By: Tomas Šlimas April 04, 2017 Topic: Dropshipping

If you’ve been thinking about learning how to dropship from AliExpress then this dropshipping guide is perfect for you. We’ve created the ultimate guide to dropshipping so you can use AliExpress dropshipping and AliExpress premium shipping to become a successful ecommerce entrepreneur.

The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping

If you’re looking to become an ecommerce entrepreneur, dropshipping is the easiest way for to start your online business. AliExpress dropshipping is the new ecommerce trend for good reasons:

  • It doesn’t require much capital – in fact, I wrote a guide on how to start an eCommerce business with $0.00.
  • You don’t need a physical store – it’s an Internet business, so you can run a successful AliExpress dropshipping business from anywhere in the world.
  • Everything you need to learn is available for free online – You can use the vast number of articles, videos, and other educational material to achieve ecommerce success.

If any of you have doubts that you can create a successful ecommerce business with AliExpress dropshipping, I will prove you wrong. Oberlo users now receive over 50,000 orders that equate to $1,400,000 in sales, each and every day. That’s around $42,000,000 every month!

This is the ultimate guide to AliExpress dropshipping. Here’s how it works:

How does it AliExpress dropshipping work?

Let’s say you’ve decided you want to start an eCommerce store. What are your next steps? Most ecommerce entrepreneurs try to come up with a product idea, look for suppliers, pay for the products and get them into your real-world store. And after you get your products, you’ll try hard to sell them.

The problem is you don’t really know what will sell well or if you will be able to sell the product at all.

Here’s an example:

  • Elena buys 100 units of a particular product line, paying $1,000 for them;
  • She only sells 10 products and brings in $200 in sales;
  • Elena quickly realizes that nobody likes her products and decides to close her store;
  • She experiences a loss of over $800.

In the above scenario, Elena invested $1,000 to open her store, but quickly realized the product line she decided to sell is not popular or she just doesn’t know where to find the people who do want that product. She only makes $200 in sales and is forced to close her store with an $800 loss.

Alternatively, if she had tried dropshipping, she would have made $100 in profit in spite of failing to pick the right products at first. Here’s an illustration for that:

  • Elena uses dropshipping, so she doesn’t buy products in advance;
  • She only manages to sell 10 products and brings in $200 in sales;
  • Elena orders the products from her suppliers and has them shipped directly to her customers;
  • She quickly realize that nobody likes these products and decides to try a different niche or product instead;
  • Elena is still happy because she just made $100 in profit.

That’s how two very similar situations can bring very different results, with the key difference being dropshipping. Of course, if everything went well, she would have made $1,000 in profit in the first scenario. But don’t forget that people often overestimate their ability to create a successful ecommerce business, especially if it’s their first time. If you believe in numbers, more than 50% of Shopify store-owners never receive a single order at all.

So here’s the beauty of dropshipping. You don’t buy a product before selling it, so you don’t spend your precious budget on stocking inventory.

Dropshipping Guide: Drop shipping with AliExpress

AliExpress dropshipping is one of the most popular dropshipping models for ecommerce entrepreneurs. You import the product content and images from AliExpress.com directly to your store. You’ll also have the freedom to set your prices/markups. The best part is that after you sell a product, you purchase it from a seller on AliExpress and have it shipped directly to your customer. Dropshipping from AliExpress is simple and easy for new ecommerce entrepreneurs.


You can read more about ecommerce entrepreneurs who use AliExpress dropshipping successfully here: The Huffington Post, The Next Web, Forbes.

The FAQs about AliExpress dropshipping

Now that this dropshipping guide has helped you understand the basics of AliExpress dropshipping, you might still have unanswered questions.

I work at Oberlo, a software app that helps ecommerce entrepreneurs automate their AliExpress dropshipping businesses. We receive hundreds of questions from budding ecommerce entrepreneurs every day. Here are the three most frequently asked questions we receive, along with the answers.

For a full list, check out this article.

Will my customers know if the products are dropshipped from AliExpress?

Unlike other marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, Etsy), AliExpress has a very unique infrastructure which it has developed around dropshipping. I’ve talked with dozens of suppliers using AliExpress. They all dropship.

