Massdrop has changed the way we do our online shopping. By using its great advantage to make mass purchases, we can secure products at significantly lower prices, especially in comparison to an e-shop or a website like Amazon or eBay. We can also get special, Massdrop-only products. In this guide, we will see how we can make smart and cheap purchases using Massdrop and what we need to be careful about.
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What is Massdrop?
Massdrop is a service for mass online shopping, which allows us to unite our purchasing power with thousands of other people around the world. This way, we can manage to buy the products we want at a significantly lower cost.
The service started to operate in 2012. It is not some sort of "store" or e-shop and it doesn't have stock warehouses. The way it really works is like a middleman between the designers-manufacturers and the consumers.
The purpose of Massdrop is not only to reduce the cost, but also to grant us access to more specialized products, or products that we wouldn't find easily in physical stores.
What can we buy in Massdrop?
With Massdrop, we can buy pretty much everything, provided there is sufficient demand. Users vote for the products they want to buy, and the ones with the most votes become available.
We can find different product categories, from gaming headsets and graphics cards to clothes and cooking devices. Massdrop offers a wide range of choices for all tastes and preferences.
The products in Massdrop are divided into communities.
For example, if we want to buy a lens for our camera, we go to the Photography community. There, we can find an abundance of products associated with the specific category.
If we can't find what we want, we ourselves can suggest a particular product or a category.
"Drops" are the products that are available for immediate sale. In each Drop, we can find the price of a product, any possible discount, and how many days remain before the Drop expires. With the expiration of the Drop, the product stops being available.
The more users that take part in a Drop, the lower the price becomes. Furthermore, we have the option to buy an object only if it hits the lowest possible price. Otherwise, we won't be charged.
Once a Drop ends, Massdrop sends the order to the manufacturer. The manufacturer prepares the products and sends them to Massdrop, which in turn sends them to us.
It is important to remember that such a procedure may last up to even a few months, which means that our order could take a bit longer than it otherwise would with more traditional methods.
For the majority of the delays, the supplier is usually the one responsible instead of Massdrop.
Massdrop gives us a clear and precise account of the deal it has with each company about the receipt of the order and the date it will send it to us. From that point on, it is up to the manufacturer to go by the timetable and meet the deadlines.
Through the Polls, Massdrop members can suggest a category that they would want to see added. The category could be anything we desire, such as smartphones, PC screens, shoes of a certain brand, etc.
The most popular Polls then turn into Drops, allowing you to buy them. Of course, each Poll doesn't only have one option. For instance, in a smartphone poll, the users can vote for the specific smartphone they prefer.
After the Poll is complete, Massdrop contacts the manufacturer of the most requested product. If the manufacturer doesn't wish to accept the order, Massdrop continues with the second most voted product, and so on.
How to order
To take part in a Drop or vote in a Poll, we will first have to create an account or sign in with our Google account.
After signing up, we can browse through several communities of the website and find what we are looking for. On the Drops tab, we will find all the products which are available for purchase.
On each item, there is information such as the price, the date of shipping, as well as how much time is left until the Drop "closes." If we want to take part, we click on "Join Drop."
In order to participate in mass purchases, we will have to register the way of payment we prefer, as well as our address. We can pay via PayPal or credit/debit card.
Our card or our PayPal will be charged only after the Drop is complete.
By entering our address, Massdrop informs us about the cost of shipping. Generally, smaller items don't include a shipping cost. However, in most cases, we will be charged something extra.
For example, the cost of shipping for a graphics card is around fourteen dollars. But for a 36'' computer screen, the cost can surpass 100 dollars. Of course, the bigger the item, the higher the cost of shipping.
Is it worth using Massdrop for mass purchases?
Mass purchases reduce the cost of a product so that it is easier for us to obtain it, and at the same time, it helps us save a significant amount of money.
Of course, the only condition is that other Massdrop members have to be interested in the specific product as well.
A notable drawback is the delayed shippment. Sometimes, we may have to wait a bit more than a month to receive our order.
But if we have found something that we really want and we are not in a hurry to get it, then it is worth using Massdrop to save some money.
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