AliExpress is one of the most popular platforms to source products for dropshipping stores. The Chinese eCommerce giant has millions of products that are often priced cheaper than the same products on Amazon and eBay.
The best thing? A lot of people in the West don’t know about AliExpress so they completely skip over it when shopping. Others know about the platform but don’t trust it due to the lasting stigma of Chinese goods being low quality.
The irony is that many of the products on Amazon and other eCommerce platforms use the same suppliers as AliExpress.
China now has millions of highly-skilled workers in its bustling manufacturing sector.
As dropshippers, you need to know that the Chinese manufacturing industry has come a long way since the days of low-quality production.
China now has a massive pool of highly-skilled workers and the infrastructure to make just about anything. High-quality goods are abundant in the Land of the Red Dragon.
And you can source them on AliExpress and sell them for a juicy profit on your Shopify dropshipping store.
I. How to import products from AliExpress to Shopify
The easiest way to import products from AliExpress to Shopify is by using the Oberlo browser extension. You’ll need to be using your laptop or desktop to do this.
We’ve already covered this briefly in our Chapter 05: what is Oberlo and how does Oberlo work, so if you need a refresher then please take a read through the previous chapter in this section.
01. What is the Oberlo browser extension
The Oberlo Browser Extension was designed to allow you to quickly import products from AliExpress to your Shopify store. It’s the fastest and easiest way to add AliExpress products to your dropshipping store.
02. How to add the Oberlo browser extension
You can install the Oberlo extension on any Chromium web browser.
You will need to be using Google Chrome or a browser built using Chromium, for example, Brave Browser.
Simply download the extension, then restart your browser to make sure the installation is complete. That’s it.
03. How to use the Oberlo browser extension
It’s easy to import products from AliExpress to your Shopify dropshipping store once you’ve got the Oberlo browser extension up and running.
It’s very easy to use the Oberlo browser extension. Just click the blue logo to import a product.
- Go to aliexpress.com
- Search any keyword in the search bar
- Hover your mouse over the product you want to import
- You’ll see a blue Oberlo logo appear
- Click the Oberlo logo
- The product will be added to your imports list in the Oberlo app
Now that your product is in your import list, you can go to your Shopify dropshipping store and make any edits you want before making it go live.
Products imported with the Oberlo browser extension are automatically added to your import list.
- Go to your Shopify store dashboard
- Click on Apps
- Go to Oberlo
- Go to Import List
- You should see the product you’ve imported here
- Press ‘Import to Store’
II. Import AliExpress products to Shopify using their URLs
The Oberlo Chrome extension is the easiest way to import AliExpress products to your Shopify dropshipping store. There are some situations in which you won’t be able to use this method. There are some simple backup options if these scenarios apply to you.
- The Oberlo Chrome extension isn’t working
- You don’t want to use Chrome (it consumes a lot of RAM which slows some laptops)
If you can’t use the Oberlo browser extension, then pasting the product URL into the Oberlo app is the next best method. It’s a simple and quick process.
Can’t use the Oberlo browser extension? Just paste the product URL into the Oberlo app.
- Go to aliexpress.com
- Search for any product
- Go onto the product page that you want to import to Shopify
- Copy the URL
- Open the Oberlo app from your Shopify dashboard
- Go to ‘Import List’
- Click ‘Add by URL or ID’
- Paste the URL and press ‘Add Product’
- Review and add to your store
Importing products from AliExpress to Shopify is easier than ever before.
You can also copy the product ID, which can be found in the URL. The easiest way is to just copy the entire URL, however.
Importing products from AliExpress is one of the best ways to source products for your Shopify dropshipping store.
- Prices are lower on AliExpress than Amazon and eBay
- Quality is generally the same
- AliExpress has been integrated into the Shopify ecosystem
The Oberlo browser extension is the easiest way to import products from AliExpress to Shopify. You can also use the Oberlo app itself to find dropshipping products sourced from the Chinese eCommerce platform.
- The Oberlo Chrome extension is easy to install
- It’s quick and easy to use
- You can use it for any product that meets Oberlo’s terms
If you can’t use the Oberlo browser extension then you can simply copy and paste the URL of the AliExpress product you want to import into the Oberlo app on Shopify.
Dropshipping has become significantly easier over the years. This is great for you as an aspiring dropshipper, but you should also be aware that the competition has increased alongside the popularity of the business model.
Take the time you save from not having to deal with physical inventory and invest it in building a better dropshipping website and customer experience.
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