Dropshipping With AliExpress: How to Find the Best Suppliers?

How to find the Best AliExpress Dropshipping Suppliers for your Dropshipping store
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When I first started out with my dropshipping store I wanted to make sure that I had the best AliExpress suppliers possible. Follow me step by step to see how to find to best AliExpress dropshipping suppliers! Hint? Please don’t go for the cheapest option!

Update: This blog post is now up-to-date with the new AliExpress!

Why Is It Important to Find the Best AliExpress Suppliers for Your Dropshipping Store?

Do you want to make the best dropshipping store possible?

Well, then you first have to understand how to carefully pick the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store.

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 their package is? What if your supplier cannot keep up when you’re getting hundreds of orders each day?

If you follow the steps below you will find your self the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store. Even if you’re just a beginner!

So, How to Find the Best AliExpress Suppliers for Your Dropshipping Store?

Hopefully, by now you know how important good suppliers are. They can literally make or break your dropshipping store!

Follow me below to learn 7 steps to find the best AliExpress suppliers possible!

This way you can bring your dropshipping store to the next level.

Step 1. Sorting the product search results

The search for the best AliExpress supplier all starts with typing in the product you want. After that do not sort by price, but by orders.

This will show the products with the most amount of orders first. 

How to find the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store. Step 1: Sorting the product search results
These green bars around the products are from Oberlo. They show if ePacket is available for that product, how expensive it is, and how long the processing time is. You can check out Oberlo here!

Step 2. Exploring the AliExpress Supplier

The next step is to click on the first few products that are comparable to what you’re searching for. As an example in the above image, the third one has nothing to do with what I was searching for.

The goal with this is to find AliExpress suppliers who have more than 97% positive feedback.

A good bonus is that all the 3 seller ratings are green.

This was the first supplier that had the most amount of orders.

Bad AliExpress Dropshipping supplier example

As you can see this supplier has a 92.8% positive feedback. That’s below the 97% range.

More bad news, all the 3 seller ratings are red.

It seems that in their feedback, the buyers often note that the sold items don’t fully match their description, there are some communication issues, and the shipping speed is not quite satisfactory.

The second supplier has 97.4% positive feedback and everything (except the top one) is green!

This means that buyers are mostly happy with everything that these buyers from the seller above were not happy about.

Good AliExpress Dropshipping supplier example

Another option to find the best AliExpress supplier is to see if the seller has a top brand badge. This means that that seller is a top brand.

The Top Brands are the best sellers on AliExpress. These are popular brands or authorized resellers of a brand. 

AliExpress sellers get the badge if they have good product quality, reliable business reputation, and good after-sales service.

Personally, I never dropshipped from a supplier with a top brand badge, but you can always have this as an option. Just make sure that they accept dropshipping.

More on how to make that sure below.

AliExpress top brand example

Step 3. Inspect the product reviews

In the feedback tab of the product page from the supplier you choose from the steps above.

Read the customers reviews carefully to understand what exactly is good and bad in this seller’s activity.

Pay special attention to the reviews that contain pictures. with the help of these pictures, you can roughly evaluate the quality of the product and understand whether the buyers’ claims are fair.

How to find the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store. Step 3: Inspect the product reviews

Sometimes, people get annoyed by some tiny details that are not really relevant.

But sometimes, several different customers point out the same difficulties they had during the purchasing process, and that’s something you need to keep an eye on.

For example, if everyone in the reviews is writing that the shoes they bought are not matching with the sizing chart on the sellers AliExpress page.

Step 4. Check the shipping time

On the product page, look at the available shipping terms to understand whether the seller can ship your order to the country where the majority of your potential buyers live.

First off, click on the shipping option (I put a red bar around it on the screenshot below).

How to find the shipping time on AliExpress

Then you get this as popup:

How to find the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store. Step 4: Check the shipping time

You can click on the tiny arrow to change the country of delivery.

It’s not only important that the seller ships to the country you’re targeting, but also that the shipping methods, that are available, are good.

A tip with picking the right shipping method, don’t always pick the cheapest or the one who is free. Like the top one, in the example above.

Firstly, look if the shipping method you want has tracking information available. This is the key to keeping your customers informed and keeping them from complaining about why their package didn’t arrive yet.

Secondly, pick the one who is the fastest for the best price. So for the example above I would pick ePacket.

Yes, AliExpress Standard Shipping on this one might be a bit faster, but it’s almost double the price!

You will see that you will mostly pick ePacket if it’s available. This is the best method for delivery to most big countries.

Step 5. Look at their guarantees

If you followed the steps above you most likely found the best AliExpress dropshipping supplier already, but it doesn’t hurt to follow these next steps just to be sure.

