Dropshipping from AliExpress has generated billions of dollars in revenue for sellers across the globe. AliExpress is one of the most popular places to find products to sell online. It's easy to see why, AliExpress has one of the biggest product selections, safe payments and a buyer friendly return & refund policy.
In this article, we're going to explore exactly how to find the best products to sell on AliExpress, how to find proven, trusted suppliers and how to easily find reviews & marketing materials to help you sell your product. But first, let's take a look at why you should buy your dropshipping products from AliExpress:
Why AliExpress Is The Best Website To Find & Buy Dropshipping Products
AliExpress has many benefits for beginner and intermediate dropshippers and is much more suitable for scaling and testing than smaller dropshipping providers or directories.
AliExpress is a platform that has stood the test of time, and in recent years has become even easier to dropship from - with more and more suppliers providing services and products that meet the needs of dropshippers (fast shipping, USA shipping, free returns and refunds, product videos).
Large community support - software & resources
AliExpress is one of the most popular ecommerce websites on the Internet, and therefore has huge software support and many available resources to learn from. There is an abundance of blogs, guides, courses and videos on how to use AliExpress & related software efficiently.
Thanks to this, finding information or software that can meet your dropshipping needs is easy - but only if you are sourcing your products from AliExpress.
Ecommerce platforms like SaleSource, Shopify, Oberlo, Dropified, Importified and AliDropship all have deep support and integrations with AliExpress, which can help sellers import products and fulfill orders with the click of a button.
Later in this article, we will see how the SaleSource Chrome Extension makes finding dropshipping products on AliExpress much easier.
Enormous Product Selection
AliExpress has over 100 million products listed and thousands of new products are added every day. AliExpress is the go-to place for Chinese suppliers to display their goods to the global audience - you'll be hard pressed to find other websites with such a large and varied product selection.
There are over 10,000 specific product categories ranging from consumer electronics to baby toys. It is almost guaranteed that you will find a product that will fit your target interest group on AliExpress.
To contrast this, dropshipping directories from manufacturers typically only sell products in a narrow market, with limits on markups and other rules to follow - perhaps even legal agreements to sign.
It is unfortunately also possible for suppliers to discontinue a specific product even if you are still receiving orders on your store, a problem you do not have to worry about on AliExpress - there can be many suppliers selling the same product, all competing to give you the best price.
No Transaction Fees or Extra Costs
AliExpress is completely free to browse and it is also completely free to import products into your store from AliExpress. Payment is only needed when you wish to purchase a product. There are no transaction fees paid by the buyer, and AliExpress has an extensive rewards & cashback program, as well as a great affiliate program to help you save even more money when sourcing your products & scaling your store.
In contrast to this, not only do dropshipping directories charge a fee - usually monthly, but they may also charge extra transaction fees on top of the product cost. In addition to this, dropshipping directories and suppliers reserve the rights to charge you any other fees they wish - for example, a fee to return a defective product or a fee for fulfilling more of your orders than expected.
When dropshipping from AliExpress, the suppliers are only guaranteed to receive the price you paid for the product. They cannot ask for more money, and must fulfill your order fully (where the order is marked as delivered on the tracking platform) before they receive funds from your purchase. Returns & refunds have to be dealt with by your supplier properly, or they risk having their feedback score lowered.
AliExpress wants to be transparent with buyers on their platform, and so they provide detailed statistics and metrics on each supplier - for example, the number of years the supplier has been in business, the suppliers feedback score (from reviews & ratings), in order to help buyers make an informed decision of which supplier to buy from.
No Legal Requirements
Many large manufacturers or dropshipping distributors prefer to have legal contracts with the companies that they work with. This means that you'll have to be a registered business entity in your country. Some of these companies even refuse to work with businesses in countries outside the USA / UK.
Whereas on AliExpress, there are absolutely no legal requirements or obligations when working with a supplier. You can work with as many suppliers as you want - there are no minimum order quantities, no maximum product markups and no maximum or minimum sales per day.
