Tactical gear isn’t used only by the military and police. All types of people find a use for tactical gear such as hunters, campers, and more. Dropshipping tactical gear has great earning potential.
Getting started with dropshipping is easier than ever. You can have your own dropshipping business up and running in no time.
In this post, I’ll talk about the types of tactical gear you can sell, where to source it from, and how to open your own tactical dropshipping business.
Top Selling Dropshipping Tactical Gear
Below are some of the top-selling tactical gear on AliExpress.com. AliExpress is a dropshipping resource that I will touch on more below.
Self Defense Pen
This pen is not only a writing tool, but it is also made of aviation aluminum through type III hard anodic oxidation. It has a 4.8 out of 5 user rating and over 4,500 orders.
Tactical First Aid Kit
This first aid kit/medical bag can be carried around the waist or attached to a backpack. It is durable with storage space for vital supplies, cards, cash, and more.
Tactical belts are a popular item that is purchased often. They are heavy-duty and durable for outdoor use.
The tactical vest is another popular item that is used to carry small devices and accessories. They come in a variety of styles and colors.
The tactical backpack is another popular and must-have item in terms of tactical gear. They are designed to hold a lot of gear and to be extremely durable.
Where to Source Your Tactical Gear
The above items are only a small portion of tactical gear that you can sell in your own store. The great thing about these items and others is that you can source them all on AliExpress.
AliExpress is a popular sourcing option for dropshipping store owners due to the millions of products they carry and the hassle-free way of dropshipping items.
If you are not familiar with AliExpress, they are part of the AliBaba group. They are a large online retailer made up of merchants primarily based in China.
There are also merchants located in other locations around the world to include the United States.
If you want to search for U.S. merchants, you only need to select the United States in the “Ship from” drop-down menu as pictured below:
Other Benefits of Sourcing From AliExpress
Besides carrying millions of products, there are some other helpful reasons to dropship products from AliExpress. These reasons include:
- Ships worldwide
- Most merchants are accustomed to working with dropshippers
- No requirements to begin selling
- No registration fees
- No monthly fees
- Order tracking
- Buyer protection system with full money-back guarantee
- ePacket shipping option (faster shipping from China to the U.S., Canada, and U.K.)
How To Open Your Tactical Dropshipping Store
You have a variety of options for opening your own dropshipping store. However, for this post, I will share what I use for my own store.
My dropshipping store uses the AliDropship Plugin. The AliDropship plugin is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that turns a WordPress website into an AliExpress dropshipping business.
The plugin sources products from AliExpress. It has a ton of features that make owning and operating a dropshipping store extremely easy.
There are a couple of reasons why I chose to use WordPress from my dropshipping store versus a service such as Shopify.
The first reason was that I wanted to maintain complete ownership of my store. When using a platform like Shopify, you must build your store using their software on their servers.
This also means that you must abide by their terms of service. In their TOS they state that they can close accounts at any time for any reason.
While the rate of this happening may not be large, I still didn’t want it hanging over my head. By having my store built on WordPress, I always retain 100% ownership.
The second reason was to save money on recurring fees. Most shopping cart and dropshipping software have recurring monthly fees.
WordPress is free to use and the AliDropship plugin has a one-time fee. Therefore, you will not incur any recurring software fees.
The money that is saved can be put towards a marketing budget to pay for ads like Facebook ads or Instagram ads.
Using the AliDropship Plugin
If you are familiar with using WordPress (installing plugins, etc.), then you will likely be comfortable with installing the AliDropship plugin.
By doing so, you will build out your store yourself. The plugin enables you to import an unlimited number of products from AliExpress.
You can customize your store, set up your payment gateways, and more. The plugin will automate all of the necessary features to run your store to include:
- automated order fulfillment
- automated pricing updates
- automated inventory updates
- automated tracking information
When you buy the plugin or a custom store, you will receive free lifelong updates and customer support.
Ordering a Custom Built Store
Another option is to order a custom-built store. You can outsource the building of your store to the AliDropship team.
They have three custom store packages as well as a Supreme Custom Store Package that includes several promotional features such as ready ads for Facebook and Instagram.
No matter which custom store package that you choose, you will be assigned your own personal manager who will handle all of your store’s details.
The custom store option is a huge time-saver. It is great for anyone who is not comfortable with web software or for someone that doesn’t have the time to build a store themselves.
You can learn more about custom store packages here.
What Happens After Your Store is Built?
Having your own dropshipping store is exciting. However, the excitement won’t last if you are not making any sales.
Your job after your store is up and running is to begin a marketing campaign. Promoting your store is an ongoing process.
The good news is that you can use both free and paid methods of store promotion.
Social media platforms are great for free promotion. Ensuring that your product pages are SEO-friendly also helps. Both can generate free web traffic to your store.
Paid advertising has worked well for many dropshippers. You will need to establish a marketing budget.
Many dropshippers start off with $5 a day Facebook ads and grow from there. How you choose to advertise is up to you.
The key is to stay consistent so that you can make regular sales. Don’t let the thought of advertising discourage you.
Many dropshipping store owners had zero clues on how to advertise and have gone on to create a consistent online income.
I encourage you to read the AliDropship blog. They have a ton of free and actionable information on how to promote your dropshipping business.
My Closing Thoughts On Dropshipping Tactical Gear
I feel the tactical gear niche is a great niche to build a dropshipping store. Tactical gear is purchased by people for all types of reasons.
Military, police, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts have a need for a variety of tactical products.
Dropshipping tactical gear is a low-cost and low-risk way to enter into the world of eCommerce.
Owning and managing a dropshipping store is hard work but using dropshipping software like AliDropship makes it a bit easier.