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Starting On Shopify + Aliexpress [NEED HELP]

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by JoeyHustler, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. JoeyHustler

    JoeyHustler Regular Member

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    Hey. I am going to be following @nihalsad method on Shopify + Aliexpress drop shipping,

    1. I just wanted to ask about chargebacks, Is it possible to get scammed while dropshipping?

    2. Should I worry about DMCA complaints or any of the copyright stuff on my product from Aliexpress?
     
  2. Lunaaa

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    1. You will get lots of charge backs and disputes because the items didn't arrive or are damaged. Sometimes you will get a low amount, sometimes alot. It depends on the product and supplier. And nobody is out to scam you. You won't get scammed. I mean if you do, you probably had already thousands of customers because the chance is so low and you've made a shit ton so who gives a fuck.

    2. If you sell something that's patented, or your selling knockoffs, or anything that's illegal. Yes you could get sued, but I think it's unlikely. Just stick to non patented and copyright stuff if your scared
     
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  4. swon

    swon Junior Member

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    Sorry for this long post. The following is a list of things that is working really well for my Shopify store.

    Note: I only sell to US customers.

    This is my personal list of rules for picking products and dropshipping with aliexpress:
    1) AliExpress seller must have a 96+% rating and should be in business for more than 2 years.
    2) The product I am interested in should be eligible for ePacket shipping. i don't mind if it cost an extra 1-2$ for ePacket).
    3) Seller processing time should be no more than 5 days.
    3) The product should have some customer feedback, and hopefully, customers have attached product images.
    4) If it is/has a blade/knife then it must be no longer than 4 inches. (Recommended by Shopify).
    5) I do not bother with knockoffs.
    6) On the product page under the "add to cart" and on the cart page under "check out with PayPal" button I have clearly mentioned, "Shipping time 2-5 weeks". - I thought this would scare away customers but actually, it hasn't affected my sales much if any.

    How I avoid complaints about shipping time:
    I don't charge for shipping, I provide FREE shipping on all items. I have mentioned the shipping time on several pages as stated above. Also on the FAQ page, I have mentioned something like "Shipping is 2-5 weeks, however, most of our customers tend to receive their orders WITHIN 2-3 weeks."

    My refund policy:
    Any orders not received in 5 weeks I give a FULL refund immediately and I tell the customer to keep the item if they receive it in the future. Then I talk to my supplier, usually, they are more than happy to refund me and I will still be at a loss. Because (for example) I sold the product for 10$, and I paid the supplier 3$. Then I refunded 10$ and supplier refunded me 3$, I lost 7$ - cost of doing business.

    When/if a customer complains about the product they have received and the customer has paid less than 14$ for the item, I apologize for the "mistake" and I tell them to keep the product and I will give a full refund. This is just to keep customers happy, you do not want to argue with your customers, they might just complain to PayPal and PayPal will limit your account.

    For items that were sold for more than 15$, I tell the customer I am "sorry" for the inconvenience, and to mail the item with a tracking number to my P.O. box, and I am more than happy to give a full refund. (You must mention in your TOS or FAQ or somewhere that customers are responsible for shipping expenses (with tracking) when returning an item).

    Other info:
    When setting a price, I calculate (product price + ePacket + PayPal) x 2.
    For example product + ePacket + PayPal fee = 4$, I will set the price of this product to 8$ or 9$ (depending on the product). I always double the cost just to minimize losses like when I refund a customer the profit from the next customer's sale will cover this loss. Yes, I won't be make anything from the next customer also, but at least I am breaking even.

    Try to have at least 50$ saved up for unhappy customers at all times. Avoid problems with PayPal at all times.

    I hope this post helps some Shopify + Aliexpress starters.
     
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  5. Lunaaa

    Lunaaa Elite Member

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    I think that pricing is bad. It should be more. That example, $4 is not enough
    Even just in Facebook ads, you might spend $4 to get a sale
     
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    swon Junior Member

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    Yes, you are right. I mentioned "(depending on product)". Because for example, you can't really sell a 2$ keychain for 10$, some products just don't look worth the price you set. That's what i meant.
     
  7. rgeekman

    rgeekman Newbie

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    Thanks, this is quite a good guide for shopify/aliexpress and actually has me considering doing it too.
     
  8. eskiz

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    I will also go for the same method, however I have a question too,
    If I want to sell a product that was launched recently and which has a lot of success, start to not be sued by the inventor?
    ( sorry for my english )

    thank you
     
  9. JoeyHustler

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    Thank you all for your replies. I now get it.
     
  10. swon

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    depends on which country you are in. I don't think companies will just sue, first they warn you and tell you to stop.