Most AliExpress suppliers have shipping options that can reach almost every country in the world. As well as having specialised USA warehouses and USA shipping available for those who need it, AliExpress has ePacket, which offers 7-20 day shipping to over 55 countries and territories.
In addition this, suppliers usually various shipping options that result in 20-40 day free shipping to almost any country around the globe. This allows your dropshipping business to sell internationally without complicated shipping agreements and high costs. With AliExpress, it is possible to compare suppliers by shipping options and price and choose the supplier that offers the best deal for you.
In contrast to this, dropshipping directories may not offer international shipping - especially those based outside of China. You may also have to pay shipping per item, in contrast to AliExpresses free shipping options.
Finding Winning Products on AliExpress
Using The Aliexpress Product Search Properly
There are two main ways to find products to sell on AliExpress - the first option is to browse through the home page and categories and the second option is to use the product search feature with the keyword that you're looking for.
Since using a keyword or search term is more precise, we will examine how to use this method effectively to find great products to sell online.
One of the best ways to make sure you instantly see products that are likely to sell is to sort by "Orders" instead of by Best Match. This allows us to see the top selling products first, which as you might imagine, is very useful when trying to find products that are going to sell well on your store.
In addition to this, we will also tick Free Shipping and ratings 4 Stars and up, which will enable us to see top rated suppliers only and exclude any bad products and suppliers, which could potentially hurt our dropshipping business.
Analyzing AliExpress Product Pages To Find Winners
An AliExpress product page can have a lot of data on it, which tends to be very confusing for beginner dropshippers and AliExpress veterans alike. When you use the SaleSource Chrome Extension, you can see a summary of all of that data condensed into the key important aspects needed for you to make a purchase decision.
On the product details section, the main product data we'll be taking into consideration is:
- Product Price
- Is ePacket / USA shipping available?
- Product Reviews (Text & Images)
- Product Rating
- Number of times added to wishlist
In the above example, we can see that despite the relatively high cost of the product, it is selling very well. In addition to this, there are a large amount of reviews and the average rating is above 4.5 Stars, which is what we want to see.
Even more encouraging is the 4800 adds to wishlist, which indicates that a high wishlist:purchase ratio. The only downside here is the overall high price of the product & lack of ePacket shipping.
Checking Supplier Details & Reliability
By clicking on the "Supplier Details" tab on the SaleSource Chrome Extension we can see a compiled account of all of the important information about the supplier of the product.
The supplier has a 99% positive feedback score, which is excellent. In addition, the supplier has been in business for at least 1 year, which could ideally be longer, but is passable since the supplier has such a high feedback score.
We can also see the Best Selling and Trending products of this supplier - this section can be great to find extra products to list on your store related to the current product you are considering.
Looking At The Product Sales Graph
In order to check whether a product has been selling well recently, we can check the sales graph to see a daily sales breakdown, in this case the breakdown covers the last 1000 orders of the product - almost the products entire sales lifespan.
From this sales graph we can see a huge boost after Black Friday, where the coat sold 127 units in a single day . Due to the continued sales success after Black Friday, we can surmise that this is indeed a great product to list on our Mens Fashion store.
Product Price History
By taking a look at the product price history, we can determine whether or not we are buying at a high cost. For this product, we would not encourage purchasing from this supplier, as they've increased their price from $13.12 to $19.02.
We can use SaleSource's product analysis feature to find another supplier selling the exact same item for a cheaper price.
Now we have reduced our buying cost by almost half, simply by searching for another supplier using SaleSource - having found the product for being sold for $9.82 instead of $19.02 from another supplier.
Searching for a better deal can have a profound impact on your stores profit margins, and we highly encourage doing so whenever possible.
Looking At Product Reviews
In order to inspect the quality of the product, it's good to have a look at the review photos. Unfortunately, AliExpress does not offer a way to download all of the full resolution images, but you can use the SaleSource Chrome Extension to do just this.
