remember that you’re responsible for the account, so don’t give access to a third party. If you provide access and they remove you, then you’ll lose control over the account.
If a dropshipping company requests access, then shop for a different vendor.
…has proof of authorization to sell products from specific brands.
Next, make sure the supply chain is in order. Ask the dropshipping supplier where they receive products from and whether they have letters of authorization from the respective brands or manufacturers. Check the authorization to ensure it comes directly from the product source.
Before moving forward with the supplier, confirm authorization is legitimate. Third-party suppliers generally receive authorization to sell products. You can review purchase documentation (such as an invoice and letters of authorization) to confirm this. Letters of authorization commonly state something like, “Supplier ABC is authorized to sell products under XYZ brand name.”
If a supplier is unable to provide invoices or letters of authorization, then don’t take any chances. Ensure they can prove they’re legitimately selling products so you don’t end up suspended from the Alifdukan seller center or in legal hot water.
…has drop shipped with Alifdukan seller center sellers before.
As a bonus, you can ask the supplier if they’ve worked with the Alifdukan seller center before. If so, ask for shipment histories to prove it. Avoid headaches by working with a dropshipping vendor that has experience with Alifdukan sellers and is aware of the process and applicable policies.
…offers customer service support
You’re responsible for customer satisfaction, and you’ll likely need cooperation from the drop shipping company, so it’s cohesive.
When dropshipping products, you don’t have complete control over inventory, since it’s coming from elsewhere. However, you’re still responsible for processing customer returns and refunds. Check to see whether the dropshipping supplier can receive and document returns within Alifdukan returns policies.
If the supplier will be handling returns, check to make sure they have the ability to document the return accurately. That includes taking images, identifying any damage, and noting the reason for the return.
What are alternatives to dropshipping?
If you try drop shipping and feel it’s not right for you, or if you’re interested then consider FBA or affiliate marketing.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you promote another company’s products through your own website or other sales channels. The affiliate marketer earns a commission by referring customers to the products for sale. This method can work well for those who already have websites, blogs, or social media accounts with steady traffic.
Affiliates can promote products using their own websites or by creating landing pages where they display links to products for sale in the Alifdukan seller center . Amazon pays commissions based on how much revenue is generated from each referral. Here’s how the works:
- Create an Alifdukan affiliate account
- Receive a unique Associate ID from Alifdukan
- Submit an application and, once approved, you can create affiliate links in your Alifdukan portal
- Place affiliate links in blog posts, landing pages, and other areas
- Receive a commission when someone clicks your affiliate link and makes a purchase