If you are a new dropshipper wanting to source products from AliExpress, you may be tempted to import products from any supplier with the lowest prices.
However, since you are having to rely on these suppliers to send items to your customers, it’s ideal to choose the most reliable suppliers that you can.
There are some basic things to check in order to learn how to find good suppliers on AliExpress. I’ll go over them as well as share some cost-effective ways to open your own AliExpress dropshipping store using WordPress.
What To Check To Find Good Suppliers On AliExpress
It is important to seek out the best suppliers on AliExpress so that your dropshipping store will run smoothly.
You are relying on these suppliers to ship items to your customers in a timely manner. You also want to ensure that the products that they are selling are of good quality.
Below are some basic things to check for to help you find the most reliable suppliers on AliExpress.
Start With Product Ratings
The first thing you’ll want to do is search for a product. When you type in a product to search for, choose the ratings for four stars and up as shown below:
Check The Number of Orders
After you have chosen four stars and up, you can now browse the returned results for products with a high number of orders. Below is an example of what I am referring to:
Check How Long Supplier Has Been Operating
You can then click on a product with a lot of orders and when you land on the product page, you will see more information about the supplier as shown below:
Notice that this supplier has been operating on AliExpress for two years and has a high positive feedback rating of 98%.
The combination of a product with high user ratings, a large number of orders, and a supplier with longevity and high positive feedback are all good signs that you’ve chosen a reliable supplier and good product.
Optional: Contact Supplier With Questions
Another option that you have is to contact a supplier that you’re interested in and ask them some questions.
This will give you the opportunity to find out how responsive they are which is helpful should you ever need to communicate with them in the future.
Find Legit AliExpress Suppliers Quickly and Easily
Thankfully, there is a much easier way to find these suppliers without having to do all of the research yourself. The way to do so is to use the Dropship.Me plugin.
You will need to use WordPress and WooCommerce for your dropshipping store. It isn’t difficult to open your dropshipping store using WordPress.
I have created a step-by-step tutorial that you can follow. Another plus about DropshipMe is that it is free to use for your first 50 product imports.
If you need additional products they have packages that you can upgrade to for a one-time fee.
How The DropshipMe Plugin Works
DropshipMe saves you the time of having to do product and supplier research on your own.
The creators of the plugin have already done all of the hard work for you. The plugin contains a database of over 50,000 of the best selling products from reliable AliExpress suppliers.
Once you install the plugin, all that you have to do is type in the products that you’re interested in. You can then choose the products that you want to import into your store.
You will not have to edit any product titles, descriptions, or images. They have already been edited for you. All that you have to do is click the import button.
Take a look at the description of a ring that I imported:
The DropshipMe plugin created the description and the sizing table. Therefore, I didn’t have to spend time doing that myself.
Imagine the time savings! Editing product titles, descriptions, and images are the most time-consuming part of importing products to your store.
You will need to find the product by clicking on “Products” under the WooCommerce menu in your WordPress admin. Edit the product and click on “Publish” to make your product live in your store.
Automating Your Dropshipping Store
Using WordPress, WooCommerce, and the DropshipMe plugin is a great way to get started with your own dropshipping store. However, you will need to manually process your orders and tracking information.
If you want an automated and fully functioning dropshipping store, you can use the AliDropship Plugin. It is available for a stand alone WordPress website or WooCommerce store.
This plugin works with Dropship.Me because it was created by the AliDropship team. The difference is that AliDropship will automate many features such as:
- Auto updates product information
- Pricing automation
- Fulfill orders automatically
- ePacket shipping filter
- Auto order tracking
You can import an unlimited number of products as well.
Ongoing Learning and Support
You can expect to get ongoing learning and support by using both DropshipMe and AliDropship. There is so much that you can learn for free just by reading the AliDropship blog.
They share all types of valuable information on how to open your store, choosing a niche, marketing your store, and making sales.
If you need help, you can always contact support or interact in the user forum.
I hope this post has given you some easy guidelines for selecting reliable suppliers on AliExpress. The process works regardless of which dropshipping software you are using.
However, if you want to speed up the process of searching for quality suppliers and products, using the DropshipMe plugin will save you a TON of time.
You will need to use WordPress and WooCommerce in order to use DropshipMe OR you could use it in combination with the AliDropship plugin to create a fully functioning automated dropshipping store.