This new dropshipping method utilizes a number of tools that allow you to list a large amount of products found on Aliexpress onto Amazon, meaning you can get a lot of traffic just because you have a lot of products listed, increasing your chances of selling a product, if you listed on Amazon manually it would take a considerably longer amount of time and you wouldn’t have additional functionality which I will talk about.
Your main sales channel will be Amazon US as Shopify doesn’t support any other regions of Amazon at the moment.
Pros of selling on Amazon
- Millions of free traffic for your products
- Built in advertisement tools
Cons of selling on Amazon
- % based fee on every sale
- 7 day earnings reserve on every order
Aliexpress – Your inventory source
Shopify – This website will house your inventory and communicate with Amazon and Oberlo
Oberlo – This tool will allow you to import products from Aliexpress while keeping sync of stock, it will also load up the corresponding Aliexpress product page when you get an order which is an imperative feature as you will have hundreds of products that you won’t be able to keep track of manually. Oberlo has now been fully integrated with Shopify.
Alibonus – This tool gives you cashback when making purchases on Aliexpress, there are couple tiers, starting at 7% going up to 10%, you can read in depth about it here. A good alternative is also epnCashback.
Keyword Tool Dominator – A neat little tool that allows you to peer into Amazon search data to optimize your listing keywords
Expected earnings ( based on my data )
I sold 7 products in march for a total profit of around $200, depending on what you sell and how much work you put into this method you should expect at least 5-10 sales a month, I was pretty lazy myself and only listed 300~ products.
(Note: this data shows total sales, not earnings)
My first sale
Only 8 days after I listed the product which from my experience is actually very fast as if I look at my other sales they were usually 2 weeks after listing the product
[UPDATE] April 2017 Earnings
April has been a really good month, my sales have increased compared to the last month and I had no issues with customers like refunds etc.
This is my sales summary, minus product costs and $70 monthly fees for shopify, amazon and UPC codes I have earned $335.
I spent the first 2 weeks in April preparing more products to list them on Amazon but I got burned out really quick and took a break, I will start listing products in May again and I will add around 250 products as I have everything ready to list.
This is a snippet from my Order Spreadsheet showing the sales volume for the whole month, it’s only 13 sales however the way my prices are set up I profit $25-$65 per order.
[UPDATE] May 2017 Earnings
This month started off well and then suddenly two weeks in all my sales dropped to 0 and I haven’t sold anything since, I checked my business reports and I’m still getting a fair amount of traffic however no sales, I will wait another 2 weeks to check if the problem lies with my niche or the current season is slow.
My sales totaled $538 and after product costs my earnings for the month were $175, this was a total of 13 orders.
My inventory after 2 weeks
Take away 50 from the total and I have listed around 350 products ( not including variations, variations alone are near the 1200 mark ) in around 2 weeks, I didn’t do it for 2 weeks straight however that was the general time frame, some days I didn’t feel like doing it.
Shopify(Required) – $8/month for a basic store ( comes with a 14 day free trial )
Oberlo(Required) – Free
Amazon(Required) – $39.99/month for a professional seller subscription which is required for the shopify integration
Alibonus(Optional) – Free
Ebay – 1000 UPC Barcodes for Amazon (Required) – $13.99 for 1000 codes, comes out at roughtly 1 cent per product/variation
I highly recommend buying these UPC Codes as I have purchased them from this seller multiple times and they always work perfectly, I say this because UPC codes that come from illegitimate sources, if found out, can get your listings and or account banned by Amazon.
Keyword Tool Dominator(Optional) – Free daily searches or one off purchase
$300+ saved to purchase products
You will import products from Aliexpress to Oberlo, from where you will export them to Shopify and then later on back to Amazon.
Which products to sell
You will not be doing any product research or looking at trend data, you will simply pick a product category or multiple, however you want to do it.
