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AutoDS
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: Online
  • eBay-compatible performance statistics and analysis
The selling point for AutoDS as a drop-ship monitoring platform is in the name: It's a drop-shipping tool that's meant to save users time and effort through automation above all else. That automation applies to factors like prices, sales, and returns to the optimization of inventory and handling of messages and customer inquiries.

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Advertised as flexible for everything from freelance traders to large operations, AutoDS also offers the ability to scan fellow drop-shippers on the platform in large numbers to work out the best-performing products. The system allows tagging and filtration of listings — and the sequestering of out-of-stock items from customer view — and provides a wide variety of plans ranging from under $10 a month to rates of hundreds or even thousands of dollars monthly for high-volume accounts. It's built to integrate smoothly with both eBay and Shopify.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Extensive automations for customer service and order management
  • Aggregate product performance statistics among fellow drop-shippers on eBay
  • Advanced tagging and filtering for listings

Cons

  • Integrations are limited to eBay and Shopify
  • Lacks phone support
  • Monthly fees don't include all features

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Just Started: $7.91/month
    • New Dropshipper: $16.79/month
    • Professional Dropshipper: $151.98/month
    • Standard Dropshipper: $374/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS,Iphone,Ipad
  • Free Trial/Demo
    7-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Customer Service Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: Online
  • eBay-compatible performance statistics and analysis
Doba
Doba
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Integration and automation through a custom API
Doba is a drop-ship marketplace that makes millions of products available to prospective members through a selection of hundreds of suppliers. Accessible through a user-friendly filtering interface, this marketplace makes it possible for users experienced with online marketing and wholesale pricing to set up an efficient online store, integrate easily with payment tools like PayPal, and track and rate the performance of products from specific suppliers.

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Online stores support bulk imports and exports of product lists and customizable data exports that generate reports compatible with a wide range of e-commerce platforms, including Shopify, Magento, and Volusion. The marketplace helps new drop-shippers get started through a curated selection of high-margin products, and the platform supports proactive inventory alerts along with a wide range of drop-shipping-related informational emails, newsletters, and supplementary information.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Powerful and versatile third-party integrations
  • Customizable inventories for quick reference and export
  • Marketplace is user-friendly and efficient

Cons

  • Memberships to the marketplace are on the expensive side
  • Products tend to be expensive compared to other wholesaling options

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Basic: $29/month
    • Advanced: $69/month
    • Pro: $249/month
    • Enterprise: Custom quote
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Email
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Integration and automation through a custom API
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Dsco
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online
  • Integrations for data files including JSON, Webform, XLS, and EDI formats
Dsco is a general distributed inventory network that handles shipping to and from stores, in-store pickups, corporate fulfillment and distribution centers, and drop-shipping. In the latter category, Dsco advertises shipping optimization features specifically designed to partner drop-shippers with specific fulfillment centers and use advanced routing logics to ensure timely delivery of goods to the customer.

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The platform lays claim to an advanced API to allow the sending and receipt of real-time data between a drop-shipper and its partners, sports a user-friendly UI that requires no special training to use, and offers free round-the-clock support for all stakeholders in any particular drop-shipping operation. Dsco's services are focused specifically on drop-shipping by enterprise retailers and brands seeking to reach out to new market niches.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Sophisticated approach to shipping and logistics
  • Powerful API and data integrations
  • Strong customer support and partner onboarding infrastructure

Cons

  • Focused on enterprise operations, not built with the independent drop-shipper in mind
  • No clear pricing structure available online

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online
  • Integrations for data files including JSON, Webform, XLS, and EDI formats
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DSM Tool
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online
  • Supply, order and customer service management incorporated into a step-by-step drop-shipping process
A popular drop-shipping management platform founded in 2013, DSM Tool is popular with drop-shippers on eBay and Shopify and connects with suppliers that can include — depending on locale — Amazon, Walmart, AliExpress, and Target. Offering a wide selection of customizable and mobile-friendly listing templates, in particular those compatible with eBay, DSM Tools makes it possible to build inventory lists from one’s online store, identify unmonitored product lists, and automate the ordering process to focus on specific volumes of orders from certain desired marketplaces and track the fulfillment process with alerts.

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DSM Tool also includes an automated sale building tool, sophisticated search tools that locate products based on source, demand, and price, and a built-in customer relationship management (CRM) suite. DSM Tools sports straightforward pricing based on the volume of business the user conducts through the platform.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Integrations with eBay and Shopify
  • Built-in CRM with automated feedback and messaging
  • Simple pricing structure for services

Cons

  • Outside the American marketplace, suppliers are limited to Amazon and AliExpress
  • Limited integrations outside of eBay and Shopify

Summary

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DSM Tool
  • Starting Price
    • Free Version Available
    • Basic: $19.97/month
    • Business: $79.97/month
    • Enterprise: $399.97/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Customer Service Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online
  • Supply, order and customer service management incorporated into a step-by-step drop-shipping process
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Inventory Source
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Order management with intelligent order routing
Founded in 2002, Inventory Source is one of the world's longest-operating drop-ship service providers. This automated software, particularly suitable for small online retailing operations, is designed to optimize workflows for drop-shippers and guide them to the most profitable products for whatever their market niche may be.

