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If wasn't a new alt address, i'd have shipped.
Also worth noting you may still have been charged by Ebay, they charge 10% of sale price of an item you cancel from your side (unless you put customer asked to cancel) but they allow first one per year for free.
Which I am not willing to do.
Since I am a private seller, selling part of my collection (because I have to sell rather than want to sell). Not being a business, I cannot provide official invoices?
An invoice might get the drop shipper into trouble with his actual third party buyer? But there could also be other implications for me. Particularly if the Dropshipper then treats the third party buyer badly.
Maybe, Ebay would have protected me, if I shipped to the address provided by the transaction, but the hassle of sorting out any problems would be too much for me to deal with in my limited free time.
Beyond this the actual buyer/customer/collector should have had the chance to buy directly from me at my prices.
Unless they do not use EBAY?
But beyond that, I am not happy to work for the Drop shipper without them paying for my time.
Although I know there is probably no way to avoid selling to clever drop shippers. The rogue dropshippers are the ones I wish to avoid.
I wouldn't want a seller (or a buyer for that matter) doing it to me without my prior consent though.
To me that's the important part here which is to refuse shipping to someone outside the transaction not about selling to your buyer.
I might do something similar, if it happens again.
The initial shipping address on the paypal account seemed to be legit.
I asked for the transaction to be switched to the ebay business address. But after my message they were willing to have the item shipped to an address outside of the paypal transaction.
Had they first contacted me and asked for me to ship to their customer I would have said no. But I would have offered to sell the item directly to the company at their EBAY account. I even offered to upgrade the postage for free to get the item to them faster.
Had they cancelled the first order and then sent me a paypal payment and shipping to the business address, I probably would have sold my item to the business.
Since all "Ebay protections" would have been in place for both of us?
The third party could then not cause me any issues later if the final transaction from the company to them was dodgy?
They both seem to be selling at high prices on Amazon? or elsewhere but buying cheap from eBay. Basically asking you to work for them for free.
No paperwork to be sent with items etc etc.
Then leaving negative feedback for you when you will not do what they ask for.
You should probably avoid buying from them?
Or be very cautious if you do.....?
Presumably you are making a profit - and exactly the same profit - when you sell either direct to the consumer at your price or to the buyer that the other seller found.
The difference is the price the consumer is paying.
I get drop shippers buying from me on bricklink, and I'm fine with it so long as they change their PayPal address so I have the seller protection any other transaction would have. They pay exactly what any other buyer would pay.
I dunno, YMMV, I think that's a poor job.
Furthermore, if they are in the dung over it with their buyer, why should you go to any further lengths than you normally would. They need to accept your sales terms otherwise they're a rubbish buyer too.
He will contact you first, using your email address, with an Anglo Saxon name claiming he wants multiple products for his friends and will offer you a lower price with the completion out of eBay and PayPal..
Then, if you don’t respond, he will complete his purchases anyway and ask on each one not to include an invoice with the product. It is then you discovery his name is a very international name, he lives in a northern town, and wishes you to ship to people who live hundreds of miles away from his location.
When you cancel the transactions and refund his money, he will then leave you the negative feedback claiming you are the worst eBay seller ever. You then have to clear this up with eBay, report him and get the feedback removed.
it wastes your time and effort - I came across him earlier this year.
Where, personally, I don’t care if someone is drop-shipping my products, I do have issues with people attempting to defraud the systems and trying to circumvent eBay and PayPal protection.
I don't mind people making a few quid, but they need to be transparent in their workings. I also agree with the notion that "Does it matter if you're getting the price you want?" to an extent. However.........
Dropshipping is against eBay policy and does compromise the various protection systems they have in place. Also bear in mind that eBay typically sides with the buyer when things do go wrong and this is a three way deal, because of the way dropshippers operate, which adds a layer of complication you don't need as a seller.
The third party who has bought the item from a different platform is clearly oblivious to this but also has no protection.
Overall, the potential for this process to be abused is very clear, not least the returns and refunds aspect.
Danger signs would include hidden feedback profiles, numerous additional conditions being applied to shipping during the transaction, including deletion of all eBay references and invoices, multiple names on addressess in the various eBay screens and general communications.
eBay's new payment system also appears to be being abused to hide behind. The transparency of PayPal used to make this more obvious.
All in all, it's a bit of a minefield, which appears to introduce an element of risk to sellers. It could do with eBay smartening things up a touch.
Its not against ebay uk policy.
I have spoken to eBay a few times on this matter recently and they have confirmed that what I've seen is definitely is against eBay policy.