One thing to look at is the seller guarantees. With most sellers, the on-time delivery is set on 60 days, but some do less than that.

For example, you will see this under the “Buy Now” button on their product page:

Or it might be fewer days, like this one:

What this means is that if the item is not delivered to your customer within these days and you cannot come to an agreement with your supplier, then you can open a dispute.

How to find the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store. Step 5: Look at their guarantees
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I had one supplier who just kept claiming the products were on its normal way even though it’s been more than 60 days. And the last time the tracking information updated was like a month ago.

For now, on all my disputes, AliExpress was on my side and I had my money back in no time.

AliExpress dropshipping dispute result example

Step 6. Messaging the AliExpress supplier

There are a few reasons why you should message your potential supplier.

First of you can see how active they are. If you got a dispute claim from your customer then you want your supplier to react fast as well, right?

Secondly, you can ask them if they accept dropshipping and what they do with refunds.

Standard questions I mostly ask in my first message to a new supplier:

1. Do you accept dropshipping?
2. How long is the processing time after you got the payment?
3. If the product is not working as it should be when arrived. Do I need to send it to you or will you give a refund with picture/video proof?
4. What if the product doesn’t come on time? Will you refund so I can send it again if needed?


If you’re sure that you’re going to sell a lot you can ask something like this as well:

What if I sell out your inventory? How fast can you make new ones?

A good tip is that messaging the AliExpress sellers always takes some time so what I usually do is, I find more than one good supplier and just send the same message to all of them at the same time.

Then all you have to do is compare answers and reaction time, maybe some don’t even react to you.

Keeping contact with your supplier is also good later for your profit margins. You can ask them for a discount when you’re getting consistent sales.

Step 7. Ensuring the quality of the products is good

Now that you have found a supplier, or maybe even more than one. It’s time to ensure that the quality of the product you want to dropship from that supplier is good.

Some people suggest to order the product even before you start selling it on your store, but I think differently because what if the products you ordered are looking good, but you can’t get them to sell?

So what I do is I carefully follow these steps above to find the best AliExpress dropshipping supplier possible for that product. Especially the step where you need to look at the product reviews, that one is really important now.

You will ask your self while reading the reviews, are these people happy with there purchase or did something go wrong?

The best reviews are reviews with pictures. You can have an idea of how the product quality is by looking at these pictures.

The best AliExpress dropshipping suppliers have good reviews with hopefully some reviews that include pictures!

But when you start getting sales for that product I suggest ordering it for your self first before you start scaling.

This way you can see how long the delivery actually takes, you can see the quality of the product and the packaging used for shipping.

Bonus: When the product feels good and you decided to keep it in your store and scale it, then you don’t have to throw it away; you can use that product to make your own pictures and videos for advertisement!

Even better is ordering the same product from 3-5 different suppliers and then compare them. Maybe a different supplier has a much better quality and price.

Most Common Questions When Using AliExpress Dropshipping Suppliers

Won’t my customer find invoices and promotions from the AliExpress supplier in the package?

This is how I do it, I put in Oberlo a custom note that will automatically be written at checkout: 
We’re dropshipping. No promotions & invoices, please!

How do you let your customer know that the shipping time might be 2-3 weeks?

Be as open with it as possible. Make sure you have a Shipping Policy where you write about the expected shipping times, something like this:

When will I receive my order?

This depends on the product ordered and your location. Due to high demand and multiple global partners typical delivery times are:

USA: 7 to 20 days
Europe: 10 to 30 days
Australia/New Zealand: 12 to 25 days 
Rest of the world: 20 to 40 days (please keep in mind that the delivery of your package in some smaller countries or islands might take longer, but do not worry you will get your items!)

If you want to learn more ways on how to deal with the long shipping times when dropshipping with AliExpress, then I suggest reading my other article here.

Dropshipping With AliExpress: Do You Want to Learn More?

Learn more about dropshipping with AliExpress in 2019

If you’re interested in dropshipping with AliExpress (or maybe you’re already doing it), then I got some great articles for you so you can kickstart or grow your dropshipping store!

And also, if you don’t have a Shopify store yet, then you can click here to get a free 14-day trial!

Conclusion

So, there you have it. Every step you need to take to find your self the best AliExpress suppliers for your dropshipping store!

Suppliers are like your business partners. They can make or break your business. So please, pick them carefully.

Even though it may seem so easy by just picking the cheapest supplier out there. You now know that it is the complete opposite.

You will thank yourself in the future if you took the time now for selecting your suppliers.

If you have any other step you take before selecting a supplier or if you have any questions, then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!

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