Oberlo users ship over 450,000 orders every month and we haven’t heard any reports of unhappy customers. There are rarely any promotions or invoices in the packages your customers receive. You can even tell your supplier not to include it to be on the safe side. In addition, if you’re doing well, you can even arrange for custom packaging and the AliExpress premium shipping known as ePacket.

Why should someone buy from me if you can buy the same product from AliExpress cheaper?

Because you’re better!

You might be a better marketer who reaches the potential customers first. Also, you might create a more trustworthy brand that people feel safer buying from. In addition, you might also provide extra services or content that builds a relationship with your customer.

Don’t try to compete on price you will never be the cheapest. Especially with lower-priced products (<$100), the price is not the determining factor at all.

Look at the same product on several popular websites such as Milanoo.com, LightInTheBox.com, DHgate, and AliExpress. These companies are all multi-million dollar businesses. Are these companies price competitive? No. Are they out of business? No!

Why should someone buy from me if you can buy the same product from AliExpress cheaper?

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

That’s just an assumption on your part, and I strongly suggest you test it.

Alibaba made over $14 billions in sales in one day. Customers of other businesses listed in the price comparison example don’t seem to be concerned with long delivery terms either.

As an ecommerce entrepreneur, your task is to establish clear expectations, define your shipping policy, and display it in the relevant areas of your online store. Seeing that information, some people might leave your site, but you’ll be surprised how many people really don’t care about that.

If customers receive free shipping, they understand that it’ll likely take a little longer to receive their product.

Moreover, with the now AliExpress premium shipping ePacket delivery option, it takes only 7-14 days for most shipments to reach the US, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and few other big countries. It’s the perfect shipping option to help you achieve ecommerce success when you’re dropshipping from AliExpress!

How to select trustworthy AliExpress suppliers?

With AliExpress dropshipping, you can easily lose control over the customer experience because you never see the product; it’s shipped directly from your supplier’s warehouse to your customer.

If you’re trying to provide top-notch customer service (a must), dropshipping could become a liability. Although AliExpress is taking care of improper suppliers itself, we still suggest being very careful when selecting your dropshipping suppliers.

Here are some top tips from our dropshipping guide on how to select the best suppliers:

Don’t Always Go For the Lowest Price

Here’s how a marketplace like AliExpress works:

A supplier called Original Hoodies starts selling a high-quality product named “blue hoodie” at $40.

Then another supplier named Competitive Hoodies manufactures the same hoodie but reduces its price to $15 by adding more polyester instead of cotton.

When a buyer searches for a blue hoodie, he sees two hoodies looking the same but for different prices and in most cases he picks the cheaper one. The first supplier, Original Hoodies, becomes unhappy with her sales and also replaces her “blue hoodie” cotton materials with polyester and reduces the price to stay competitive.

That’s why the quality of marketplace products goes down. Suppliers try to be price competitive and each product has a number of very similar variations, often at artificially reduced prices.

In short, the price on AliExpress.com goes down with the quality. A lot of sellers offer similar products on AliExpress.com. If you’re trying to create a successful ecommerce business then you’ll need to research the prices of different suppliers. If a number of sellers have similar prices on the same product, but one supplier has a significantly lower price, this usually indicates that they have compromised on the quality of the product.


Buy From Suppliers That Have 95% and Higher Positive Feedback

The rating systems for products and sellers are extremely important to every marketplace. Imagine you’re walking in a street market and someone shouts that the guy in next booth is a scammer. Would you buy from him? Probably not.

The same applies to a virtual marketplace. Listen to what other buyers say about each seller and learn from that feedback. Look for the highest-rated suppliers:

The Feedback Score indicates the seller’s sales volume, while Positive Feedback represents the feedback rate the supplier has received. When you’re sourcing products for your store you should always aim for a 95% or higher in positive feedback and at least a 2,000 feedback score. Also, Don’t forget to look at customer picture reviews.


Be Careful With Brand Products

Known luxury brands on AliExpress.com are very rare. You can’t even search for Versace or Chanel products because these search keywords are blocked. If you notice a copyright infringement, you should report it here.

However, not all brand products are fake. AliExpress often organises partnership promotions with brands such as Lenovo and others.


