Dropshipping business with AliExpress, Can it be profitable?

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Hi, First of all, I am a full-stack developer and want to start a dropshipping business with AliExpress as my own project, but I need suggestions from the people who have experience with Dropshipping! Can it be profitable?
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It can definitely be profitable, you just need a way to get traffic to your website. The most popular methods are usually with Facebook ads, but there are a lot of other ways through emails, blog posts/SEO, etc.

The main problem with it right now is that because of COVID-19, shipping times from China to the US are extremely long (2 months in a lot of cases right now, because of a low number of cargo flights leaving China), which will hurt your conversion/chargeback rate a lot. If you can find a US distributor you'd be in a much better spot, and I know some Aliexpress sellers offer shipping from the "US" through USPS, but it seems like a lot of them send their packages from China and get them relabeled with a USPS shipping label when they enter the US.

There's also a bit of uncertainty with the President of the US wanting to end the ePacket deal with China, which would mean shipping from China would become quite a bit more expensive.

Overall, it's doable, there's just a lot that you have to be aware of and account for in the current world to be successful. COVID-19 is what's making it really hard right now.
 

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Dropshipping from Aliexpress is a shit buisness model and it is unreliable not to mention risky with most payment processors. Your goal should be to find a single winning product, buy in bulk and then use a fulfillment center or ship yourself.

I will be very surprised if you found a big player dropshipping that was not using a FC or buying a winning product in bulk.

This is the sustainable way to dropship, and then you can even sell your single product store for five or six figures and repeat the process.
 

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Dropshipping from Aliexpress is a shit buisness model and it is unreliable not to mention risky with most payment processors. Your goal should be to find a single winning product, buy in bulk and then use a fulfillment center or ship yourself.

I will be very surprised if you found a big player dropshipping that was not using a FC or buying a winning product in bulk.

This is the sustainable way to dropship, and then you can even sell your single product store for five or six figures and repeat the process.

That is the best advice you’re going to hear.
To elaborate on it slightly, I would suggest getting some orders on your site, around 5 - 10 per day consistently for a week or two, then refund them ALL. You won’t be dropshipping these orders - they will just be solid proof the product is a “winner”. You’ll have to inform your payment processor about the refunds though before you submit them. They aren’t an issue - it’s just you have to be cautious.

Then you can pause the ads and buy in bulk with no worries , unpause when they reach an FC and you’re good to go :)
 

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That is the best advice you’re going to hear.
To elaborate on it slightly, I would suggest getting some orders on your site, around 5 - 10 per day consistently for a week or two, then refund them ALL. You won’t be dropshipping these orders - they will just be solid proof the product is a “winner”. You’ll have to inform your payment processor about the refunds though before you submit them. They aren’t an issue - it’s just you have to be cautious.

Then you can pause the ads and buy in bulk with no worries , unpause when they reach an FC and you’re good to go :)

Unconventional advice but it seems logical.
 

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That is the best advice you’re going to hear.
To elaborate on it slightly, I would suggest getting some orders on your site, around 5 - 10 per day consistently for a week or two, then refund them ALL. You won’t be dropshipping these orders - they will just be solid proof the product is a “winner”. You’ll have to inform your payment processor about the refunds though before you submit them. They aren’t an issue - it’s just you have to be cautious.

Then you can pause the ads and buy in bulk with no worries , unpause when they reach an FC and you’re good to go :)

What is FC? :/
 

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That is the best advice you’re going to hear.
To elaborate on it slightly, I would suggest getting some orders on your site, around 5 - 10 per day consistently for a week or two, then refund them ALL. You won’t be dropshipping these orders - they will just be solid proof the product is a “winner”. You’ll have to inform your payment processor about the refunds though before you submit them. They aren’t an issue - it’s just you have to be cautious.

Then you can pause the ads and buy in bulk with no worries , unpause when they reach an FC and you’re good to go :)

I loved the suggestion, thank you.

A newbie queston...How do you look for a winner product?
 

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Remove the word Aliexpress from your vocabulary. If you want to make a ton of money with DS, go for local organisations in your area or somewhere in top tier countries.
 

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be ready to deal with the customer asking you where is their order after 6 weeks of waiting (currently my orders to USA and Canada are taking almost 2 months)
 

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I loved the suggestion, thank you.

A newbie queston...How do you look for a winner product?

No problem, I would tell you my method but I mean, I’ve worked pretty hard to develop it so I kind of want to keep it to myself.

A fool proof one is to configure facebook to only show you dropshipping ads. There’s a chrome extension for it I think, then from there simply just pick ones with tons of comments and views
 

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No problem, I would tell you my method but I mean, I’ve worked pretty hard to develop it so I kind of want to keep it to myself.

A fool proof one is to configure facebook to only show you dropshipping ads. There’s a chrome extension for it I think, then from there simply just pick ones with tons of comments and views

Many thanks and understood. Nice tip by the way!
 

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If you work hard, You make big money :) wordpress and alidrop plugin is best for dropshipping
 

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Dropshipping from Aliexpress is a shit buisness model and it is unreliable not to mention risky with most payment processors. Your goal should be to find a single winning product, buy in bulk and then use a fulfillment center or ship yourself.

I will be very surprised if you found a big player dropshipping that was not using a FC or buying a winning product in bulk.

This is the sustainable way to dropship, and then you can even sell your single product store for five or six figures and repeat the process.

This is not dropshipping, it's having a legitimate Ecommerce :) And yes you are absolutely right on everything!
 

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You mean like warehouses or what?

I think what he means is that Delivery times of Aliexpress is a killer. It is better to produce yourself the product, or if not, find a local supplier or buy in bulk a winner product and ship it directly to customer. But these are not Dropshipping, but in the end, who cares? The goal is to make money I guess.
 

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Dropshipping is always profitable - but currently My suggestion to is that you should avoide US Market for some months - Focus on other countries like UK, Canada & other euro countries
 
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