Dropshipping with AliExpress works in the same way as regular dropshippers. Once you have received an order, click on AliExpress to purchase the item and then enter the name and shipping address of your customer. Rest is handled by AliExpress sellers.
It’s possible to dropship from AliExpress by hand. A spreadsheet with a list all products, their price, AliExpress cost, and a link will help you keep track of the AliExpress listing is a great idea. It will make it easier to track price changes and find the supplier when you receive an order.
Oberlo can also be used to handle this. This makes it much easier to place orders on AliExpress, and monitor price changes. This is a much more efficient way to save time, which can be your most valuable resource. This allows you to grow quickly without having to order manually dozens (or even more) of AliExpress products.
It works like this: It is as easy as installing the Oberlo app in your Shopify shop, checking your orders in Oberlo and clicking on Order Product next each pending order. Oberlo takes care of the rest. Oberlo will purchase the AliExpress product for you and enter your customer details.
Oberlo can even notify you if a supplier on AliExpress has increased their price or gone out of stock, and will suggest other dropshipping suppliers.
Oberlo can also be used as a dashboard to dropship through AliExpress. It allows you to track all orders and monitor delivery status.
Dropshipping via AliExpress is possible if you let the seller know what your plans are. The supplier will not include invoices or promotional materials in the shipment that is sent to you. You can leave a message to the seller at checkout. It is best to leave a message like “We are dropshipping.” Oberlo will do this for your AliExpress purchase.
If the supplier is located in China, you can choose ePacket shipping. Many suppliers offer it free of charge. Oberlo makes it easy to choose ePacket shipping at checkout for AliExpress orders.
You will receive an email soon letting you know that your order is shipped, depending on the processing time of your seller.
To view your order, click the link in the email. This will let you see the tracking number.
Go to Shopify admin to complete your order. Make sure you enter the tracking number.
Oberlo can be used to dropship with AliExpress. Your order will be fulfilled automatically. If you are using Oberlo, skip this step.
That’s all! It’s now time to wait for your customers. AliExpress will email you to confirm that your order has been received. If there are any problems with the product, delivery or shipping, please allow some time for the customer to contact you. You can then contact AliExpress to raise the issue with your supplier, encouraging them in the corrective action and hopefully solving any future problems.
What about returns and refunds?
Many dropshipping suppliers, such as AliExpress and Alibaba, don’t offer returns. You will need to deal with returns and refunds in one way or another. If a customer places an order on your website and it doesn’t arrive or they are unhappy with the purchase, this is usually a sign that there are problems.
If your order is not received, the first case will be dealt with by AliExpress. If this happens, you can contact your supplier to resolve the problem or take advantage of AliExpress’ Buyer Protect.
It’s often a matter of expectations. The customer may not be satisfied with the product they received. If the customer is unhappy with the product, I recommend that they get a refund. Also, you can ask them to review your marketing and see if you can make any adjustments to their order. In many cases, customers may not have understood what they ordered. Ask your customer to take pictures of the damaged product and then send them to AliExpress.
Growing your AliExpress dropshipping company
After you have made your first sales, you can start to look at AliExpress and dropshipping as ways to grow.
You’ll eventually be able to identify reliable suppliers and those who don’t. The best dropshipping tip is to build relationships with reliable suppliers. This will enable you to obtain better prices and faster processing of your orders.
Dropshipping via AliExpress is easy if you use WhatsApp. To establish a business relationship, ask for the seller’s Skype username if you find yourself ordering from them often. After you have proven that you can generate recurring sales, sellers may allow you to put your logo on products and include custom invoices or branded inserts in shipping packages.
Oberlo makes it easy to start a dropshipping business.
Dropshipping on AliExpress has the best advantage: it allows store owners quickly validate business ideas as well as products. Are you unsure if your product is a good fit for sale? You can add it to your shop and start testing it! If it fails, you can easily remove it and test another item.
There’s very little risk in setting up this business because you don’t have to manage any inventory or carry it around. Oberlo is free to begin, as I said.