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By: Tomas Šlimas September 01, 2017 Topic: Dropshipping

If you’ve been thinking about learning how to dropship with AliExpress then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re just starting out with ecommerce or are a seasoned veteran looking switch up your business model, we’ve created the ultimate guide to both AliExpress dropshipping and AliExpress premium shipping. Read it, and you’ll be one step closer to achieving dropshipping success.

If any of you have doubts that you can create a successful ecommerce business with AliExpress dropshipping, I will change your mind in this guide. Oberlo users now receive over 50,000 orders that equate to $1,400,000 in sales each and every day. That’s around $42,000,000 every month!

Without further delay, this is the ultimate guide to AliExpress dropshipping.



The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping

If you’re looking to become an ecommerce entrepreneur, dropshipping is the easiest way for to start your online business. As you do your research you’ll likely come across  AliExpress dropshipping, in particular, and for a few good reasons:

  • It doesn’t require much capital. In fact, I wrote a guide on how to start an ecommerce business with $0.00.
  • You don’t need a physical store. Since we’re talking about ecommerce here, you can run a successful AliExpress dropshipping business from anywhere in the world. With dropshipping, you also don’t even have to stock any of the inventory yourself.
  • Everything you need to learn is available for free online. You can use the vast number of articles, videos, and other educational material to learn on the go and achieve ecommerce success.

AliExpress Dropshipping: Why You Should Try It

Let’s say you’ve decided you want to start an ecommerce store. What are your next steps? Most entrepreneurs try to come up with a product idea, look for suppliers, pay for the products and get them into your real-world store. Then, once you receive your merchandise, you’ll try hard to sell them.

The problem is you don’t really know what will sell well or if you will be able to sell the product at all. There’s a lot of risk involved in this traditional business model.

Here’s an example:

  • Elena buys 100 units of a particular product line, paying $1,000 for them.
  • She only sells 10 products and brings in $200 in sales.
  • Elena quickly realizes that nobody likes her products and decides to close her store.
  • She experiences a loss of over $800.

In the above scenario, Elena invested $1,000 to open her store, but quickly realized the product line she decided to sell is not popular or at least that she simply doesn’t know where to find the right people who would be interested in that product. She only makes $200 in sales and is forced to close her store with an $800 loss.

Alternatively, if she had tried dropshipping, she would have made $100 in profit in spite of failing to pick the right products at first. Here’s an illustration of this scenario:

  • Elena uses dropshipping, so she doesn’t buy products in advance;
  • She only manages to sell 10 products and brings in $200 in sales;
  • Elena orders the products from her suppliers and has them shipped directly to her customers;
  • She quickly realize that nobody likes these products and decides to try a different niche or product instead;
  • Elena is still happy because she just made $100 in profit.

That’s how two very similar situations can bring very different results, with the key difference being dropshipping. Of course, if everything went well, she would have made $1,000 in profit in the first scenario. But don’t forget that people often overestimate their ability to create a successful ecommerce business, especially if it’s their first time. If you believe in numbers, more than 50% of Shopify store-owners never receive a single order at all.

So here’s the beauty of dropshipping. You don’t have to buy a product before selling it, so you don’t spend your precious budget on stocking inventory.

You don’t even have to take our word for it that this system really works at little risk to you. You can read more about ecommerce entrepreneurs who use AliExpress dropshipping successfully here: The Huffington Post, The Next Web, Forbes.

How to Dropship With Aliexpress

AliExpress dropshipping is one of the most popular marketplaces for ecommerce entrepreneurs using the dropshipping business model. You can import the product content and images from AliExpress.com directly to your store, choosing from millions of different items right at your fingertips. You’ll also have the freedom to set your prices and markups. The best part is that after you sell a product, you purchase it from a supplier on AliExpress and then have it shipped directly from their warehouse to your customer. AliExpress dropshipping is simple, easy, and low risk for new ecommerce entrepreneurs.

While we’ve already covered many of the benefits of dropshipping with AliExpress, this process can still be a bit difficult to grasp. So, before we go on, let’s explore how it works step by step. To utilize AliExpress dropshipping, first you’ll set up your online store using a platform such a Shopify. One you have your store set up, you’re ready to start importing products from the AliExpress Marketplace. Using an app like Oberlo can help streamline and sync your imports from AliExpress with your Shopify storefront by notifying you of any inventory or price changes from your supplier, and it can aid you in sending tracking codes to your customers once their orders have been dispatched. When a customer places an order with your store, you’ll then go to your supplier and order that exact same item to be shipped directly to them. The infographic below offers a good visual representation of how AliExpress dropshipping works.

AliExpress dropshipping


FAQs About Aliexpress Dropshipping

Now that this dropshipping guide has helped you understand the basics of AliExpress dropshipping, you might still have unanswered questions. After all, dropshipping isn’t a traditional way of doing ecommerce, and there are additional steps involved in the process.

I work at Oberlo, a software app that helps ecommerce entrepreneurs automate their AliExpress dropshipping businesses. We receive hundreds of questions from budding ecommerce entrepreneurs every day. Here are the three most frequently asked questions we receive, along with the answers.

