Everyone knows that one of the most important steps you have to take when dropshipping is choosing a supplier. Among so many options, today we’d like to discuss one of the most preferred suppliers among dropshippers – Aliexpress.
If you are just starting your dropshipping journey, Aliexpress is probably the best option for you. In order to boost your Ebay account, you have to make frequent sales and maintain a positive feedback. Using Aliexpress as a supplier, you can choose among huge inventory of low-priced items.
The profits you will make will not be high on each sale, it will be quantity over quality, but you have to remember hat consistency is key.
Things to keep in mind:
It’s recommended that you choose carefully the supplier whose products you are planning to sell. It’s a good idea to order samples, so that you can see yourself the product you are selling. Although we believe that the “chinese quality” popular opinions are just myths, as most of the suppliers from Aliexpress are offering good quality products, it won’t hurt to do a little research. Also keep an eye on the feedback of the suppliers, as this is a way to guarantee the quality of the items. On the bright side – even if a customer is not satisfied with the quality of the product, the loss would not be that much of a problem.
When it comes to AliExpress dropshipping, lots of the suppliers who you’ll be interacting with will be Chinese, which means that their English isn’t always perfect. However, you can always contact the suppliers in advance to get a sense of their level of proficiency before doing business with them.
Larger suppliers are typically quite responsive as they’ll have sales teams managing your orders and can answer your questions via live chat or email.
Shipping is a delicate matter when dealing with China. Your task is to define your shipping policy, and then display it on your listing to set clear customer expectations. With the commonly favored ePacket delivery option, it typically takes only 7-14 days for a package to reach the US from China. In addition, some suppliers keep their most popular products in US warehouses, which will mean your delivery will be even quicker.
Also, it’s crucial that you provide excellent customer service while the item is being shipped and delivered. For example, contact the customer right after the order has been placed, again when the item is shipped (with tracking number so they can track the package) and finally when the order is received, so you can ask if they are satisfied with their purchase. We all love to get attention and feel important, so they will surely stop by to leave a positive feedback or/and buy something from us again! 🙂
One of the advantages of Aliexpress is that most of the items contain variations – different sizes and colors. We know that this is a great thing for all dropshippers, as most clients are more likely to buy your item if it has variations. It’s a common thing on Aliexpress for all variations to be priced the same, which is even cooler. With our newly released Listing builder v3, you can list variations and change the profit margins for each variation, meaning that you can sell different colors for higher price. For example, if we are selling a purse, it’s most likely for a woman to want the red one (so that it goes well with the red shoes, that she has recently bought 🙂 ) and be willing to pay a bit more just to get it in that color. Let’s not forget that we are being charged by ebay for only 1 listing, however we are selling multiple items. Don’t forget to check out the other new features in our Listing Builder v3 as listing variations is only one of them. 🙂
It’s a common opinion that while Aliexpress has such huge inventory, you don’t have to worry about the item becoming out of stock. This is not 100% true, since a hot selling item might become out of stock quite quickly. Although it would be restocked in a few days, no one would enjoy the shock of finding out that they have sold an out of stock item. Then again, these are things that you simply don’t have to worry about when using WSG to dropship from Aliexpress. We check for stock/price changes on hourly basis and update your item accordingly.
Choosing an Ebay template:
As we’ve discussed, due to the long handling time that your customers will have to face, you will need to be using an Ebay template that has the shipping time clearly specified in it, so that there are not misunderstandings. WSG offers a lot of different templates that we can adjust to your liking. Just pop up a message in our Live chat. 🙂 You can also create your own template, if you’d like.
Some tips while dropshipping from Aliexpress:
To exploit to maximum you can use Cash back service. Everytime you will order the products for your buyers from aliexpress, the cashback service will give you back up to 18% if you buy from your cashback account.
Aliexpress has a lot of products, but keep in mind that you need to choose the most profitable products to dropship.
When searching products, try to search keywords like ,,As seen on TV’’ ,,trending 2019′’ ,,top 2019′’ ,,best selling’’. Try to look for Chinese brands like Xiaomi, LETV, Meizu.
Don’t forget to always use faster shipping method, for UK, USA costumers Epacket is the best.
Try your best to market products as best as possible, set nice pictures, good descriptions, add as many item’s specifics as you can. All these things will surely pay off.