What is dropshipping, and what’s bad about it?

Dropshipping is a term for selling products you don’t own. When you order from a dropshipper, the dropshipper place that order to the real seller. The dropshipper earns money as they sell for more than the product really costs.

The images below show an example of a dropshipping store called Dino Bags. They sell bags that look like dinosaurs. A bag costs 34 dollars. On the retail store AliExpress however, the same bags can be found for a little under 18 dollars, including shipping price. That means you pay 16 dollars extra, which goes in the dropshippers pocket. Setting up a dropshipping site is very easy, and promises easy money. The dropshipper never needs to see or handle the goods, and orders are automatically taken and made. It’s not free however, and dropshippers often have to keep pouring money into buying ads to get people to come to their site. This is why there is A LOT of dropshipping ads on the web.

So when you see a cool product that you want to buy, I recommend searching for it on sites like AliExpress first, it can save you a lot of money. You could argue dropshipping is fine, as they help advertise and sell products. But I think it bad for consumers, as we end up buying from some random person trying to make quick money, instead of from the actual sellers. There is no promise of good service, you’ll rarely find real contact information on dropshipping pages.

Screenshot from dropshipping site
Screenshot from retail site

Hva er dropshipping, og hva er dumt ved det?

Dropshipping er et begrep for å selge produkter du ikke eier. Når du bestiller fra en dropshipper, legger dropshipperen bestillingen videre til den virkelige selgeren. Dropshipperen tjener penger ettersom de selger for mer enn produktet virkelig koster.

Bildene nedenfor viser et eksempel på en dropshipping-butikk som heter Dino Bags. De selger vesker som ser ut som dinosaurer. En veske koster 34 dollar. I butikken AliExpress kan de samme veskene imidlertid bli funnet for litt under 18 dollar, inkludert frakt. Det betyr at du betaler 16 dollar ekstra (nesten 150 kroner), som går i dropshippers-lommen. Å sette opp et dropshipping-nettsted er veldig enkelt, og lover enkle penger. Dropshipperen trenger aldri å se eller håndtere varene, og bestillinger blir automatisk tatt og videreført. Det er ikke gratis å sette opp en slik butikk, og dropshippere må ofte fortsette å bruke penger til å kjøpe annonser for å få folk til å komme til nettbutikkene deres. Det er derfor det er MYE dropshipping-reklame på nettet.

Så når du ser et kult produkt du vil kjøpe, anbefaler jeg at du søker etter det på nettsteder som AliExpress først, det kan spare deg mye penger. Du kan argumentere for at dropshipping er greit, da de hjelper med å reklamere og selge produkter. Men jeg mener det er dårlig for forbrukerne, ettersom vi ender med å kjøpe fra en tilfeldig person som prøver å tjene raske penger, i stedet for fra selve selgerne. Det er ikke noe garanti for god service, og du finner sjelden ekte kontaktinformasjon på dropshipping-sider.

Screenshot fra dropshipping side
Screenshot fra handelside

Mockups

So.

I just discovered the magical world of mockups! Or maybe rediscovered, I am getting old.

I’ve downloaded a few (free!) mockup templates from Pixeden and slapped on my newest creations: A vector Link and NES controller.

I made the controller to go with Link, but found the color schemes to clash. Before deciding I prefer them as two separate illustrations, I played with the colors. Fun! Here are some of the different variations I like. Remove the Triforce from the blue guy, and he’s not really Link at all.

Odd Friend Generator

Try generating a friend!
Link: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/208207496/

Using Scratch, I’ve made a very simple program that generates a sentence using words from three lists: adjectives, verbs and nouns. Inspired by the sentence “I’m so adjective I verb nouns”. Since Scratch writes text in a speech bubble I made the program also generate a random character, by combining a head, eyes and a mouth. I first drew more interesting, detailed characters, but I found they stole attention from the text. So I only kept the most neutral graphics, which I find works very well.

The result has entertained me immensely! Here are some of my odd friends:

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Alien Pet Shop #1

Hey, so I go to college now.
One class I am currently taking is “Introduction to 3D”.
I have to make a terrarium with a creature in it. I have not gotten far past the “gray box model”, but here are some test renders I did, while learning how to use “Arnold render” in Maya.

Trying to tell a story with the model, I have a life supporting box which displays “error”, while inside the terrarium lives the last remains of DNA-life, although not like anything living today. To make the story sadder, the creature has laid eggs. Working title for the project is “Last mother of DNA”.

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