When your drop shipping you want to give in your listing a very accurate shipping time to you buyers. Then add 2 days to give yourself a cushion.
If your drop shipping from abroad make sure you post your listings as shipping from that country. State this clearly in your listing as well so there is no mistaking where it's coming from.
You want to cut down on buyer upset at all costs. And you want to tie all the loose ends.
For example, I drop ship from overseas. I state from where in my listings item location and in my description page. I then let my customers know the delivery time in the listings domestics handling time and in the description. And I make it well known. I don't hide it in the listing somewhere. I put it in bold print. I use 20 days in the domestic handling tab and 14 to 21 business days in the description.
I also state that if a customer is unhappy with the above then please do not bid.
Personally, I charge high shipping in my auctions and low starting bid of .99.
So I have to really make sure I do it right.
So I have to dot all my Is and cross all my Ts because buyers think they own the world on eBay and if you don't you will get killed.lol
So I give worst case scenarios and then add more worse case. That way if its better than you state they will be happy.
About shipping. Yes most are going with low shipping and really its probably the better way to go. But I list close to 200 auctions a day as 1 day auctions.
This way I get the exposure by sheer blunt force.
I save 45$ per day doing it this way.
I nearly killed and probably did kill one of my accounts by incorrect shipping times and not correctly stating my item location. I sold 250 items last month but it seems only the 5 people that got it late wanted to post a feedback.
So I have 5 negs amongst 20 pos. and I'm pretty sure it s a ruined account. I'm just happy I started this venture in one of my starter accounts.