By: Tomas Šlimas April 02, 2017 Topic: Dropshipping

With dropshipping, store owners can sell and dropship products to their customers without actually seeing the products. After you sell a product, you simply buy it from a supplier and have it shipped directly to the customer. Dropshippers love dropshipping because there is no inventory to hold, and a lower upfront investment lets you concentrate more on the most important thing – bringing in new customers. In this article, you’ll learn what dropshipping is, and why you should care about it.

Dropshipping isn’t something new. Zappos started dropshipping back in 1999. Amazon and Sears use dropshipping too. If big names don’t catch your attention, look at the regular guys making their way and sharing their stories on Reddit. Nowadays, up to 33% of the entire ecommerce industry uses dropshipping as their primary inventory management model.

So what does this have to do with AliExpress? Dropshipping is fueled by Chinese suppliers, and the number of Chinese dropshipping companies is still on the rise. The growth of Chinese exports during the last decade can be linked to their integration with western businesses, and now thousands of Chinese suppliers understand the opportunity they have with dropshipping. That’s why to most people, dropshipping reminds them of Chinese products and nothing else.

AliExpress dropshipping is the latest trend. Using this platform will make figuring out how to start your dropship businesses much easier and it can also boost your current store’s efficiency. Naturally, it isn’t perfect, but let’s start from the beginning.

What is dropshipping?: AliExpress Explained

The charming Jack Ma shouldn’t be a stranger to you. A guy who built the $179B Alibaba empire is a superstar now. Often compared to Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Jack started his business in 1999 after failing to find Chinese products online. He built a platform to offer Chinese suppliers’ products to the western world.

At his primary venture, Alibaba, ecommerce entrepreneurs can buy products to stock their warehouses. Additionally, dropshippers can purchase items as needed and have them shipped directly from AliExpress to their customers. In other words, with AliExpress you can buy products in single pieces for yourself or you can dropship. Both options have platforms, meaning that individual sellers can register there and sell their products around the world. Neither Alibaba nor AliExpress holds inventory. They are marketplaces, comparable to eBay.

What is dropshipping?: How AliExpress Dropshipping Works

AliExpress dropshipping works similarly to traditional dropshipping methods. You copy the product from AliExpress to your store and set your own prices/markups. Once you sell a product, you can purchase it from AliExpress and have it shipped directly to your customer.

AliExpress dropshipping comes with many advantages. However, dropshipping is much more nuanced than just stocking inventory. When you dropship goods from AliExpress, you gain more freedom and time to focus on what matters: marketing.

What is dropshipping?: How AliExpress Differs from the Standard Dropshipping Model

One of the biggest wholesale directories, WholeSale2b, offers over 1,500,000 products. AliExpress sells more than 1,500,000 t-shirts alone and you can choose to dropship any of them. Not to mention other categories like Consumer Electronics and Jewelry.

In addition to numerous dropshipping advantages, the dropship model is extremely flexible:

  • Dropshippers control their own margins. Also, dropshippers aren’t bound to a suggested retail price (MSRP) and can decide their retail prices on their own.
  • Next, dropshippers can start their dropshipping businesses immediately, for free. AliExpress dropshipping is possible even without contacting the supplier.
  • Dropshippers don’t need to be established business entities before starting their online stores. Though they will need one once they grow.
  • Dropshippers have access to millions of products. Instantly.
  • AliExpress products are trendy. Chinese suppliers do their research and watch the trends. Presidential campaign heating up? Sell Trump and Clinton t-shirts.

This all looks pretty good, right? So what can be so messy about it? Below I answer the most frequently asked questions I hear about AliExpress dropshipping. Being fond of AliExpress, I did my best to provide an honest, accurate picture with objective answers.

What is Drop Shipping?: FAQs

1. Can you dropship AliExpress products easily?

Yes, you can easily dropship AliExpress products. It’s even easier with tools like Oberlo.

Dropshipping from AliExpress makes all parties equally happy. AliExpress as a platform gets its share of revenue, suppliers sell their products, and you make profits.

As a dropshipper, I’ve personally sold over $3M worth of AliExpress products and know guys who have sold even more. The dropship model really works.

2. Will my customers know if I’m dropshipping products from AliExpress?

Only if they find the same products on AliExpress themselves. There are rarely any promotions in the packages your customer receives, especially if you tell suppliers not to add them. If you’re making quite a lot of sales, you can even arrange custom packages or flyers for free.

