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I will play a devil's advocate here.

Google's definition of drop-shipping is: to move (goods) from the manufacturer directly to the retailer without going through the usual distribution channels.

Well, isn't it what most online businesses nowadays are doing, anyway?

My understanding of drop-shipping is being a middle man in the supply chain with adding zero-value.
Are you not drop-shipping any more, if you are providing value and offer 2-day FREE shipping? lol

Care to share your strategy/outlook on this?
I think Google's definition is fine. But when you move a good from the manufacturer, directly to the customer. I assume that manufacturer has made this same good available to everyone else. So your product is the same product that other stores are selling.

Most business are not doing this. If you purchase something from Apple, is the maker of the Iphone in China sending you an Iphone directly? Can I open a cell phone store and order Iphones from China?

Dropshipping to me is when you sell a general product that is available to everyone and you carry no inventory so when you get an order, you place an order with your supplier and they send the product directly from their warehouse to the customer.

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Read Millionaire Fastlane
Dec 19, 2017
I have searched through the thread, but have not found the answer.

What is a good way to find the right keywords to be used in product descriptions and titles on Amazon?

Aside from doing PPC or using auto-completion, I haven't found many techniques to search for keywords that users are looking for for a particular product.

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