First off, my biggest question/problem is payment. This seems to be a relatively overlooked issue, since I guess most people these days are accustomed to using credit cards. My issue is, I dont have a credit card, and being in my early 20s, I dont particularly want one. It seems to me a credit card is a MUST since payments from your customers gets held for long periods of time by Amazon/paypal, leaving you to pay for and ship the product out of pocket until you become a trusted merchant through amazon/paypal. This is the way I understand things to be for now, so please correct me if I'm wrong. I have also heard that most dropship services will only accept credit cards, and wont take paypal or other services for payments. If this is the case, will they accept pre-paid disposable credit cards for payment? If not, this is going to prove to be impossible for me to do, since I currently only work part time and make a pretty minimal amount of money every year, therefore I wont get approved for a very high limit from a credit card company (probably would only get approved for a card with a $300 limit or something, since I am young, dont have any credit, and barely make any money each year). Pardon my ignorance on this issue, but its completely new and foreign to me, and I dont usually purchase things online myself, but when I do I just use paypal. I need some really in-depth information on how to circumvent these payment issues if at all possible.
My second issue that I dont see mentioned very often is handling returns. When a customer wants to return an item, how do I coordinate this between the customer, myself and the dropshipper, so that I can ensure that the customer gets their money back, and the dropshipper gets the item back. Do I have to have the customer ship the item back to me, and then I have to ship it to the dropshipper, or can the customer send it directly back to the dropshipper and the dropshipper issue the money back to me, and then im responsible for sending the money back to the customer?
I want to make sure I'm perfectly clear on these issues before I go in to anything, as I dont want to have a customer waiting for long periods of time, just to get the order shipped because I'm tied up in some kind of financial bureaucracy.