Dear Mufti Faraz Adam,
I have read alot on this forum and other sites about dropshipping, to find out wether it is halal or not.
I am still in confusion, because of two points.
I am referring to the usual way dropshipping is done online, not the unusual cases.
So, one sells on a marketplace (like ebay) or their own website, describing the product accurately, giving a delivery date range. After the customer purchases the product online, I then order it from the supplier, pay them and supply the details and shipping address (which is the customer’s). The supplier then ships it to the customer.
You said in a post above:
“3. You take responsibility for shipping so possession (Qabdh) is done.”
This is the point in question. What does this mean exactly? In reality, the supplier ships the product to the customer, using their shipping company. That’s practically how dropshipping works. It will not be possible to arrange shipping oneself.
If “you take responsibility for shipping” means that in the customer’s eyes I have responsibility then all is well, and should any problem occur I will be liable to the customer.
However, if you mean that I have to arrange shipping then this is not possible.
It is vital to understand this point, and this needs to be made clear to the layman, rather than him trying to understand what rulings mean in the practical world we find ourselves dealing with.
I cannot see how this shipping variation would make any difference to the business though. I hope a clear ruling can be given on this, especially as peoples livelihoods depend on it.
The other point is, do we have to state in our terms and conditions that we are dropshippers?
May Allah reward you for your efforts.
Hope to hear from you soon, as this is of huge importance.