I picked one specific product and went with it, here are a couple of points that I recommend when picking a product
- Fairly lightweight and compact(Free shipping)
- One size (you don’t want any returns)
- Unbranded (Highly recommended)
- $10-40 product cost range
You might be wondering why I recommend selling unbranded products, not all customers know how to utilize search engines to their full extent, however those that do can easily find the same product that you’re trying to sell somewhere else for a much lower price, if your product is unbranded the chances of that are minimal
Step by step setup
- Make an Amazon US account and set the account up with the necessary information like deposit method and charge method (the Shopify Amazon integration currently only supports Amazon US)
- Upgrade to a professional seller subscription on Amazon (Settings > Your services > Manage > Upgrade)
- Register with Shopify and make a store ( the name doesn’t matter unless you’re planning to have your own Shopify website )
- Left hand side > Settings > Sales channels > Add sales channel > Amazon > Connect to Amazon > Go through the setup wizard
- Register and install Oberlo
- After 14 days you will probably want to downgrade your Shopify plan to a lite plan so that you only pay $8 a month for shopify
Now after you’ve successfuly done all that you will want to configure Oberlo which is a straight forward process ( Shopify > Apps > Oberlo)
These auto update settings are very important in order for Oberlo to relay stock levels to Shopify which sends that information to Amazon.
These are my Oberlo pricing rules, with these settings anything I import into Oberlo will have it’s price changed according to my rules. As you can see I use a x3 markup on all my products, that might seem very high at first but you have to remember people won’t be able to find the same product that you’re selling so they do not have a price comparison and they won’t be dissuaded by your high price.
Lastly you will set up a shipping template on Amazon, this is what I use for all of my products
Shipping time – 7-14 days
All regions of USA
If you haven’t already, make an Aliexpress account, add a payment method and then verify your account on Alipay by sending in a picture of your passport etc.
This step only takes a few minutes and is very important as when you verify your payment method, the payments will process faster and Aliexpress won’t close your orders due to different billing and shipping addresses.
Importing products to Oberlo
Make sure you have the google chrome Oberlo extension installed required for the next step.
Change your extension settings to the ones above and click update, this will hide any products which don’t ship to the US and don’t offer ePacket.
If you don’t know ePacket is the best shipping method from China to America, offering very low cost, tracked, fast 12-20 day shipping, I do not recommend choosing products without ePacket as you do not want slow, untracked shipping as it leads to problems.
Let’s pretend you’re selling socks, you will navigate to the sock category on Aliexpress or simply search for socks.
What to look for [IMPORTANT]
- Products with a full white background
- Free ePacket
- High available quantity ( 100+ )
Using these rules you will import 500 or less, potential products to Oberlo, I simply added pretty much any product that followed these rules, since you’re not doing any research and you do not want any favoritism, you will add any product that matches these rules.
After you’ve imported your products, before pushing to the shop, you can select any additional images you want to import for example any size charts or additional diagrams.
Once you’re ready you can push your products to Shopify.
Getting products ready for Amazon
Amazon listing image rules
- Main images must be at least 1000×1000
- Main images must have a white background
This part is very repetitive and tedious, you will be going through all your imported products, one by one and resizing images to 1000×1000 and removing any product logos from the images, thankfully Shopify uses an integrated Adobe solution so you don’t have to save out the product images you can just edit and resize them in the browser.
If you import any products and you notice that the background isnt completely white and perhaps is an off white I recommend deleting any variations and possible the whole product that do not have an image that abides by the Amazon image rules as saving out the images and doing manual editing will take time and you do not want to waste any time. Remember you do not have to list every product you import, after deleting a product from Shopify you can delete it in Oberlo to free up space.
Listing on Amazon using Shopify
For this step you will need to have already purchased some UPC codes ( Ebay – 1000 UPC Barcodes ) that are required to list products on to Amazon and also get approval for the Apparel/Clothing category on Amazon, this is because when exporting products from Shopify to Amazon you can currently only choose Apparel categories which require approval (the process to get ‘ungated’ is straight forward and anyone can do it)
Categories and products requiring approval: Clothing & Accessories
After you’ve completed the steps above you can head over to the Amazon tab
and click the Create listing button
Select your first product and click ‘Select product’
Now you will click create listing as you want to create your own listings
If you’re selling a product that fits in the apparel category you can select the appropriate category, if not just select any category and then later on you can change it to an appropriate category in Amazon.
Now you will remove any brand names from the title and description if there are any, add some bullet points which are required ( I usually copy important bits of information from the description into the bullet points like Material and Length as people look for that kind of information)
I always leave the title as it is on Aliexpress which saves me time but in turn makes it easy for anyone to find that product, but you got to remember not everyone is that smart (or rather paranoid?)