Pay Attention to the Responsiveness of the Supplier

Make up an urgent issue and message a supplier about it to see how they respond. Check their response time, command of English, and their ability to understand your problem and provide you with clear information. If they just respond with a generic, meaningless message, you can cross them off your list of potential suppliers. After all, chances are good that you’ll have a real situation like this once in a while and you want to know they will be handled the right way. When you’re trying to create a successful ecommerce business with dropshipping your suppliers are essential– choose them wisely.


Look for ePacket Delivery (AliExpress Premium Shipping Option)

The topic of long delivery times is a sensitive one, especially for new ecommerce entrepreneurs. As an ecommerce entrepreneur, you should always look for dropshipping suppliers who can offer the best delivery options for your ecommerce store.

The best delivery option (the cheapest and the quickest) is ePacket, or AliExpress Premium Shipping, which takes around 14 business days door-to-door and includes a tracking code which your customers can use to check for the location of their order.



Pro Tip: Oberlo’s Free Chrome Extension offers a handy feature to identify products with the ePacket delivery option.

How to Dropship from AliExpress: Order Samples

If you’re trying to achieve ecommerce success then you may want to make sure that all of your products are perfect by ordering samples for yourself– I don’t recommend this. If you’re importing 100+ products into your store it isn’t cost-efficient to order each and every one of them to check for quality.

Instead, order a sample of those products that you’re about to use in your advertising campaigns. Let’s say you have two or three products that are the best deals on your store. You know they’re great so you plan to use them in your Facebook or Instagram Ads to attract many visitors to your store. Order the samples of them. Savvy ecommerce entrepreneurs would order samples of these products to ensure that they are of the highest quality. If your top selling products are high quality it will speak volumes about your store.

AliExpress premium shipping

 You can pick the Express Delivery and receive a product within a few days.

How to pick the right product to sell?

An article is definitely not enough to answer this question. Shopify went as far as writing a book about it: LINK

My approach is very simple:

I try to generate a huge list of product ideas and then cross out the ones that aren’t worth testing. Once that’s done, I’m left with a few winners I use in my ads, and throw in other related products to my store so they are there just to make the store look robust.

Generating Product Ideas

Here are the top three product idea sources that help me. For a full article on how I generate product ideas, read here.

  • As an ecommerce entrepreneur, your head is already full of good ideas, including your hobbies, products you like, trends, exciting products you’ve heard of, and so on. Write everything down that comes to mind. It doesn’t matter if you think the product will be a best seller or not. Trust me — write it down!
  • Browse other stores and look at their offerings, best selling lists, and promoted products. Many stores have a tremendous amount of data and employ entire departments to organize their sales and pick their products. Use that information to your benefit. Here is a link list worth spending time researching: AliExpress Most Popular Products (Weekly), Amazon Best Sellers, Ebay Daily Deals, Lazada Top Sellers, LightInTheBox Top Sellers List.
  • Social Shopping Sites like Pinterest, Polyvore, Fancy, Wanelo have hundreds of millions of products. People often overlook these sites in their research, but they are very valuable. Set up an account at each one, and subscribe to different categories and lists, and trending product feeds. Follow what people like the most and add it to your list.

Dropshipping Guide to Filtering Product Ideas

Once your list is full and there is nothing left you can add to it, narrow it down so it contains only the very best ideas.

  • Look for niche products that are underserved by larger players– this will really help you to create a successful ecommerce business. For example, there is no specific interest group for a regular belt, but you can easily tell that cycling gear will resonate well with cycling enthusiasts. Find your niche!
  • Some product categories have grown significantly over the last decade and there are already many strong players and smaller shops out there supplying these products. Cross off the following general categories from your idea list: books, jewelry, electronics, and clothing — you will need to be more specific to find a lucrative niche.
  • In my experience, the sweet spot for a product price is $40 to $60 (including a 200% mark-up). There are a few general rules to remember: The lower the price, the better the conversion rate. The higher the price, the more support you will need to provide.
  • Go through your product ideas and enter each product name and variations into the Google Keywords Analysis tool. Select Keyword Ideas and look at how many searches each Low Competition Keyword receives. Notably, if you plan to use Google Adwords or SEO (though I recommend Facebook and Instagram), avoid product categories that have little or no search traffic.
  • Go to trends.google.com, enter each of your product ideas into the search and look at the trend. Is the trend increasing or decreasing? Are there any patterns? Do you see any spikes? Cross out the fading-trend product and seasonal items.

