Do you want to open a dropshipping store and need a good niche? You may want to consider artificial plants. Why dropship artificial plants? Well, according to Reuters, it is a million-dollar market that is growing each year.
“…over the next five years the Artificial Flower market will register a 5.4% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ 2250 million by 2024, from US$ 1640 million in 2019″—Reuters.com
Artificial plants are used by homeowners and businesses alike for decorative purposes. There are so many types of artificial plants that you can sell.
Finding dropshipping suppliers is easy and opening your own store is even easier. I’ll explain where to source these plants and how to set up your very own dropshipping store.
The Dropship Model – A Brief Overview
Dropshipping is a low-cost and low-risk online business model that anyone who desires to can get into eCommerce quickly and easily.
In a typical eCommerce business, you are required to buy all of your store’s inventory upfront. That means tying up your cash into products that may or may not sell.
With dropshipping, you do not have to buy any inventory until your customer’s buy it from your store. You can place all of the items your dropshipping supplier sells into your own store.
When a customer places an order from your store, you then buy that item from your dropshipping supplier.
During the checkout process, you input your customer’s shipping details. The dropshipping supplier then ships the item to your customer for you.
Your profit is the difference in price between what you’ve charged the customer and what the dropshipping supplier charged you.
Finding Artificial Plant Dropshipping Suppliers
Finding suppliers is a matter of doing a quick web search. The problem with searching that way is you’ll have to spend a lot of time sorting out the various suppliers.
Some dropshipping suppliers may not carry a large enough variety of artificial plants. Others may charge a monthly fee to dropship with them.
You may also run into dropshippers that charge a per-item dropshipping fee, or some that do not offer wholesale pricing.
It is a time-consuming process to narrow down a dropshipping supplier that you want to use. A simpler process is to source products from AliExpress.
AliExpress is a large online retailer that is part of the AliBaba group. They are made up of merchants based out of China and other locations such as the U.S.
If you wish to search for U.S. suppliers, all that you have to do is choose United States from the “ship from” drop-down menu:
Benefits of Sourcing Products From AliExpress
There are several benefits to sourcing your products from AliExpress. For one thing, there are no requirements or registration fees to get started.
You do not need to worry about monthly fees or per-item dropshipping fees. They carry millions of products and ship worldwide.
Other benefits include:
- Some suppliers ship from the U.S.
- No limits on your profit margins
- No limit on the number of items you can sell
- ePacket shipping (a faster shipping method from China to the U.S., U.K., and Canada)
- Works with individuals and registered companies
- Online shipping tracking
- Buyer protection system with full money-back guarantee
Five Top-Selling Artificial Plants On AliExpress
Here are some top-selling artificial plants based on the number of orders. You can find all of these by searching “artificial plants” and sorting by “order” on the AliExpress website.
1. Artificial Decoration Vivid Vine
Vine style plants are excellent for draping. They are used often by businesses such as small offices as well as in the home.
2. Artificial Fake Hanging Vine Plant Leaves
These hanging vine plants are awesome for indoor decor. They make it easy to add greenery to any space. This popular option also ships from the United States.
3. Artificial Leaves Large Eucalyptus Leaf Plants
These artificial eucalyptus leaves make a great home or office plant. Set them up in a vase as pictured and they add a pleasant design to any space.
4. Artificial Plants Bonsai Small Tree
Bonsai plants are beautiful but I’ve also heard that they are not the easiest plant to care for. Therefore, people that love them but do not have a green thumb may appreciate the artificial versions.
5. Green Flocking Artificial Succulents Plants
Succulents are great plants for adding color and texture to a room. Artificial succulents are less expensive and of course, don’t require any upkeep. They are awesome products to add to your store.
Dropship Artificial Plants With Your Own Store
Now that you have an idea of the types of artificial plants that you can sell and where to source them from, it is time to set up your own store.
There is plenty of dropshipping eCommerce platforms that you can choose from to create your store.
However, I am going to explain how to open your store using the same software that I used to open mine.
Below is a screen capture of my dropshipping store:
WordPress and AliDropship
I chose to build my dropshipping store using the WordPress CMS and the AliDropship plugin. WordPress is free to download and install. You will need a self-hosted WordPress website.
Don’t worry if it sounds confusing, it really isn’t! The AliDropship plugin is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that transforms a WordPress website into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
If you are familiar with using WordPress, you’ll be just fine installing the AliDropship plugin and building your store yourself. That is what I did.
However, if you prefer not to build your store or prefer to have it built by professionals, consider AliDropship’s custom dropshipping store service.
The plugin and the custom-built store are both a one-time fee. You will not have any recurring monthly software fees. Both options also include free lifelong updates and free lifelong customer support.
Building Your Store Yourself
If you choose to buy and install the plugin yourself, then you can expect to customize your store, import products, set up your payment gateways, and input other settings.
The most time-consuming process of building your store yourself is importing your products. That is simply because you will need to edit each product title, description, and sometimes product images.
The AliDropship plugin does have a product importing feature in which you can import products that have already been manually selected by the AliDropship team.
These products were specifically chosen as the top-sellers from the top merchants on AliExpress. All of the titles, descriptions, and images are already edited for you as well.
It is a huge time-saver. Otherwise, any additional products that you want to import will require your editing of them.
Ordering a Custom-Built Store
The easiest way to get your dropshipping store up and running is to order a custom-built store. The AliDropship team are experts in the dropshipping store process.
They offer three custom store packages and a special Supreme Store Package that features tons of marketing services such as ready ads for Facebook and Instagram.
No matter which store package that you choose, you will be assigned your own personal manager who will handle all of the details of your store’s buildout.
It is well worth it if you do not want to spend the time it takes to build your store yourself. Although the software does make it super simple to do so.
Promoting Your Dropshipping Store
Having your own dropshipping store is an exciting feeling. You become the owner of your own eCommerce business.
Yet, like any business whether online or offline, your main job will be promoting your store. Without proper promotion, you will have difficulty making sales.
Chances are, you are already using free advertising methods such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. You can create accounts on these platforms for your business.
Then it is a matter of posting relevant content mixed in with products from your store. Promoting on these platforms requires consistent effort.
It is also time-consuming. The good news is that you can automate your social media marketing using one of AliDropship’s add-ons called Social Rabbit.
The Social Rabbit plugin will post content for you including any blog posts and your store’s products on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
It is a really awesome plugin and you can read my Social Rabbit review that includes a video I created as well.
Paid Advertising Methods
A lot of dropshipping store owners also find great success using paid advertising. The top paid ad options are running Facebook ads, Instagram influencer ads, and Google Shopping ads.
You should learn a bit about each of them before investing as it is easy to burn through your budget. I recommend reading the marketing tips section on the AliDropship blog for tons of free actionable information.
My Closing Thoughts On How To Dropship Artificial Plants
The artificial plant niche is a great and evergreen niche that you can easily create a dropshipping store for. The artificial plant market is a million-dollar market.
Business owners, homeowners, wedding planners, and more utilize artificial plants for decorative purposes.
The dropship model makes it easy to open your own artificial plant online store without much risk or much money.
Dropshipping requires hard work and consistent effort. However, there is no better time than now to dropship artificial plants.
If you are ready to dropship artificial plants, consider using reliable dropshipping software to make the management of your store easier.