You will leave the keywords blank as you will add those later on in Amazon because if you add them in now for some reason it pastes all the keywords onto 1 line in Amazon and I’m not sure if that has an impact or not so I’d rather do it manually and properly.
Now if you scroll down you have to select all the variations you want to add, all follow the same process that I use
Size > Custom Size > x
Production time > 7 days ( this is the average processing time for most products on Aliexpress )
Product Identifier > Your UPC
Image > Select variation image and any child images
As you can see in the image above I didn’t actually resize my variation images and I can’t list those without doing so.
After I’m happy with the listing I click Publish in the right top corner.
In a few minutes your product will appear in your Amazon inventory however it takes another couple of hours for it to process and during that time it will appear broken and incomplete.
Inserting keywords into Amazon listings
For this step you can skip it at your own choice however I recommend doing this to boost your traffic, I use a tool called Keyword Tool Dominator which after entering a keyword shows me the long tail keywords that people use to search for products which I can then sort by rank so that I am using the most popular keywords, here is my post about this tool
After you compile list of keywords you can then open up all your listings and insert those keywords.
If you have products with variations you should be editing only the parent listing which is the one that shows up without expanding the child variations, this is because if you edit the keywords in the parent listing it will propagate the changes to the child variations.
My average time to complete the whole workflow
This will give you an idea of how much time the whole process takes.
Importing a product into Oberlo – 15-40 seconds / per product
Selecting additional images in Oberlo import list – 15-30 seconds / per product
Resizing image + removing logo – 25-45 seconds / per product variation
Listing product onto Amazon – 5-15 seconds / per product variation
Now I usually do this whole workflow in waves, so first I add 300 products and then I resize the images for those 300 products, instead of doing it product by product, as this way you do it faster because your brain gets used to the process.
How to find the last product you listed the last time you were listing
You do not want to list the same product twice so you have to find the last product you listed the last time you listed so that you can continue where you left off.
Go the Amazon listings tab in Shopify and copy the name of the first product which will be the one you listed last
Now go through all the pages and use ctrl+f to search for the product title you just copied ( for every new page you have click ctrl+f again and paste the text in again as for some reason if you just leave the text in there and keep scrolling through pages it won’t find it )
After we find a match we can resume from that product by copying the name of that product and in create listings entering that specific name
How to order
Finally got your first sale? Tell me about it so I can congratulate you
Now you have to find the corresponding product that the customer ordered on Oberlo, no problem, just head over to the Oberlo dashboard and in the Orders tab click on the product title which will take you to the product page.
Now is the time if you haven’t already to register on Alibonus
Every time you click on a link on Oberlo that takes you to a product page on Aliexpress it breaks the Alibonus affiliate link and you won’t get cashback, so make sure that when you’re on the product page it says ‘Cashback Activated’
After you’ve made sure of that you can add the product to cart and proceed with the order, this means you cannot use the semi-automatic fulfillment system offered by Oberlo because you won’t get cashback and you will have to fill out the address manually which isn’t that time consuming.
After your order make sure you go back and send the seller a message
This will ensure your customer doesn’t receive an invoice with the real price of the product and no promotional material.
As you’re running a business here what I like to do is keep record of all my sales so I can calculate profit and keep track of orders.
This is the spreadsheet I use, in the first column you have the Amazon order id which let’s you find the corresponding order on Amazon
In the second column, Amazon profit, you put in the earnings you received for the sale, this is after Amazon takes their cut
In product cost yo put in the price of the item that you ordered from Aliexpress, in the cashback column you put the cashback you’ve earned from Alibonus for this particular order. Finally you run a simple calculation to get your Final Profit, (Amazon profit + Cashback – Product Cost)
I like to record the date of the order as well as it helps me later if I need to investigate an order, lastly in the External Order No. you put in the Aliexpress order id as as when the seller confirms shipment of a product on Aliexpress you will quickly search for the product in your spreadsheet and find the corresponding Amazon order id.
Confirming shipment of your first sale
Has the seller finally shipped the order? Great
Find the corresponding order on Amazon and click confirm shipment,
Now you grab the tracking number from Aliexpress and change Carrier to other and put in ePacket as this is the shipping method you should only use.
When will I get paid by Amazon
Amazon puts a 7 day rolling reserve on every transaction, meaning that you will be able to withdraw your earnings 7 days after the expected delivery time for the order, this means that you need some money saved up to purchase products as payments from Amazon won’t be fast enough to keep up.
