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Honestly, I can't say for sure. It seems fishy to me. It seems you will be paying shipping(?), and the only money coming in is just what will cover the cost of the product and fees.
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I hope someone more knowledgeable chimes in. The client should pay you up front before you make any purchases, are they willing do that?
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