For a full list, check out this article.

Will My Customers Know If the Products Are Dropshipped From Aliexpress?

Unlike other marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, Etsy), AliExpress has a very unique infrastructure that is most conducive to dropshipping. I’ve talked with dozens of suppliers using AliExpress. They all dropship, so you’ll find many suppliers who are reliable and familiar with this business model and their role in it.

Oberlo users ship around 2.1 million orders and thousands of new merchants sign up with us every month, demonstrating the growing popularity and feasibility of dropshipping. While it can be a leap of faith to put your order fulfillment in the hands of suppliers, rest assured that there are rarely any promotions or invoices in the packages your customers receive. You can even tell your supplier not to include any of these materials to be on the safe side. In addition, you can even arrange for custom packaging and the AliExpress premium shipping known as ePacket. Do keep in mind that the packages your customer receives will have Chinese shipping labels.

Why Should Someone Buy From Me If They Can Buy the Same Product From Aliexpress Cheaper?

This is an easy one: because you’re better! You might be a superior marketer who reaches potential customers first. Also, you might create a more trustworthy brand that people feel safer buying from. In addition, you may also provide extra services or content that builds a relationship with your customer. Remember that the concept of merchants buying products from suppliers for lower prices and stocking them in their stores long predates dropshipping itself. Most stores in your own community likely do the same.

Regarding dropshipping, choose your battles wisely. There are strategies that are more likely to set you apart from competition than others. For one, don’t try to compete on price you will never be the cheapest. Especially with lower-priced products (<$100), the price is not the determining factor at all.

Look at the same product on several popular websites such as Milanoo.com, LightInTheBox.com, DHgate, and AliExpress. These companies are all multi-million dollar businesses. Are these companies price competitive? No. Are they out of business? No! Instead, focus on you marketing strategies and building an awesome brand.

AliExpress dropshipping

Aliexpress Shipping Takes Too Long, My Customers Won’t Wait. What Can I Do About It?

That’s just an assumption on your part, and I strongly suggest you test it. You’ll find that many customers are fine with waiting as long as you make the shipping times apparent on your site so that they know what to expect. While as mentioned above, you shouldn’t look to compete in terms of pricing, it is likely that you’ll be able to offer a customers a pretty good deal on products sourced from AliExpress dropshipping even with a markup. People are willing to wait if it means attaining a discount.

Alibaba made over $17.7 billion in sales in one day. Customers of other businesses listed in the price comparison example don’t seem to be concerned with long delivery terms either.

As an ecommerce entrepreneur, your task is to establish clear expectations, define your shipping policy, and display it in the relevant areas of your online store. Seeing that information, some people might leave your site, but you’ll be surprised how many people really don’t care about that.

Another way to mitigate any distaste among customers over long shipping times is to offer free shipping on all of your products. Often, this alone will indicate to them that it’ll likely take a little longer to receive their product. You can account for the shipping costs in your product markups.

Moreover, with the AliExpress premium shipping ePacket delivery option, it takes only 7-14 days for most shipments to reach the US, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and multiple other countries with bustling economies. We strongly recommend opting for ePacket whenever possible. It’s the perfect shipping option to help you achieve ecommerce success and higher customer satisfaction when you’re dropshipping from AliExpress!


How to Select Trustworthy Aliexpress Suppliers

With AliExpress dropshipping, you can easily lose control over the customer experience because you never see the product since it’s shipped directly from your supplier’s warehouse to your customer.

If you’re trying to provide top-notch customer service, which is a must, dropshipping could become a liability. Although AliExpress as a marketplace handles improper suppliers as best as it can, we still suggest being very careful when selecting your dropshipping suppliers.

Here are some top tips from our dropshipping guide on how to select the best suppliers:

Don’t Always Go for the Lowest Price

Here’s an example of how the AliExpress dropshipping marketplace works:

A supplier called Original Hoodies starts selling a high-quality product named “blue hoodie” at $40. Then, another supplier named Competitive Hoodies manufactures the same hoodie but reduces its price to $15 by adding more polyester instead of cotton.

When a merchant such as yourself searches for a blue hoodie, he sees two that look the same, but one is selling for a lower price. In most cases, the merchant will pick the cheaper one. The first supplier, Original Hoodies, becomes unhappy with her sales and also replaces her “blue hoodie” cotton materials with polyester and reduces the price to stay competitive.

While opting for the lowest priced product might seem like the obvious choice, it’s key to remember that this kind of competition can cause the quality of marketplace products to go down. Suppliers try to be price competitive, and each product usually has a number of very similar variations, often at artificially reduced prices.

In short, the price on AliExpress.com goes down with the quality. If you’re trying to create a successful ecommerce business, then you’ll need to research and compare the prices offered from different suppliers. If a number of sellers have similar prices on the same product, but one supplier has a significantly lower price, this usually indicates that they have compromised on the quality of the product.