Scaling and upkeep
I’ve covered the whole process now all that is left is scaling and upkeep.
Oberlo lets you track 500 products at once if you’re on the free plan, if you want to expand your inventory all you have to do is change to the Basic Plan which lets you track up to 10k products, I wouldn’t do this until you’re receiving steady sales and can cover the running monthly expenses, what I would do to free up Oberlo space instead is to go through my Amazon inventory and perhaps delete products that have been listed for 2+ months and re-list new products.
Every 1 or 2 days you should check your Amazon inventory for out of stock products as these take up Oberlo space and aren’t being displayed to customers
What you can do not to waste time and UPC codes is find the product that is out of stock on Aliexpress, from another seller, an easy way is to search by your product title which is left the same or by reverse searching the image or variation image
Now if you find the same product on Aliexpress head over to your product list on Oberlo > filter by > gone from supplier or search by the product title
Action > Override this product
Copy the link to your in stock product on Aliexpress and paste it in
Go over to to your import list and go to the Variants tab of your product, now here you want to make sure your SKU, Color, and Size properties match those of your old product ( I do not know if this is necessary but to my understanding the SKU and other properties should stay the same for things to stay in sync between Shopify and Amazon)
In short you want these fields except the price
to match these
After everything is ready click ‘Push And Override’ which should set the stock levels back to normal and after some time Shopify should sync back the inventory levels to Amazon
Expanding to other sales channels
If you have the time there are various Apps for Shopify which I’ve tested that lets you list on other platforms to increase the exposure of your products.
Sellbrite – Costly but powerful addon, supports 8 different marketplaces and 4 shopping carts
inkFrog – Cheaper solution but only let’s you list on eBay
If you’ve gotten to the end, thank you for reading, if you have any questions or feedback please comment below
91 thoughts on “[Guide] Dropshipping on Amazon using the ‘Shotgun’ method – Perfect for beginners”
Thank you so much for making this guide. I will be putting everything into action. You wouldn’t mind it if I contact you sometimes for questions sometimes?
Thank you again.
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I’m glad you found it useful, don’t hesitate to contact me I will do my best to answer any questions you have.
Hello, do you still use this technique for a long time?
This technique is actually relatively fresh and yes I still use it, I’m trying to get to 500 products listed and see how that will impact my sales.
I love about your earning update on April. Is there Amazon fee like their transaction fee or only one (pro subscription) ?
There is a fee for every item sold, different product categories have different fees but it’s usually within 10-17%.
On top of that there is the Pro Subscription fee you pay monthly like I mentioned in the post.
You ever had any trouble with Shopify creating listings for you? I can’t see to make it work, it keeps giving me “Can’t connect to your Amazon account”.
I never had that error, have you made sure everything is connected properly and you have a professional seller subscription on Amazon?
Thanks for the reply. Working great now. Seems like it just needed a little bit more time to connect correctly.
any updates on the profits you’ve made? have you found a winning product?
I will update the post and release an earnings report at the end of this month
As promised I’ve updated the post with the earnings for this month
Very Good Article , I thank you so much for your efforts and sharing.
Thank you very much for the detailed instructions, you helped me a lot!
I’m glad you found it helpful and good luck
Hey Tom, do you only work with high level sellers only? I am assuming that if they offer free E-Packet, that means they are good to work with.
I tend to check the seller ratings and stay away from brand new sellers, that being said being a seller on Aliexpress costs a lot of money from what I’ve heard and I don’t think there are many scammers.
Make sure you check if the sellers actually send your order with ePacket as I’ve seen cases being reported on the Oberlo forum where sellers didn’t send an order with ePacket when supposed to, probably because they were greedy and wanted extra money, if this happens just report them to Aliexpress as it’s against the rules, orders sent to the US with ePacket should have a tracking number that starts with LW and after a number it ends with CN.
Can I use a shopify development store with this? I’m a shopify partner.
I’ve only heard about this feature from you so I have no idea if you can but I’ll check it out.
Witch shopify App to use for importing from Gearbest to my store?
Does importify do th job?
I don’t know of any Apps that support Gearbest, you can find most products that are on Gearbest on Aliexpress anyway.
Thanks Tomas, amazing info. Will try to implement it starting from today!