3. Why should someone buy from me if they can buy the same product from AliExpress for less?

Because you’re better. Call it better marketing execution, which reached the prospective customer first. Call it branding, which drives people to buy from you. Call it creating a store that people trust, even if based solely on location. Call it the value you offer by providing extra services or content. Call it technology that allows your customers to shop more easily.

Don’t be preoccupied with price competition or even worse, uniqueness. In ecommerce, you will never be the cheapest, and you will most likely never be particularly unique.

Especially with lower priced products (<$100), the price is not the determining factor.

Look at the same product on different websites:

dropshipping - what is drop shipping

All of these stores are multi-million dollar businesses. Are these companies price competitive? No. Are they out of business? No. Why? Because in the ways that count, they are better.

That being said, your ability to set your own prices and not have to worry about being price competitive should further ease any worries you have about how to start your dropship business. If you’ve calculated that it costs $15 to gain one customer with Facebook marketing, add $22 to the original AliExpress price and try to make the sale. You can increase your price as long as it makes sense for people to buy the product at that price.

You can reorganize your pricing strategy later, but for ecommerce first timers, this a tremendous no-sales relief.

4. AliExpress shipping takes too long, my customers won’t wait.

Alibaba made over $14 billion in sales in one day. The customers from the businesses listed above weren’t concerned with long delivery terms, either. Your task is to define your shipping policy, and then display it on your store’s website in order to set clear customer expectations.

Further, AliExpress packages aren’t delivered by sea anymore, and it doesn’t always take 60 business days. Actually, with the commonly favored ePacket delivery option, it typically takes only 7-14 days to reach the US. Another benefit of the dropship model, is that the ePacket delivery method is now implemented across 29 countries around the world. In addition, some suppliers keep their most popular products in US warehouses, which offers even quicker delivery.

Note: the differences between shipping options are huge. Some suppliers claim to ship their orders the same day with ePacket delivery (delivery time: approximately two weeks), others ship their orders within 10 days and offer standard China Post 45 days delivery (delivery time: approximately two months).

Last, pick only the best suppliers and do your research. If you choose a random supplier, chances are you picked the one with the 2 months delivery option.

5. What about quality risk and copyright infringements?

You’ve probably heard stories about the ridiculously bad quality of Chinese products. Sadly, these claims are often true. As usual, though, there are two sides to every story.

In reality, you can just as easily run into a bad supplier in Europe or the US. In the end, you need to be cautious when it comes to choosing your dropshipping suppliers. It’s up to you who should sort the bad suppliers from the good ones. The unfortunate stories are well documentated. Read them and don’t repeat the mistakes.

AliExpress is a marketplace. Just as I can put any item on eBay, a Chinese supplier can put any item on AliExpress. Just like eBay has had thousands of scammers and quality issues, AliExpress has had its own as well.

Being a public company and hoping for business in foreign markets, AliExpress is forced to do a great job correcting its shortcomings. Supplier accounts on AliExpress are no longer free. Now, suppliers must pay ~$1,500 to have a full store running, which makes it difficult for scammers. Moreover, AliExpress offers a generous buyers’ safety program and hires thousands of employees to check their listings. In fact, Alibaba’s group hires over 2,000 employees to check that their listings don’t contain copyright infringements.

In short, a lot of Chinese suppliers can’t afford to sell cheap products anymore.

6. Do AliExpress suppliers speak English?

Chinese suppliers’ English isn’t perfect, but you can contact the suppliers in advance to get a sense of their level of proficiency before doing business with them. Larger suppliers are typically quite responsive. They have sales teams managing your orders and can answer your questions via live chat or email.

7. How do you handle AliExpress dropshipping returns and refunds?

An easy refund and returns policy is one of the competitive advantages you can offer. That said, be aware that offering this feature effectively can be a bit tricky.


AliExpress suppliers rarely agree to accept returns and even if they do accept them, you don’t usually get notified when they receive it, and sending your customer the refund is up to you. From my experience, I suggest accepting returns to your office, and if the product is not spoiled or used, reship it later from your location.

It will be simpler for your customers and you’ll be able to offer better customer support.

If your store communicates the relevant information about product features and delivery terms, your return rate should average between 6-8%.


