Dropshipping From China | 10 Ways to Make It Work in 2019

How to make dropshipping from china work
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If you’re reading this, then you’re probably wondering how to make dropshipping from China work. Well, don’t worry… I have 10 ways for you to make it work in 2019! Just don’t forget to put your time into it and to treat your store like a real business.

1. Pick your dropshipping suppliers wisely

Dropshipping from China: Pick your dropshipping suppliers wisely

Let me ask you this question, do you want the person who handles the production of your products and the shipment to your customers to be reliable or not?

Most people who start with dropshipping pick their supplier based on price. They go to AliExpress, sort by price and pick the lowest one.

Because this will make you rich, right?

Wrong, all though this may work for you in the short-term. It will definitely haunt you in the long-term.

What if your supplier doesn’t respond to your messages asking where the package is? What if your supplier cannot keep up when you’re getting hundreds of orders each day?

Another great tip I can give you with selecting your dropshipping suppliers is to always have a backup supplier.

For example, what if your main supplier doesn’t want to work with you anymore or worse what if they “go dark” and don’t respond to you anymore.

You could have a lot of orders when something like this happens. You don’t want to cancel all these orders, right?

That’s why having a backup supplier is great to have. At the moment something like that happens you can move your orders to your backup supplier.

Another way to do this is to not rely on one dropshipping supplier, but instead, have multiple suppliers for different products inside your store.

The only problem then is that if your customer orders multiple products on your store, then they get multiple packages on different delivery days.

Read more here: How to Find the Best Aliexpress Dropshipping Suppliers.

2. Dealing correctly with the long shipping times

Dropshipping from China: Dealing correctly with the long shipping times

A downside from dropshipping from China is that you will have to deal with long shipping times.

Please don’t make your shipping times a mystery. You might get a few more sales, but these sales could be from people that expect the package to come in the next few days or maybe even the next day!

These people will be a pain in the ass to deal with when they start asking questions. They will most likely demand a refund when it’s taking to long.

If you’re not mysteries about your shipping dates, then another pitfall people fall into is being way too optimistic about their shipping dates.

They might write something like: “Expected delivery time: 5-7 business days”.

Which could happen, but there is a big chance that it could take longer than 7 business days.

A big tip I can give you right now to reduce the long shipping time when dropshipping from China. Is to always try to choose ePacket and to look for suppliers with the lowest processing time.

Read more here: How to Deal with Long Shipping Times When Dropshipping with AliExpress.

3. Be more unique than your competition

Dropshipping from China: Be more unique than your competition

A lot of people that are dropshipping are selling the same products with the same information they got from maybe even the same dropshipping suppliers.

Of course, you don’t have to be unique with the products you pick, but please have a look at your product images and descriptions!

Your own Product Images

A great way to stand out is to create your own product images.

Most dropshipping stores use product images that everyone is using. You know these images that you can find on the product page of your supplier.

You have a lot of options here like editing the background of your supplier images and asking influencers or your customers to make unique product images for you!

Read more here: How to Get Product Images for Your Dropshipping Store.

Your own Product Descriptions

Another great way to stand out and to get better conversion rates is to create your own product descriptions.

Don’t just copy the product descriptions from your suppliers.

For example, most product descriptions from AliExpress suppliers are just some bullet points about the product they are selling.

This won’t help you sell your products! You need to have a convincing description on your product page.

Read more here: How to Write Product Descriptions for Your Dropshipping Store.

4. Correctly handle your refunds and returns

Dropshipping from China: Correctly handle your refunds and returns

People usually stop thinking about the idea of dropshipping from China when they hear that they need to deal with the refunds and returns themselves.

They hear all these stories about costly returns and suppliers that don’t want to refund anything.

My suggestion is to look if it’s cheaper to let your customer keep the product and to just send a new one. Otherwise, let your customer send it back to your supplier. You only have to decide if you pay for the return costs or not.

Handling refunds and returns when dropshipping from China might not be that hard if you know the different kinds of refund requests and what you should do with each of them!

