a couple of months ago I began searching the internet for a drop shipping company because I wanted to open an online store but didn't want to store the merchandise. After looking into several companies, I came accross Shopster. They were appealing because they used fraises like "No Limit to Profit Potential."
This is what they promise and how they opperate:
They start off by offering a 7 day free trial. For $330.00 a year, they offer the tools to design your own website. You can go to the registrar of your choice and purchase a domain nane then have Shopster host the site.
They claim to have over 700,000 products in stock in "Their" warehouse. The problem is that you will assume that when you become a "Member" that the products you choose for your site will be discounted below the average retail price. This could not be further from the truth. Shopster has a list of suppliers that they have contracts with. These suppliers are eager to move their merchandise so they sell the products at a low wholesale rate. Does Shopster pass along any discounts to their Rshop owners? No. In fact, Shopster will mark up the price of the item on average 300-500% making it nearly impossible for a Rshop owner or member to make a profit or even able to sell anything in their sites. Now, the average Shopster member will receive 1 Rshop. You can request an additional rshop but will cost an additional $99.00 per year. You can also receive additional merchandise to showcase in your store (After 1000)but they charge you for that as well. I recently featured earrings in my shop. Shopster's price for the earrings (The price they get when sold) was $10.09 I had them in my store for $12.24 My profit would have been $2.15. I then saw the price Shopster pays for the item by mistake. They would pay the supplier $1.35 for the earrings. I then saw the earrings in Wal-mart for $3.88. This is what I'm upset about. Here's another example: My other shop sells sport related autographs. I placed a Mickey Mantle signed baseball in my shop. I got an email from a customer telling me he just bought one complete with a Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity for less than half the price. I went to a local sport autograph shop in town where I live and the guy is selling it for $1,200. I looked online and found a Mickey Mantle signed ball for as little as $450.
The thing is, I could have gone to wholesale drop shippers on my own, however, Shopster won't allowme to put MY own merchandise in the shop. Shopster hasa community forum where the members can post. I placed a post about getting lower prices. My posts were deleted (Censorship)and I was giving a warning. A few days later I posted again about liability, Shopster banned me from the forums. Bottom line: Shopster is designed for Shopster to make money, not the consumer. Shopster is a rip off and I've just contacted the BBB.