The two most frequent scenarios:

  1. the order has not shipped or is extremely late;
  2. the customer picked the wrong product or is not happy with the product’s quality

In the second case, you can apply your returns policy. To reiterate, I suggest accepting the return order at your office or warehouse. If it was a quality issue, cover the return costs and issue a refund. If your customer picked the wrong product or doesn’t want the product anymore — covering the return costs is optional — just issue the refund.

In the first scenario, it’s uncommon to handle a return by depending on a refund from your AliExpress seller and then issuing the refund from your balance to your customer. More likely, you’ll cover the refund yourself.

AliExpress sellers are generally opposed to issuing refunds. They will likely insist that the order has shipped or eventually offer a reshipment. The risks increase when you start making more sales. Try to arrange a refund agreement with your supplier in the beginning because blind dropshipping can cause serious problems.

Avoid pitfalls and errors in this regard by trying your best to be strict and persistent. If the supplier refuses to refund you even when there’s an acceptable reason for return (e.g. the package was never delivered or the orders tracking status is pending for 30 days), apply for the AliExpress Buyer’s Safety Programme. You should also continue to write the supplier every day. You may even consider bombard him/her with the bad reviews. Changing an AliExpress supplier’s account isn’t easy, and they value their source of revenue a lot, so the good ones will be responsive. Just try not to get to the point where you order isn’t delivered, the tracking code is inactive, 50 days has passed, and your customer is now angry.

Fun fact: I made one supplier send a photo of every package they shipped for me. They literally took pictures of every single order they shipped, for months!

8. Is AliExpress dropshipping favored by PayPal?

Contrary to what a lot of people say, dropshipping isn’t an illegal business model. The most common gateway used by the dropshipping suppliers is PayPal. The most common problem with PayPal is its limitations. You can read dozens of horror stories here.

First, you have to understand PayPal. In simple words, PayPal takes care of it’s users. If a PayPal user didn’t receive his/her purchase or the product was not as described, he/she always has the right to claim for a refund. That’s why a lot of people like it.

Now let’s say you take out all your money and your supplier didn’t deliver the product. Your customer claims for the refund but your balance is empty. To avoid that, PayPal puts limitations on your money in advance. Given your business history, track record, ability to provide proof of delivery on time (tracking numbers), your business’s physical location and many other factors, the limitations can vary.

I’ve personally experienced a block on all of our incoming revenues for 90 days. I had to cover the product, marketing and operation costs from other sources for 90 days. The second shop I started was docked with a 30% limitation on all incoming revenues for 30 days, and it had a fixed deposit reserve.

Your account doesn’t experience limits simply because you’re dropshipping. Your account can experience this even if you run any other business. Remember that your account experiences limits so your customers are safe. Also keep in mind, PayPal knows you’re not laundering money or pursuing similar illegal activities. In other words, it’s nothing personal!

9. How can established businesses benefit from AliExpress dropshipping?

When learning about dropshipping, trying it out for yourself works best. Fortunately, AliExpress dropshipping is the ideal model for first-time entrepreneurs. It’s totally understandable that an established business wouldn’t change its order fulfillment model and adapt to AliExpress dropshipping, but it’s still worth considering in these scenarios as well.

AliExpress dropshipping is great for quickly testing out new product ideas. In addition, you can add a new product category within a few days and if it proves to be successful, you can stock the products in your warehouse as you usually do. This way, you reduce the risk of stocking the inventory before knowing what sells. Also, it increases your business flexibility.

What is Drop Shipping?: Conclusion

This article might raise more concerns on AliExpress dropshipping than enthusiasm. Indeed, it’s far from a perfect platform. It’s tough and complex. Becoming adept at using AlieExpress dropshipping requires time, careful research, and planning. I still prefer it because its advantages make it the easiest way to kick-off your online business and it’s totally awesome for testing new product ideas.

Even with the challenges in mind for those who are just figuring out how to start a dropship business as well as for experienced entrepreneurs looking to improve their existing shops, established platforms like AliExpress dropshipping provide lots of benefits. It requires low investments in capital, and therefore you have the ability to try your hand at ecommerce with limited risks.

There are lots of helpful apps and services available to use in conjunction with AliExpress dropshipping, like Shopify. These can facilitate and automate the more complicated aspects of the dropshipping proces and eliminate some of the pitfalls we’ve discussed in this post. With these tools, you can devote your time to maximizing profits through developing the right marketing techniques and solidifying your brand. You don’t have to concern yourself with storing inventory, which only further accelerates the formation of a successful business. To learn more, check out the Oberlo app or have a look at our blog for information about the leading dropshipping apps and platforms.

