Dropshipping has been around for a long time. However, unlike most people's opinion, this is not a way to make quick money.
In Dropshipping mode, you don't need to stock up or overstock. You only need to purchase products from the source of a third-party platform, ex. AliExpress, and let them ship directly to your customers. And you don't need to deal with logistics and transportation by yourself. This is also the biggest difference between dropshipping and other e-commerce.
Compare this to a supermarket like Walmart. The customer came to Walmart and wanted to buy a new smart TV. After the selection, the customer paid to complete the transaction. Among them, Walmart is responsible for the TV inventory, display, and distribution.
AliExpress, founded in 2010, is available in 220 countries and regions, enabling payment in local currency in 51 countries. Since 2015, Dropshipping has begun to rise, and AliExpress has played an essential role. AliExpress will give priority to the interests of buyers, that is, you, whether it is payment or return.
If it is dropshipping, the retailer is responsible for the storage of the TV. But after receiving the customer's order, the dropshipper orders to his supplier. The supplier completes the shipment and transportation and delivers the product to the customer.
Because dropshipping does not require a lot of money and resources, the threshold is very low. So now, more and more people are joining dropshipping.
From a commercial point of view, this is also a very friendly model for you: you don't need to be responsible for any inventory, and you don't need to worry about packaging and transportation. Other people will help you complete these tasks. You just need to choose the right product and market it to make a considerable profit.
Let's briefly describe how it works:
Step 1: As a partner of AliExpress and Shopify, you first need an AliExpress account and a Shopify shop
Step 2: Select the product you need on AliExpress. This part can be quickly completed through the Chrome extension of DropShipMan.
Step 3: Modify and push the product information to your Shopify store. We don't advocate direct copying of the images in the product description of AliExpress. Search engines have included these images, which will affect the SEO of your store's images. The best way is to upload a picture through Shopify's settings> files and edit the corresponding product description. All images of the products can be downloaded through DropShipman.
Step 4: Promote your products online through the Internet. Social media or search engines are all good solutions.
Step 5: Attract customers to place orders.
Step 6: When placing an order on the platform, fill in the customer's requirements and delivery address. Dropshipman can automatically fill this to your order.
Step 7: Suppliers deliver products to customers under the brand of dropshipper.
A long-term dropshipping shop requires trust and long-term partnerships between multiple stakeholders, such as suppliers.
Dropshipping is a great business model for aspiring entrepreneurs because it’s accessible. Anyone can start their dropshipping business with only a small amount of money. And you can quickly test different business ideas with a limit downside. Here are some advantages of starting a transportation business:
Unlike physical stores or regular e-commerce businesses, you don't need physical warehouses to store products. You only need to pay for the domain name and hosting. There is no inventory, and you don't have to worry about excess inventory and inventory costs.
Because there is no need to package and deliver the product, there is no need to worry about additional costs. You only need to forward customer requests to vendors like AliExpress. Professional suppliers will be responsible for the flow of products in the supply chain. And you just need to make sure that the customer receives the product.
There is no risk of handling inventory. The most important thing is that you have a lot of products to choose from. More than 38 million products are available on AliExpress, making it easier to expand your income. If a product cannot make money, you can immediately delete it from your store without much loss. You can also easily cooperate with multiple wholesalers, distributors, and suppliers to increase business flexibility.
With a traditional retail business, you’ll usually need to do three times as much work if you receive three times the number of orders. However, in the dropshipping model, the delivery work can be directly handed to your supplier. Use good tools to help you do more with less.
No business model can be 100% perfect. Dropshipping is no exception. Here are some of the most common disadvantages of the dropshipping model:
Since you don’t have a product, you must always rely on your partners to supply them, and you can only pray that their inventory is always sufficient. In the dropshipping model, you are not responsible for the entire supply chain process, including packaging, warehousing, and distribution. Your partner manages everything. So, if they make mistakes, you will not be able to give feedback to them. Then you can only appease the client yourself.
Unlike custom-made products or print-on-demand, dropshipping doesn’t give you much control over the product. Usually, the product dropshipped is designed and branded by the supplier. Some suppliers can accommodate your business’s product changes, but even then, the supplier has the most control over the product itself, Including product quality and shipping time. Any changes or additions to the product usually require a minimum order quantity to make it viable and affordable for the manufacturer.
Compared with factory-produced and sold products, the revenue of dropshipping may be lower. In dropshipping, if you want to make the same profit as other ways of selling, then you have to set the price slightly higher. Generally speaking, your expected profit margin is about 20-30%, and the conversion rate is about 2-3%. These data will vary depending on the products you sell. AliExpress has a dropshipping center plan that can help you reduce costs, but it needs to reach a certain amount of sales.
All in all, dropshipping has its pros and cons. This is a good choice for novice entrepreneurs and people with limited budgets, and dropshipping is also a very safe mode. Even if you fail, you will not lose a lot of money. At the same time, this process can help you gain valuable business experience and market knowledge.
Hope this article can help you start your dropshipping business.