AliExpress dropshipping

Buy From Suppliers That Have 95% and Higher Positive Feedback

A way to generally assess an AliExpress dropshipping supplier is through their positive feedback ratings. The rating systems for products and sellers are extremely important to every marketplace. Imagine you’re walking through a flea market, and someone shouts that the guy in next booth is a scammer. Would you buy from him? Probably not.

The same applies to the virtual AliExpress marketplace. Listen to what other merchants say about each supplier, and learn from that feedback. Essentially, look for the highest-rated suppliers in order to identify the most reliable ones.

Find the feedback ratings by navigating to a given supplier page on AliExpress.com and clicking on the feedback tab. The scores listed here are broken down as follows. The Feedback Score indicates the seller’s sales volume, while Positive Feedback represents the feedback rate the supplier has received. When you’re sourcing products for your store, you should always aim for a 95% or higher in positive feedback and at least a 2,000 feedback score. Also, don’t forget to look at customer picture reviews.

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Be Careful With Branded Products

Known luxury brands on AliExpress.com are very rare. You can’t even search for Versace or Chanel products because these search keywords are blocked. If you notice a copyright infringement or a counterfeit item being sold on AliExpress, you should report it here. This could include items that are questionably similar in design to well-known brands or that include logos resembling those of more established ones.

However, it’s also important to note that not all branded products are fake. AliExpress often organises partnership promotions with brands such as Lenovo as well as others. Just remember to exercise caution, and use your best judgment on this in order to avoid any problems.

AliExpress dropshipping

Pay Attention to the Responsiveness of the Supplier

To test this, you can even make up an urgent issue and message a supplier about it to see how he or she responds. Things to take note of include the supplier’s response time and his or her command of English, along with the supplier’s ability to understand your problem and provide you with clear information. If he or she just responds with a generic, meaningless message, you can cross that supplier off your list.

After all, chances are good that at some point, you’ll have a real situation like the one you made up, and you’ll want to know your supplier will handle it correctly. When you’re trying to create a successful ecommerce business with AliExpress dropshipping, your suppliers are essential, so always choose wisely.

AliExpress dropshipping

Look for ePacket Delivery (The Aliexpress Premium Shipping Option)

The delivery time associated with AliExpress dropshipping is a sensitive topic, especially for new ecommerce entrepreneurs. It is true that this is a common hurdle that most dropshipping ecommerce entrepreneurs must figure out how to deal with. To do so, start by always keeping your eye out for AliExpress dropshipping suppliers that can offer the best delivery options possible for your ecommerce store.

As it is strikes the best balance between cheapness and speediness, ePacket, also known as AliExpress Premium Shipping, is ideal. With ePacket, delivery takes around 14 business days door-to-door and includes a tracking code, which your customers can use to check for the location of their order.

AliExpress dropshipping

Pro Tip: Oberlo’s Free Chrome Extension offers a handy feature to identify products with the ePacket delivery option.

How to Dropship With Aliexpress: Order Samples

If you’re trying to achieve ecommerce success, then you may want to make sure that all of your products are as described online by ordering samples for yourself. While this may seem like a perfectly logical ideal, I don’t recommend doing it. If you’re importing 100+ products into your store it isn’t cost-effective to order each and every one of them to check for quality.

Instead, only order samples of products that you’re going to use in your advertising campaigns. Let’s say you have two or three items on which you are currently offering the best deals. You know they’re great, so you plan to use them in your Facebook or Instagram Ads to attract many visitors to your store. Order samples of these ones for sure. Savvy ecommerce entrepreneurs would order samples of these products to ensure that they are of the highest quality. If your top selling products are of great quality it will speak volumes about your store, and you’ll be more likely to gain some valuable social proof.

AliExpress dropshipping

Since you’re only ordering a few items, pick the Express Delivery option and receive them within a few days.


How to Pick the Right Product to Sell

Picking the right products is a key aspect of understanding how to dropship with AliExpress. One article is definitely not enough to answer this question. Shopify went as far as writing an entire book about it. We also created this useful guide to selecting products for your dropshipping business to get you started.

In the midst of all these in-depth materials, however, my approach is very simple. I try to generate a huge list of product ideas and then cross out the ones that aren’t worth testing. Once that’s done, I’m left with a few winners to use in my ads, and then I add some other related products to my store to give it a large enough selection that it looks natural.

Generating Product Ideas

Here are the top three sources I consult for finding product ideas:

  • Whether or not you realize it, your mind is already filled with great product ideas. Think about your own hobbies, products you like, and the trends you observe around you. Take some time to brainstorm, and write down everything that you can think of. At this stage in the process don’t worry so much about whether you think a product will be a bestseller or not. Just add it to your list for now.
  • Also, be sure to check out other stores for inspiration. Glance through their offerings, best selling lists, and promoted products. The big online retail sites have tons of data to draw from, and they typically employ entire departments of people dedicated to picking their products and organizing sales. Use this information to your benefit as well. The following links are worth checking out on a regular basis: AliExpress Most Popular Products (Weekly), Amazon Best Sellers, Ebay Daily Deals, Lazada Top Sellers, LightInTheBox Top Sellers List.
  • Third, don’t underestimate the power of social shopping sites such Pinterest, Polyvore, Fancy, and Wanelo. These platforms feature hundreds of millions of different products. This might not be the first place you think to look for product ideas, but they are very valuable as social media in general becomes a more dynamic part of our lives. To get the most out of using these sites, create an account on each and subscribe to categories and lists of interest and keep an eye on trending product feeds. See if you can decide what people like the most and then add these items to your list.

