I read an email recently about Dropshipping, where the argument for the ethics of it was basically:
“People buy stuff from China anyway!”
Maybe I’m missing something, but this seems a silly argument for a number of reasons.
Many Chinese products are better produced than Western ones.
I don’t have a horse in this race. I don’t Dropship, albeit I did try it out for a few weeks. Then Selo Oils came along and I obviously forgot all about it (if you’ve tried our olive oil you understand why). I don’t think it’s unethical. I don’t care that people make money from Dropshipping.
I do think it’s not a long-term business model.
So yes, when you buy stuff from let’s say – Best Buy – it was likely produced in China.
That’s a fair point.
1. When you buy something at Best Buy you can return it.
2. When you buy something at BB you are guaranteed to be able to talk someone.
3. If something breaks or is amiss, you’re getting a new one.
4. It’s instant results, not months (time is money, remember?)
Look, everyone knows when you buy an “Insignia” television that you’re just getting Best Buy’s white labeled TV, and it’s probably a piece of junk.
But the difference is when it rears its head for being a piece of junk, they take care of you.
Plus, some companies have EXTREMELY generous return policies, such as Costco. They take just about anything back at just about any point.
That’s my $0.02.
I’m open to counter-arguments, of course. Yours Troubly is a reasonable man.
Hit reply to this email and give me your thoughts.
Keep causing trouble,
PS: The podcast will return next week, and I’ll likely do a sort of Q&A for one of the episodes, so send any questions in and I’ll do my best to get to them.