Thank you for this. I have a eBay based drop shipping business that does a little better than break even, but nothing to write home about. This is an amazingly detailed guide. I assume your still a fan of this approach? Thoughts on this approach vs. a Shopify store? Thanks in advance.
I’m only 2 months in with this method and I’m still testing the waters, I will still be posting monthly updates.
With a Shopify store you have to find the right product and ad, unless you’re really good with Facebook ads you’re going to be spending a lot of money testing different ideas, if you find the right product/ad I’d definitely say Shopify is better as you don’t have to play on Amazon’s ‘playground’ and it’s easier to manage things.
Nice guide dude, I will be in touch with you over the next month for some NEWBIE help if need be.
Thank you for the amazing guide.
My question is – What are your tax compliance since you are registered in Europe but selling to American clients.
Thank you again for your time.
I don’t know a whole lot about tax laws but as long as you’re not a US citizen then you only pay taxes locally
Hey Tom, Great article!
2 quick questions…
1) How do set your Ship-From Location? Do you enter China or the United States?
2) ePack to US is 12-20 days + handling time. I see you set your shipping time to 7-14 days. Are you adding a handling time of 7-10 days in the Amazon listing page to make it work?
Thanks for your wisdom!
1) I leave my shipping location on Amazon blank
2) I put 7 days processing time when listing my products on Amazon, this should be enough for the supplier to ship the product on time
Just wanted to thank you for this guide. Priceless information for beginners like me.
Hello, Thanks for great post.
I have a question.
In the post you said you would set shipping time 7-14 days. But as i know ePacket will take up to 20 days to arrive.
So will it make problem happen with your customer?
To the US, ePacket actually takes 7-14 days, when you set 5-7 day handling time in Amazon you get an expected delivery date that is more than 21 days which covers you in the event of a delay.
Thanks for your supper fast reply. Very useful information.
Do you have any experience in Aliexpress to Ebay?
Nowadays, i see a lot of items on Ebay have a cheaper price than Aliexpress. All comes from Chinese Seller.
So is there a chance we can still work with Ebay?
How is your opinion?
I do sell on eBay as well however I don’t use Aliexpress as my supplier because as you explained eBay is completely saturated with Chinese sellers selling the same products very cheap, instead I use Amazon and other smaller businesses to dropship from, these are the tools I use to dropship from eBay https://dropshippers.blog/2017/06/22/hydralister-skugrid-review-dropshipping-on-ebay/
Yes, i have seen that post. Another great post.
I think i will read some times again. I may have some questions there. LOL!
You are doing great job. Keep it up.
Thanks for this information.
I have a question. What is the advantage of including Amazon into the pack … why not selling directly from your Shopify store and push sales by SEO/SEM?
SEO is a lot harder to learn and it usually takes a long time to rank a website depending on the keywords, that being said if you can pull it off it’s way better than selling on any other marketplace as you don’t have to compete with anyone on your website.
By selling on Amazon you essentially get free traffic.
“If you’re selling a product that fits in the apparel category you can select the appropriate category, if not just select any category and then later on you can change it to an appropriate category in Amazon.” -> How do i change the category? It seems that my product is stuck on the Clothes category and i cant chagne. Please help
You have to go to Manage Inventory on Amazon and then click Edit on the right hand side of the product you want to edit, from the top tabs go to More Details and find the Category field, from there you can choose an appropriate category, if it is still stuck on the same category after a while then try again, otherwise there is nothing you can do except contacting Amazon so they move the product to the correct category.
Hey Tom. in your blog you are setting your shipping to USA but then you have amzon.ca and amazon MX in your reports. How does it work? What if the customer is in different country? Does this means you only sell on Amazon.com and set the shipping option as “the seller only ships to US” this type of thing? Can you please explain the shipping in more detail? Also, when I chose the epockets , the shipping is not free- there is a charge of few dollars
I opened those additional channels because I was curious, I have some products listed on Amazon.ca too and I sell a few sometimes.
I have my shipping settings to USA/Canada only.
Sometimes the sellers charge for ePacket, you will have to find products or other sellers of the same product that don’t charge for ePacket.
Interesting article. Have you had any issues with Amazon? Because Amazon policy doesn’t allow sellers to purchase products from another online retailer and have the retailer ship directly to customers. How do maneuver around this issue?
While what you say is somewhat true I haven’t had any issues so far, on the other hand ordering from a wholesaler is permissible which some people do.