After crossing out the ideas that aren’t worth testing, you should be left with a few potential winners. Open a store and try them out! We’re sure that you’ll find success, especially after reading our dropshipping guide!

A Few Product Ideas I Like:

Fitness Bras and Leggings

A Few Product Ideas - how to dropship from aliexpress

Fitness Activities and Fitness Clothing are trendy. Thanks to new technologies that make sports more social, there is a massive social impact from Instagram and apps like Endomondo or Nike+. It’s a strong business idea for ecommerce entrepreneurs.

Wooden Sunglasses

Wooden Sunglasses - the ultimate guide to dropshipping

This seasonal product is constantly ranked among AliExpress top sellers.

MEGIR Watches

MEGIR Watches - dropshipping guide

A top watch brand available via AliExpress dropshipping offers affordable watches with a look of luxury, and they are well received all over the world. You can find a number of great reviews on Youtube and Instagram to prove the quality.

How do I know about this stuff?

I work at Oberlo, the aforementioned dropshipping automation app.

Before launching Oberlo, my brother and I were running a standard dropshipping business and managed all our orders through email. Needless to say, it was tedious!

Weary from communicating with dozens of different suppliers, we wondered why we didn’t just add products to our store directly from AliExpress. All suppliers sold their products there anyway, and we could avoid all the hassle related to email communication, orders getting lost between Excel files, and not having any protection guarantee.

So we did it and were immediately impressed with the results. We soon had 2–3 full-time employees manually placing orders on AliExpress, but it still didn’t feel quite right. It was extremely time consuming, and we had problems with selling products that turned out to be out of stock.

My colleague was a developer and we discussed how we could try building a tool to automate this AliExpress dropshipping method to be less stressful. We had a working prototype within a few weeks of that discussion and everything started falling into place.

Fast forward a few months we sold the successful ecommerce business to our partners in China, which left us with the tool that made the business possible. We launched it publicly in October, 2015 and now we call it Oberlo.

We’re extremely happy to have helped thousands of entrepreneurs sell over 2,000,000 products through AliExpress dropshipping since then.


That’s pretty much how AliExpress dropshipping got started. And that’s why Oberlo is an invaluable partner in your eCommerce journey — it was built by people like you, to power eCommerce businesses like yours.

Also, it helps you add hundreds of products to your store and ship your orders with just a few clicks. In addition, you can track your order delivery information. Lastly, on top of those great features you also get full support from our experienced customer success managers.

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Have Questions?

If you have any questions about our dropshipping guide, or anything else ecommerce related, you can always get in touch with me on Twitter or with Oberlo Customer Success managers at hello@oberlo.com.

  • Jayed Hasan Tomal

    Why oberlo isn’t available for woocommerce?

  • mydogskips2 .

    Hopefully someone will address this.

    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I think most Americans believe they are exceptional, that they are superior to other people; we are arrogant, egotistical, and entitled, thinking we are the richest country and should have the best things.

    I don’t believe Americans will buy cheap unbranded products, what they perceive as cheap, junk knockoffs that don’t have the “cred” of name brand items. And I don’t think most will be amenable to 14 day shipping periods. I bought something at the turn of the year from a major American online retailer, and it did take 14 days(slightly longer than usual) for my shipment to arrive, and I was very impatient and upset, even when my order did finally get to me. I gave serious consideration, on an almost daily basis, to calling up customer service to complain. To us Americans waiting two weeks for a G’damn shipment is freaking ridiculous. And I don’t think I’m unreasonable, nor do I think I’m atypical in holding such a belief; as I said, we’re entitled.

    I say all this to say that I cannot see how AliExpress can work. Not that I spent all that much time there, but of the few items I thought looked interesting, something I’d consider buying for an online business, I thought they were priced too high to be able to sell at any kind of reasonable profit. Maybe I’m wrong, I am very cheap, but I would not buy the item if it were marked up to retail much higher than it was selling for on AliExpress. Even if I tripled the price(which to me would make buying it prohibitively expensive), after any paying the fees that I’d accrue as a seller I would not make an appreciable profit.