We recommend you go through as many full resolution review images as you can to determine the quality and style of the product is as advertised.
In addition to this, you can also download all the product videos & images associated with the AliExpress listing, so you can edit together a product video for marketing purposes.
The product video will also give you a good idea of what the product looks like and its features, which can be instrumental in making the decision of whether or not you should list this product on your store.
Top 30 All Time AliExpress Best Sellers
1. Magnetic USB Cable
It is very clear the important role that smartphones play in our every day life. No more fiddling and fumbling around – the days of you not being able to plug your phone in are over! This crafty little item will allow you to start charging your device in a matter of seconds!
2. Glass Screen Protector
Nowadays smartphones are very expensive and one of the most important (and expensive) parts of a smartphone is the screen. Having a scratch on your phone screen is like an itch in your brain that you can’t scratch. Do not let that happen!
3. Fitness Bracelet
Healthy body is a home to a healthy mind. Statistically, 1/5 adults in the US is overweight. This would be a good item to sell and easy to market – worth a try!
4. Manicure Gel Polish
If you have an ecommerce store that sells women products, then you have to include the manicure gel polish, these sell like hot cakes, numbers don’t lie!
5. Car Phone Holder
Car phone holder is an essential item for any driver. The fact that an average household in America has 2-3 cars seems to indicate that there is demand great demand for this product. Made of high-quality materials, this particular phone holder is strong and durable.
6. Touchscreen Winter Gloves
Nothing is more cozy than these touchscreen winter gloves, which prevent your palms from slipping whilst you’re texting, plus they’re touchscreen – what more can you ask for?
7. Apple Watch Stainless Steel Loop Bracelet
Apple is on the rise and now more than ever people are buying Apple products. What often happens is people spend a lot of money on an expensive iWatch, to only later find out that the band holding the whole thing together is designed poorly. That’s where you come in with this classy hardware.
8. Wireless Earphones
The best thing about these earphones is value for money. You will not be able to find this high quality of an earphone for such a price. A good idea would be to sell this item for a mark-up. Even with a 2x mark-up, these earphone are still cheaper than buying the identical copy on Amazon!
9. Resistance Rubber Bands
These are perfect for stretching. Have you even been in a situation where you wake up, but feel more tired than when you went to sleep? If the answer is yes, this is because your body is too rigid. Using the stretching bands can help alleviate this. Gyms often don’t have these, so it’s a good idea to bring them for every workout.
10. Ultra-Fast Charger Socket
There is nothing more painful than having a dead phone and nothing to do. Smartphones are an integral part of our lives; Elon Musk even went as far as to say that humans are pretty much cyborgs – we can’t live without our phones. It’s like having a super-computer in your pocket at all times – don’t let it die.
11. Blackhead Skin Care Removal
Unfortunately, people tend to judge the book by it’s cover. Looking good has always been important. This little gadget is a new generation microdermabrasion, meaning it won’t cause redness and it uses ultrasound in order to achieve an ultimate result!
12. Posture Correcting Brace
Research shows that over 43% of adults have bad posture, with 10% of a population having it so bad that it affects the way they sleep, which can ultimately cause sleep deprivation and in some cases brain damage! This is certainly an easy sell and an opportunity that you just cannot miss.
13. Airpod Covers
Apple is everywhere, everyone owns an iPhone, Apple watch and Airpods. The bad thing is that Apple doesn’t really provide cool accessories for their products. That’s where you come in with these cute Airpod Covers, should be an easy sell, the demand is there!
14. Smart Toilet Motion Sensor
You wake up in the middle of the night to do your business, but you don’t want to turn the lights on, as it will be hard to go back to sleep. Know the feeling? This is the perfect solution. With the soft, warm glow and motion activation, this is a perfect little gadget for any household.
