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Dropship Home Business: eBay, Amazon or Your Own Website?


dropship eBay AmazonDo you want to start a dropship home business and are unsure about which venue is best---eBay, Amazon or your own website?

This is a very common question about newbies to the world of ecommerce and it has a multifaceted answer. Knowing something about the basic structure for sellers on Amazon and eBay, along fees, policies and which categories you can sell in will all help make up the bigger picture and make it easier for you to decide which is best for your dropship business.

Let’s take a look at each venue and weigh the pros and cons of each.

Dropship on Amazon

The Pros:

  • Sheer volume of traffic will help get global exposure for your dropship products. You could not possibly hope to duplicate the amount of traffic found on this giant venue.

  • The name is famous and respected around the world and some of this cachet would rub off on you by virtue of selling there, boosting the trust and confidence of shoppers who view your products.

  • Marketing and SEO are largely something you won’t have to worry about if you dropship on Amazon. You should still incorporate good SEO into your titles and descriptions, though.


The Cons:

  • Very little personal communication with your buyers, which means it will be harder to build a repeat customer base.

  • Fees are a little high, so you will need to set your prices high enough to allow an ample margin for profits.

  • Policies are fairly strict, but if you are a good, honest seller this really shouldn’t affect you.

  • The categories unavailable to list in are pretty standard, such as prescription drugs. Some categories require approval by Amazon prior to listing.

Dropship on eBay

The Pros:

  • As with Amazon only to a somewhat smaller extent, there is a huge flow of global traffic that will get you’re a lot more exposure than you would get on your own.

  • While using SEO on eBay in your titles, product descriptions and other content will certainly help you to make more sales, it isn’t as crucial as it would be with your own website. Ditto for marketing.

  • eBay is well known and although it has lost some ground, remains a very popular online shopping mall for the world in general. This lends you a certain amount of credibility by association if you dropship on the site.

The Cons:

  • Fees are not as high in some categories as they were prior to the Spring Sellers Update, but higher in others, especially if you sell in large volume. Policies are extremely rigid and almost unrealistic in some cases.

  • You are discouraged (to put it mildly) from having any communication at all with your buyers, making it almost impossible to forge a connection that would lead to repeat purchases.

Your Own Dropship Website

The Pros:

  • You can personalize and customize your website to suit yourself.

  • You aren’t bound by someone else’s rules and policies and don’t have to worry about unfair or undeserved feedback trashing your business or getting you shut down and banned from selling as you do on eBay or to some extent, Amazon.

  • You can make a more personal connection with your buyers and encourage repeat business.

  • No fees.

The Cons:

  • You cannot reasonably expect to get the amount of traffic generated on Amazon or eBay.

  • You will have to be much more aggressive about marketing, SEO, website maintenance and more.

So, as you can see, each venue has something top recommend it and some points not really in its favor. When you start your home dropship business, weight each of the pros and cons about eBay, Amazon and your own website; then choose which seems best for your purposes.


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