If you still need more of an explanation for what is drop shipping, feel free to get in touch at tomas@oberlo.com or on Twitter @TomasSlimas.

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  • Divy

    Hey Tomas
    Great article. I was just wondering if the delivery package states who the item was sent from? Like, would the package state the company name that it was sent from in China? Can I request the supplier to add my company’s name on the package instead?

  • NewShopifyer

    When we use Oberlo on our store to import list of products from Aliexpress, do we have to go again and buy it from the seller once we make a sale or the seller on Aliexpress gets notified of the sale automatically and delivers products?

  • Hey @newshopifyer:disqus,

    You should order that product – the seller is not notified automatically. For more information check out: http://support.oberlo.com/hc/en-us/articles/207278505-What-should-I-do-after-I-receive-an-order-

  • Hey @disqus_413Z4Vo3WE:disqus,

    You could ask your suppliers for custom packages – and they should agree, if you’re making more sales.

  • Adnan Cetin

    Not theoric. Its Practical and easy to understand.. Perfect explaining!! Wish everyone could do that! Thank you so much Tomas!!!

    But I’m afraid of international shipping and not sure.. How about the product that on sale is ePacket shipping to usa and thats great but one customer ordered it from Kenya and shipment has totally changed ( price and maybe no ePacket at all ) ?

  • Thanks so much @adnancetin:disqus! If the costs are too huge, you could just issue a refund.

  • Alexis Durand

    Hi, I am interested in starting with Oberlo. Just wondering, I am from UK, do we have EPacket? How lond does it usually take for an order to arrive to the customer? Do these customers don’t really care about waiting 15-20 days to get there orders? Waiting for my order for up to 30 days, no way!! What do you think?
    Thank you.

  • Hi Alexis,

    Some sellers do offer ePacket services to the UK. You can use our free Chrome Extension to identify these sellers (link: http://bit.ly/291DPr4).

    There’s def a group of people who care about the delivery timeframes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t operate your business successfully. I wrote a lot about the delivery timeframes and dropshipping outside the US here: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/dropshipping-outside-of-the-united-states/

  • Hi I am a shopify developer i have build servaral shopify stores. I Think this app great as compared to other because it provide daily update of the pricing. Thanks for this article Now all the tings is clear to me :):)

  • Thanks so much, @tahirkhan11:disqus !

  • Calvin Jansen Van Vuuren

    This app increases my sales from R2000 to R20,000 per month and growing. Tracking packages is a huge problem however but I still simply cannot run my store without this app. It would be excellent if alien press suppliers could actually give you tracking numbers that you cud trace. I have no idea if my customers get the goods or not and therefore I don’t know if I should extend purchase protection or confirm delivery…spending far too much time sorting out admin that this app is supposed to be taking care of…but having said that I still cannot live without this app.

  • Dky Che Zul

    Hi Thomas,

    Great advice you got there. I know nothing about dropshipping and have done lots of research about it but I’m still confused.

    Do i have to start the website first? or
    Sign up with oberlo and deal with supplier asking them if they do dropshipping first?

    Please help me!


  • Thanks @dky_che_zul:disqus !

    Check out these guides: https://www.shopify.com/blog/117806725-how-to-launch-an-online-store-with-no-cash-investment and http://learn.oberlo.com/ecommerce-course

    They cover everything from launching a store to starting your ad campaigns (step by step).

  • Dky Che Zul

    Hi Tomas,

    I’ve done building my shopify website and now I’m waiting to launch it. The only problem i have right now is the account that im going to use while running the store.

    I have paypal account and i upgrade the account to business recently because im excited to launch my first online store. The problem is they ask for company name. My question is

    1.Should i just put any name that i like?

    2. Or i have to go and register the company and company name and open a new bank account with the same name as the company?

    because when i want to add bank account on paypal business setup i cant do that because the name appear is the company name not my name. It will create a problem if i want to withdraw any money that i earn. Im starting to get headache about this matter.

    Please help me. Please!


  • Hi @dky_che_zul:disqus,

    Have you tried calling PayPal support? You can solve all issues much quicker over the phone than with emails or by reading their support articles.

