Is eBay Dropshipping Dead?

Dropshipping on eBay was one of the trending topics on the internet. And there are hundreds of online courses, books, and guides regarding eBay dropshipping. In this article, you will learn whether the drop shipping is dead or not.

eBay dropshipping is not dead. However, they have banned dropshipping products from 3rd party retail marketplaces like Amazon, Aliexpress Gearbest, and Made-in-China. Sellers can still dropship using the products of wholesale suppliers.

eBay Restrictions on Dropshipping

The internet has become fully saturated with the easy ways to earn money using eBay dropshipping dilemma. This had become more spammy and the whole marketplace was tended to look spammy. Therefore eBay had to decide whether they should allow people to continue, or ban drop shipping. In the end, eBay has posted a short notice regarding this saying,

“Drop shipping, where you fulfill orders directly from a wholesale supplier, is allowed on eBay. Remember that if you use drop shipping, you’re still responsible for the safe delivery of the item within the time frame stated in your listing and for the buyer’s overall satisfaction with their purchase.

However, listing an item on eBay and then purchasing the item from another retailer or marketplace that ships directly to your customer is not allowed on eBay.

eBay

As we can see here since most people are instructed to use products on retail marketplaces. Each of these marketplaces has its own branding and its own seller signatures. When a buyer orders from eBay, and receives the package from the Amazon logo, and eBay is most likely to lose a potential buyer for a time.

However, the good news here is we still can drop ship items on eBay.

eBay notice about dropshipping

eBay Drop Shipping using Amazon

The problem with Amazon is, it has its own branding. Since Amazon is eBay’s biggest competitor, eBay doesn’t want their buyers to think that Amazon is much cheaper, and that’s why people doing this.

Amazon is not actually cheaper than eBay, the perfect opportunity was selling items on sale. Now, you are not allowed to do that. If you do, eBay will ban your seller account forever. This has happened to a few of my friends, and they couldn’t recover their account at any cost.

eBay Drop Shipping with Aliexpress and Made-in-China

Alternative to Amazon, these two sites are the most used supply sites for eBay Dropshipping. The problem with all the Chinese-based retail marketplaces is they take a longer shipping time. As a seller, even when you’re in the United States, your order comes from China and it takes more time. When the item doesn’t reach the buyer in the stated timeframe, you’re in trouble.

In such cases, eBay will recognize you as a retail drop shipper and ban your account.

The Best Way to Sell on eBay 2021

The best and the most profitable way to sell on eBay is through a fulfillment center by buying bulk products from wholesale sites like Alibaba. Since you can buy the products at retail price, your profit margin will be a few times more than buying from retailers.

The downside of this is, it requires a large capital to start and the risk factor is also high. The risk factor here is, if the products that you ordered, don’t sell as you guest, you’ll still have to pay the fulfillment center. If the product doesn’t sell at all, you are most likely to lose the invested capital.

Conclusion

In earlier days, eBay dropshipping looked like a big internet scam. Sp eBay has taken a smart move to ban drop shipping from retail marketplaces. But you can still do dropshipping with the wholesale suppliers. Moreover, all the sites like Amazon, Aliexpress, and Made-in-China are not suitable for eBay dropshipping anymore. 

References

eBay’s Article About Drop Shipping

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