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Is Dropship Design taking the P***! Price Hike

DSD (Dropship Design) have lost the plot!

I got the shock of my life when I logged in to my store Tip-TopShop.com to renew my domain name. Without hardly any notice or email they have announced that they are going to charge me £14.99 per month from February. Long story short; the deal was you bought the package with a one off payment, and then the only payment after this was the yearly renewal of the domain name.This is the message that greeted me upon login…..

Starting from December 2008, all members of Dropshipdesign will be subject to a low monthly fee. Now that your account is due for your yearly renewal, you are required to accept the new monthly terms in order to keep your account.

All members will be charged a low monthly fee of £14.99 per period. A period represents a full month starting from the date of your renewal up until the same date of the following month.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your account at any time. Please note that there are no mid-period cancellations. If you cancel your account, it will remain active until the beginning of your next billing period.

As you can imagine I was just a little pissed off, and this is my reply to them….

First off, I am just a little bit astonished at your audacity to charge a monthly fee of £14.99. Your original sales pitch said that the only payment after the initial purchase would be the yearly renewal of my domain name, which if i remember correctly was around £27.00. So now you have decided to slap a monthly payment with practically no warning. I have no choice but to decline this payment and subsequently cancel my relationship with Dropship Design. I dare say you have some small print that gives you the right to change your pricing policy, but I think this is very unfair and will be extremely unpopular with all your members.

I will also be reconsidering my affiliation to your service, I currently promote on several sites, and if I do not see any value for my site visitors then I will pull all of my posts and banners.

Regards, Bill Masson

They do all their communication through their ticketing system, and the only time that they ever email me is when they are selling something or in this case informing me of my impending renewal date, oh and they didn’t mention the price hike in the email. The thing is, if DSD had added some more valuable services like search engine submission for example, then I would have considered paying the increase.  But they didn’t, so unfortunately I think I will have to say ta Ta to DSD. As to date i am awaiting their reply and I will do a mini post to let you know what their reaction was to my reply.

Has anybody else had dealings with Dropship Design, perhaps you could share your thoughts…

eBay in Tough Times

There’s never been a better time to sell, the gloomier the economy the more bargains there are for everybody. This is a great opportunity to make yourself some extra cash from eBay in tough times.

How and where are the best places to look for popular products to sell on eBay; finding the right products to sell on eBay is an important factor that will determine whether you make a lot of money on eBay or not. Deciding on the right products to sell is one of the main challenges many people face.

Whether you empty out you attic or clear out your garage there’s bound to be something there that sparkles. Buying and selling merchandise for a profit on eBay is one of the best ways to make money online. Get on top of the competition and do your research, eBay has lots of useful tools and resources to narrow down the search. Research products that are popular and for which there is good demand. By selling only high quality products, you make it easy to make sales and earn profits with your eBay business.

Look at eBay and identify categories that have well-sought after products. You should sell products for which you can get a high number of bids, which in turn indicate high demand. In order to succeed in selling products on eBay, it is also a good idea that you select a handful of categories to focus on. You must also assess the prices which the products in these categories sell for. This will give you an idea on what you should pay for the products you buy if you want to make some profits when you sell these products on eBay.

You can increase the number of products you sell on eBay by buying items at garage sales. Many elderly people have valuable items that they no longer need and that they offer for sale. Buy only high quality products that you can buy at a knock down price and which you can sell for a high price on eBay. House clearances car boot sales classified ads; it’s all out there, you’ve just got to get busy.

You can also create your own products and sell them on eBay. Depending on your interests and skills, you can write e-books on a wide range of topics and sell them on Ebay. You can earn a lot of profits by creating your own digital products because you do not have to pay anyone for these products. (eBay Slap) Create the proper links from your goods so that you can redirect your customers to your own online selling space. Make sure that you read eBay’s rules, as long as the redirect link leads to further Information about the product then you are safe.

Using drop shipping can also give you a wide range of products to sell.  There are wholesalers that will sell you products and send them to the address that you tell them. This means that you do not have to carry any inventories. All you have to do when you complete an auction on eBay is to direct your customers to the wholesaler’s website who will do all the shipping.

These are just a few tips to identify some products that you can sell on eBay. All you have to do is to identify popular products, buy them at good prices so that you make a profit when you sell these products on eBay.

