AliExpress dropshipping is a special type of dropshipping where all orders are fulfilled directly from China via AliExpress.
What is AliExpress?
AliExpress is an Ebay-like service based in China that is owned by Alibaba. It’s a marketplace where individuals from all over the world can buy direct from Chinese suppliers.
Editor’s Note: I’m using the term “Chinese company” quite loosely here. Sellers on AliExpress can be individuals, small businesses, trading companies or factories.
The main difference between AliExpress and Ebay is that AliExpress is much larger and far less expensive.
Because AliExpress is based in China where the labor costs are substantially less, you can find products on AliExpress that are significantly cheaper than anywhere else.
The huge disparity in cost allows you to make a profit by selling an item at US prices and having it shipped directly from China.
Here’s a quick example to illustrate the difference in price.
This snoring mouth guard costs only $1.73 per piece on AliExpress
But on Amazon, it sells for $26.00.
As you can see, the markup for this product is crazy high.
Imagine selling a product for $26 and buying it for only $1.73 without any upfront cost of inventory!
How To Use Oberlo To Import Products Into Your Shopify Store
What You Will Need:
- Chrome Browser
- Oberlo Chrome extension ( Download it here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oberlo-aliexpresscom-prod/hmanipjnbjnhoicdnooapcnfonebefel )
- Oberlo app installed (Find Oberlo app here: https://apps.shopify.com/oberlo )
- Access To Your Store’s admin panel.
In this section we will learn how to use Oberlo to speed up and semi-automate the AliExpress Dropshipping process. The app will help you add products and fulfill orders quickly.
The first step is to install the Oberlo app into your store. Make sure you are logged into the admin panel.
Then visit the apps url https://apps.shopify.com/oberlo on the Shopify appstore..
Click the Add app button and enter your store url and login into the store to install it.
The next step is to install the Oberlo Chrome extension. You can download and install it from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oberlo-aliexpresscom-prod/hmanipjnbjnhoicdnooapcnfonebefel
Next go to the apps section of your admin panel. It looks something like this https://shopafest.myshopify.com/admin/apps .
You will see that the app has been installed and clicking it will log us in to the Oberlo dashboard https://app.oberlo.com/dashboard on in a new tab.
Using the Oberlo Web Interface To Import Products
We can use the Oberlo web interface to search, add, and manage products.
To search for products, just head to https://app.oberlo.com/explore
You can use the search functionality to filter products by keywords, for example “phone cases”.
Use the country filter to select the country you wish to sell to.
To add a product to your import list, just hover the mouse over it and click on “Add To Import List” button that shows up.
Then head over to https://app.oberlo.com/import to view the products in your import list
Click on the “Import to store” button to publish the product on your store.
Your product is now imported and a link has been provided to edit the product on your Shopify Store.
Using the Oberlo Chrome Extension To Import Products
You will need to be logged in to you Oberlo account (as already described above) to be able to use the chrome extension to import products.
Then head to https://www.aliexpress.com/ and start browsing products. With the extension, you will be able to see if an item has ePacket shipping and the processing time.
To add an item to your import list, just hover over it and click on the Oberlo icon to push it to Oberlo.
You can then visit your import list https://app.oberlo.com/import and import the item as described earlier above.
That’s all for now when it comes to importing products with Oberlo. Below are a few more links to help you get more out of this wonderful app.
- Manage Your Orders https://app.oberlo.com/orders
- Manage Products https://app.oberlo.com/my-products
- Configure Oberlo Settings https://app.oberlo.com/settings/shop/settings
I hope you had a wonderful time going through this tutorial. See you in the next tutorial in the few days.