A recent reader’s comment inspired me to write this particular post. The reader asked a question about a ready made dropship website.
The blog post she commented on discussed the differences between using Shopify versus AliDropship for creating a dropshipping store.
She started out using Shopify for her dropship store but didn’t really understand how to use it.
When she learned about AliDropship’s custom store creation, she liked the idea of having her store customised and built for her.
In this post, I will outline the differences between buying an already established Shopify dropshipping store versus a brand new one created by AliDropship.
Why Use a Preloaded Dropship Website?
As stated above, some people do not understand how to create their own dropshipping stores regardless of the eCommerce platform they choose.
For some, it is easier, faster, and simply more convenient to buy a preloaded dropship website.
Even those who are familiar with creating stores can benefit from buying a ready-made dropshipping store.
That being said, you do not want to buy your dropshipping store from just anywhere. It’s important to know where your products are sourced as well as the niche your store will focus on.
Personally, I would only ever consider buying turnkey dropship websites from two reliable and reputable sources.
Turnkey Dropship Websites for Sale That Source Products From AliExpress
You can find many services online that are selling turnkey dropshipping websites. They often source products from various dropship suppliers.
What I like about both Shopify Exchange and AliDropship’s custom stores is that both source products from AliExpress.
Many dropshippers source products from AliExpress because of the huge profit margins. Another reason is because of the large number of products to choose from.
Here are more benefits of sourcing products from AliExpress:
- 200,000 exporters
- Free shipping on most items
- Ships to over 200 countries worldwide
- Online shipping tracking
- Wide range of shipping methods
- Buyer protection system with full money back guarantee
An Established Ready Made Dropship Website Versus One Built from Scratch
Now the question is whether or not to buy a dropshipping store that is already established and making sales or order a custom store made for you.
Making the choice will come down to budget, niche selection, and preference.
Below, I will outline the pros and cons of both Shopify Exchange and the AliDropship eCommerce platforms.
Shopify Exchange Established Dropshipping Stores for Sale
If you are not familiar with Shopify Exchange, it is a marketplace to buy and sell online stores which are built on the Shopify platform.
You can search by category and choose “dropshipping” to browse all of the dropshipping stores that are on sale.
They have listings for dropshipping stores sourced by AliExpress and FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon).
Clicking on each store will provide you with more details such as where the products are sourced, pricing, the number of apps that are installed, and other items that are included.
The great thing about all of the stores being on Shopify is that revenue and traffic data is pulled directly from Shopify.
That means the store owners cannot manipulate the numbers:
- Many stores source products from AliExpress
- Some stores are already earning revenue
- Tons of niches to choose from
- Instantly have your own online business
- Monthly fees for running Shopify and fee-based apps
- You do not have 100% store ownership
AliDropship Custom Created Dropshipping Stores
You can have your own revenue-ready turnkey dropshipping store delivered to you within a matter of days through AliDropship.
What is great about their service is that they handle all of the work for you which ends up saving you a lot of time.
Their basic package starts at $299 (one-time fee) and provides everything you need to start making sales.
They will handle niche market research and select a trendy, high-demand niche for you.
They will also register a relevant domain name, import your products, provide custom design (logo, banners, etc.), on-site SEO, and build your social media pages.
- You retain 100% ownership of your store
- No ongoing monthly store fees
- Includes marketing tools (abandoned cart, discount coupons, product reviews)
- All of the AliDropship plugin features
- Small learning curve if you are not familiar with WordPress
- Starting fresh (already established stores not available)
How to Make Your Choice for a Ready Made Dropship Website
It is always great to have options but now you are probably still wondering how to make the best choice in terms of buying a ready made dropship website.
Here are some things to consider to help narrow down your choices:
Are You Fine Sourcing Products from AliExpress?
Both options I highlight in this post source products from AliExpress. Many dropshippers use AliExpress because a majority of products have low pricing and free shipping.
AliExpress merchants are based primarily in China. This does affect shipping time but products that ship using ePacket often ship much faster.
Regardless of where you buy your ready made dropshipping store, you will still need to promote it through various advertising channels.
Many dropship store owners advertise using Facebook ads or using Instagram influencer marketing. You will need to allocated some income for promotion purposes.
The one benefit of choosing an AliDropship store is that you do not have any ongoing store fees the way you would with Shopify.
That savings could be put towards your marketing campaigns.
Do You Want a Store that is Already Earning Revenue?
Shopify Exchange does sell already established dropshipping stores that are already earning revenue.
You can take over where the previous owner left off and have a business that is already earning income.
One thing to keep in mind is that these already established stores cost much more up front. If you do not have the budget, buying a starter store is probably ideal.
Having your own dropshipping store is an awesome way to begin earning a consistent income online.
It is another income stream to add to what you’re already earning. Many times, one dropship store can create full-time income which means you can leave the rat race behind.
For more inspiration, read these five AliDropship success stories.
People all around the globe with no previous e-commerce experience are achieving success.
With some focus and ongoing learning about promoting your store, there is no reason you can’t achieve success.
Which type of dropshipping store appeals to you most? Which eCommerce platform do you prefer? Leave your feedback in the comments below.