Read more here: How to Handle Refunds and Returns When Dropshipping.

5. Avoid certain products and niches

Avoid certain products and niches

It’s true that some products and niches are better to be avoided.

These products or niches could be profitable in the beginning, but could bring you down in the end!

Some products are even illegal to import in some countries.

I suggest doing your research carefully to see if your products are going to create any problems for you at this moment or in the future.

Read more here: 13 Products You Should Avoid Dropshipping in 2019.

6. Know how many products you need to open your dropshipping store

Dropshipping from China: Know how many products you need to open your dropshipping store

You need to know how many products you should have / want to have in your dropshipping store.

You also need to know how many products you should focus on advertising at the beginning of your dropshipping journey.

Read more here: How Many Products to Start with Dropshipping.

7. Know your profit margins

Dropshipping from China: Know your profit margins

One thing is true and that is that your profit margins could be tight when you’re dropshipping from China.

Here are some reasons why your profit margins might be tight:

  • Your suppliers do it all
  • Shipping can be expensive
  • Competition
  • Platform costs
  • Refunds

There are, of course, some ways to increase your dropshipping profits, like:

  • More volume
  • Talking to your supplier
  • Increasing your selling price

The last point is really important. You need to know how to correctly price your dropshipping products.

This way you will have the highest chance of turning into profit later on.

Read more here: How to Increase Your Dropshipping Profits.

8. Don’t forget to factor in holidays

Don't forget to factor in holidays

When you’re dropshipping from China you need to factor in holidays from China.

For example, the Lunar New Year. This is huge in China.

So why is this important if you want to dropship from China?

Well… because every Lunar New Year everyone in China goes on holiday for one week.

This means that during that time almost everything will be closed. So, no packages can be shipped out to your customers and new products are not being produced during that time.

The best-case scenario will be a shipping delay of a week or more. Worst case scenario could be something like 3 weeks without any product shipment.

What you need to do is to contact your supplier(s) before the Lunar New Year. Ask your supplier(s) how long they plan to be closed.

After you have that information you can decide what you want to do.

  • You could find another supplier who might be open earlier.
  • You could order a large amount of the products that are selling the best in your store and fulfill them yourself when orders are coming in. Or use a fulfillment center.
  • Take the time to work at your store. Pause your advertisements and make sure you let your current customers know that the shipping might take longer.

9. Don’t think you will be rich the next day

Don't think you will be rich the next day

This is a big one. Many people who start with dropshipping believe they will be rich the next day or next week.

That’s why many people fail with dropshipping. They don’t treat it as a real business. They treat it as a way to make a fortune overnight because that’s what everyone online is telling them happens when you start with dropshipping.

Many “gurus” out there advertise with these false claims just to get more people to buy their overpriced courses.

Read more here: Is Dropshipping Still Profitable in 2019?

10. Great customer service

Dropshipping from China: Great customer service

I saved the best for last! Great customer service is the key to turning dropshipping from China into a profitable business.

If you don’t have great customer service, then people will start complaining and will start asking for refunds more and more.

Take, for example, Attitude Today. In the screenshot below you can see a post on their Facebook page. You can see that their customers are not happy. Their dropshipping store is also offline right now.

Source: Screenshot of their Facebook Page

Read more here: The Complete Guide: How to Do Customer Service When Dropshipping?

Getting Started with Dropshipping in 2019

Learn how to get started with your dropshipping store in 2019

So, are you ready to get started with dropshipping? Or maybe you have already started, but you’re looking to get some inspiration?

If so, then I will link to a few of my best articles below for you. This will help you to get started and to stay motivated while beginning your dropshipping journey!

Just don’t forget that success takes time. Keep improving each and every day!

And also, if you want you to get started with Shopify, then you can click here to get a free 14-day trial!


So, there you have it! 10 ways to make dropshipping from China work for you!

If by any chance you need any inspiration right now to get started with dropshipping from China, then I suggest looking at these dropshipping store examples.

If you have any questions or suggestions for this list, then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!

Good luck with your dropshipping journey!

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