Shopify and AliExpress are a powerful duo when combined to create a drop shipping store.
With Shopify you get professionalism. With AliExpress you get a vast marketplace of product manufacturers who are willing to drop ship their products to your customers.
And in this quick guide, I'll walk you through the entire process.
HINT: it's easy.
But first, let me share with you how this guide came about:
When I first wrote my how to start a drop shipping business guide, I essentially laid out a Shopify and AliExpress dropshipping guide, which I describe as the ultimate online business model (and you'll see why in a moment).
In the guide, I use this tool to connect to thousands of drop shippers from all over the world, including China, where AliExpress is based.
It's surprisingly easy and fast to set up a drop shipping store this way, as opposed to having to contact product manufacturers directly and apply to sell their products.
This is why I say this is the ultimate online business model - because there are zero obstacles to getting started, zero upfront capital required, and the time to market is measured in hours or days.
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Ok, so let's get into the guide:
As I mentioned earlier, traditionally you'd have some hoops to jump through in order to set yourself up with a drop shipping business: you'd have to contact different manufacturers or wholesalers (or even middlemen or agents) in order to establish your supply chain.
The problem with that is that you had to prove that you had some credentials, and even some experience selling online, as manufacturers would almost always ask for a link to your website.
This can be a real problem for you if you're just starting out, of course. Saying that you're new at this and you're looking to get started never goes down well.
If you were the manufacturer, you wouldn't be too keen on spending the time and effort to get a newbie who wants to sell your product started - not when you could be spending the same amount of time and effort on somebody who has already established themselves as an online seller with a good old online store that's getting some good old traffic (monthly visits).
This drop shipping guide bypasses all that stuff by utilizing AliExpress as your drop shipper and Shopify as your ecommerce store. In other words you remove the two obstacles that the traditional way of doing this creates: there's nothing to build, and there's nobody to convince.
The Spoket app which I describe as part of the setup, is essentially a middleman that enables you to search for products and choose the products that you want to sell, and add them to your store in the click of a button.
You can literally have a store with hundreds of products with just a few clicks.
Those products are coming directly from manufacturers in AliExpress who offer drop shipping.
Here's why this is such a game-changer:
It has never been easier to start your own drop shipping store. Using mature shopping carts (such as Shopify) and automation tools like Spoket, you can be up and running with a professionally looking store packed with quality products ready to sell in a matter of hours.