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Shop For Your Own Online Store

RAOK Suggestion #15 Buy something on the internet
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I have covered this subject before on a couple of occasions but I believe it merits another post. People will forever be shopping; it’s a needful necessity in all of us, you might ask “so why would I want to start my own online store”. Good question! Let’s see if I can give you some reasons why and perhaps persuade you to take a closer look… Bear in mind this article is based on my own experiences.
First of all let’s take a look at some statistics; online shopping today is a massive Industry which generates billions of dollars and Euros, and the trends in the current economic climate are surprisingly encouraging. (Look here for some stats)

1.    Over 70,000 new ‘buyers’ join eBay every single day!
2.    eBay has an existing customer base of 240 Million users looking to buy information/goods from YOU!
3.    There are over 700,000 users making a living on eBay. Most, from the comfort of their home!
4.    1/3 of all U.S. Internet users visit eBay at least once a month

How easy is it to setup your online store? Well I can only speak for myself; I found the whole start up experience was one of the easiest tasks that I have ever performed online. When you are starting an online store for the first time it can be a little bit daunting, but believe me! the actual store and the products in it are the easy part. There are online companies and dropshippers that will take care of just about every aspect of your store.

From the minute your customer makes a purchase from your store everything goes on autopilot, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Your customer’s product is delivered by reputable carriers like The Royal Mail and UPS straight to the customer’s front door with only your shop name on the packaging.  Best of all, you’ll never have to buy products up front and you never have to pay extra fees to have products shipped out to your customers because they fulfil each order for you! There are no additional fees at all! And you’ll earn your profits based on the price that you decide to sell the products! They also take care of all customer service queries which they pride themselves. They have a comprehensive privacy policy that is approved and supported by truste.com.

As I have said in previous articles the company that I used for my online store was DSD which I found to be very easy to work with, that being said they do have a few tasks in hand. My store has been online now for around 10 months and one of my gripes was the amount of downtime experienced whereby their site maintenance leaves a little to be desired, statistics from my Web CEO subscription (which is free) gave me a fair to good performance measure on uptime. They have a ticketing system for support enquiries which can take up to 48 hours to reply, but I did find that when they did reply the issue was resolved to my satisfaction on most occasions.

Another benefit you should consider is their affiliate program which pays out very generous commissions on sales, I recently received a commission on the sale of a combo plan which paid me £49.00, not bad for one sale, and you gain from an additional 2% commission on every sale made by an affiliate who signs up under you. Definitely one of the best paying affiliate programs on the net. Another reason that I like about this affiliate program is being paid on ANY amount owed to you, they do not wait until you cumulate a minimum. (-:  brilliant!

Before you jump in ask yourself “do I have the time and commitment to promote my online store” This is your only and most important task; Promote Promote Promote

The Plans  The following plan prices are for UK Customers to find out prices for the US click here.

Basic Dropship Plan
Gain immediate access to Thousands of UK wholesale & dropship products.
No minimum orders. Pay only once you sell the products.
£29.99 (no monthly fee)

I Want To Sell On eBay
If you want to sell on eBay, you need the eBay Ad Wizard.
Our eBay listing manager tool will make creating and managing your eBay auctions a fast and simple process.
£69.99 (no monthly fee)

I Want A WebSite
Get a website preloaded with all our products, ready to earn money online! FREE domain, FREE email, FREE hosting!
Accept credit cards, customizable website & fully automated.
Now you can add your own products!
£99.99 (no monthly fee)

Product Export Files
Download all our products data in a text file. Upload our products to any other website such as amazon, shopping.com
or even your very own website. Our feeds are updated daily and are fully compatible with microsoft excel.
£99.99 (no monthly fee)

Get Everything For A Discount
Get all the dropship plans listed above, a total value of £319.60 for only £119.99! That’s a savings of over 65%
Sell on eBay, Sell from your own website, Export/Import to anywhere you want!
£119.99 (no monthly fee)

Overall my impressions of DSD are favourable and I would recommend anybody who wants to start their own online store to give them a go. They have tons of advice and free download’s to help you promote your online shopping mall.

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eSources Market Research Wizard

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This is the tool every professional eBayer and online retailer has been waiting for. It will give you a tremendous edge over your competition and ensure you can make maximum profits from your online listings. It is not uncommon for reports to indicate increased sales of up to 80% when you follow the advice given, at sales prices as much as 60% higher than listing randomly alone.

The wizard will tell you precisely, for any product, which eBay listing options will net you the best sales. Each report will also reveal the best times of the day, month and year for selling your items on the web, and give you specific keyword variations, synonyms and misspellings you should target for maximum profits.

There is no other tool on the web that can provide you with country specific demand analysis. Other tools aggregate global demand data and fail to provide information specific to your market. We are extremely proud to be the first to offer you demand analysis which is specific to your selling region. You will also find out:

  • the best times to buy from your suppliers to obtain the lowest prices;
  • which eBay listing features are profitable, and which are more profitable than others;
  • when to start and end your auctions;
  • which listing formats outperform your competitors listings;
  • And much, much more.

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Reports are generated in minutes and can be tailored for different date ranges and countries.

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