Dropshipping business with Aliexpress

Dropshipping business with AliexpressThere are a lot of opportunities in the modern world to start your business on the Internet. There are many easy ways to open your online store and start selling any product. One of these methods is dropshipping. Moreover, it is suitable both for beginners and experienced businessmen who want to expand their business.

Dropshipping is a way of organizing business in which the seller sends goods to the buyer directly. The online store acts as an intermediary between them. It helps to choose a product, place an order and resolve other purchase related issues. The online store owner sets mark-up on goods for his services which is his profit. Thus, there is no need to purchase, store goods and deliver them, which significantly reduces the costs of such business.

To start dropshipping business, you need to decide what products to put up for sale and where to get them. AliExpress marketplace is perfect for these purposes.

This is a popular Chinese marketplace owned by Alibaba. It is an alternative to Taobao for international buyers. Now there are goods from Chinese manufacturers as well as from Russia, Europe and Turkey on AliExpress. Goods are sold both as retail and small wholesale. 

AliExpress is currently available in Russian, English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Arabic and Portuguese. Product information is automatically translated into different languages. Goods delivery is carried out into more than 200 countries of the world. All these aspects make AliExpress a suitable platform for dropshipping business.

Here is a dropshipping scheme with Aliexpress:

  • you add goods from AliExpress to your online store;
  • set markup;
  • attract customers to the site and help them to buy goods on the site;
  • place an order on AliExpress paying for it at AliExpress seller’s price;
  • specify the buyer’s delivery info, the AliExpress seller sends goods directly to the buyer;
  • make profit on the difference between the seller’s price and the price with your markup.

To add AliExpress products to your online store you can use AliExpress API, which OT Commerce developed for organizing Chinese goods reselling business. AliExpress API allows to get information about products with photos, all configurations, prices and other necessary information. There are two ways for working with AliExpress API:

  1. You can use OT API Key if you already have your own online store. You will need a special module on the site, which will allow you to integrate AliExpress API for transferring information. Integration is possible into any CMS, however you will need to use third-party programmers services.
  2. Open your online store with AliExpress products. In this case, you can use our CMS called OT Box. This is a ready-made online store that will allow you to start dropshipping business with AliExpress. This option is suitable for both beginners and experienced businessmen. You can start business in no time. The site is installed in three days on your domain. It is possible to translate it into the native language for your customers, as well as set the required currency. The online store includes all necessary settings for organizing an effective business.

Why resell AliExpress products if you can buy them on AliExpress?

AliExpress has a huge range of products, therefore, you need to search for products for a long time, compare and study offers and read reviews to buy something. This is very time consuming. Therefore, a competitive advantage for reselling AliExpress products can be your customer service – help with goods purchase and customer support.

You can also offer customers only certain products of the most reliable sellers. There is a special module in OT Box that allows you to add products only from trusted sellers.

Help in finding, evaluating and purchasing goods can attract a large number of buyers to the online store. Consumers are willing to pay money to spend less time choosing and buying the product they need. At the same time, the buyer should not experience any difficulties at all stages of the purchase in the online store. Customers will return to your site again and again if your priority is to help with any issues people face when buying products.

At the same time, using AliExpress API, you will be able to offer any original products from AliExpress in your online store without buying and storing them in a warehouse.

Dropshipping business with AliexpressWhat you need to start business on AliExpress:

  1. Choose a niche market for your online store.

You need to determine what products to sell in the online store. It is better to select those products you are interested in and in which you are easily versed. You can also sell popular and fashionable goods. Шt is important to keep track of all fashion trends for this purpose.

Once you make up your mind about the range of products in your online store, you need to find them on AliExpress. Avoid branded goods and fakes and don’t select goods with logos and slogans. It is important to find trusted sellers of goods. Here are a few tips to help you find good vendors:

  • Сheck product price. Low price does not always have a positive effect on the buyer’s choice. Very often it means low quality of goods, so it is important to study goods reviews before buying them;
  • Look at seller’s rating. It must be over 4.5 stars. This assessment minimizes your online store risks. A high rating and good reviews is a guarantee of quality products.
  • Specify the number of orders. If the product was ordered more than 300 times, it means it is in demand. Most likely the seller of this product is reliable. You may not be afraid for its quality when reselling.
  • Choose products with free shipping and tracking opportunity. The best thing is when AliExpress seller offers ePaket shipping method. It is both cheap and also very fast.
  • Set a potentially high markup. This is possible at a low price of goods. You can choose goods that cost 1-20$ and set the highest markup on them. This minimizes the risk of losing money if the product is of poor quality.
  • Choose sociable sellers who are ready to answer any questions about the goods and their purchase.
  1. Configure an online store. OT Box has all the necessary functionality to organize a business for Chinese goods resale on AliExpress.
  2. Promote business and support customers.

You will need a marketing program to promote an online store. Buyers need to know about your services and understand your competitive advantage. Various promotions, advertisements and other marketing activities will make your online store popular among buyers.

  1. Study AliExpress return and refund policy

Customer may request a refund if the ordered product does not meet his needs. Therefore, it is very important to know AliExpress return policy. You can contact the seller who can make a refund or replace the product.

It’s very easy to start dropshipping business with AliExpress. It requires minimal financial costs, no need to spend time and money on goods storage and delivery. You just need to know the principles of dropshipping and the desire to work with customers.

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