Dropshipping Guide to Filtering Product Ideas

When you’re satisfied with the length of your product list, it’s time to refine it down so it only contains the very best ideas.

  • Look for niche products that are not as readily available on mainstream ecommerce sites or in stores. This will help ensure that you create a successful ecommerce business with products that actually in demand. For instance, even if there is no specific market to pinpoint for selling a regular belt, you can easily draw the conclusion that cycling gear will be of interest among cycling enthusiasts. Find your niche!
  • There are a few different product categories that have grown to large proportions in the few years. Odds are a mixture of large scale marketplaces and smaller shops have already seized the opportunity to sell these products. To avoid markets that are already saturated, cross off the following categories from your idea list: jewelry, books, clothing, and electronics. At this stage in the ecommerce game, you’ll need to be more specific in order to find a lucrative niche.
  • Now, let’s talk product pricing. In my experience, the sweet spot for a price is between $40 to $60 (with a 200% markup). I arrived at this price range based on the fact that the lower the price, the better the conversion rate. Simultaneously, the higher the price, the more customer support you will be expected to offer.
  • Scan through your product ideas and enter each one as well as variations on its name into the Google Keywords Analysis tool. Select ‘Keyword Ideas,’ and check how many searches each Low Competition Keyword receives. When using Google Adwords or search engine optimization (SEO), though I personally suggest advertising with Facebook and Instagram, avoid product categories that have little or no search traffic. The key is striking the right balance between keyword competition and search traffic.
  • Next, go to trends.google.com, search each of your product ideas, and look at the trends. Is the trend increasing or decreasing? Are there any other patterns worth noting? Where are the spikes occurring? Cross out products whose trends are fading as well as seasonal items.

After crossing off any ideas that don’t prove to be worth testing, you’ll be left with a few potential winners. Now it’s time to open a store, and try them out! We’re sure that you’ll find success, especially after reading our guide to AliExpress dropshipping.

A Few Product Ideas I Like

Phone Grips

AliExpress dropshipping - phone gripsWe all know how fragile the screens of our precious smartphones typically are. Therefore, it’s not surprising that phone grips are currently catching on like wildfire in the world of ecommerce. According to trends, it’s a good time to incorporate these into your store’s inventory.

Magnetic Eyelashes

AliExpress dropshipping - magnetic eyelashesThere’s no product like magnetic eyelashes to serve as a reminder that we live in exciting times! Who knows what they will think up next? This item is very in right now, and lots of people are searching the web in order to buy a set or two of their own.

Fitness Bras and Leggings

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Fitness activities and clothing associated with them are both trendy areas to explore as you come up with product ideas. Thanks to new technologies that make sports more social, there is a massive social impact from Instagram and apps like Endomondo or Nike+. It’s a strong business idea for ecommerce entrepreneurs.

MEGIR Watches

AliExpress dropshipping

A top watch brand available via AliExpress dropshipping offers affordable watches with a look of luxury, and they are well received all over the world. You can find a number of great reviews on Youtube and Instagram to prove the quality.


At this point, you now have the basics for understanding how to dropship with AliExpress, along with tried and true strategies for selecting products. This, however, isn’t the full story. There is one missing piece we have yet to consider.

The Key to Using AliExpress Successfully

I work at Oberlo, the company who created the aforementioned dropshipping automation app. Before launching Oberlo, my brother and I were running a standard dropshipping business and managed all our orders through email. Needless to say, it was tedious! Weary of communicating with dozens of different suppliers, we wondered why we didn’t just add products to our online store directly from the AliExpress marketplace. All the suppliers we were in contact with sold their products there anyway, and we could avoid all the hassle related to email communication, orders getting lost between Excel files, and not having any way of ensuring our suppliers would fulfill the orders.

So, we started adding items to our story directly from AliExpress and were immediately impressed with the results. We soon had 2–3 full-time employees manually placing orders on AliExpress, but even after making this change, things still didn’t feel quite as efficient as they could be. It was extremely time consuming, and we had problems with selling products that turned out to be out of stock.

My colleague was a developer, and we discussed how we could try building a tool to automate the AliExpress dropshipping method to eliminate some of the common errors and tedium associated with it. We had a working prototype within a few weeks of that discussion, and once we began using it, everything started falling into place.

Fast forward a few months, and we sold the successful ecommerce business to our partners in China, which left us with the tool that made the business possible. We launched it publicly in October, 2015 and now we call it Oberlo.

We’re extremely happy to have helped thousands of entrepreneurs sell over 2,000,000 products through AliExpress dropshipping since then.


That’s pretty much how AliExpress dropshipping got started. Oberlo is an invaluable partner in your ecommerce journey because it was built by people like you in order to power ecommerce businesses like yours.

