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Q: Where is a toll-free number (or any number) that I can call?

A: In December 2006, we eliminated our toll-free number. Looking back on it, although this was a tough decision at the time, it ended up being the best decision for everybody…especially our customers! Why did we eliminate the number? Here were the reasons:
1. Cost
2. Scams
3. Customer Response
4. Abuse

1. Cost – We have worked hard to keep the price of the directory low for customers like you. Many companies have moved their call centers overseas to keep costs down. Quite frankly, many overseas call centers are not too good and leave the customers screaming mad. We did not want our customer going through that mess. As I mentioned in our article entitled “What You Must Know About A Drop Shipping Directory And It's Company...“ the wholesale drop shipping business has changed, and so has the directory services that list them. Paying for people to simply answer the phone all day long costs money. In turn, the constant overhead expense would be buried in the price of the directory, and would come out of your pocket! This is why some wholesale drop ship directories can cost hundreds of dollars due to their overhead expenses. It’s unnecessary for you, or anyone, to pay that high price. Save your money. Our goal has always been to bring you the most affordable legitimate wholesale drop shipping directory on the Web.
We have eliminated every possible expense to reach this goal.

2. Scams - In the days of yester year, many scam websites did not have a toll-free number with customer service reps standing by. They were (and still remain) complete scams with nobody behind the scenes doing drop ship research or servicing customer requests. Only the legitimate directories such as ours had people working on trade show searches for drop shippers and manning the phones to answer customer questions. Eventually, toll-free numbers with voice mail became so cheap, anybody could have one for just pennies a month. In turn, many of the scam websites started displaying a toll-free number with a voice mail message saying, “Hi, you have reach such-n-such drop shipping directory. Currently we are busy, but if you leave your name and number we will return your call.” To most customers, this sounded legitimate and they proceeded to buy their scam. Well, guess what? Nobody returned their call, and the directory they bought a product that did not contain wholesale drop shippers. Here is the lesson…having a toll-free number lost credibility in terms of anybody being a legitimate business. Smart customers do their homework. They know that having a toll-free number, always routing to voice mail can be a bit suspicious. It defeats the purpose of having a phone number. Don’t ever fall for anyone’s toll-free number scam tactics.

3. Customer Response – We are a trade show research company that finds wholesale drop shippers for you. That often means we are often traveling to shows, or attending them. During those days, nobody was here at our office to answer the phone. We often missed many calls from customers. Making everybody communicate via email ensures we do not miss a phone call. This has greatly improved our response rates to customers.

4. Abuse - The majority of calls we received (roughly 98%) were people wanting us to give away information about the drop shippers in our directory. They expected us to simply give away the information for free! Yet others wanted us to spend time on the phone trying to convince them why they should buy our directory. Most of these folks wanted to waste time contemplating whether they should spend $30 on their business. Think about that for a minute...Are you really serious about your business if you don't have $30 to spend on it? Would you want to spend your valuable time and money on the phone with these non-customers? Of course not. With that being said, the number was disconnected.


If you have a question about drop shipping check out our Drop Shipping FAQ page.

If you would like to learn more about our directory our Directory FAQ page.


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