Most product research tools out there cost money, but what if you don’t have the budget for that yet? What if you want to get a few sales on your dropshipping store first before you invest in one of these tools? If that’s you, then you’re in luck! I got a list of the 8 best free product research tools that you can use while dropshipping!
Should You Use a Paid or a Free Product Research Tool When Dropshipping?
I said this before, but you don’t need a product research tool for your product research.
In case you don’t know, product research is the process that you research what kind of products are best to sell in your store. Most likely, these are products that are selling a lot.
Although I won’t deny that product research tools could definitely save you time and give you a lot of inspiration for the product research part.
But the problem is that most of these tools cost you a monthly payment.
And most people that are starting with dropshipping don’t have much money available.
That’s why I created this list with the 8 best free product research tools.
You’re probably thinking “free”? Are you sure?
Yes, I’m sure! No need to pay anything.
Although there is one thing to note, I will separate this article into two parts.
One part will be for completely free product research tools, and the other part will contain paid product research tools, but these paid ones do have the option to get a free account or free trial.
I included these paid product research tools because they can be really powerful, but if your money is tight, then you can use their free account options or their 7/14 days free trials!
Plus, don’t forget that you can cancel these trials and signup for a different product research tool trial on this list.
5 Completely Free Product Research Tools for Your Dropshipping Store
If you’re ready, then let’s get started with the completely free dropshipping product research tools!
These tools will help you with your product research for free.
1) AliExpress Dropshipping Center
Let’s start this one with the most famous one, but unfortunately, not everyone knows about it yet.
It’s the AliExpress Dropshipping Center!
This tool is inside AliExpress and is specially created for AliExpress dropshippers.
In case you don’t know anything about the AliExpress Dropshipping Center or you don’t know how to enable it on your AliExpress account, then I suggest reading my other article here.
The great thing about it is that it’s free to use and it gives you some basic product research options!
The next free product research tool is called Thieve. They show you what’s trending right now on AliExpress.
It will give you a lot of inspiration for your product research!
All you have to do is signup for a free account with them, and they show you some pretty awesome products from AliExpress!
Furthermore, you can even sort the products by a category, so you can see find products inside your niche (if you have a dropshipping niche store):
Curious how it looks like now? Awesome!
Below you will find an example of the first products that you will see if you sort by homeware and click on trending products:
At first, they only had a free version available (you can see that one on the screenshot above), but now they also have a dropshipping version available.
It’s called Thieve Supply, but it costs money so I won’t cover it further in this article. However, if you want to learn more about it, then you can click here.
It will add a lot of stuff for you to AliExpress. You could say that it looks a bit like the AliExpress Dropshipping Center, but with this tool, you will get a lot of extra information on the AliExpress product page itself.
It’s a tool made by Nicolas Rose, and it’s as I said above, it’s completely free to use.
The only thing is that you will need to use it on a browser that uses the Chrome Web Store.
If you want to learn more about Asify, then I suggest checking out this video from James Beattie:
4) Commerce Inspector
The next free tool on this list is called Commerce Inspector.
They do have a paid plan available, but what I’m referring to is their free Chrome Extention.
They will show you the best selling and newly listed products of a store:
They also integrated with the Facebook Ad Library so you can see their ads:
Plus, they will show you what apps that store is using:
If you want to learn more about the Commerce Inspector, then I suggest going to their website here.
5) Turbo Ad Finder
Next up is a great little tool that will help you do product research on Facebook.
I guess you can guess already what this tool does, but if you can’t, no worries!
If you activate this tool and go to Facebook, then it will only show you Facebook Ads. It will filter out all the other posts. Just take a look at this video from them:
You could combine this tool with the product research method from Franklin Hatchett:
This way, you will have a great chance to see ads on your Facebook feed from other dropshipping stores!
Do keep in mind that you don’t have to do this via his “Facebook Pixel hack”. You can also get more ads from dropshipping stores by showing Facebook that you’re interested in them.
For example, by liking all the dropshipping ads or posts you see, and going to their dropshipping stores and adding their products to your cart. This way, you’re showing Facebook that you’re highly interested in these kinds of products!
And do you know what Facebook will do then?
They will show you more ads that are related to that in the hope that you purchase them!
3 Paid Product Research Tools That Have a Free Account or Trial Available
Now that you saw the best free tools that will help you with your product research, it’s time to move on to the paid product research tools.
I only included a few paid product research tools, because not every product research tool lets you create a free account or gives you a free trial without charging any money!
1) Niche Scraper
I added Niche Scraper as number one here because they allow you to create a completely free account, which you can keep for as long as you want.
However, if you’re looking for more features, then you will need to upgrade your account, but their free account option is great to use if you don’t have a big budget yet!
This is what you will get with their free for life plan:
If you’re interested in learning more about Niche Scraper, then I suggest reading my review that I linked to below.
The next product research tool is called Ecomhunt.
Most of you that are reading this article probably already know this tool, but I thought it was still worth mentioning!
The great thing about Ecomhunt is that they got an option, just like Niche Scraper, to create a free account. Although it will have some limited features again:
But I don’t think you care that much about limited features if your budget is tight!
If you’re interested in learning more about Ecomhunt, then I suggest reading my review that I linked to below.
3) Sell The Trend
And the last paid product research tool on this list with a free account/trial option is called Sell The Trend.
Although I highly recommend Sell The Trend on this blog, I didn’t put it on number 1, because they don’t offer a free account option like Niche Scraper or Ecomhunt!
They do give you a free 7-day trial, which you can cancel anytime, so you don’t pay any money. The great thing about their trial is that you can use the full product research tool that whole week! No limitations.
Sell The Trend does a lot, for example, take a look at the image below:
If you’re interested in learning more about Sell The trend, then you can read my review that I linked to below.
Do You Want to Learn More? Here Are My Recommendations!
Are you currently dropshipping? Or do you want to start dropshipping?
Awesome! I’ll link to the articles below that I recommend you read next.
This way, you will be fully prepared to take your dropshipping store to the next level in 2020!
I just want to say one thing; my blog doesn’t endorse any paid dropshipping courses. (I hate them, they are the reason I created this blog)
If you’re interested in learning why I think paid dropshipping stores are a waste of money, then you can click here.
Below you will find the articles that I suggest you read next:
- How to Find Winning Dropshipping Products? (Product Research Methods)
- 16 Winning Dropshipping Product Examples | Inspiration for 2020!
- 17 Most Successful Shopify Dropshipping Store Examples
- Shopify Dropshipping Complete Guide 2020: Create Your Store!
So there you have it! 8 awesome product research tools that you can use today for zero dollars!
Don’t forget that you can combine all these free product research tools and free accounts/trials from paid tools to do your product research even better!
Just don’t forget that if you use a trial, that you cancel it so you won’t be charged. However, if you like the tool and you want to use it longer, then you can do that as well!
If you got another free product research tool for this list or if you have any questions regarding dropshipping, then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!
Good luck with your product research!