Dropshipping Versus Affiliate Marketing

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Dropshipping Versus Affiliate Marketing

Dropshipping and affiliate marketing both offer web entrepreneurs a level of ease and convenience
that shipping your own items will never have. But, there are some fundamental differences that make
some people prefer dropshipping and others affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Internet marketing and dropshipping are both done to market someone else's items. The
actual seller of the items then ships them. The fundamental difference between the two is who
actually places the orders and who is responsible if the items never arrive or are out of stock.
A dropshipper is a seller, in that he makes the sale and collects the money in most cases. The
dropshipper then places the order to the company, who ships the item and charges the dropshipper
for it. The difference between the price the customer paid and the price the dropshipper paid is the
profit. Someone in affiliate Internet marketing is doing more marketing than selling. The affiliate
doesn't collect money for the item and does not have to pay the company who owns the item. The
sale is made strictly between the customer and the company. The affiliate simply earns a commission
by steering the customer to the company's website.
Some people prefer dropshipping because money can be made faster. Because the dropshipper
doesn't have to wait for a commission check, the profit is immediate. An affiliate, however, usually has
to wait at least a month for a commission check, and often much longer. The dropshipper also gets to
set any price he chooses, while the affiliate can't offer any price other than what the company is
charging.
Some prefer affiliate marketing because the responsibility for the sale is mainly on the shoulders of
the company selling the item. Collecting money, handling refunds and customer service are all
handled by someone else. This makes affiliate marketing a much simpler way to sell items. Once the
item is sold, the affiliate doesn't have anything else to do, while a dropshipper must send the order
and the customer's mailing address to the company.
For those who don't want to have to handle inventory or shipping, either affiliate marketing or
dropshipping will be preferable to stocking items and shipping supplies. Whether you choose to take
the orders yourself or direct someone to a website to do it themselves will come down to your own
preferences.

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