QuikDrop Says Goodbye…
In an article written by Ina Steiner of AuctionBytes.com this morning, it is reported that QuikDrop, one of America’s largest drop off eBay store franchises, is closing up franchise sales and support operations by the end of this month. The current franchisees (store owners) are free to continue store operations but will do so without corporate franchise support or software.
…at least one storeowner was worried over QuikDrop’s notice that it would cease offering the stores use of its proprietary software program on December 31. Bob Golub, owner of a Massachusetts QuikDrop franchise store, said he wasn’t surprised at news of the closure, but is worried about finding replacement software and learning a new program in such a short period of time. “We’re all scrambling,” Golub said. Excerpt by: Ina Steiner AuctionBytes.com
If you own a QuickDrop franchise what will you do?
Will you move on and continue with operations with newer and even better software provided by a third party like AuctionLogic (powered by AuctionSound)? Or will you try to run your consignment operations with eBay’s Turbo-Lister?
Services are available such as AccountingLogic which will help you convert your data from your existing software or bookkeeping software and import that data into your new listing software. Learning more modern web based consignment listing software suites is not nearly as difficult as QuickDrop store owners might imagine. Training is available through the software vendors or their consultants and in the end your costs will be much lower while your ease of use and efficiency will improve.
My advice would be to weigh the options and evaluate this change as an opportunity. QuickDrop may have given the entire franchise the best Christmas present possible. But shutting down the bleeding and operations they have given the franchises an opportunity to control their own destiny and run their business as they want to. The reduction in overhead will give each franchise owner breathing room to implement new advertising, website development, and eBay store upgrade options which were not available to them as a franchise owner.
Beyond highlighting the numerous valid reasons for avoiding the purchase of a eBay drop store franchise, as previously detailed in this publication… This development also brings to the forefront a business practice which I believe every small entrepreneur should avoid…
The dependence upon one company or entity to supply your business with all of its required software and branding and ultimately, income… is fool hearty. Throwing all of your proverbial eggs in one basket is unwise in any venture, to depend upon one company for software and branding is risky.
While this lesson is demonstrated very plainly by this latest QuickDrop development. The same lesson can be applied to the practice of placing all of your product sales in one channel such as eBay. It is unwise for any business owner to be so entirely dependent upon the stability, largess, or whims of another company. If you are only selling via eBay or if you have a franchise eBay drop store of any brand, you should take today’s news as a wake up call. Look at your operation and analyze where your income is developed. If your stream is one river then you should diversify. Find a way to sell elsewhere, look for other support options, review other software vendors…
Always look for ways to spread out your dependence upon other entities and your business will be more healthy and better able to survive when one vendor has a bad situation develop. Your business is not unlike an investment portfolio, investing all of your cash in one stock is never well advised…
Everyone in the QuickDrop family should thank the corporate offices for this decision. There are other software suites available which are more user friendly and have better support and they are available at less cost than the price of a franchise and royalty fee.
Congratulations to all of the QuickDrop franchise owners – you have been set free.