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SaleSource Dropshipping FAQ - Shopify Dropshipping Questions Answered

Adam Eleiko  \ 19/11/2019

SaleSource FAQ

What Is SaleSource?

SaleSource is a three-in-one ecommerce automation platform designed to be the ultimate solution for dropshipping.

SaleSource consists of a Shopify App, a Web App and a Chrome Extension created to meet all ecommerce needs & make selling online fast, simple and risk free.

SaleSource will find you vetted suppliers with USA & international shipping who will get your chosen products stored, packed and shipped from warehouse to customers doorstep, no questions asked. SaleSource will show you trending products daily (personalised to you) by allowing you to subscribe to any niche or store you like. You'll view top stores in your niche, see their sales, and find out exactly which plugins, apps and themes you should have on your own website.

Made from the ground up with support & direct integration with Shopify, Oberlo, Amazon, WooCommerce, Dropified & Alidrosphip, SaleSource is the premier platform for ecommerce success.

SaleSource uses the power of machine learning to automate ecommerce tasks, leaving you to work on the things that truly matter in your business - growing your brand & selling your products.

You can try SaleSource now for free with our no-risk 7 Day Free Trial .

How Does SaleSource Work?

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SaleSource has over 100 features & integrations for your ecommerce business, and can help you with trending product selection, trusted supplier acquisition, store building, viral marketing & much more. You can find out more about SaleSource's features here.

Does SaleSource work with Shopify?

Yes. SaleSource is designed from the ground up to work with Shopify. SaleSource even has a Shopify App that allows you to instantly import all your Shopify products into SaleSource with one click.

Does SaleSource work with Oberlo?

Yes, SaleSource works hand-in-hand with Oberlo and is designed to enhance Oberlo's functionality. SaleSource recommends you use Oberlo only to import products into your Shopify store & fulfill your orders, you can leave everything else to SaleSource.

Can I use Oberlo to find products to sell?

While we would absolutely recommend you use Oberlo to fulfill orders, we would not recommend using Oberlo to find trending products. We would recommend using SaleSource to find products to sell.

Does SaleSource work with Alidropship / DSers / Dropified / Importified?

Yes. While not having a direct integration with any of these platforms, we support the use of all of the above with SaleSource. These platforms exist simply to import products from AliExpress and other websites into your Shopify store.

Does SaleSource work in my country?

Yes. You can use SaleSource from any country around the world. Since a dropshipping business is based on the Internet, your location does not matter. To find out more, view our article on everything you need to know to dropship from any country in the world .

Does SaleSource fulfill orders for us?

No, there are plenty of apps that can already do that, for example Oberlo. However, SaleSource is instrumental to finding a good quality supplier that can fulfill orders properly , and you can then connect that supplier and your store through Oberlo. Other fulfillment services can also be used with SaleSource.

Is SaleSource Only Available in English?

If you are using Google Chrome Browser, you can translate SaleSource into almost any language in the world. All you have to do is right click and then press "translate to (your language)".

Can I use SaleSource with WooCommerce?

While SaleSource does not have a direct WooCommerce integration yet, we support all WooCommerce & WordPress Stores that dropship from AliExpress. In addition to this, finding trending products is the same for WordPress as it is for Shopify, when sourcing from AliExpress.

Can I use SaleSource for Amazon FBA?

Many FBA sellers use SaleSource for product idea validation, and to see what sells on Shopify to confirm and double check a products viability.

Dropship FAQ

What Is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a business model in which your store does not hold any inventory. This means that after you make a sale, instead of shipping the product to the buyer yourself, the supplier will package and ship the product directly to your customer.

Dropshippers will list the product on their store for a higher price than it costs to buy from the supplier. Once the product sells, they will keep the difference as profit, and invest the money back into their business like retailers on the high street or Amazon. Dropshippers only need to purchase the product from a supplier after they've made a sale, eliminating the need to hold inventory.

To find out about dropshipping in more detail, click here.

What Are The Steps To Start A Dropshipping Business?

The first steps we recommend are as follows:

  1. Sign up to SaleSource and find proven trending products to sell.
  2. Start your 14 day Shopify free trial and install Oberlo.
  3. Import products into your store, brand and beautify your website appropriately (logo + domain)
  4. Launch marketing campaigns for one product a time, test what sells
  5. Get your first sale and use SaleSource to double check you've found the best supplier for your product
  6. Ship the product to your customer
  7. Rinse & repeat

To figure out exactly how to start a dropshipping business in detail, see our article, How Much Money Does It Take To Start Dropshipping in 2020? .

Can I dropship from my country?

Yes. Since a dropshipping business is typically ran through the Internet, it does not matter which country you're in. Furthermore, there are Shopify supported payment processors in almost every country in the world.

Do I need a website?

You will need a website to sell your products. We recommend using Shopify, which is the easiest and quickest way to create an online ecommerce store.

Can I dropship for free?

No. Dropshipping must be treated like a proper business, it requires an investment. At minimum, you'll pay for a website host (like Shopify), a domain, SaleSource and the cost to buy your products. However, dropshipping has one of the lowest starting costs in comparison to other business models, as well as very low risk.

Is Dropshipping Profitable?

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Yes, dropshipping is a profitable business model. Unlike brick & mortar retail stores, where the owner will take on debt for several years, dropshipping can turn a profit in as soon as the first month.

You can find out more in our article about Is Starting A Dropshipping Business Worth It in 2020?.

Is Dropshipping Legal?

Yes, dropshipping is 100% legal. At its core, it is simply selling products online without holding inventory.

We have an entire article on the legality of dropshipping, so be sure to check it out.

Do I Need To Buy The Products On My Website Before I Make A Sale?

In most cases, no. We would recommend you to use the suppliers photos from Aliexpress and read reviews of the products to ensure the quality of what you're selling.

