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    Hi everyone
    I've been approached by an online shop (my first retail enquiry ) and they've said they like some of my items. They've asked me to send them my 'drop shipping terms and prices' and as I've no previous experience of this I need some advice please?

    If I normally sell an item at a craft fair for say, £10, how much do you think a retailer is expecting to pay me for it? Do they normally take 20%?

    Are there any particular terms & conditions that I need to state? The items I make are personalised, so I guess the shop will order them from me as needed and then I ship them out to the customer direct.

    Any help would be appreciated - from a rather panicky newbie!
    Thanks in advance! x
    Jenny

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    That's great news Jenny. I haven't done dropshipping myself although I do have the terms of one of the online shops that I enquired with. They take a one off fee of £22.50 and then 10% commission if the buyer pays you direct or 15% if the buyer pays them and they then transfer the money (to cover paypal costs).

    I suppose your terms would have to include how you would get the payment, how postage gets covered, how many days you can dispatch your item within, when you would get paid e.g fortnightly, monthly etc These are the kind of things that are covered in the terms that this shop has sent me so a few things to think about.

    Hope this helps and best of luck,

    Susanne x
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    • #3
      Originally posted by OrchyDesign View Post
      I haven't done dropshipping myself although I do have the terms of one of the online shops that I enquired with. They take a one off fee of £22.50 and then 10% commission if the buyer pays you direct or 15% if the buyer pays them and they then transfer the money (to cover paypal costs).
      Soz I'm probably being really thick here but is it the company selling your stuff that takes the the £22.50 fee and 10% commission or you as the supplier that takes it?

      Blimey, even my question doesn't make much sense, hope you understand what I'm asking
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      • #4
        The website store takes a one off fee towards their running costs. You then list your stuff on their website and if it sells they take 10% commission on the sale, leaving you the seller to get 90% of the sale.

        Hope that makes sense? This is only one shop, other online stores will no doubt be different.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by OrchyDesign View Post
          The website store takes a one off fee towards their running costs. You then list your stuff on their website and if it sells they take 10% commission on the sale, leaving you the seller to get 90% of the sale.

          Hope that makes sense? This is only one shop, other online stores will no doubt be different.
          Aha thanks
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          • #6
            Thanks Susanne, that's really useful I will have a think and then send something to them. It's an online baby/nursery shop - nice to know they're willing to source unique products from small businesses rather than the usual mass-produced items!
            Jenny

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            • #7
              Hi all,
              I have a similar question - i have also been approached by an art/ gift shop to feature in their gallery show - (far far away from me, so carriage costs are an issue and it is too expensive for me to be there in person) now i may be being a bit dumb here. but I am confused by their terms - they are asking for a wholesale price on a sale or return basis, plus a commission. Now that seems a bit steep to me, I make stuff out of recycled stuff and have my heart firmly rooted in craft - which means I have a craft, rather than art margin, if you know what I mean! I want my stuff to be accessible to everyone. But seems a shame to miss out on an exhibition, but this is stuff I sell easily at craft fairs, so not sure whether it is worth discounting twice, plus paying shipping there and back for anything that doesnt sell - what are other people's thoughts? at this rate I am practically giving it away- my prices start from £2.50! maybe I should let go of my principles and add on a massive mark-up? noooo I can't.... what to do?????
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