Please note that 4 eBay Traders has been discontinued and is no longer available. You can read our old review of 4 eBay Traders below, or check out the rest of the UK Drop Shipping Services we've reviewed.
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4ebaytraders.com may not really impress at first glance. However, it's one of the best value sites in this category, with great membership terms, plenty of advice and help to help you get started and a wide range of product lines to choose from. The site itself is fairly ordinary looking, but well organised, intuitive and navigable from the homepage, without being too cluttered. Even if you're new to drop shipping, there's plenty of information to get you set up and selling in no time.
If you're serious about joining, you'll have to decide whether to select a drop shipping or wholesale account. Whilst the drop shipping account involves a fee, there's no minimum order quantity and you can promote as many or as few products as you like. Conversely, whilst the wholesale account is free, the same products can be cheaper than if you were to buy them on a drop shipping account. This is because there's a minimum order total of £15.00, so the discount comes from having to buy multiple products. Because the wholesale product range is more limited, we would advise that it would be better to take out a short-term drop ship account as a trial. It's quick and easy to register and your account will be active within 24 hours (often much sooner) of making payment.
With reference to products, most lines comprise electrical items and accessories, which tend to be popular ranges on such sites. From the homepage, the drop shipping tab transports you to a browsable list of 32 nested product categories. In common with most drop shipping sites it's not possible to view prices until you sign up. At the time of this review there were around 300 products listed on the site, which isn't particularly large. So, whilst the breadth of product categories is impressive, there's often precious little within each category from which to choose. Product information includes the item stock code, the price (providing you are a member) weight, what product package contains. There's a 'more info' tab below each product thumbnail that you can click to see more details, including average customer review score (out of 5 stars), and how many customer reviews have been written. There's also a clickable link that allows you to write a review (providing you are a member). You can also click to see an enlarged thumbnail picture of the product, as the thumbnail is relatively small. All product details are contained within a CSV (comma separated value) file available to members only and updated daily. You can use the product information and image links to promote products on your website or eBay page.
You can also view categories of new and bestselling products. As it can be difficult to know which products will sell, the bestseller category can be useful to help guide you in deciding which products to promote. To assist your browsing there's a quick search box to locate specific products more efficiently. It's also possible to sort products in 8 ways; by price (low-high, high-low), most popular, title, manufacturer, newest, oldest and availability. Once a customer purchases a product from you (on your website or eBay page for example), you simply login and add the product to your basket and click on the 'buy now' tab. You can then proceed straight to the payment screen or continue shopping. It's easy to view the contents of your basket, delete items and change the quantity. All transactions are made using industry standard SSL (secure socket layer) encryption so that all information is scrambled and decoded when it reaches their server.
There's free shipping on all products. Products usually ship in 1-2 business days from placing your order in plain packaging, so that the customer thinks it has come from you. If an order is damaged or faulty, the customer must notify you and return it. You then contact the company in writing by fax or email. This may be a factor worth considering before joining, as other sites deal with returns without any need for you to do anything. Products must be returned within 7 working days, starting from the date that the equipment was delivered. If you need any assistance, there's a help tab on the homepage providing information about product returns, company contact details, a guide to drop shipping and company terms and conditions. However, it's a little unclear about shipping and payment options. You can also contact the site by post, email, telephone or fax. Emails are responded to within 48 hours of receipt (excluding weekends and bank holidays).
Other than the odd gripe concerning the product range, 4ebaytraders.com is a great drop shipping site for drop shipping beginners as the layout is easy to get to grips with. There's also plenty of information and assistance to help you get started, as well as very reasonable membership rates.
Please note that 4 eBay Traders has now been discontinued.