If you plan on using AliExpress dropshipping as part of your business model, we strongly recommend giving Oberlo a try. The app helps you to add hundreds of products to your store, and ship your orders with just a few clicks. In addition, you can track your order delivery information with ease. On top of those great features you also get full support from our experienced customer success managers.

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  • Jayed Hasan Tomal

    Why oberlo isn’t available for woocommerce?

  • mydogskips2 .

    Hopefully someone will address this.

    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I think most Americans believe they are exceptional, that they are superior to other people; we are arrogant, egotistical, and entitled, thinking we are the richest country and should have the best things.

    I don’t believe Americans will buy cheap unbranded products, what they perceive as cheap, junk knockoffs that don’t have the “cred” of name brand items. And I don’t think most will be amenable to 14 day shipping periods. I bought something at the turn of the year from a major American online retailer, and it did take 14 days(slightly longer than usual) for my shipment to arrive, and I was very impatient and upset, even when my order did finally get to me. I gave serious consideration, on an almost daily basis, to calling up customer service to complain. To us Americans waiting two weeks for a G’damn shipment is freaking ridiculous. And I don’t think I’m unreasonable, nor do I think I’m atypical in holding such a belief; as I said, we’re entitled.

    I say all this to say that I cannot see how AliExpress can work. Not that I spent all that much time there, but of the few items I thought looked interesting, something I’d consider buying for an online business, I thought they were priced too high to be able to sell at any kind of reasonable profit. Maybe I’m wrong, I am very cheap, but I would not buy the item if it were marked up to retail much higher than it was selling for on AliExpress. Even if I tripled the price(which to me would make buying it prohibitively expensive), after any paying the fees that I’d accrue as a seller I would not make an appreciable profit.

    I’m sure others have made it work, I’m not disputing that, but personally I think it would be difficult to sell Americans cheap, unbranded knockoff crap made in China. As much as we’d like to say brands don’t matter, we know they do, they work on us subconsciously until we think about them and it influences our purchase decisions. If I’m going to buy a TV for example, I’m going to look for something like Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba, even Vizio, Insignia or Hisense before I’d buy any brand I’ve never heard of which is probably made in China. The product itself may even be good, but perception matters and you have to slap a known and respected brand on it for most people to buy it. Yes, I know this is only one item which is not what one would want to sell, but I think it could be said to apply in general with few exceptions. For any category of items there are brand names that people are familiar and comfortable with which dominate the market.

    Well, you get my point.

  • Why sell to America?

  • Masood Khan

    Not everybody can afford to buy branded items. Ali Express has done very well so far in American market. Going forward I am not so sure if Mr President slaps tariffs as he has promised.

  • Super great article and very helpful. Thanks

  • Tom Kielski

    If you’re going to dropship on Aliexpress using a cashback service is highly recommended for an extra margin which when scaled can earn you thousands, I see a ton of people who dropship on Aliexpress that do not use this and they are losing money so I did a review of Alibonus on my blog, check it out https://dropshippers.blog/2017/02/06/alibonus-aliexpress-cashback-service-review/

  • Braydon

    This is simply being a Reseller. Why re-label it as “dropshipping”?!? We dont always need to come up with new words for things that have been around for ages you know…

  • Alvin Williams

    Thank you for the sharing this informative article, which really helped me understand what drop-shipping is and how Ali Express drop-shipping works. After reading this article, I might opt for Ali Express and its drop-shipping services.

  • Omar Bashir

    ok, I’m located in the Netherlands and today after 3 months working on building my store I have unlocked it to the world, So I wanted to test it before I publish it on the social network and on google ads, so I decided to purchase a test product from my store to get used to the whole procedure, after the customer set his order on my webstore and how to go from there with Oberlo, also to check the estimated shipping time to my home address , I made the order and then I checked the order on my account through Oberlo to proceed with the request from Aliexpress, but I was shocked with fact that as when I clicked on the “Order Product” I couldn’t order that product because the product can’t be shipped to the selected region (Netherlands!) ! I’m really shivering now because honestly that was not expected to happen on my first order(which is just a test order) on my store, I hope I can get an explanation for that and how to avoid that in the future specially my store is fully opened to the whole world ! if that product can’t be shipped to the Netherlands what will happen if someone from e.g. Kenya would ordere from my store! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/acf29445b4ef52f4969eceee442ae60a4ad6559aab2893270219c03b6df33e4a.jpg
    One of the solution that Oberlo can work on is, if a seller runs into this issue, Oberlo can find an alternative supplier for the same product which can still ship that product to the destination of the customer , because I have done that manually and searched for same product by other suppliers and I found a lot of them but if I do that out side Oberlo I would loose the tracking of the product on Oberlo and that would be not efficient from the management prospective, Could Oberlo do that?

  • Ottobroeker. com

    With dropshipping you don’t have an inventory.
    You make a sale on your site and then you go to your suppliers website and buy it and then they ship it for you.
    When people are saying that they are a dropshipper or say that they have a dropshopping business it mostly means that they use a dropshipping supplier.

