Published on Dec 28, 2016
Learn what these 6 aliexpress dropshipping mistakes are that new sellers make – with Dan Dasilva.
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When it comes to dropshipping on Aliexpress, there are 6 big Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes that new sellers make that cost them thousands of dollars in lost sales. If you’re just getting started, then learn what they are so that you can avoid them, and shortcut your way to success!
#1 Of the Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes: Not buying from reputable sellers
Buying from reputable sellers means that you can trust that your customers will get their product shipped to them, and that they will be happy with the quality of it too. Here is how to filter the results to only show reputable Aliexpress sellers:
1. Go to Aliexpress.
2. Search for the item you want to source/dropship.
3. Tick 4 stars so that Aliexpress will only show you products with a 4+ star rating.
4. Click “orders.” Aliexpress will now list the results based on the number of orders a supplier has fulfilled for an item that week.
5. Go through the results, and find the supplier for your item with the highest number of orders that also has a 4+ star rating from buyers.
Working with reputable sellers that are selling a high quality product will keep your customers happy… and happy customers make for repeat buyers!
#2 Of the Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes: Not talking to your supplier
When dropshipping, you should always get to know your suppliers. If you personally reach out to them, you can negotiate special deals like lower prices, free shipping and more. Talk to your suppliers and form a relationship with them.
#3 Of the Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes: Creating a general store and selling everything
You should always be looking to create a store that focuses on a specific niche. Don’t try to be like Walmart and sell everything. By offering lots of choices, you create lots of distractions. Your conversion rates will be much higher if you focus on finding a few high-quality products that appeal to a specific niche that will make them excited and inspire them to buy right then-there without distracting them with other products that they don’t want.
In addition, focusing on a particular niche allows you to build your branding around it, which will also increase your conversions. You can focus on finding the right store name, URL, store theme, colour scheme, logo and more to fit with your niche.
#4 Of the Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes: Focusing on the “Best Selling Items” on Aliexpress
A lot of people pick their items by going to the “Best Sellers” on Aliexpress, and assume that those are the hot items that they should be promoting. But this isn’t the case: There are lots of items on Aliexpress that will sell very well, but people haven’t necessarily discovered them yet. So don’t get hung up on the “Best Sellers” and be prepared to find your own items on there to sell.
#5 Of the Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes: Losing money by focusing on getting new customers, rather than on upsells
Did you know that it costs McDonalds $1.91 in advertising to get you to buy something? Then, when you go ahead and purchase a burger for $2.08, they only make $0.18. Doesn’t seem worth it, right?
Buuuut… when they sell you fries and a drink for $1.50 more, they are now currently making $1.68 in revenue… an increase by over 900%! If McDonalds were to instead take the mentality of increasing revenue through finding new customers, they’d have to find over 9 new customers.
The lesson for this is that it’s a lot easier to increase revenue/profit by upselling current customers and getting them to spend more, than it is to focus on advertising and trying to acquire more customers. When setting up your Shopify store then, focus on building funnels that upsell customers you’ve captured into spending more money with you, rather than just investing in more paid advertising.
#6 Of the Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes: Not letting the market dictate what you should sell
There are lots of tools at your disposal which will help you pick the right items to sell. You have the Google Keyword Research Tool which will tell you which keywords/phrases (and thus items) that people are searching for. And you have the Facebook marketing insights which tells you purchasing behaviour, what pages people like and gives you insights into the types of demographics you can target.
Use these tools to help you identify items that people want to purchase. Don’t try to guess.
If you’ve got any questions about these 6 Aliexpress dropshipping mistakes that new sellers make, be sure to leave them in the comments section below!
Comments • 497
Trent Kelly9 months ago
that right eyebrow has a mind of its own
Karen Tun Aung
Karen Tun Aung11 months ago
Hi Sarah. Thank you for providing such detailed and helpful videos! I just would be grateful if you could clarify something for me as a newbie. If I were to open an online store and dropship from Ali Express, why would people be happy to wait for my products to arrive if they don’t want to wait for products to arrive from Amazon or Ebay? Personally, I’m one of those customer who doesn’t like to wait more than a week, so I’m a bit confused xx
Luis Rodriguez8 months ago
Why the negative comments? Why do you guys feel good saying rude ass shit toward someone who is providing value for us for free? What went wrong in your life? you guys just suck.
Forever Handsome11 months ago
You are doing a great job. Thank you!
IberianRainbow11 months ago
Am I wrong to think that Dan Dasilva is high as a kite in caffeine..? :-)
M Smirnoff11 months ago
The camera is too close it’s difficult to watch to your face and you speak to fast !!
Panderz8 months ago
I think shes pretty, I like girls with character!
Bob Gunter5 months ago
Hi Sarah, I have to apologize to you for the stuff that is being sent as comments by so many sad people. It’s a shame! It really doesn’t matter how old these people are what they’re doing should have been left in grammar school.
Sam D11 months ago (edited)
she is hard to watch…camera is too close. those constant cut edits are distracting.
Vern Evens11 months ago
I have a burning question Sarah. How do you deal with the 2 month delivery time on Aliexpress?
Yu Susetyo7 months ago (edited)
Some people Too Much spend their time judging & fixing their own appearances, that’s why they value others accordingly. That’s why most people can’t get success faster bcs most of their time is lost in making up their looks, so less time for more valuable things in life. If we look around, those that don’t seem to look very handsome & pretty in appearance tend to get quicker success in life, you just need to see in Forbes Magazine for those richest people in the world. Most of them do not look too pretty or handsome, right? Bcs they use more time to Focus getting more value & quality for their lives than just appearance. It’s also very shallow to judge others by appearance.. I love this woman, she makes very useful videos for us to learn and she definitely is smarter than most of us.
m1m2m3m411 months ago
is there something on your teeth :P
Antoinette OKeefe11 months ago
I was wondering if you could talk just a little slower
J L11 months ago
My biggest challenge has been finding a niche 😔
Khen M.11 months ago
holy fack her facial expressions and lack thereof creep’d me off
Kop Prophet11 months ago
What ever you do… don’t hidge your bits!
WillfulOblivion11 months ago
I liked the part where he said not to do what I think will work but what the market data shows is proven, forcing an idea that just won’t work is like willful oblivion lol.
Rupert Soravilla4 months ago
I would disagree with 1 product vs. general product store point of view here. People have Niched/Subniched General Store, have at most 4 categories (t-shirt’s/bracelet/sunglasses/biniki’s) that have co relation one to another. Have each 6 of these product’s, not more. That is even better way to go, it’s proven on my side – and it work’s for some quite time regardless whoom I target, Store like this has related product’s and gives more conversions in hand !!! Mark my word’s !!!
Needful Things Company
Needful Things Company7 months ago
AliExpress does not mean the products are good quality! I buy our products before approval of putting in store. We have gotten crap stuff that did not look like pictures, stuff that looked great but then like an earring was faulty and had to be cut off the ear as it would not open. Dress expensive and great but the sleeves would not fit a woman would fit a 6 year old child. Aprons made for 6 year old…waist came up across boobs. Then just cheep crap…so you don’t know what your client may get!…….We can’t just blindly represent products and sell not knowing what it is exactly. One company from TX just got our samples last week looked like they belong in the dollar store….was really disappointed. So just because you have options the products can be questionable. I want my customers to come back!
John Martinez7 months ago
i love hearing you talk, and love to watch them brows. aye!!