    I’d say that you just put any name you like. The company name and the brand name (store name) doesn’t have to match. We had one name on the company details page and another as a business account name.

  • Ruchika

    Hi Tomas,

    When the Ali Express supplier will ship the product to the customer they will put the price tag on the product whereas we would have charged higher price for the same product from the customer through our website. How to avoid this kind of situation?

  • Hey,

    We suggest putting a note to a seller saying that you’re dropshipping. You can set an automated note on the Oberlo settings page. I’ve also heard that some people just tell their customers that they put a smaller price on purpose to help them avoid customs charges and fees.

  • Ruchika

    Thanks. The automated note you are mentioning on the Oberlo settings Page, is it for the seller to tell them that we are doing dropshipping?

  • Yes, it’s for the seller. You could something like “I’m dropshipping. No invoices or promotions!” there. Just to make sure they don’t add them.

  • Ruchika

    Thanks Tomas.

  • Ceefo .Ceefo

    given the issue with paypal and placing holds, how can one pay the overseas suppliers if paypal has all the cash for the time period?

  • There’s no way do that, unless you have some cash buffer to pay the suppliers from another account.

  • Ceefo .Ceefo

    You are a good guy for being honest. None of these damn courses mention this in their course, it’s always START w/$0.

    If paypal is not included as an option for a while, will the shopify payment cart release funds?

    What of amazon pay? Any ideas?

  • haha. I’ve heard a lot of people work with 2Checkout, but you might need a supplier-retailer agreement working with them (I used this 2 years ago https://www.dropbox.com/s/zwelp1jpxy62r1z/supply-contract-china-english-chinese-template.docx?dl=0)

    You can also try Shopify Payments: https://www.shopify.com/payments

    For the full list of payment gateways see: https://www.shopify.com/payment-gateways

  • Ceefo .Ceefo

    Thanks dude. I am signing up to your company just cus of what u stand for.

  • Thanks so much! To be totally honest, I suggest you don’t rush into opening an online store. Take some time to plan how you’ll attract customers to your store and learn how Facebook or Instagram Ads work. Marketing is the tricky part. Launching a store is the easy part. If you need any help, here’s my email: tomas@oberlo.com

  • Ceefo .Ceefo

    Wow. Speechless. I will be using your email for sure. Will ensure am not a bother. thanks dude

  • Ceefo .Ceefo

    Hello Tomas,
    I took you up on your offer. I selected a Niche per the pdf I got from Oberlo, a few other things have been done. I sent you an email and would move things forward the moment I hear from you; thanks

  • Eldar David

    Hey Thomas,
    Right now I don’t have (yet) an eBay store or Shopify account, My seller account is doing good (Individual) so far and I started to use AliExpress for Dropshipping lately.
    Does Oberlo will work with eBay? If it does, how will it work?
    I Mean once a buyer purchase one of my products, how does the system recognize for example, where to ship or what to ship?
    That part is missing in my puzzle for perfection.


  • Hey Eldar,

    We see eBay integration as an additional sales channel for our users. It means that you could source products from Oberlo and sell them through your Shopify store, eBay store and Amazon store.

    However, I can’t promise you any exact dates of when that will happen.

  • Jan Blazek

    Hi, how do you solve problem with different languages. I expect the Oberlo App to copying the title of product from Aliexpress in English., but what about other languages ? Are there some ways how to change the title to any other language ? Does my new title stick to the product ID forever ?automatic or manual, does not matter.. thank you Hans

  • Hey Jan, Oberlo imports products in English. We don’t support other languages, but you can display your products in different languages using translations apps: https://apps.shopify.com/search/query?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=translate

  • Jan Blazek

    As I could realise, Aliexpress has millions of products and their titles are sometimes even in English little weird. Can`t imagine the process of translation into Czech language. So there is no such a toll for re-writting?

    Probably will have to give a try with the translator..
    Thank you for your answer,

  • Kazaa L

    Hi if we dropship from aliexpress via ePacket the value(price) of the item would be written on the package, is it Ok for your customers that the knew the real price?
    is there any way to hide the price on the package

  • benjammartin

    Thank for this article. I have a beginner question… Does the dropshipping suppliers show real price to the buyer ?