I buy barcodes code from ebay,maybe you can say is it come fast?
You get them delivered to your email, usually within 30 minutes.
Please help me if you can,
I’m new and not understant amazon.i put products like you whrite,but it always error.and I get message” Amazon reported an error with this listing: Make sure your brand was first registered on Amazon.com and Manufacturer Part No. is your key attribute value”
if I dont have brand name,where I need find in amazon to change. Hope you help me 🙂
I’m just wondering how did you set your transit time to 7-14 days in Domestic settings, I can’t find that option on my settings. Here’s my screesnshot: https://puu.sh/xJiOT/4f5f1f10f6.png
I just checked and I have the same options as you, Amazon must have changed the minimum transit time and I didn’t notice, you can use the maximum transit time allowed and if you need more you can always add a little more to the dispatch time.
First WOW for this perfect guide. Just one question:
On Amazon it says
« Drop Shipping Policy
Drop shipping, or allowing a third party to fulfill orders to customers on your behalf, is generally acceptable. If you intend to fulfill orders using a drop shipper, you must always:
•Be the seller of record of your products;
•Identify yourself as the seller of your products on all packing slips and other information included or provided in connection with them;
•Be responsible for accepting and processing customer returns of your products; and
•Comply with all other terms of your seller agreement and applicable Amazon policies.
Examples of drop shipping that is not permitted:
•Purchasing products from another online retailer and having that retailer ship directly to customers; or
•Shipping orders with packing slips, invoices, or other information indicating a seller name or contact information other than your own.
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in the suspension or removal of your selling privileges.»
Did you had any problem with that policy?
No I haven’t, in fact neither amazon or my customers know that I am dropshipping.
A million thanks to you. Just perfect timing as I was trying to figure out the dropshipping method to Amazon.
Can you do directly drop shipping from Aliexpress to Amazon. I mean, without using Shopify and Oberlo?
You can but it will take longer to list products and you won’t be able to reliably track your inventory unless you only list like 10 products.
Great post Tom! I have a quick question! After purchasing the barcodes how are you getting them incorporated into the flow? I didnt really get what you will do with the barcodes and where in the process you are going to use them ? Any info would be greatly appreciated
You use the barcodes when listing products on Amazon, every product that is to be listed requires a barcode.
I actually ended up here because my wife bought some items from amazon that obviously came from China. We were wondering how they did it because apart from the packaging you can’t tell. It’s quite solid because as long as you receive your stuff and are somewhat happy with it, you don’t really care where it came from. My wife was only a little pissed off at herself because she knew it came from Ali and therefor had paid too much. May just give it a shot myself, thanks!
Hello, I’m from Asia Country. Is there any problem for me to follow your tutorial here? Thank you in advance.
I don’t know the rules that apply to your country but as long as you can sell on Amazon from your country I don’t see why not.
by the way, tqvm for the guides.. i listed 1 item on amazon about 4 hours ago.. now it is active, but it says that the item is out of stock.. is it normal? maybe it normally took a few more hours to syncronize the inventory with shopify? or is there is any mistake i made?
Wait a few more hours and the items should update, sometimes it takes a while.
many thanks for this tutorial. Two questions:
1. I am a beginner, so I am not approved to sell in the Clothing category. Any advice how to get approval with only having Aliexpress products to sell? Do you still need a wholesale or manufacturer’s invoice to apply?
2. If I understand correctly, Shopify integration with Amazon only works for Clothing/Apparel products, but if we have listed products from other categories previously on Amazon, we can integrate them with Shopify. As I don’t understand fully what that means, can you please elaborate a bit further, do you sell Aliexpress products others then Clothing/Apparel category, and if how you do that?
Sorry if for those questions you already gave explanations.
The application process for the Clothing category is very easy, all you have to do is answer some questions and you’ll be approved in no time.
Right now the Shopify integration only allows to list in a limited pool of categories, mainly clothing, however that doesn’t stop you from listing any other products as you can list in the wrong category temporarily and then go back and change it in Amazon.
I have a few questions:
1. Is this method still working?
2. What do you with returns? (even if it still in transit or the customer received it and wants to give it back)
3. When the customer receives the package, doesn’t he asked why it arrived directly from China and not from you?
Thanks Tom. Great article. Same question as Darescu. How do you deal with returns? will items ship back to you or buyers return them to Ali sellers in China? Thanks.
