Are you ready to start a dropshipping business but seeking an alternative to using Oberlo and Shopify? Whatever your reason, the good news is that there is a way to create an AliExpress dropshipping business for free.
A free alternative to Oberlo and Shopify begins by using WordPress, WooCommerce, and a WordPress dropshipping plugin that helps you to find the best selling products on AliExpress. I’ll explain how to put it all together below and what makes this option a great alternative.
Why Use a Free Alternative to Oberlo and Shopify?
There are various reasons why someone may want to find an alternative to using the Shopify platform and the Oberlo app.
I was one of those people when I decided to open a dropshipping store. I initially started out using Shopify’s 14-day free trial. Although I like their platform as well as the Oberlo app, I still wanted a WordPress solution.
The main reason is that I wanted to keep full ownership of my store. Whenever you’re using another company’s platform, there is always the possibility of your account being closed.
For example, here is a screen capture of part of Shopify’s terms of service agreement:
When opening a store on the platform, you are agreeing to the terms of service as well. They have the authority to close accounts at any time for any reason.
While this probably doesn’t happen often, the possibility is there and I preferred not to have that worry. That is why I chose to find a WordPress dropshipping solution.
Fortunately, I came across a WordPress dropshipping plugin called AliDropship. This plugin isn’t free (it has a one-time fee) but the company has created another plugin that is free to use called DropshipMe.
What is the DropshipMe Plugin?
The DropshipMe plugin is a plugin that helps you to find the best dropshipping products on AliExpress to import into your store.
Over 50,000 products were manually selected and edited to save you the time of having to do product research on your own.
In order for this plugin to work, you will, of course, need WordPress as well as either the WooCommerce plugin or the AliDropship plugin installed.
In order to create your store for free, you will want to use WordPress and WooCommerce. The WooCommerce plugin is free and turns your WordPress website into an eCommerce store.
In combination with the DropshipMe plugin, you can then import the best selling products form AliExpress into your WooCommerce store.
What I Like the Most About Using DropshipMe
Once you have your store up and running, I am sure you will be impressed by the DropshipMe plugin as I was. I use the AliDropship plugin for my own store but DropshipMe will work the same with WooCommerce as well.
Here is what I like the most about using DropshipMe:
Saves So Much Time When Having to Do Product Research On AliExpress
- The AliExpress platform has millions of products and while it is easy to do a search, you do have to take the time to find products with great ratings and reviews. The DropshipMe plugin has eliminated this process. You simply type in the product you are searching for and the plugin returns the best results. I have saved hours of time thanks to this.
All Product Titles, Descriptions, and Images Are Already Edited
- This is definitely one of my favorite features. Having to edit product titles, descriptions, and images is time-consuming. This is especially true if you are selling products that have size variations such as jewelry. The DropshipMe plugin has nicely formatted descriptions. Take a look at the description for a ring I imported below:
You Can Import Product Reviews
- Another cool feature is that you can import real user product reviews from AliExpress. It gives your product pages a professional look and potential customers can get a better idea of how other customers liked or disliked the product.
What Expenses Can You Expect With Running a Dropshipping Store?
One of the biggest perks to building your store with WordPress, WooCommerce, and DropshipMe is the money that you will save.
Shopify has a monthly recurring fee. Oberlo is free to use but is limited once you sell over 50 products per month (then you must pay a monthly fee to upgrade.) Building your store for free can save you on monthly fees that you can put towards your marketing efforts.
The most common expense for dropshippers is advertising. There are some dropshippers that promote their stores using only free methods such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.
However, you can also run paid ads on those same platforms with great success. In order to do that, you will need to have a marketing budget.
The money that you save on recurring monthly fees can help pay for advertising. The DropshipMe plugin is free for the first 50 product imports. There is an option to upgrade but it is only a one-time fee so no worries about recurring fees.
Other expenses you can expect are the fees for whatever services you may use for processing credit card payments and for managing your email newsletter.
How Long Will It Take To Build a Dropshipping Store?
Before the DropshipMe plugin, the time it would take to build your own store could take a long time depending on your own schedule.
As I mentioned earlier, the most time-consuming part for me was having to edit each product title, image, and description.
This is why DropshipMe is so beneficial. You don’t have to spend time doing product research nor do you have to take the time to edit each product before importing it.
Another option that is available for time-saving purposes is to have your store custom built. DropshipMe also offers a turnkey custom dropshipping store service starting at $299 (also a one-time fee with no recurring monthly fees.)
What’s awesome about their custom store service is that regardless of which package that you choose, you will have a personal manager assigned to you that will handle all of the details.
Is The AliDropship Worth Using for Your Store?
If you opt to use the AliDropship plugin for your store instead of the WooCommerce plugin, then you will need to buy AliDropship.
The way that it differs from WooCommerce is that AliDropship turns your WordPress website into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
You can import an unlimited number of products and it will automatically fulfill an unlimited amount of orders.
Other automated features include:
- Auto updates product information
- Pricing automation
- Fulfill orders automatically
- Auto order tracking
To summarize, AliDropship automates your dropshipping store and DropshipMe handles sourcing the best products.
Opening your own dropshipping store is easier than ever and now with the software that is available, it is cost efficient as well. Dropshipping is already one of the lowest cost online businesses that you can start.
The combination of using WordPress, WooCommerce, and DropshipMe gives you a completely free option for starting your own AliExpress dropshipping business.
Start building your own free dropshipping store and import the very best products from AliExpress using the DropshipMe plugin.