Is it illegal to sell items before you’ve actually bought them?
For example, if I were to list an item on a website (say a watch for example) for like $10 before buying it myself. Once the item has been bought I go onto the website that’s selling the watches for $5 and order it to the persons address who thought they were buying it off me? Or is that illegal? I guess I could say that the item is shipped from our suppliers around the world, but what if the item comes with a receipt and they see that it was actually $5 when they spent $10 on it? Could I get in trouble for that? I live in Australia if that makes any difference.
- STEPHENLv 72 months ago
It's not illegal at all. Businesses do it all the time.
Have you ever bought (and paid for) something online only to be told it's not in stock? That's the business selling stuff to you before they even have it themselves.
- NosehairLv 72 months ago
There is no law in that regard. It is not done because of the incredibly bad reaction one would expect from the buyer. That is true in spite of the obvious retail practice of buying an item at one price then selling it as a higher (marked up) price. It is also a fairly common practice of selling an item before the seller has actually purchased the item (not illegal).
- 2 months ago
Perfectly legal, happens all the time. If someone wants to pay double to you for something they can easily find for cheaper, that's on them.
- MaxiLv 72 months ago
It is not illegal and lots of people do that, however you would need to ask them to email/send you the invoice and send the watch without an invoice in the packaging to your buyers address.......
- What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
- ChiaroLv 52 months ago
Dropshipping is a real thing. There may be an unethical way to do what you are talking about, so to be safe, just read a good book on dropshipping. Most of them are short.
- keerokLv 72 months ago
Middleman? I see no problem. The Chinese are good at it.
- TB12Lv 72 months ago
If you haven't actually bought them then you don't own them,,, right.
So,, is it illegal to sell something you don't own.
- Brother XLv 42 months ago
It's legal but if there's a receipt showing 5 bucks then you'll never get a repeat order.
And if the item arrives faulty or needs returning for some other reason, things might get complicated.
Or the buyer will ask to return yours and then buy it directly from the shipper themselves using the shop details on the receipt.
If you cannot guarantee no receipt is sent then I say don't do it.
- 2 months ago
Is it illegal? No.
Can it be done? If you register with the seller as a dropshipper, then maybe you can do it.
The problem is going to be when you order a your watch for several people, and the seller refuses the transaction due to the multiple "ship to" addresses.
Also - you will have issues if the item gets lost in the delivery. And you will be on the hook if the item is damaged upon delivery.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Sounds like fraud.