15. Face Mask Filter
As more and more people are driving their cars, walking and cycling has become more of a norm. Cycling in urban areas, although pleasant, can be bad for you lungs, with all of those car fumes. This is the perfect solution, especially for those living in the big cities.
16. Portable Mini Perfume Bottle
No one will argue with the fact that smelling good at all times is really important. If you have an ecommerce store that sells women’s products, then this item should not be overlooked, it’s a very unique and unusual items and it is unlikely that many other sellers would have the idea to start selling this – use that to your advantage.
17. Brown Bear Transparent Cosmetic Bag
Just like Hello Kitty took the world by storm, something similar is happening with the Brown Bear brand: It’s stylish, it’s affordable and it looks cool. What’s not to like?
18. Car Magic Windshield Scraper
There is nothing more annoying that to be rushing to work and having your windows covered in ice. This little item solves this problem perfectly! This is a seasonal object, so plan accordingly.
19. Moonstone Bracelet
Cool, edgy items like these never go out of style! If your ecommerce store is in this niche then make sure to include this little gem to your arsenal, it’s well worth it – numbers don’t lie!
20. High Tech Dash Cam
We all like watching those YouTube videos of crazy drivers getting into all sorts of accidents on the road. Whilst in some countries dashcams aren’t obligatory, in other countries it’s required by law to have a dashcam. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
21. Apple Watch Glass Cover
Everyone is selling iPhone cases and iPhone screen protectors, but no one is selling Apple watch glass covers for some reason. Apple products are on the rise, so don’t miss this opportunity and implement those to your ecommerce store!
22. Smart Watch
Apple products are well made and considered luxurious by many. Not everyone can afford them. This smart watch is a cheap counterpart to the Apple watch, with the all of the same features, but for a fraction of the price. Consider selling those in your store if you’re in the electronics niche.
23. 3-in-1 Knife Sharpener
Those that cook at home know very well that there is nothing more frustrating than having dull knives. If you use your knives almost every day, you’d be amazed at how fast they lose their original sharpness. This is by far the best home knife sharpener, consider including it to your ecommerce store.
24. Hip Muscle Stimulator
Staying fit is very important, however not everyone has the time for that. Whilst this gadget cannot be used as a substitute for a good workout, if you’re busy and don’t have the time for a proper workout, this could be the ideal, temporary solutions, so definitely give it a go.
25. Pet Bed
More than half of the household have a pet. There is something about having a pet that appeals to most people. There is a good reason why videos of cats and dogs are some of the most watched on the internet! There is a lot of demand for pet products out there, so be sure to jump on the bandwagon and don’t miss out this opportunity!
26. Slimming Belt
This cool item allows you to slim your waistline by a whooping 3-5 inches! The slimming belt firmly wraps around your midsection and abdomen giving you that highly sought-after hourglass curve figure.
27. Edgy Earrings
These gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing earrings are handmade from stainless steel and brass, giving them that highly sought-after luxury look. Truly unique item, definitely worth including into your ecommerce arsenal.
28. Wireless Muscle Stimulator
Everyone wants to be healthy and look good, but not everyone has the discipline and motivation to regularly go to the gym. This Wireless Muscle Stimulator can certainly be used as a temporary workout substitute for those that don’t have enough time to go to the gym.
29. Handmade Silver Sphere Ring
Anyone who is into astronomy, astrology or just likes artistic expression will love this ring! The original design goes back hundreds of years, where it was used as powerful status symbol. Now anyone can have it, be sure to include that into your ecommerce store.
30. Cat Eye Sunglasses
A truly timeless design that never goes out of style. Numbers don’t lie, this is by far the best seller in the sunglasses category on AliExpress – be sure to include this item into your ecommerce store!
There are many websites on which winning products can be found, we consider AliExpress to be one of the best, it is a proven site for finding top dropshiping products time and time again.
Using the tips in this article, you will be able to find products that sell well, solve customer problems and earn rave reviews. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with anyone who might be interested and help spread dropshipping knowledge throughout the community.