  • benjammartin

    I have same question…

  • Hey, you can find the answers with the images here: http://ask.oberlo.com/d/553-price-on-the-parcel/2 😉

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  • glaros

    Thank for this article tomas.
    WebTipster ebay Dropshipping Tool is the searching drop Shipping software for dropshippers. This dropshipping tool shows certified suppliers who have the same item in stock and you can directly see it near to ebay listing’s main image. WebTipster ebay Dropshipping Tool shows you useful informations that will increase your sales!!

  • @tanyaYT1

    Thanks so much for the article, Tomas! There are many articles about private labelling and your articles are much appreciated!

    I heard from other experienced seller that they rarely communicate with the Aliexpress supplier that I don’t understand. My concers are that some products come with Chinese manual and terrible packaging, and I have asked for supplier to send over the packaging image one by one. My question is – 1. Is it the practice you follow as well? Asking the packaging image? 2. Up to how many quantity that you’d ask them to brand it. – Either ‘print a logo’ or have a custom packaging. FYI, I am selling accessories so consider the packaging is important if it makes econimical sense.

  • Thomas Lopez

    Thanks for this good article ! I will try drop-shipping in France, for now I just have a catalog of the best products on Aliexpress, if you guys want to check it: http://www.jrdesign.fr/aliexpress/

  • @tanyayt1:disqus, you can read more about the packages on the Oberlo forum here: http://ask.oberlo.com/d/553-price-on-the-parcel

    I believe they could brand a single package, if you paid them for that. So it’s a matter of discussions.

  • Josh Barnard


    Do you know what the tax implications are for doing an eCommerce business while dropshipping with Aliexpress?

  • Hey Josh,

    It really depends on your business location. You might want to reach out to other dropshippers from your country at ask.oberlo.com I’m sure most of them have already figured this out.

  • Naimad

    Question 1) Some items are designed for a different market than I cater to, can changes be made? For example, on a stage light the data connector must be 5 pin DMX in the USA. Many of the items I see are called “stage lighting” but have 3 pin DMX data connector, which would be used only in the DJ or AV markets. They match in all other ways, but stage lighting users cannot connect to a 3 pin data port in the USA. How do I get that modification and keep it that way consistantly? Question 2) I do not want to sell an item with a Chinese Brand Name. How do I arrange to have my own brand name applied to the product, and keep it that way consistantly? email: ddelaney@lehighdim.com

  • Jeffinho Santos

    How do I make sure that I do not get in trouble with the government when it comes to taxes?

  • Muhammad Balhi

    thank you


  • Marie Tatibouet

    Hey @tomasslimas:disqus I was wondering ~ how can you tell which aliexpress suppliers have warehouses in the US? I want shipping to be faster than the regular epacked timeframe and figure that’s the only way.

    Alternatively, how do you know how much time epacket will take? 6 days is very different to 12 days in the mind of my consumer.


  • You look good Tomas ! I’ve just started a lot to read and get my head around all this, but I can do it. Tks for your great tips. Best!

  • Tatu Karaka Morton

    hi tomas. yes would like to know when the customer receives the goods. also do you have to contact each supplier that you are dropshipping there products.

  • Best app I really love it. I had used it in 100+ my clients store they really love it. And they are making a lot of money from it. Thanks Oberlo for this. Making shopify developers and Our Clients life easy. thanks 🙂

  • Andy Walker

    Does this only work with Shopify, or is there a web based/software based version that I can use with my standard eCommerce website?

    I love Oberlo, but I can’t Stand Shopify. lol

  • Robin P. Keene

    Some questions, If I start drop shipping business with
    Aliexpress then how will they pay? I am from Pakistan and cannot use paypal

  • Syam Raj

    Hello Tomas,
    I am planning to go with 2Checkout & Use Aliexpress as the Dropshipping medium. Can I use that Agreement Template & Fill it out myself with the my Seller Details for getting a 2Checkout Gateway?
    Or will they insist on getting it filled by the Seller itself ?

  • Gloria Cruceru

    hey, wanted to know how we deal with the receipts for the customers when they are delivered by Aliexpress? As i don’t want our clients to see the true price of a product. BTW, great article 🙂 Thanks for share

  • Gloria Cruceru

    hey, what you do when the customers pay by PayPal and the customer don’t receive their purchases? Do PayPal Block your money? Did you have a little reserve as in the article? Thanks

  • Emily
  • When we receive orders, does it make order on AliExpress automatically or we should make order manually?

