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Atsdistribution.co.uk is a great drop shipping website with three versatile membership options to complement your online sales business. Whether you're a beginner looking to make a modest extra income, or if you're intending to invest more time and effort, there's a package for you here. You'll discover a wide range of products and some useful features too; however, more product within each category would be desirable to offer more choice to your customers.
The website itself is fairly cheap and cheerful looking, though pretty well laid out in a way that makes it easy to navigate. There's plenty of information, which will please those new to drop shipping, but it's not too cluttered. It takes just a couple of minutes to register and there are 3 membership categories to choose from. The Drop Ship Account Membership entitles you to access and promote products and use product information and images from atsdistribution.co.uk on your website or other selling channel (e.g. eBay). There's a one-off fee of £40.00 to join and no minimum order. This means that you can order a single product and avoid the need to store stock or pay for products upfront. As such, it's ideal for the casual seller. You can have orders delivered direct to your customer or to you. With this type of membership you can only order via the website and payment has to be made when you place your order.
The Standard Account Membership is a free to join wholesale membership and products are slightly cheaper than if you were to drop ship. However, there's a minimum order of £50.00. So, if a customer were to request a single product, you would have to purchase more than this (unless that product cost more than £50.00) and store unsold items yourself, so be aware of this before signing up. Meanwhile the Website Account Membership provides you with a complete, customisable e-commerce website fully integrated with the atsdistribution.co.uk product database. You can choose which products to promote, change prices and even add your own products to your site. You need an active drop ship account before you can purchase a retail website. CSV and XML feeds (that can be linked to your site) are updated every 20 minutes to show latest stock levels and prices making it easy to keep tabs on stock levels. You can also browse price lists on the site, by sub-category, main category, brand and product name.
There's a wide range of products available, mostly comprising electrical items (e.g. batteries, chargers, computer and phone cables, accessories and more). However, you'll also find umbrellas, wetsuits, kites, large toys, baby carriers, epilators and pet gifts. The range of non-electrical products isn't great (e.g. 8 umbrellas, 16 wetsuits and 1 kite). Whilst the range is broad, the choice within each category isn't fantastic, typically with less than 10 products in each category. The product information is quite detailed. You can view product weight, brand, barcode (required for selling on Amazon), price including VAT, amount of stock, VAT rate, RRP and the price you pay. The latter gives you an idea of what to charge. Below this information are more tabs; an 'info' tab telling you more information about a product (if available), 'query' (ask a question about a product using the email form), 'add a product to your favourites', 'reserve a product', or 'add a product to your basket'. There's also a basic keyword search homepage.
Products can be shipped within the UK only. Deliveries using Royal Mail First Class will normally take 2 days but allow up to 5. Orders may attract extra charges to some areas including Northern Ireland and Scottish Highlands. Orders received before 2.00pm are usually dispatched the same day. Packages are sent in plain wrapping. The site deals with returns, leaving you free to concentrate on sales. There's a useful and detailed FAQs section and site help page if you need it. This tells you how to add funds to your account, how to order, how to add product images and text when selling, delivery information and how to use CSV files. It also discusses each type of account, and advises on invoicing, pricing and billing. You can also contact customer support by post, telephone (dedicated member and technical support available), or email form.
Atsdistribution.co.uk offers a variety of different memberships that cater to those selling on eBay in their spare time or those selling high volumes of stock. With its straightforward approach, wealth of help and information and reasonable fees, it's slightly let down by the product range, but still has much to make it a great platform for your online selling business.
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