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A subscription-based service that offers a fairly substantial free version, Inventory Source provides a curated selection of suppliers along with a US Direct service that connects users specifically with U.S.-based suppliers to cut down on shipping time. For paid service tiers, Inventory Automation uploads and integrates products with online stores, updates inventories, and provides bulk tools for feed management, while added functionality — and access to the US Direct supplier connection — becomes available at the Full Automation level, itself with further Basic, Plus, and VIP levels.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High-quality automation tools
  • Free access to an extensive suppliers' list
  • Extensive customer support and training resources

Cons

  • US Direct supplier connections are only available with Full Automation
  • Charges a separate per-supplier fee to connect suppliers with sales channels, which can add up quickly

Summary

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Inventory Source
  • Starting Price
    • Free Version Available
    • Inventory Automation: $99/month
    • Full Automation: $150/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Order management with intelligent order routing
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MODALYST
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Integrations with e-commerce platforms Wix, Shopify, and BigCommerce
Modalyst, a drop-shipping marketplace that connects online retailers to a range of premium products and suppliers, is designed with a view toward making it easy to ship goods efficiently, regardless of location. The app aggregates its product selection from both North American and European suppliers, bringing together a particularly comprehensive network of individually vetted and high-quality brands that operate under standardized shipping policies — a structure that allows Modalyst to provide reliable logistics to numerous destinations.

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Both fashion and non-fashion suppliers offer full product catalogs that provide single-click integration with Shopify stores, and Modalyst can also sync with other e-commerce platforms such as Wix and BigCommerce. Drop-shippers can sell products with their own branding and labels through the Private Label features, and access to the full Modalyst marketplace becomes available at the Pro service tier.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High-quality brand selection
  • Extensive and efficient shipping network
  • Superb supplier management tools

Cons

  • Charges a 5% fee per transaction
  • Full marketplace only accessible at Pro service tier
  • No free version

Summary

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MODALYST
  • Starting Price
    • Start Up: $35/month
    • Pro: $90/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Integrations with e-commerce platforms Wix, Shopify, and BigCommerce
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National Dropshippers
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Order management as a specialty, based on supplying low-cost wholesale products for resale
This no-frills drop-shipping provider takes a fair amount of flak for the outdated feel of its website, which does seem to hail in design terms from the early Aughts. Look past the dated design, however, and National Dropshippers offers some major benefits, especially for the experienced drop-shipper. It's a platform that hones in on order management as a specialty, providing tracking services and a diverse selection of products. Perhaps most importantly, it offers some very advantageous pricing.

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Orders come with a standardized, nominal drop-ship fee regardless of quantity or the complexity of product sourcing, shipping prices are standardized at an affordable initial fee and per-pound nominal addition, and membership fees are highly affordable. Limited as its offerings may seem, National's affordability and range of e-commerce payment integrations can make it highly valuable for experienced store owners in the right market niches.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Diverse product selection
  • Wide range of e-commerce payment provider integrations
  • Extremely affordable pricing

Cons

  • No education or training resources
  • Few features to offer outside of order management
  • Dated website design

Summary

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National Dropshippers
  • Starting Price
    • Wholesale Membership: $19.99/month
    • Lifetime Wholesale Membership: $199
    • Ecommerce Web Store: $299
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo and 7-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Email
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Order management as a specialty, based on supplying low-cost wholesale products for resale
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Oberlo
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, live support
  • Reporting and analysis on product data, identifying high-potential and hidden-gem products
One of the most successful entries in the Shopify app store, Oberlo provides easy product management and upload for e-commerce, offering a simple-to-browse marketplace that allows single-click addition of products to a given store. The app syncs product details and inventory data and makes AliExpress accessible as a supplier network through an online merchants' Chrome extension.