    I’m sure others have made it work, I’m not disputing that, but personally I think it would be difficult to sell Americans cheap, unbranded knockoff crap made in China. As much as we’d like to say brands don’t matter, we know they do, they work on us subconsciously until we think about them and it influences our purchase decisions. If I’m going to buy a TV for example, I’m going to look for something like Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba, even Vizio, Insignia or Hisense before I’d buy any brand I’ve never heard of which is probably made in China. The product itself may even be good, but perception matters and you have to slap a known and respected brand on it for most people to buy it. Yes, I know this is only one item which is not what one would want to sell, but I think it could be said to apply in general with few exceptions. For any category of items there are brand names that people are familiar and comfortable with which dominate the market.

    Well, you get my point.

  • Why sell to America?

  • Masood Khan

    Not everybody can afford to buy branded items. Ali Express has done very well so far in American market. Going forward I am not so sure if Mr President slaps tariffs as he has promised.

  • Super great article and very helpful. Thanks

  • 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, check it out https://dropshippers.blog/2017/02/06/alibonus-aliexpress-cashback-service-review/

  • Braydon

    This is simply being a Reseller. Why re-label it as “dropshipping”?!? We dont always need to come up with new words for things that have been around for ages you know…

  • Alvin Williams

    Thank you for the sharing this informative article, which really helped me understand what drop-shipping is and how Ali Express drop-shipping works. After reading this article, I might opt for Ali Express and its drop-shipping services.

  • Omar Bashir

    ok, I’m located in the Netherlands and today after 3 months working on building my store I have unlocked it to the world, So I wanted to test it before I publish it on the social network and on google ads, so I decided to purchase a test product from my store to get used to the whole procedure, after the customer set his order on my webstore and how to go from there with Oberlo, also to check the estimated shipping time to my home address , I made the order and then I checked the order on my account through Oberlo to proceed with the request from Aliexpress, but I was shocked with fact that as when I clicked on the “Order Product” I couldn’t order that product because the product can’t be shipped to the selected region (Netherlands!) ! I’m really shivering now because honestly that was not expected to happen on my first order(which is just a test order) on my store, I hope I can get an explanation for that and how to avoid that in the future specially my store is fully opened to the whole world ! if that product can’t be shipped to the Netherlands what will happen if someone from e.g. Kenya would ordere from my store! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/acf29445b4ef52f4969eceee442ae60a4ad6559aab2893270219c03b6df33e4a.jpg
    One of the solution that Oberlo can work on is, if a seller runs into this issue, Oberlo can find an alternative supplier for the same product which can still ship that product to the destination of the customer , because I have done that manually and searched for same product by other suppliers and I found a lot of them but if I do that out side Oberlo I would loose the tracking of the product on Oberlo and that would be not efficient from the management prospective, Could Oberlo do that?

  • Ottobroeker. com

    With dropshipping you don’t have an inventory.
    You make a sale on your site and then you go to your suppliers website and buy it and then they ship it for you.
    When people are saying that they are a dropshipper or say that they have a dropshopping business it mostly means that they use a dropshipping supplier.

  • Maurice Nyongesa

    Thanks, Tomas Slimas for if have gotten a very key idea here to run on my store which am launching in a few days from now.

  • Dali

    Great post thank you!! Can you speak a little more about how you would do custom packaging for a product?

  • DebDijour

    I see most items are “on sale” and the clock is ticking–do I ignore that sale price because it is not drop ship friendly? Put the expire date on my calendar and possibly be paying more than I am charging? This is all news to me.

  • DebDijour

    What is a cashback service?

  • DebDijour

    Hate to be the one that breaks it to you, but a huge number of people are buying just that in stores everyday. But I am seeing a lot of items on EBay at the Ali Express asking price. So yep, not sure about how competitive it really is.

  • Tom Kielski

    It’s a website that gives you money back on every purchase based on a %, for example if I buy something for $100, I get $10 back.

  • irtza kharal

    Can anyone tell about the payment method in pakistan because mostly people like cash on delivery services.how i can get my profit in this case

  • Sukhpreet Singh

    Sir how we use cash back service

  • Thanks for this informative guide on aliexpress, i have recently started to use this services , they are providing such a great products on lowest prices,

  • Have no idea what dropshipping is about what is it?

