Do you feel stuck using your current AliExpress supplier and are looking to improve your delivery times? Try to find US suppliers on AliExpress!
You may think: “Huh? But I thought AliExpress suppliers are based in China”.
Yes, most AliExpress suppliers come from China. Still, some suppliers have gone along with the trend of shipping items domestically and are now stocking their products in US (or other countries like Russian or Spain) warehouses!
In this article, I will show you exactly how you can find reliable US suppliers on AliExpress.
I would advise reading till the end because AliExpress wouldn’t be AliExpress if some suppliers wouldn’t twist some facts from reality. For example, some suppliers claim to be suppliers from America but are actually still shipping from China!
That’s why at the end of the article, I will give you 4 tips to avoid fake US suppliers on AliExpress.
Before we begin, let’s quickly take a look at the benefits of using a US supplier.
Why should you use a US supplier on AliExpress?
You’ve probably guessed it already, but the main advantage of using a US supplier on AliExpress is the shorter shipping time.
Shipping times can be crucial for an ecommerce store. 87% of online shoppers find shipping times a key factor in deciding whether or not to shop with an ecommerce brand again.
Not only will faster shipping times improve your returning customer rate, but they also have more benefits for your store.
For example, shorter shipping times will lead to a higher conversion rate. Take a look at the following graph taken from a survey conducted in late 2017:
The average maximum shipping time that shoppers will accept for free shipping is just 4.5 days.
This isn’t everything yet, because fast shipping times will even help to build trust in your online store because 44% of online shoppers say that a faster delivery would increase their trust with a brand.
Hopefully, you’re convinced by now that decreasing your shipping time is pretty important for your ecommerce store.
Luckily, using a US supplier is a good way of decreasing your shipping time if you’re selling in the US.
If you’re interested in other ways of dealing with long AliExpress shipping times, then check out this article!
How to find the best US suppliers on AliExpress? (3 simple steps)
Did you know that finding local suppliers on AliExpress is actually very simple?
Just continue reading, and you will find out how you can find an American supplier on AliExpress.
I know you’re interested, so let’s start!
1. Know how to find winning products on AliExpress
Besides needing to find a good US supplier, you will have to know how to find winning products on AliExpress.
Otherwise, you may find a US supplier on AliExpress selling terrible products.
That wouldn’t help your ecommerce store either, right?
The first thing you should know is what a “winning” product is.
Basically, it’s a product that has the following characteristics:
- The product has a “Wow” factor
- It solves a problem or a pain point
- It isn’t easy to find in regular retail stores
- It has good profit margins
- And a few smaller things as well
If this is new for you, I strongly recommend reading our article: What Is a Winning Product?
That article will explain the above-mentioned characteristics in more detail and will also give you winning product examples!
Now that you are aware of what products to look for, you should read up on some tactics that will help you to find those winning products on AliExpress.
That is precisely what you will learn in the following article: How to Find Products on AliExpress? (5 Tips).
2. Use the “Ship From & To United States” filter
You are now ready to find US suppliers on AliExpress!
To do so, follow the simple steps below:
1. Go to AliExpress and use a keyword or category search to view products. In this example, I’ve searched for “plush toy”.
2. Head to the top of the page, select “United States” as the “Ship to” option, and click Save.
3. Next, navigate to the “Ship from” filter and select “United States”. This will filter all products and only keep the ones that are shipped out of the US.
Note: If you don’t see the “Ship from” filter, then make sure you have selected “United States” as your “Ship to” option! This option was selected in the second step of the process.
4. Once the filter is applied, you will only see the products that have an option to be shipped out from the United States!
3. Be aware of fake US suppliers on AliExpress
You might think that this was everything and that you can now select any of these products to find a US supplier on AliExpress.
Sadly, some suppliers on AliExpress create a “Ship from US” option on their product page while their product will actually still ship from China.
They do this in order to trick people into thinking that they will get a short delivery time, while in reality, the delivery time will be exactly the same.
How to avoid fake US suppliers on AliExpress? (4 tips)
Luckily, there are ways to avoid ordering a “shipped from the US” product, while in reality, it is shipping from China.
I will now give you 4 tips to avoid choosing fake US suppliers on AliExpress:
1. Ask the supplier for past tracking numbers
When the products are really shipped from the US, you will be able to see this in the tracking information history:
Therefore, a way to check if a supplier ships products from the US is to ask them for a few of their past tracking numbers:
If the supplier refuses to give them or if you see that the product’s journey doesn’t start in the United States, then stay away from this supplier.
There’s a high chance that he (or she) isn’t a US dropshipping supplier!
2. Look at the shipping times
Take your knowledge about shipping times from China to the advantage.
Packages from China can take a while to arrive, so you will often see a shipping time of 15+ days for products that ship from China.
AliExpress suppliers know that if they promise ultra-short shipping times, people will open disputes for their orders, their ratings will go down, and they may get issues with AliExpress.
Therefore, some fake US suppliers on AliExpress will offer an option to ship from the US with an unusually long shipping time.
This is a way to spot fake US suppliers. For example, here’s a US supplier on AliExpress that offers 4-13 day shipping time, which is pretty quick:
However, here, I found the same product that can be shipped from the US with a much longer estimated delivery time, which at the time of writing was still more than one month away:
3. Examine the shipping methods
Smart and genuine US suppliers on AliExpress will mention the shipping method or carrier they use to ship products from the US.
These shipping methods like DHL or USPS are recognizable for customers, which means that it will increase their trust in the AliExpress supplier. In turn, this increases the AliExpress supplier’s conversion rate.
Fake US suppliers might show a shipping method like “Seller’s Shipping Method – US” on the shipping information page (like you’ve seen above), which sounds really vague.
This could be an indication that, in reality, the product is not shipping from the US!
4. Check the product reviews
Looking at the product reviews can give you a rough idea of the product’s shipping time.
Just scroll through the reviews and pay attention to the “Ships from: United States” reviews.
Read a couple of them and see what people have to say about the product’s shipping time!
Here’s an example of people that were satisfied with their product’s fast delivery time because it was sent by a US supplier on AliExpress:
How to find US suppliers without AliExpress?
If you’re second-guessing now if you should start dropshipping with AliExpress, then we got a few awesome articles for you!
These articles will contain US dropshipping suppliers that are accessible without using AliExpress.
You can find them below:
I hope that you’ve learned something new today after reading this short but hopefully interesting article.
Finding US suppliers is actually incredibly simple if you are aware of the “Ship from the US” filtering option!
However, finding genuine US suppliers on AliExpress can be much harder since there are suppliers on AliExpress who lie about the product’s initial location.
Hopefully, you will succeed in using my tips to avoid these suppliers. That will make both your customers and yourself very happy in the future!
Remember that finding the best supplier can take some time, just like it takes time to find a winning product.
Just don’t give up, and I’m sure that you will succeed in it!