  • Mr J

    To drop ship without a website, you could try this method https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5uVnNI3TaZta1psV2dHSE10S1E/view?usp=sharing

  • Tom Kielski

    If you’re going to dropship on Aliexpress using a cashback service is highly recommended for an extra margin which when scaled can earn you thousands, I see a ton of people who dropship on Aliexpress that do not use this and they are losing money so I did a review of Alibonus on my blog which offers 10% cashback and paypal payments, check it out https://dropshippers.blog/2017/02/06/alibonus-aliexpress-cashback-service-review/

  • Manually

  • Andreas Pissinos

    Hi Guys,

    I have a serious problem which has to be solved. I contacted a supplier on aliexpress, and i was able to get 50-80% discounts on the prices. We agreed that we will work long term. However, on the supplier’s aliexpress store, still the original prices are shown of course. How am i able to order the products FAST by always paying the discounted prices which we agreed on, and not the original prices?
    I have different amount of discount on each product, so i believe that a coupon code won’t work.
    p.s.: I have a .com webshop where the orders will come, then I would order those products from my aliexpress supplier.

    Thank you for your answers in advance!

  • Abby Lyzan

    Here you can get more than 8000 dropship company worldwide. I always use dropship service to get more than $3000 income per month. I get full 8000 dropshipping wholesaler for my ebay here,

  • Lee Newton

    HI Thomas,

    Is there any update on this yet? I have had an Ebay store for nine years and am looking to move into drop-shipping. I have best seller status and several thousand positive reviews and would like to use that leverage to begin drop shipping. Hope Ebay happens soon!

    Lee Ann

  • Giorgos Glaros

    hi tomas. a good app for dropshipping from ali to ebay is the Dropshipping eBay Lister (blacklister).Use one of the 100 supported suppliers and list the items on eBay only with few clicks. Connect more than one Repricer. Edit your images with Photo Editor . SEO Templates with shortcodes meta-tags. Fast & Auto Listings.

  • Oqbah

    Hi thomas i’m also in France and interested by dropshipping can you share your experience with me please ?
    Best regards.

  • Art Skill

    When you order a product there is a section to leave instructions for the supplier add this
    This product is going straight to the buyer please do not add any invoices with any prices…………

    or something like that.

  • Marc Evans

    Nice book indeed I’m based in Zambia I’m motivated by this drop shipping eBook. Is this business possible in our country? I discovered in Zambia shopify payment system are not available but PayPal,2checkout ,payfast and gocoin are available let me hear from those with experience in drop shipping for I’m willing to start it at any cost. My dream is to be a self employed person in life.

  • Art Bekyan

    I want to start using oberlo and aliexpress for my current pet supplies store we already have. One thing I don’t see on Aliexpress is to enter our address so the client doesn’t see it was shipped from another seller… Does Ali provide that option? Thank you! Looking forward to start using Oberlo.

  • Abdul

    Hi , being a Pakistani , i am using UBL Prepaid ($Usd ) Viz Card ( for easy and convenient solution ) for purchasing as well as for drop shipping too, if you want alternate solution then crediet card is second option , but UBL Prepaid card can be handy and easy to manage just refill the card and boom ( its not necessary to be a UBL account holder if you dont have it can be possible the one time fee of card is around 250 pkr … and once you get this card you can purhcase from any eCommerce website with 1 click no need paypal no need other gateway to link etc , its direct purchase … for more details visit my page https://www.facebook.com/AbdulHannan89/
    for quick and free assistance to eCommerce developers and starters specially from Paksitan

  • DebDijour

    I started a shopify store using Oberlo, It went together easy enough but Facebook declined all of my products to be featured there? Anyone else have this problem–found a solution?

  • No Trust = No Sales

    Build trust in your website, specially product page is the door of your sales. it should have some tricky features that can grab abandon sales as well. I’m full time shopify developer and help you to enhance your product page that can boost your sales upto 250%.

  • Christa Grant

    I am wondering how to connect my Shopify to Oberlo/AliExpress so they get the orders. Do I use the Custom Order Fulfillment option? What email do I put in?


  • I am also not a fan of Shopify, however, I too have several eCommerce sites and all drop ship. You can use your standard eCommerce website. No problem.