  • Maurice Nyongesa

    Thanks, Tomas Slimas for if have gotten a very key idea here to run on my store which am launching in a few days from now.

  • Dali

    Great post thank you!! Can you speak a little more about how you would do custom packaging for a product?

  • DebDijour

    I see most items are “on sale” and the clock is ticking–do I ignore that sale price because it is not drop ship friendly? Put the expire date on my calendar and possibly be paying more than I am charging? This is all news to me.

  • DebDijour

    What is a cashback service?

  • DebDijour

    Hate to be the one that breaks it to you, but a huge number of people are buying just that in stores everyday. But I am seeing a lot of items on EBay at the Ali Express asking price. So yep, not sure about how competitive it really is.

  • Tom Kielski

    It’s a website that gives you money back on every purchase based on a %, for example if I buy something for $100, I get $10 back.

  • irtza kharal

    Can anyone tell about the payment method in pakistan because mostly people like cash on delivery services.how i can get my profit in this case

  • Sukhpreet Singh

    Sir how we use cash back service

  • Thanks for this informative guide on aliexpress, i have recently started to use this services , they are providing such a great products on lowest prices,

  • Have no idea what dropshipping is about what is it?

  • Miran

    Hi Im plan open SHOPIFY store with OBERLo app, I need some developer for make this store, I will pay for this service
    my email: miranmatic@yahoo.com

  • Gustavo Rodriguez-Aparicio

    Hi, is there a way – between Shopify and Oberlo – to sell a “package” of goods, combining various items from many Aliexpress suppliers?

  • HDD MOFP

    I don’t think Aliexpress provides a reliable business model. Here’s my experience with Aliexpress after becoming an A4 buyer within less than 6 months and after hundreds of orders. I had my account suspended then terminated 6 days ago. I contacted customer support 5 times to no avail. The first reason they gave me was: account temporarily suspended due to security reasons. After contacting the infamous customer support and promising to do their best, I got the second email with a new reason this time: My account is terminated due to violations of the order protection program. This happened and I’m an A4 buyer with 50 ongoing orders! Now I cannot dispute or leave feedback for any of them!! Simply thift!! Moreover, the fact that I returned the money to some of the sellers after a dispute/refund did not seem to matter at all. I did this voluntarily after receiving some of the disputed orders after some 3-4 months!! I still had respect and returned the money through another purchase and none of that mattered! I’m beginning to think that some of the highly rated/recommended sellers have close connections to AE management and are untouchable! I doubt their rating system so much after noticing that some of the most decent sellers are not highly rated at all.

  • Tariqul Hoque

    Hello,

    What is the best eCommerce platform out there to use Oberlo for Aliexpress drop-shipping business except Shopify?
    Can WordPress be an option?
    Thanks

  • Rich

    Are you talking about advertising these product on Google Adwords, Ebay, Amazon? Which is the best to start?

  • Andy Cross Michael S

    If i get oberlo and shopify can i sell to Nigerians?

  • Andy Cross Michael S

    Will dropshipping work for an entrepreneur that resides in Nigeria, Africa?

  • Dakshita Mehta

    I need to start a dropshipping business in INDIA.Is e packet delivery available here.if not which is the next best for ali express shipping.

  • Jesper Krogfelt Hansen

    Love this post, very helpful. Also find Megir here: https://www.watchfelt.dk/41_megir

  • Hey Dakshita! There are several different options. China Post will probably be the cheapest. Delivery with DHL, FedEx or any similar carrier will be way faster, but considerably expensive. It’s up to you whether your priority is the fast delivery or the price.

  • Leo Searle

    The name “dropshipping” has been around for at least 30-40 years, since I first came to know of it. And most likely a lot longer than that. Do your research before making stupid statements that show your ignorance …

  • Hi there,

    You can sell in any country in the world, regardless of where you reside. A lot of suppliers ship to hundreds of different countries including Nigeria.

    Good luck!

  • Hi there,

    Oberlo works with Shopify platform only. Therefore, WordPress won’t be an option.

  • Kumar Tapas

    i want to start dropshipping business in india. The only thing that is bothering me is the custom duty on product. Is china post delivery service directly deliver the product on the mailing address or the customer need to go to the nearest post office to collect the parcel. It is very confusing and no one gives the information about custom charges.

  • Hey there,

    These custom charges vary greatly among countries, so there is no specific answer here.

    To verify the shipping policies associated with India you should reach out to a government representative or local authority.

    Good luck!

  • Sheikh Fahad

    Hi, I want to know if it works for UAE market? who provides the delivery in UAE region like ali express or any other
    one?

  • Hey,

    It does work in UAE. You can run a successful dropshipping business regardless of where you’re located.

    Note, that using Oberlo you will be importing products from AliExpress or Oberlo Supply marketplace. Your supplier will handle the shipping for you.

    Hope this helps!

  • kashif mahmood

    hi, i just want to strat dropshipping in dubai market, but right now i am in kenya , i have no idea how can i operate my store from keny for dubai customers please advice!

