Dropshipping is a very simple solution for anyone who wants to start an internet business
As we have mentioned in several articles of this blog, dropshipping is a very simple solution for anyone who wants to start an internet business: There is no need to make a big investment or spend money on stock management, logistics, and transportation of goods, especially since all this is taken care of by the corresponding supplier. This is where one of the biggest decisions about dropshipping comes in: Which supplier to choose? For most people, dropshipping on Aliexpress is a good option.
The Chinese company has a large catalog and is the one that many choose
The Chinese company has a large catalog and is the one that many choose (yet have to deal with their yet-to-be-improved customer service as well as their endless delivery times). We recently discussed how to dropship on Aliexpress and today we come back to this topic with the 8 main key elements to work with this Chinese giant.
Owned by the Chinese company Alibaba Group
AliExpress was founded in 2010 as an online site for selling all types of low-cost products. which aimed to facilitate the direct link between manufacturers/sellers and buyers without going through any type of intermediary. These low prices not only boosted the sales of all types of products to the final consumers but also allowed the presence of small or large wholesalers. Who, thanks to the absence of intermediaries, are dedicated to reselling these products to their final public.
Since then, the company has continued to grow and become an indispensable entity
Since then, the company has continued to grow and become an indispensable entity for many people looking for good deals on the Internet. Now that you know a little more about one of China’s e-commerce giants, we’ll explain 8 key tips to consider when dropshipping on Aliexpress.
Keys to dropshipping on AliExpress
As part of its online sales services, AliExpress offers the possibility to buy products in bulk and make deliveries on your behalf, i.e. to practice dropshipping. Next, we will determine what are the key elements to take into account in order to know how to practice dropshipping with AliExpress :
Registration and fees
You don’t have to pay anything upfront and there are no fees with AliExpress, so you can start selling your products with them without any kind of commitment.
Sync their catalog with your store
AliExpress allows you to sync your products with your online store manually or automatically, but for the latter, you must have installed a plugin or module in your store that will allow this synchronization. These modules are generally not free but they are very easy to use since, in a few clicks, you can select the products of your choice and put them on sale automatically on your online store.
Choose from hundreds of sellers at your disposal
Thanks to AliExpress’ primary objective of creating a direct link between manufacturers/sellers and buyers, if you want to offer the best products for sale on your online store, you can do so since you have hundreds of sellers at your disposal. You just need to make sure that the products and sellers meet our requirements and have a good reputation (we will discuss this further below).
Select products with free shipping
If possible, always choose to dropship on AliExpress with free shipping products. Not only does this option give you a higher profit margin, but delivery is often faster.
Use the photos and descriptions but be original
Dropshipping stores synchronized with AliExpress usually allow you to use the original photos and product descriptions from the supplier’s website. This is an advantage if you need to list the product for sale early on, but it can have negative consequences in the long run. Take the time to analyze these descriptions (most of them are not professionally written, so they may contain errors) and adapt them to improve their SEO positioning for eCommerce. So that they all follow the same editorial line, the one you define for your online store.
Place your order on AliExpress
Once you have synchronized AliExpress with your dropshipping store, you will start receiving requests and getting sales. AliExpress works just like any other dropshipping supplier in this regard. That is, when you receive this order, you have to make the purchase on AliExpress separating your markup from the final price.
Add your personal information
Adding your customer’s name and address, and, very importantly, telling your seller that the order is made by dropshipping. That is, it does not include their own offers nor their name nor, of course, the invoice since you manage it yourself with your customer.
Why dropshipping with AliExpress? Other benefits
Now that you know how this potential supplier works, we’ll take the opportunity to let you know about some additional benefits you can find when you choose AliExpress to sell dropshipping :
Positive product feedback
AliExpress has two indicators that allow you to evaluate whether consumers like each product: positive feedback ratio and classification of products by feedback. Thanks to these simple indicators, you will know which products to choose to sell in your online store with the guarantee that they work perfectly.
Ability to solve problems
One of the reasons why you need to select quality dropshipping vendors is the functioning of the technical support at the time when a problem occurs. Normally, AliExpress vendors respond efficiently and appropriately, but we always advise you to test beforehand and check for yourself: send an incident, report a problem related to the receipt of the product… so you can see how fast they proceed.
Do the same to find out if it is possible to handle refunds and returns.
Some sellers allow them and some don’t, so it’s up to you to decide if you want to offer this technical support to your customers as well.
To conclude, dropshipping on AliExpress is simple
But to get the most out of it, you have to learn to distinguish yourself from small details. Over time, you’ll learn to spot the sellers that are most relevant to your interests and those of your customers, as well as build close relationships with those who are most reliable.