  • Sharjeel Janjua

    hello Abdul,

    You seem to know what your doing and as being fellow countrymen i thought ill ask u … i am starting in drop shipping and I have a question inregards to Aliexpresss. if you dont mind .

    lets say a products costs 10$ on Aliexpress and the E-packet is 2.35$ . How much will i be paying to purchase that product ? 10+2.35?
    if the products costs 10$ and the E-packet is free . how much will i be paying then ?

    and under every product .. if Epacket is free or not .. it says ”FREE SHIPPING” what does that mean ?

    a reply would be much appreciated brother..

  • Thomas Daniels

    Great stuff,I’m in japan and want to drop ship full time.


  • This article totally cleared my doubts about drop shipping, thank you Tomas

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  • Swati Sanwariya

    the reason will be visible to you in your facebook page setting in oberlo. correct that and you will be able to publishon facebook.

  • Swati Sanwariya

    thanks, it seems fun. will give it a try.

  • Swati Sanwariya

    no result on your page.

  • Marcus Weiss

    My experience – try a professional aliexpress dropship site wholesaler. Try http://www.dropship4life.com. Totally trustworthy. Free hosting! Best ever!

  • DebDijour

    Thank you for a response. I went to Oberlo settings, but did not find anything that mentioned Facebook? Where do I find this setting to change? Thank you again please.

  • Susan

    thank you <3

  • Wan Shakrawi


  • Koh Cheng Chuan

    pls share all your drop ship ecommerce site

  • Hoda

    spell check in your article, performance media cant help it

    Dropshippers control theor own margins.

  • Thanks for bringing that up! Fixed 😉

  • Lambert Lam

    If my buyers ordered various products/items from different suppliers, are they going to recieve their goods in one package or from respective suppliers?

  • Hey there!

    Your customer will receive the goods in several packages from respective suppliers.

  • Most welcome!

  • Glad you found it helpful!

  • Hi there Marc!

    Yes, you can run a dropshipping business regardless of we’re you’re located!

    Best of luck!

  • Hi there!

    Oberlo works with Shopify platform only. You will not be able to use Oberlo with your own eCommerce website, I’m afraid.

  • Emma Wilson

    I’m wondering what dropshipping software allows to integrate Facebook rating and reviews across other channels? Because I’ve made research and found out that in the west about 70% of consumers consult with social media ratings, while searching for purchase. So now, I’m searching for one e-commerce solution that has the support of this feature. Plus I would really like marketing custom capabilities (but that is not so essential right now).

  • This post is very helpful and cleared my all doubts about drop shipping. Thanks

  • Hey! I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂

  • Hi there Emma,

    Oberlo does not have this feature, I’m afraid.

    But there are several Facebook product review apps available on Shopify app store: https://apps.shopify.com/integrations/facebook

    Hope this helps!

  • Emma Wilson

    Thanks a lot
    I’ll take a look

  • Sophia Lee

    Hey so with using epacket, Do these suppliers limit which of the 29 countries they send to? Because for example -yes they ship to US using epacket but when you change to say Australia which is where I am from, the option for epacket is not available on the suppliers country options

    Does that mean they are now using their other forms of posting like China mail or something? If we have this product on our Shopify site?

  • Iswardi Abu Bakar

    Hi Tomas, this is a very excellent article. Very rare I get a feeling that the writer really knows what’s in my mind.

    That said, I do have one question. I just launched my store 2 days ago, and added some products from AliExpress using Oberlo (awesome app by the way). I customized the title, my own pricing, etc, so easy. But how about the inventory? Will my listing be automatically updated when there are any changes of product availability from the AliExpress supplier?


  • Hey Sophia!

    Even if ePacket is available in Australia, the supplier may choose not to deliver items using ePacket. This means that you have to pick an alternative delivery method.

    I would suggest you to set ePacket as your default shipping method in Oberlo app. It will select ePacket by default whenever possible. If there is no such option, Oberlo will use the cheapest shipping method available, so you don’t have to worry about it yourself. Here’s the instructions: http://take.ms/Srt9Q

    Hope this helps!

  • Hey!

    Oberlo has an inventory auto-update feature, which you can turn on by going to Oberlo > Settings > Connected shops > Shops settings > Auto updates > “When inventory changes” (http://take.ms/KhdWP).

    From there, you can also adjust settings to remove any items that are out of stock from your store or set the quantity to zero.

    Hope this helps!

  • Iswardi Abu Bakar

    Hi Tomas, thank you so much. Noted.