Whenever someone requested a return, I would give them the return address back to China and so far nobody has actually returned the item back after being told to send it to China.
Great article thank you very much.
I have one question about the brand registry. As you mention we are selecting “brand owner” option before listing our products on Amazon, but what if Amazon asks about it? Did they ever ask you?
This information is very important for me because I have an online dropship store in Shopify and get tired to give advertisements on Facebook, also not going so well, its really hard to make sales only with facebook ads.
Thanks in advance,
They have never asked me anything in regards to my brand, as long as you don’t use famous brands (eg. nike,sony, samsung) that you do not have the rights to sell, nobody will ask you anything.
I’ve been following this step by step and when I got to the domestic shipping page it only had the option for 4-8 days not 7-14 days will this matter when I get my first sale?
Did you by any chance set the “ships from country” to the US? When I create a new template I get a 10-20 day option https://i.imgur.com/TdjTDBQ.png
I didn’t see a option to change it to the US would that be on the same page as the shipping rules. I’ve looked it over multiple times and created a new template following the link you sent me and still get the same 4-8 shipping days the template even said US template.
Try going into the General shipping settings and check what your Default shipping address is, if you change it to an address outside the US I think it should give you more transit time.
does your customer know that the product comes from china? I just want to start this business
They do not know where the product is coming from.
As of April 2018 I consider some things have changed since you wrote this great article. For instance, when you say “As you can see I use a x3 markup on all my products, that might seem very high at first but you have to remember people won’t be able to find the same product that you’re selling so they do not have a price comparison and they won’t be dissuaded by your high price.” Currently most if not all of Aliexpress’s items are already listed on Amazon. How you deal with this, and do you still think x3 markup is viable? Thank you
Yeah I totally see what you mean, if you’re not getting many sales you can always decrease your margins.
Also I talked about how you should list products that can’t be quickly searched for a cheaper price, for example if you list a generic backpack people won’t be able to find the same one as easy as if you listed a specific electronic item with a model that can be searched.
Another question is, as you are using shoppify only as a “midleware” for using oberlo, is it possible to instead use woocommerce?
If you can find other plugins that allow you to list products from Aliexpress to Amazon and track your inventory then I don’t see why not use it as an alternative.
Hi Tom, thank you for this guide i’ve been looking for this detailed guide for ages 😀 Really great help for us new comers in dropshipping.
I have a question Tom, since we are branding the item with our name (assuming we brand it with same as our store name) so the one that indicate the brand of the item is same as our store name right? and it makes us like the only authorized to sell the product since the brand name and store name is the same. What if someone joined in your listed item? can we make them go away? does amazon have that kind of policy?
You won’t be able to stop people from joining in on your listing unless you can prove that they are selling a different item than the one you are offering and you won’t be able to do that.
I see, so if do the reverse and piggyback on other seller then they cant chase my away. Thanks Tom!
I will try it out. Thanks for your review
This is hell of a article, thanks for sharing ^_^
One question, i lost track on costs and everything. How much did it cost you everything to set up this method?
It’s listed in the Startup cost section
Shopify – $8/month for a basic store ( comes with a 14 day free trial )
Amazon(Required) – $39.99/month for a professional seller subscription which is required for the shopify integration
Ebay – 1000 UPC Barcodes for Amazon (Required) – $13.99 for 1000 codes, comes out at roughtly 1 cent per product/variation
$100-$300+ saved to purchase products
Because its almost 2 years old this article, i want to ask you, if its still required the Amazon to be US? I am from Macedonia and cant find any related article to confirm that i need only Amazon US account
This is hell of a article, i have one question. I got lost in the reading and couldnt calculate all the costs to set up this method? Can you tell me how much it costed you if you remember?
Thanks for sharing this one
And also does the Shopify by any chance started supporting intergration with other Amazon accounts instead of only Amazon US?
Your tutorial is brutally good :-)… I am following your approach now. Shopify basic cost $ 29/month. Must I remove online store? They say:
Remove your online store
Sell with Buy Button, on Facebook, and in person with point of sale for only $9/month.
If I wish do Amazon and ebay sale based on your advice, can I do with $9/month account only?
I don’t think the $9/month package let’s you sell on other channels like Amazon/Ebay, only Facebook and PoS.