Buying an established dropship store is a great way to save yourself the time of having to set up your store yourself.
Some people prefer buying an established store because all of the technical work is done for you. Much of the marketing research has also been completed as well.
Two popular options for buying a ready-made dropship store includes Shopify Exchange and AliDropship. I’ll explain the pros and cons of Shopify Exchange vs AliDropship Custom webstore for dropshipping.
What is the Shopify Exchange Marketplace?
Shopify Exchange is a marketplace where anyone can buy and sell an online store. Of course, these stores are all running on Shopify.
What is great about these established stores is that many of them are dropship stores that use Shopify and Oberlo to import products from AliExpress.
That means you save yourself the time of having to do any niche research, customizing your store, as well of having to add all of the products.
What’s even cooler is that the data (revenue and traffic numbers) are provided by Shopify so there is no way for the sellers to edit that data.
The prices for these stores range from as low as $50 to $10,000+. You can also search by the total revenue made in the last 12 months.
The Pros of Buying from the Shopify Exchange Marketplace
It takes time to set up your own dropshipping store. Before you even get started, you have to decide what you want to sell and if there is a market for the products.
Buying an established store from Shopify Exchange has many benefits. Some of these include:
- Niche research already done for you
- Store customization already complete
- Marketing channels already established (Google PPC, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.)
- Customer base (mailing lists, database)
The Cons of Buying from the Shopify Exchange Marketplace
These already established Shopify stores are great for anyone that wants their own store immediately with a majority of the work done for them.
However, there are some downsides to consider before investing in your own Shopify store. These can include:
- Monthly store fees
- Monthly app fees (some stores use additional apps)
- You cannot move your Shopify store to another web host
- If you want to leave Shopify, the only thing you can take is a spreadsheet export of your products
What is an AliDropship Custom Webstore?
If you are not familiar with AliDropship, it is a WordPress plugin that lets you create an AliExpress dropshipping business.
The AliDropship service also offers custom webstore creation for a one-time payment. The major difference between this service and Shopify Exchange is that there are no monthly fees after your store is created.
You’ll own your custom store outright (100% ownership). Here is what you get with an AliDropship custom webstore:
- Niche research
- Domain name
- Custom design (logo, header images, banners, etc.)
- Mobile device ready
- Google Analytics integration
- Up to 12% AliExpress cashback
- WP dropship plugin
- Payment gateways
Another important factor to consider is that should you ever want to move your store to another web host, you have that option since it runs on WordPress.
You will always have 100% ownership of your store. Another thing to keep in mind is that the money you save on monthly store fees can be put toward your advertising budget.
What it may come down to is whether you want to pay the monthly fees associated with Shopify or own your store outright which is what you get with AliDropship.
What is your opinion between the two platforms? Which would you choose for your dropshipping business?