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Access to AliExpress brings thousands more manufacturers and wholesalers within reach, and although these entries aren't vetted — in contrast with other services that curate their marketplace entries — convenient filtration and sorting make it possible to single out higher-quality products in a range of categories. Oberlo is available only on Shopify and primarily offers wholesalers from China, which leads to longer shipping times as a trade-off for affordability and a lack of transaction fees. The company offers a forever-free version with limited functionality and provides wallet-friendly paid plans.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Strong reputation as a Shopify app
  • No transaction fees
  • Real-time order tracking

Cons

  • Real-time order tracking only available at Boss tier
  • Only available on Shopify
  • Relies on AliExpress as supplier network, which can mean long shipping times

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Grad: $7.90/month
    • Boss: $29.90/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Email, Live Support
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, live support
  • Reporting and analysis on product data, identifying high-potential and hidden-gem products
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SaleHoo
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, Facebook, Twitter, phone, live support
  • Integrations with Shopify and AliExpress are built into the platform
A platform designed for the budding online entrepreneur, SaleHoo was founded in 2005 by an online seller frustrated by the lack of existing companies that provided support for new businesses. Now one of the world's largest drop-shipping directories and one of the pioneers of international wholesaling, SaleHoo deals with thousands of suppliers that offer more than 1.6 million branded products. It provides monthly sales reports, including sell rate and competition data, to help members find the best opportunities.

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Providing comprehensive multichannel customer support, a training center, highly active community forums, and a market research lab, SaleHoo sports plenty of resources for the beginning online seller and a service model that's free of start-up costs and offers a 60-day refund guarantee. Its suppliers and products are carefully vetted to eliminate fraudulent suppliers and counterfeiting.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Hand-picked items to ensure quality of products to be dropshipped
  • Numerous information and training resources for beginners
  • Best value dropship companies

Cons

  • Does not offer independent branding and labeling for member stores
  • Product selection is smaller than some competitors'
  • No location-based supplier search functions

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Basic: $27/month
    • Premium: $97/month
  • Deployment
    Not disclosed
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Not disclosed
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, Facebook, Twitter, phone, live support
  • Integrations with Shopify and AliExpress are built into the platform
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Spocket
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Live support
  • Integrations with Shopify and WooCommerce
A drop-shipping application aimed at small businesses and freelancers, Spocket is designed to help build quality stock, brand identity, reliable delivery, and healthy profit margins for its users. Integrating with both Shopify and WooCommerce, it can launch stores capable of providing fast and reliable delivery times using supplier networks in the U.S., the UK, and the EU.

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The platform provides a marketplace with tens of thousands of products, including print-on-demand goods, and supports the ability to research suppliers and order samples. Goods can come with prearranged discounts of up to 60%, boosting their profitability for drop-shippers considerably, and are available in a number of categories including fashion, gaming, automotives, home and garden, and electronics. A free version allows prospective users to browse the Spocket marketplace, and paid tiers at Pro or above provide the ability to sell hundreds of unique products with branded invoicing.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • U.S. and EU-based supplier networks make for fast delivery in these regions
  • Pre-negotiated product discounts
  • Automated order management and pricing optimization

Cons

  • Selection of products and categories is best-suited to freelancers and small operations
  • Spocket products can't be sold on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, or Groupon
  • Does not offer branded packaging

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Starter: $24/month
    • Pro: $49/month
    • Empire: $99/month
    • Unicorn: $299/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Live Support
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Live support
  • Integrations with Shopify and WooCommerce
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Sunrise Wholesale
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Integration with BigCommerce
This affordable service for resellers is an app integrated with BigCommerce and provides a sophisticated selection of features at a reasonable price point. Inventory management and automation features include user-friendly management of product feeds and inventory alerts for low or discontinued stock. The company's product selection includes a number of products unique to the Sunrise platform, and it's possible to access inventory and pricing information for products before purchasing a membership, providing admirable transparency for prospective resellers and drop-shippers.

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Membership pricing is straightforward and doesn't include any additional drop-shipping fees or setup costs, and Sunrise commits to a delivery window of 5-10 days after an order comes in, with tracking available for all orders. Despite a relatively limited product catalog that requires careful research and choices to achieve profitability, Sunrise Wholesale continues to offer some attractive features for experienced entrepreneurs in the drop-shipping space.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Affordable membership fees with no transaction fees or setup costs
  • Fast delivery times
  • Automated inventory alerts and product management

Cons

  • Relatively limited product catalog
  • Customer support is not available 24/7

Summary

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Sunrise Wholesale
  • Starting Price
    • $29.95/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    7-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Integration with BigCommerce
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Wholesale 2B
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Pricing optimization with custom discount codes and configurable global and zone-based markups
Wholesale 2B has been in operation since 2004 and advertises itself as a highly versatile solution for drop-shippers, making it possible to sell products on a wide range of e-commerce platforms and manage drop-shipping on all of one's chosen platforms from a single account.