  • Sheikh Fahad Khalid

    Hi Mate, thanks for the reply, just one more thing. So if i am located in UAE i can operate in any other market worldwide like South africa or Europe etc?

  • Hey there!

    It does not matter where in the world you’re located. You can be based in one country and sell to any other country in the world. Simply tailor your marketing to Dubai market and set your shipping zones accordingly.

    Good luck!

  • Hey!

    That’s right – you can be based in UAE and sell to any other market in the world 🙂

    Good luck!

  • kashif mahmood

    Thanks bro.

  • Ruta Ganusauskaite

    Anytime!

  • Anytime!

  • Michael Orji

    Hello Thomas. I have been in shopify platform for three months. I have not sold one item. I am thinking about shutting down. this is my store: http://www.njoysuccess.com
    Do you have any suggestions for me?

  • Smmoorr Alsukhni

    i have question
    when i sell my product does it automatic buy them on aliexpress or what

  • Hey there Michael,

    In terms of your store, you should check out this article and adjust your store based on the points given there: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/feedback-on-my-store/

    You then need to focus on marketing. What was your advertising strategy?

  • Hey!

    When a customer places an order on your store through your payment gateway (e.g. PayPal), you then need to use your credit card to purchase that product from your supplier. Oberlo is not capable of placing orders for you, I’m afraid.

  • Sunita Negi

    Hi Michael, r u interested in selling your store… if yes, pls write to me at sunita.negi@gmail.com

  • Michael Orji

    Hi Sunita, if the price is right, yes

  • Sunita Negi

    Give me a Quote. If it suits me, i will buy…

  • Francis

    I am now getting what you guys have been talking about

  • How we can get Most trending product from Ali-express Please Guide me, Mostly people fail they have no idea which product is able to promote for selling.

  • Vanthy Huon

    Hi i am a newbie, i want to understand 2 things.
    1. Many drop shipping store offer worldwide shipping. If i want to do so, do i have to check with individual supplier if they ship world wide?
    2. How do i know which Aliexpress supplier is offering drop shipping? Do i need to check with them individually?

    Thanks,

  • Hey!

    We have a separate article on how to pick a product to sell online. Have a look: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/what-should-you-sell-online/

    Hope this helps!

  • Hello,

    1. That’s right.
    2. No, you do not necessarily need to check with them individually. Most of AliExpress suppliers are happy with dropshippers. Plus, they might not even know that you’re drosphipping – you’ll be ordering their products as any other customer of theirs.

    Good luck!

  • sharif

    Hey Tomas,
    Thanks for being there for many of us,
    Since dropshipping has no borders, no limitations & all you need is a personal credit card, so do we, at any point of the process have to have a registered company of any type?

  • Okoye Godwin

    thanks a lot sir, please what is the minimum amount needed to start a drop shipping business, and how do I deal with the high value of the dollar to the Nigerian naira, since its going to affect the cost of products I intend to sell?

  • Hans Hansson

    Hi Tomas

    Is there a step by step guide you can pass on in regard to how to setup firstly shopify using aliexpress products. Basically a guide? Also have you heard of Fred Lam?

  • Hey!

    Yes, you do. But only once you start getting sales. There’s no need to register a business entity prior that 🙂

  • Hi,

    It won’t cost you anything to start a dropshipping business. When your Shopify free trial ends, you will need to subscribe to a paid plan, which will cost you $29 per month: https://www.shopify.com/pricing

    Note, that Oberlo Starter plan is forever free.

    Regarding the currency rate: there’s no workaround for that, I’m afraid. Did you consider selling in other markets than Nigeria, for example the U.S.? This way you won’t have to worry about the currency rates.

  • Hey there,

    Sure thing: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/how-i-launched-my-ecommerce-store-in-less-than-30-minutes/

    Haven’t heard of Fred Lam. What about him?

  • Hans Hansson

    No Nothing really he is trying to sell his program. I would like to know something. Is it possible to discuss something NOT in the forum.

  • Sure! Drop me a line at tomas@oberlo.com 😉

  • Sebastian Serafin

    Hey Thomas,
    Great article, thank you so much for the useful information. I do have one concern with aliexpress dropshipping that I believe was not covered in your writing. Many of the items I have ordered before from aliexpress, alibaba and dhgate tend to come in abysmal packaging, and in most cases the item itself does not come in any form of a presentable box. Instead it is often wrapped in bubble-wrap or just put in a plastic bag. Is there any way to get suppliers to deliver individual items in a box of their own, and preferably one custom designed? Thank you.

  • Hey Sebastian!

    You can arrange that with your supplier individually. But generally, there’s a little chance the supplier will be willing to provide a custom package, unless you’re a really big seller.

    Anyhow, I haven’t heard customers complaining about the way the packages look. It’s what’s inside that matters after all 🙂

  • Bernadine

    Hi Tomas – Great post and advice, thank you. I have recently opened an online store thefoundryman.com.au – some common advice I am getting from experts is that instead of having 480 products across my collections they want me to reduce them to only 50-70. I am not getting answers as to why that would be beneficial as I have 16 collections of men’s accessories and can’t for the life of me figure out why I would only have only 4 products for each category – this would be a lot easier to manage but not a great choice of selection for potential customers. Is this something you would recommend too or should I ignore this and continue with my collections as they are. I use Oberlo and have up to 500 products limit on my plan. Thanks.