  • Miran

    Hi Im plan open SHOPIFY store with OBERLo app, I need some developer for make this store, I will pay for this service
    my email: miranmatic@yahoo.com

  • Gustavo Rodriguez-Aparicio

    Hi, is there a way – between Shopify and Oberlo – to sell a “package” of goods, combining various items from many Aliexpress suppliers?


    I don’t think Aliexpress provides a reliable business model. Here’s my experience with Aliexpress after becoming an A4 buyer within less than 6 months and after hundreds of orders. I had my account suspended then terminated 6 days ago. I contacted customer support 5 times to no avail. The first reason they gave me was: account temporarily suspended due to security reasons. After contacting the infamous customer support and promising to do their best, I got the second email with a new reason this time: My account is terminated due to violations of the order protection program. This happened and I’m an A4 buyer with 50 ongoing orders! Now I cannot dispute or leave feedback for any of them!! Simply thift!! Moreover, the fact that I returned the money to some of the sellers after a dispute/refund did not seem to matter at all. I did this voluntarily after receiving some of the disputed orders after some 3-4 months!! I still had respect and returned the money through another purchase and none of that mattered! I’m beginning to think that some of the highly rated/recommended sellers have close connections to AE management and are untouchable! I doubt their rating system so much after noticing that some of the most decent sellers are not highly rated at all.

  • Tariqul Hoque


    What is the best eCommerce platform out there to use Oberlo for Aliexpress drop-shipping business except Shopify?
    Can WordPress be an option?

  • Rich

    Are you talking about advertising these product on Google Adwords, Ebay, Amazon? Which is the best to start?

  • Andy Cross Michael S

    If i get oberlo and shopify can i sell to Nigerians?

  • Andy Cross Michael S

    Will dropshipping work for an entrepreneur that resides in Nigeria, Africa?

  • Dakshita Mehta

    I need to start a dropshipping business in INDIA.Is e packet delivery available here.if not which is the next best for ali express shipping.

  • Jesper Krogfelt Hansen

    Love this post, very helpful. Also find Megir here: https://www.watchfelt.dk/41_megir

  • Hey Dakshita! There are several different options. China Post will probably be the cheapest. Delivery with DHL, FedEx or any similar carrier will be way faster, but considerably expensive. It’s up to you whether your priority is the fast delivery or the price.

  • Leo Searle

    The name “dropshipping” has been around for at least 30-40 years, since I first came to know of it. And most likely a lot longer than that. Do your research before making stupid statements that show your ignorance …

  • Hi there,

    You can sell in any country in the world, regardless of where you reside. A lot of suppliers ship to hundreds of different countries including Nigeria.

    Good luck!

  • Hi there,

    Oberlo works with Shopify platform only. Therefore, WordPress won’t be an option.

  • Kumar Tapas

    i want to start dropshipping business in india. The only thing that is bothering me is the custom duty on product. Is china post delivery service directly deliver the product on the mailing address or the customer need to go to the nearest post office to collect the parcel. It is very confusing and no one gives the information about custom charges.

  • Hey there,

    These custom charges vary greatly among countries, so there is no specific answer here.

    To verify the shipping policies associated with India you should reach out to a government representative or local authority.

    Good luck!

  • Sheikh Fahad

    Hi, I want to know if it works for UAE market? who provides the delivery in UAE region like ali express or any other

  • Hey,

    It does work in UAE. You can run a successful dropshipping business regardless of where you’re located.

    Note, that using Oberlo you will be importing products from AliExpress or Oberlo Supply marketplace. Your supplier will handle the shipping for you.

    Hope this helps!

  • kashif mahmood

    hi, i just want to strat dropshipping in dubai market, but right now i am in kenya , i have no idea how can i operate my store from keny for dubai customers please advice!

  • Sheikh Fahad Khalid

    Hi Mate, thanks for the reply, just one more thing. So if i am located in UAE i can operate in any other market worldwide like South africa or Europe etc?

  • Hey there!

    It does not matter where in the world you’re located. You can be based in one country and sell to any other country in the world. Simply tailor your marketing to Dubai market and set your shipping zones accordingly.

