This subject might be easy for some people, but some people struggle with it and don’t understand it at all. That’s why I decided to create this article that’s focused on teaching you how to import your AliExpress products to your Shopify store and how to fulfill the orders that you’re getting. I will even teach you what an AliExpress dispute is and how it works!
1) Pick your “AliExpress connection” app
Dropshipping with AliExpress is much easier to do if you’ve got a “connection” app.
If you compare having an app like that to manually filling in all the information yourself, you will have a clear winner!
Indeed, having an app will save you a lot of time.
I will use Oberlo for this article because their free plan is free for unlimited orders, and most people use this app when they start with Shopify dropshipping.
If you don’t want to use Oberlo, then you can click here to see 15 awesome alternatives to Oberlo! It also contains Oberlo alternatives if you don’t want to use Shopify (anymore).
2) How to import AliExpress products to your Shopify store
I will split this up in a few stages for you.
So you will understand it easily!
You will first need to do product research, then after you have found some products, it’s time to learn how to find the best AliExpress suppliers for these products.
After you know which AliExpress suppliers are the best for the products you want to sell, it’s time to import them to your dropshipping store.
2.1) How to find AliExpress products to sell in your store
First off, you will need to do product research.
If you want to learn how to do product research for yourself, then I suggest reading my complete guide here. It contains all the dropshipping product research methods that are out there.
If you prefer to use a dropshipping product research tool to make your product research easier and less time consuming, I suggest you take a look at Sell The Trend.
Sell The Trend is one dropshipping product research tool, but it contains so many tools, as you can see in the image below:
Or you can read my other article here, which contains the 17 best dropshipping product research tools. I included both the free and paid options for you!
2.2) How to find the best AliExpress suppliers for the products that you want to sell
Now that you’ve done your product research and you know a few products that you want to start selling on your Shopify dropshipping store, it’s time to learn how to find the best AliExpress dropshipping suppliers.
This way you will have the best chance of succeeding with your AliExpress dropshipping store. You can click on the link below to learn more about this topic.
2.3) So, how do you add AliExpress products to your Shopify store?
After you have found products that you want to sell and you learned how to find the best AliExpress suppliers, it’s time to import the products to your dropshipping store.
You can follow me below step-by-step on how to import the products from AliExpress with Oberlo.
Don’t forget that you don’t need to use Oberlo for this. There are plenty of alternatives for Oberlo.
But, as I said above, most people know Oberlo and importing AliExpress products kind of works the same on all these tools, but otherwise, they’ve got great explanations on their FAQ page for sure!
Step 1) Install the Oberlo Chrome Extension
The first step is going to be installing the Oberlo Chrome extension.
This extension will make it a lot easier to import products from AliExpress to your dropshipping store.
Step 2) Import your AliExpress products
So, I went to my favorite tool, Sell The Trend (more information on that above under the product research method), and I found a product that I want to sell.
Don’t forget to sort by orders and check which AliExpress supplier is the best one for you!
You could always message them all and see how their response time and English is.
After that, click the blue Oberlo button at the AliExpress product that you want to import to your dropshipping store.
Step 3) Edit your product page to be unique
One of the reasons most people fail with dropshipping is because they don’t put any effort into their dropshipping store design and their product pages.
Please take some time and create an awesome product page for your product!
As you can see in the screenshot below, there are so many people interested in Dropshipping at this moment.
If you put more effort into your dropshipping store, you will have so much more chance of beating your competition later on.
I will link below to some articles of mine that will help you further with this!
- How to Get Awesome Product Images When Dropshipping?
- How to Write Product Descriptions for Dropshipping Stores?
Step 4) Decide what price you’re going to sell the product
Now it’s time to decide what the price is going to be of the product that you want to sell on your dropshipping store.
I suggest reading our other article here to learn how to price your dropshipping products correctly!
3) What to do after you receive an order on your Shopify store? How do you easily process them?
I will quickly show you the process below on what happens when you get an order on your AliExpress dropshipping store and how to process it then with Oberlo.
- You get an order on your Shopify dropshipping store.
- You’re super excited!
- After that, you go to the Oberlo app.
- Click on place order on the order that you just got.
- Then Oberlo will bring you to AliExpress where it automatically adds all the products from that order to your AliExpress cart.
- Then Oberlo will automatically fill in the checkout information (this is the information that your customer gave to you when checking out: where their order needs to be shipped to).
- All you need to do then is press pay & pay for the order on AliExpress.
- After that, Oberlo will automatically update the status of your product.
- Then, update your AliExpress page sometimes, and then Oberlo will update the orders once it’s got new information (like if the order got shipped).
- If the order’s been shipped, Oberlo will add the tracking number to the order & send a confirmation email to your customer that their order has been sent.
- The same goes for when the order got delivered, Oberlo will update the status of the order for you.
I’ve got one extra tip for you.
You can let Oberlo fill in the note for the supplier automatically when checking out!
This way you will let the AliExpress seller know that you’re dropshipping and that you don’t want to have any advertisements or recipes in the package (this is called blind dropshipping).
4) How to cancel your dropshipping order on AliExpress
Now that you know how to place an AliExpress dropshipping order, it’s time to learn how to cancel an AliExpress order.
This can come into place for a lot of reasons. Like, people that don’t want the order anymore, or people that ordered the wrong size or products.
All you need to do is go to the AliExpress order page and press cancel on the order that you want to cancel.
Keep in mind that you can only do this before the order status is changed to shipped.
If the order is shipped, you need to contact the supplier to see if there are any possibilities left (maybe you’re lucky and he hadn’t shipped it yet).
After the order is canceled on AliExpress, Oberlo will automatically update the order again.
5) What are AliExpress disputes and when can you use them?
This is important to know because there is a chance that you will have problems with one or more AliExpress suppliers.
If you can’t figure it out anymore with them, you can open a dispute on AliExpress.
Most products have a 60-day (or less) buyer protection.
You can see that under the buy now button.
For example, I opened a lot of disputes after my supplier kept telling me that the products were on their normal way, even though it had taken more than two months already.
That’s why I decided to open AliExpress disputes on these orders.
Results? AliExpress was on my side on all my disputes, and I had my money back in no-time.
If you want to open a dispute on AliExpress as well, press the ‘Open Dispute’ button on your AliExpress order (All orders on your AliExpress account).
Dropshipping with AliExpress: Do you want to learn more?
If you’re interested in dropshipping with AliExpress (or maybe you’re already doing it), then I’ve got some great articles for you so you can kickstart or grow your dropshipping store!
I also got a huge article for you that will help you create your own Shopify dropshipping store in 2021!
Reading this article will help you to get started and stay motivated while beginning and continuing your dropshipping journey!
But that’s not all!
If you’re interested in learning more about AliExpress dropshipping, like what it is and how to be profitable, then you’re in luck!
I’ve also got a complete AliExpress dropshipping guide.
This way you will be fully prepared to start and grow your AliExpress dropshipping store in 2021!
Also, if you don’t have a Shopify store yet, then you can click here to get a free 14-day trial!
There you have it! Everything that you need to know to start importing AliExpress products to your Shopify store and how to process your dropshipping orders.
You even know now, if you didn’t know before this article, what an AliExpress dispute is and when you can use it.
If you’re going to start with AliExpress dropshipping now (or maybe you have already started), then I wish you the best, and please don’t forget that success doesn’t come overnight!
If you think I forgot any step for this article or if you’ve got any questions regarding dropshipping, let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Us” button at the top!