AliExpress dropshipping is one of the easiest ways to get into dropshipping, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make a living out of it. Most newcomers often think they can become a millionaire overnight trying to dropship from AliExpress, but in reality, that’s rarely the case.
A lot of newcomers have questions regarding AliExpress dropshipping, how it works, what apps to use, how to set up a dropshipping store, and everything related to it. I am going to answer all your AliExpress dropshipping related questions in this comprehensive guide.
You see the problem right? People don’t know where to go when it comes to AliExpress dropshipping. There are so many things left unanswered so we are going to go step-by-step answering all the questions and solving all the problems that often haunt newcomers.
Let’s get started:
Is AliExpress even worth it??
AliExpress Dropshipping – Pros and Cons
We are going to start off with simple pros and cons of AliExpress dropshipping so you understand what are the benefits and downsides of this model before you jump into it.
- Easy to get started
- Low costs
- Easy to scale
- Low risks
- Large selection of products
- No inventory or stock
- No shipment or delivery management
- Supplier mistakes
- Shipping delays and complexities
- Stock issues
- Low-profit margin
How to find the best selling products on AliExpress
You can’t start a dropshipping business and be successful with it if you don’t have the winning products. No matter how experienced you are or how great your operations are if your products are not popular enough to sell, you are bound for failure.
“But Dilawar, I don’t want to fail!!“
I know you don’t want to and I’m gonna make sure that you don’t. There’s a simple way of finding the bestselling products on AliExpress. Head over to https://sale.aliexpress.com/__pc/bestselling.htm, this is where you will see all the bestselling products available on AliExpress. Now, just do your research and select the product that interests you.
That’s not it:
You can also check out these 9 amazing hacks to find the best selling products for your drop-shipping business. And, if you don’t really want to put in the work researching products (I understand!) then we also have top trending products that you can start selling right now.
How to validate AliExpress suppliers
Oh, so you found the perfect product you want to dropship, didn’t you? Well, you need a reliable and trusted supplier who can fulfill your required orders in a timely fashion while ensuring high-quality of the products. No need to worry, I’ve helped you so far, didn’t I? I’m gonna keep doing that until you have your dropshipping store up and running.
So, when you want to find the perfect supplier for your business; you need high-quality products, quick turn-around times, and reasonable prices. If you are looking for a simple way to validate high-quality AliExpress suppliers for your business then check this detailed write-up on how you can validate AliExpress suppliers.
But, I don’t want to READ!
No worries, in that case, check out this informative video to learn how you can easily validate AliExpress suppliers.
Let’s dive into Oberlo and see how it works and how it can help newcomers set up their online dropshipping businesses.
What is Oberlo?
Oberlo is a marketplace and a Shopify-exclusive app that helps you find the perfect products, reliable suppliers, and it also automates your AliExpress dropshipping business.
Once you make a successful sale, Oberlo will automatically send your order to the supplier so they can take care of everything like manufacturing, packaging, and shipping while you don’t even have to lift a finger.
Oberlo costs nothing to start. You can use their forever free plan to start your dropshipping career right now.
Need more information?
Check out our detailed Oberlo review.
Why not? If you are starting out then you probably want to keep things as simple as possible, don’t you? Oberlo makes everything simple and easy. You don’t have to worry about manually adding products to your store, manually uploading images, etc. Oberlo takes care of everything for you while all you have to do is click a few buttons.
Apart from that Oberlo offers you a simple interface where you can keep track of all your sales and fulfill them with just a few clicks. In case of Oberlo Verified suppliers, you get automatic one-click ordering from Oberlo which makes things even easier.
What are Oberlo Verified suppliers?
Well, Oberlo has three types of suppliers: Oberlo Verified suppliers, Oberlo suppliers, and AliExpress suppliers.
Oberlo Verified guarantees that you will never have to worry about finding excellent suppliers because Oberlo has already handpicked them for you.
Top-performing suppliers on Oberlo’s marketplace have been providing the highest quality service for a long period.
Oberlo suppliers are also vetted by Oberlo, but their performance is not as guaranteed as the Oberlo Verified suppliers.
Oberlo offers automated one-click order shipping for both Oberlo Verified and Oberlo suppliers. Oberlo has checked their warehouses, working conditions, and company documentation to ensure they are 100% legit and dedicated to providing high-quality services.
AliExpress suppliers are all the suppliers on available on AliExpress. Since AliExpress is an independent platform outside of Oberlo, it’s evident that Oberlo hasn’t checked their suppliers and operations at all. So, it’s up to you to do your research and find the perfect AliExpress supplier when starting your AliExpress dropshipping business.
Oberlo also does not provide one-click order shipping for AliExpress suppliers, so you have to place and fulfill orders through Oberlo’s app manually.
How to import AliExpress products on Oberlo
So, you got Oberlo and want to dive right into importing your first product. That’s completely alright and I’m gonna show you exactly how you can do that.
First of all, you need the Oberlo Google Chrome extension for AliExpress. This extension will let you directly import AliExpress products to your Oberlo account from the AliExpress product page.
Now, head over to the product page that you want to import. For example, we are going to import this arcade stick to our store. Click the Oberlo extension icon in the Chrome browser and add the product to your import list. This product is now successfully imported to your Oberlo account. You can check it in your Oberlo dashboard.
How to track orders on Oberlo
This is simple. Just go to the Oberlo app dashboard and click “Get Tracking code” in front of the specific order. If the order has been shipped by the supplier then Oberlo will automatically fetch the tracking code and show you the tracking code that you can share with your customers.
If you want to learn more about tracking AliExpress shipping then feel free to check out our article on AliExpress standard shipping.
How to import customer reviews to your Shopify store
Importing reviews from AliExpress to your Shopify store is very easy. All you need is one of the multiple Shopify reviews apps available on the app store. For this example, we are using Ali Reviews apps to easily import products reviews from AliExpress to our Shopify store.
Check out the video below to see how easy it is to import reviews.
Best Shopify Apps for Importing Reviews
There are numerous apps available on Shopify that provide you with the functionality to import reviews from AliExpress and multiple other sources. We are listing some of the best apps for importing reviews.
- Loox: One of the best Shopify reviews apps out there. Lets you import reviews from multiple sources and provides a simple review form for customers.
- Ali Reviews: Ali Reviews does what the name says. It lets you import reviews from AliExpress to your Shopify store with just a couple of clicks.
- Yotpo: Yotpo helps you gather more reviews by providing your customers with interactive emails where they can directly leave a review for their purchases.
Check out our detailed Shopify Reviews apps write-up to see get even more apps for importing reviews to your online store.
I don’t want to add unnecessary complexity or length to the AliExpress dropshipping guide just for the sake of it. I’ve tried to cover all the basics you need to understand, apps that will get you started, and the basic tasks that you will have to perform on a daily basis when running an AliExpress dropshipping business.
However, there’s always more involved when it comes to running an ecommerce business so if you run into any problems or find yourself stuck at any point in your ecommerce journey then feel free to comment below and let me know. I will try my best to help you out with any issues that you might run into.