    Good luck!

  • Hey!

    That’s right – you can be based in UAE and sell to any other market in the world 🙂

    Good luck!

  • kashif mahmood

    Thanks bro.

  • Ruta Ganusauskaite


  • Anytime!

  • Michael Orji

    Hello Thomas. I have been in shopify platform for three months. I have not sold one item. I am thinking about shutting down. this is my store: http://www.njoysuccess.com
    Do you have any suggestions for me?

  • Smmoorr Alsukhni

    i have question
    when i sell my product does it automatic buy them on aliexpress or what

  • Hey there Michael,

    In terms of your store, you should check out this article and adjust your store based on the points given there: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/feedback-on-my-store/

    You then need to focus on marketing. What was your advertising strategy?

  • Hey!

    When a customer places an order on your store through your payment gateway (e.g. PayPal), you then need to use your credit card to purchase that product from your supplier. Oberlo is not capable of placing orders for you, I’m afraid.

  • Sunita Negi

    Hi Michael, r u interested in selling your store… if yes, pls write to me at sunita.negi@gmail.com

  • Michael Orji

    Hi Sunita, if the price is right, yes

  • Sunita Negi

    Give me a Quote. If it suits me, i will buy…

  • Francis

    I am now getting what you guys have been talking about

  • How we can get Most trending product from Ali-express Please Guide me, Mostly people fail they have no idea which product is able to promote for selling.

  • Vanthy Huon

    Hi i am a newbie, i want to understand 2 things.
    1. Many drop shipping store offer worldwide shipping. If i want to do so, do i have to check with individual supplier if they ship world wide?
    2. How do i know which Aliexpress supplier is offering drop shipping? Do i need to check with them individually?


  • Hey!

    We have a separate article on how to pick a product to sell online. Have a look: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/what-should-you-sell-online/

    Hope this helps!

  • Hello,

    1. That’s right.
    2. No, you do not necessarily need to check with them individually. Most of AliExpress suppliers are happy with dropshippers. Plus, they might not even know that you’re drosphipping – you’ll be ordering their products as any other customer of theirs.

    Good luck!

  • sharif

    Hey Tomas,
    Thanks for being there for many of us,
    Since dropshipping has no borders, no limitations & all you need is a personal credit card, so do we, at any point of the process have to have a registered company of any type?

  • Okoye Godwin

    thanks a lot sir, please what is the minimum amount needed to start a drop shipping business, and how do I deal with the high value of the dollar to the Nigerian naira, since its going to affect the cost of products I intend to sell?

  • Hans Hansson

    Hi Tomas

    Is there a step by step guide you can pass on in regard to how to setup firstly shopify using aliexpress products. Basically a guide? Also have you heard of Fred Lam?

  • Hey!

    Yes, you do. But only once you start getting sales. There’s no need to register a business entity prior that 🙂

  • Hi,

    It won’t cost you anything to start a dropshipping business. When your Shopify free trial ends, you will need to subscribe to a paid plan, which will cost you $29 per month: https://www.shopify.com/pricing

    Note, that Oberlo Starter plan is forever free.

    Regarding the currency rate: there’s no workaround for that, I’m afraid. Did you consider selling in other markets than Nigeria, for example the U.S.? This way you won’t have to worry about the currency rates.

  • Hey there,

    Sure thing: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/how-i-launched-my-ecommerce-store-in-less-than-30-minutes/

    Haven’t heard of Fred Lam. What about him?

  • Hans Hansson

    No Nothing really he is trying to sell his program. I would like to know something. Is it possible to discuss something NOT in the forum.

  • Sure! Drop me a line at tomas@oberlo.com 😉

  • Sebastian Serafin

    Hey Thomas,
    Great article, thank you so much for the useful information. I do have one concern with aliexpress dropshipping that I believe was not covered in your writing. Many of the items I have ordered before from aliexpress, alibaba and dhgate tend to come in abysmal packaging, and in most cases the item itself does not come in any form of a presentable box. Instead it is often wrapped in bubble-wrap or just put in a plastic bag. Is there any way to get suppliers to deliver individual items in a box of their own, and preferably one custom designed? Thank you.