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Wholesale 2B offers drop-shipping plans specifically tailored to the major platforms at their own price points and offers added functions like analytics for tracking market trends, product management for up to 10,000 items built into any basic plan with support for an additional 10,000 items at a nominal added cost, search-engine-optimized editing for item names, and customizable lists and product pricing. The ability to browse available products is offered with a free account, though it's only possible to process orders with a paid plan, and branded websites with unique domains are available with a website plan.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Integrations with an impressive range of platforms
  • Offers detailed marketing analytics and branded websites
  • Powerful pricing optimization features

Cons

  • All paid plans charge a 3% order processing fee
  • Building a full feature set from modular plans can get expensive
  • Order processing is not available with free version

Summary

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Wholesale 2B
  • Starting Price
    • Dropship On eBay: $37.99/month
    • Dropship On Amazon: $37.99/month
    • Dropship Website: $39.99/month
    • Dropship CSV files: $49.99/month
    • Dropship Analytics: $10/month
    • Shopify App: $29.99/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo and 7-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Email
  • Customer Service Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Pricing optimization with custom discount codes and configurable global and zone-based markups

How We Chose the Best Drop-Shipping Companies

Drop-shipping, an online retail niche that allows entrepreneurs to market, sell, and ship goods they don't directly handle, has been a durable and increasingly important business model for over two decades. Despite periodic conversations about its being an oversaturated part of the market, the simple fact is that drop-shipping is only destined to become increasingly important and popular in a world that's increasingly embraced e-commerce. As such, there are plenty of drop-shipping service providers offering platforms with a whole range of features; we evaluated the best companies based on three of the most important factors.

Drop-Shipping Features

The most crucial thing a drop-shipping company can do is service the core endeavors of this kind of online retail. Order management, supplier management and customer service management tools, pricing optimization, and shipment tracking are all important drop-shipping features, and the more diverse and well-designed its feature set, the more buzzworthy a service provider becomes.

Integrations

Pre-built third-party integrations are another crucial consideration with drop-shipping, where profitability often hinges on being able to build an excellent online store on your platform of choice and to sell goods on a wide range of e-commerce venues.

Reports

Detailed reporting and analytics can help drop-shippers make use of crucial knowledge: They can evaluate the profit margins on specific products, track market trends, distinguish high-performing and high-demand products from the alternatives, stay on top of inventory, and evaluate the performance of different sales channels.

What Is Drop-Shipping Software?

Simply put, drop-shipping software makes it easier to get involved and make a profit in the drop-shipping business. A service provider can fill a number of key roles. They can provide a marketplace of resellable products, often curated to make sure the goods are high quality and legal. They can provide an online store, sometimes including a dedicated website with its own domain, and they can offer automated tools to manage pricing and inventory to help deal with customers and keep track of orders. Finally, they can offer analytics, training, and information to help entrepreneurs make sense of their trade.

Must-Have Features of Drop-Shipping Software

Beyond the fundamentals mentioned at the beginning of this guide, most quality drop-shipping companies offer some or all of these features:

Must-Have Feature Why It Matters
Data Syncing There’s a lot to keep track of in dealing with the supply, pricing, and details of hundreds or thousands of products. Providers must be up to date with synchronizing this information between a marketplace and their clients’ online stores.
Data Import and Export The ability to import and export data between platforms and applications is crucial if one ever has to migrate to a new service provider or load product listings onto a new e-commerce platform.
Training Resources Modern drop-shipping services go beyond simply providing features to also supporting online knowledge bases about drop-shipping and how to make the best use of their tools within the larger context. Such resources are key to helping drop-shippers keep pace with their industry.

The Cost of Drop-Shipping Software

There’s no standardized cycle or method for pricing drop-shipping software. Some companies bill monthly, others annually or by lifetime membership. Some charge setup and order processing or transaction fees. Roughly, it’s possible to generalize somewhat about the following monthly price ranges:

Lowest-Priced: $0-$10/month

Mid-Range: $19.99-$39.99/month

Upper Range: $49.99+/month

The upper range of costs can vary immensely. Drop-ship pricing is often dependent on sales volume: companies handling vast volumes of business could see monthly costs of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.

What to Consider When Choosing Drop-Shipping Software

There are a few other key factors to consider when seeking the best drop-shipping provider for your business:

  • Branding: One of the toughest challenges drop-shippers face is trying to build their own brand identity while selling other peoples’ products. Some providers offer branded invoicing, packaging, and websites to help.
  • Logistics: Where are your customers? Where are your suppliers? A lot of drop-shipping companies rely on China-based supplier networks, resulting in lengthy shipping times to North America or Europe.
  • Pricing structure: Transaction and order processing fees, or services that parcel out features in modules with their own monthly costs, can transform what looked like an affordable provider into a money sink.

Product value: Plenty of companies offer online marketplaces full of curated products that provide real added value, but it’s also possible to shell out monthly fees for access to products you could otherwise have found on Google.

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