Dropshipping in South Africa – What is the current state?

Drop shipping is a method in which you as the seller do not keep the products in your inventory. Instead, you work with a supplier who sends the products directly to your buyers.

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What is Dropshipping? Simplified

Your profit comes from the price difference between the payment you receive from the buyer and the amount you paid to your supplier.

An example:

You sell phones on your store for R1000
A customer from Durban (Sihle) buys a Phone from you
You contact your supplier (AKA – Dropship Supplier) in Johannesburg and provide him/her with the shipping details of Sihle.
You pay your supplier R700 and he ships it to Sihle.
Your gross margin is R1000–700=R300

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