With non-essential retailers currently closed, people looking for retail therapy have had to turn to online shopping.
Websites and apps that encourage the creativity of individual sellers, like Depop, Etsy and eBay, have boomed over lockdown.
But if you’re wondering why your parcel has taken longer than expected – or you’re considering setting up your own business – you might have heard of dropshipping.
It’s not a new method of selling products, but online commerce has exacerbated the method: so what exactly is dropshipping?
What is dropshipping?
Dropshipping is a way of selling items that doesn’t require a shop to keep the items it sells in stock.
The seller acts as a middleman – purchasing an item from a third party after they’ve ‘sold’ it, and then shipping it directly to the customer.
The item itself is never handled by the seller, although this may not be obvious to the person buying it.
The assumption, especially on sites that seemingly work with small …