  • Hey!

    I wouldn’t recommend having that many products too.

    How are you coping with the workload? As a one-person business, it may be hard to keep the track of stock and prices. Also, you need a large marketing budget to promote all these products. You also need to come up with a well-written product description, and doing that for couple of hundred products should be time consuming. Unless you have a Virtual Assistant. Do you have one?

  • Thanks for replying Tomas. I work full time on my site and did have a virtual assistant but he was not great, so I just do it all myself and I have great help from the Shopify team and I also have been allocated a dedicated google adwords specialist who has been wonderful and free. I use all the social media streams and SEO to advertise. I use a naming convention across all products and an ap for easier editing. So far I have had no trouble keeping up. I have a very small budget and stick to it. I understand so I will cull some products if I get too bogged down. I had the idea that more was better for customer choice. It’s been two weeks since launch – I think I got a bit excited. 😃

  • I see! Well, I’m glad it’s working for you 🙂

    Keep us posted on your store’s progress!

  • Dave O

    Thanks for the article. Where can I find our Aliexpress account number? The vendor we are in contact with needs it to look out for our orders. Please explain how they know its our order.

  • Adrian Mondragon

    Very good guide Tomas, i have a question, when a customer place an order in my store, i have to go to ali-express and buy it from there with my credit card, but do i receive the customers payment instantly or do i have to wait a certain amount of time?

  • Hi there Dave,

    AliExpress support will be able to give you the best answer, I suggest you contact them: https://helppage.aliexpress.com/buyercenter/index.htm

    Good luck!

  • Thanks, man! Glad you found it helpful 🙂

    There’s no specific answer on when you’ll receive customers payment, as it depends on your payment gateway. Could be a couple of days, could also happen instantly.

  • Hans Hansson

    Thanks so much monster! Where are you located

  • parveen bishnoi

    Hello, it was a Great Topic to Discuss and Thanks for the beautiful Insight Knowledge on the Topic.
    I have just finished importing Products to my Shopify store using Oberlo. But a problem in setting up Shipping Address. I am in India and while using Indian address it shows that “This address will be used to calculate shipping rates.” Now as I am Dropshipping a product from China to USA where on AliExpress website it shows Free EPacket to USA .
    Say for example a product cost $20 on my store and $10 on AliExpress and When shipping to USA using Epacket I should be making a profit of 10$ as per the website but as per Shopify My Store address which is in India will be used to calculate shipping cost (which I don’t know as It varies country to country and is very very very High) and not China to USA. Thus I will be making a zero or maybe paying from my pocket to ship. Kindly help me in this regard. What will be charged and how for shipping a product

  • Hey,

    Once you receive the order, your customers shipping address (not yours) will be filled in automatically.

    Unfortunately, Oberlo does not import shipping costs. We recommend incorporating your shipping costs into your prices to offer customers free shipping – that’s what most of dropshippers do.

    Good luck!

  • Lawrence Christopher Martinez

    hi! this blog is super informative and on point! i just wonder what shall i do if ever a customer bought a product from me and the supplier has given them the wrong one or perhaps something that has defect on it. how’s the return process is going to be? i’m on the verge of starting my own online business using oberlo. and it can help me a lot if anyone can answer my question.

    thanks!

  • vera papadina

    Hello Tomas and thank you for the marvellous help you are giving to us.I want to launch my shopify store next month using Oberlo.I would like to give my clients free shipping worldwide,it is only that I noticed for some countries,like Paraguay and others,you have to pay, even if the same item for the rest of the countries is shipped for free .I mean that if i ship a coat X to USA ,aliexpress ships it for me for free,but if the same coat X I sent it to Paraguay,or Georgia for example,there is an extra fee(most of the times is about 10 to 15 $,or even more).How can I overcome this obstacle and still offer free shipping worldwide?Should I tell that I ship worldwide for free but these countries should pay an extra fee?Do you see any other solution?Your answer would be of great assistance to me.
    Best regards
    Vera

  • Hey Lawrence,

    Our Help Center has an article on how to deal with returns and refunds, have a look: https://help.oberlo.com/shipping-and-delivery/returns-and-refunds Hope this helps!

    Glad you enjoyed the article! 🙂

  • Hi there Vera,

    You can make free shipping, but exclude these countries and set the shipping rates for them accordingly. Or, you can put a higher mark up on your prices, so the shipping fees are covered in the retail price and then offer free shipping worldwide.

    What do you think would work better for your store?

  • vera papadina

    Hi there Thomas,thank you very much for your quick responce!
    Well,I am thinking that maybe is best include the extra shipping fees in my retail price and offer free shipping to everybody. I think that free shipping worldwide appeals very much to the clients and attracts them.What is your opinion?You have been of great help!Best of luck about everything