Don't Get Taken by a Fake Distributor!

Written by Chris Malta

"Don't Get Taken by a Fake Distributor!" When you're a small business starting out onrepparttar Internet, or even when you're an established 'Net business, you NEED drop shippers. Why? Because working with drop shippers eliminatesrepparttar 116936 need for you to carry expensive inventories. You don’t have to rent a warehouse, hire employees, establish accounts with UPS and FedEx, etc. You can sellrepparttar 116937 best brand names on earth from your home computer, and make good money at it. Distributors who drop ship sendrepparttar 116938 products you sell directly from their warehouse to your customer, with your business name on it. All you do it takerepparttar 116939 order from your customer and pass it torepparttar 116940 distributor. You keeprepparttar 116941 difference betweenrepparttar 116942 wholesale pricerepparttar 116943 distributor charges you, andrepparttar 116944 retail price you sell to your customer for. Of course, there are a lot of places out there that want you to THINK they are wholesale drop shippers. They’ll set up accounts with, say, 10 real drop ship distributors. Then they’ll call themselves something like “”, and claim that THEY arerepparttar 116945 wholesale drop ship distributor. Then it’ll go like this: will place advertising all overrepparttar 116946 Internet proclaiming to berepparttar 116947 greatest source that ever existed for all kinds of great products, and they’ll drop ship all those products to your customer. You’ll get all excited because YOU can actually place everything from Sony electronics to Coleman Camping gear on your web site and sell it. will charge you an account setup fee, to cover their “processing”. (Note: REAL wholesale distributors almost NEVER charge you an account setup fee ). will send you a nice, shiny list of products and show you where to getrepparttar 116948 product images and descriptions to place on your web site. You’ll get all excited, and put all this great stuff on your site, set your prices so that you can make a profit over what You’ll launch your site, and you hardly sell a thing. Huh? What happened? Nobody’s buying! You can’t survive on just a few orders a month! Disappointed and discouraged, you start to go out and check other web sites that carryrepparttar 116949 same products. Maybe they have better images. Maybe they have cooler descriptions. Maybe their pages look nicer. You find that it’s none of those things. So what DO you find? The other sites’ PRICES are lower. A LOT lower. You just got nailed by one ofrepparttar 116950 most popular scams onrepparttar 116951 Internet. took you for a couple of hundred dollars in exchange for a CD full of product images. They may have even locked you into a contract where you have to pay them every month to be a “member” of their “distributorship”.

When Your Customers Steal

Written by Chris Malta

"When Your Customers Steal" You know it’s a slow news day whenrepparttar news programs on TV turn their attention to their favorite new consumer warning “Beware of online businesses!” they cry. “YOU could be SCAMMED onrepparttar 116935 Internet!” Every time I see one of these news stories, I groan, and wonder how many sales my sites just lost. Then there arerepparttar 116936 ads for that new credit card that “protects” consumers against online fraud. They make Internet businesses people look like a bunch of thugs who meet in a sewer all day long to torture innocent consumers. There a lot more honest, hardworking Netrepreneurs out there than scam artists. That doesn’t make for a good news story, though, so we all takerepparttar 116937 lumps forrepparttar 116938 transgressions of a sordid few. You know what I’ve never seen, though? I’ve never seen a headline story aboutrepparttar 116939 CUSTOMERS who scamrepparttar 116940 Netrepreneurs. I’ve seen stories about thieves robbing convenience stores. I’ve seen exposes featuringrepparttar 116941 practices favored by professional shoplifters. What aboutrepparttar 116942 “consumers” who target online businesses when they steal? My partners and I market both informational products and brand name merchandise onrepparttar 116943 Internet. And we’ve been taken on both sides ofrepparttar 116944 fence. We publish a B2B (business to business) product called The Drop Ship Source Directory. Recently, I received an email from someone who bought our Directory on EBay, and had questions about how they were to receiverepparttar 116945 information updates we send our customers every month. There was only one problem. We don’t SELL our Directory on EBay. I was forced to write back to that person and tell him that he had been scammed. It was obvious to me that someone had purchased our product from us, and was reselling it to others illegally. How this scam artist expected to get away with resellingrepparttar 116946 product, I’ll never know. At that time, it was a download that contained nearly a thousand pages. (Now, it's a much larger online database). There is a copyright notice on EVERY SINGLE PAGE. It’s like me buying Stephen King’s latest book on Amazon, typing it up into electronic form, and then reselling it on EBay. I’d have to be nuts to try something like that! Last year, a site I was working with received an order for some moderately expensive jewelry. Nothing out ofrepparttar 116947 ordinary. The credit card processed just fine, withrepparttar 116948 AVS (Automatic Verification System) coming back “green”. This means thatrepparttar 116949 online processing system had checkedrepparttar 116950 card’s information againstrepparttar 116951 on-file address and zip code of its owner, and everything was OK. The Ship-to address was different fromrepparttar 116952 card owner’s Bill-to address, but that’s nothing out ofrepparttar 116953 ordinary either. LOTS of people buy jewelry and have it sent as a gift to another address. A while later, we received a “chargeback” letter fromrepparttar 116954 customer’s bank. A chargeback means thatrepparttar 116955 card owner has disputedrepparttar 116956 charge, and we have to show cause why we should not refundrepparttar 116957 money. At aboutrepparttar 116958 same time, we got a phone call from a police department in West Virginia, asking about that same order.

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