Most of the time you'll wait until your first sale before you ever buy any of the products on your website. You can buy sample products to check the quality and do product photography, but this can severely slow down the dropshipping process, which thrives on fast iteration - we only recommend doing it once you've built several stores and are at an advanced level of experience.

Do I Need to Register a Business to Dropship?

Once you start making sales, yes. It's advisable for tax and accounting purposes to run your dropshipping entity under a Limited Liability Company.

There are varying laws & regulations depending on which country you are in, so we would recommend searching for how to start a business entity in your country.

Startng An Ecommerce Business FAQ

How Much Money Do I Need To Start A Dropshipping Business?

Dropshipping does not require much initial funding, but it's good to have a realistic idea of how much money you'll have to invest before you get results.

Keep in mind, none of this money needs to be invested upfront, in general, you'll spend your initial investment over the first month. Marketing expenses, your biggest cost, will be spent last - once you've perfected your store and products. It could cost much less than $200 to get your first sale, but realistically you may test several products that do not sell until you find the winning product that gets you your first sale. dropshipping investment shopify tool

Should I Start With a General Store or a Niche Store?

For those of you who don't know - a general store is a store that can stock almost any product category, from fashion to childrens educational toys. These stores generally revolve around selling gadgets, trinkets and gift style items. A niche store is a branded store revolving around a central theme, for example mens watches.

We would recommend you start with a hybrid store - a mix of general and niche. This means your store will be branded but will also contain products from a large interest / niche, for example fashion or fitness. This allows you to brand your store more effectively, come across with more authority and focus on one category of products at a time while still being able to test & scale many products at a time.

How Many Products Should I Import to My Store?

There are two factors to consider here. The quality of the products you're importing and the type of niche your store occupies. For example, with womens general fashion, having only one or two products is not the norm and certainly won't cut it.

It is advised to import at least 25-100 products - you won't necessarily sell every product, but it will make your store look more authoritative and legitimate if you have many items for your customers to browse, which helps increase the time your customers spend on your site. However, make sure you keep a high standard of quality across all the items you are selling & view each product as a potential winner.

However, more products seems to be better - the top 10 Shopify Dropshipping stores have listed an average of 1095 products on their websites.

Can I Use Product Pictures From My Supplier?

As a general rule of thumb, yes. Most suppliers want you to buy more of their product, and will provide high quality images to help you sell it. We would recommend you remove any supplier names, logos or watermarks left on the images before you use them on your store. If you are unsure, you can always message the supplier and ask if you can use their images.

Taking your own product photography can also be a great way to put your store head and shoulders above other stores selling the same products, however this can be a time consuming process, especially if you have a large amount of items listed on your store.

How Can I Get My First Sale?

Before you think about making your first sale, make sure your store and products have been perfected and are ready to sell. Getting your first sale requires driving a large amount of targeted traffic to your store, which is not easy - it can take a long time and requires you to adjust and improve your website as you work out what drives sales and what does not.

A few common ways entrepreneurs go about making their first sale include:

  • Using their stores branded Instagram to DM potential customers, offering them a discount code
  • Purchasing Instagram shoutouts on a page related to your website niche
  • Facebook Ads, Google Ads
  • Whichever way you go about making your first sale, the key is to drive targeted traffic (traffic that might be interested in buying what you have to sell) to your website, you can do this in any way you can imagine, so get creative.

    Due to the complexity of this topic, we recommend you read our full article on making your first sale here.

    How Long Will It Take To Make My First Sale?

    It varies from person to person. Some entrepreneurs will make a sale the first day they launch their store. Others will take months to make their first sale. We would say the average time is between 30-45 days.

    The more time & effort you put into your store and products, the more likely it is that you will get your first sale quickly. In making your first sale, it will take some time to figure out which marketing channels, for example Facebook Ads vs Instagram influencers, will work for your business.

    Once you find out which marketing channel works, you can focus your efforts and increase your sales.

    Do Customers Care About Longer Delivery Times When Dropshipping?

    While in general customers do prefer quicker delivery times, it depends on the customers expecations versus reality. For example, Amazon Prime may offer 2 day free shipping, but if the item took 5 days to come the customer would be upset, and if the item arrived in 1 day the customer would be happy. The best shipping method for dropshipping is ePacket shipping , allowing your customers to get their products from China in 7-20 days.

    Similarly, dealing with shipping times in dropshipping is all about expectation management, you want to make it very clear to the customer that their product is going to take 7-20 days to get to them. We recommend you make the shipping fee completely free in order to give more value to your customer and make up for the long shipping times.

    In addition to this, you can use SaleSource to find faster shipping methods for almost any product, by comparing all possible suppliers against each other. This includes finding USA shipping for products that previously only shipped from China.

    If a Customer Orders More than One Product, Will it Come in Separate Packages at Different Times?

    Unless these products are fulfilled by the same supplier, from the same warehouse, it's likely that your customers will indeed receive your goods in separate packages at different times.

    From a wide body of experience, customers generally expect this to be the case. If a customer does raise the issue, we recommend telling them different products are stocked at different warehouses worldwide.

    Why Should Somebody Buy from My Store Instead of Buying from the Manufacturer Directly?

    As a brand, your store represents much more than just a product. It represents great customer service, brand identity, values, community, status and more. Your brand is much more than the products you sell, and in dropshipping, that is what you have to convey.

    A good dropshipping store gathers the best reviews, images, videos and marketing materials for a given product and displays them to the customer in a way that directly conveys the value of the item.

    In addition, you allow the customer to effortlessly purchase the item and others like it on your store, all in one place. Your store makes it easy to find exactly what the customers is looking for, and presents the product in an expert manner, answering all customer questions and building trust.

    Aliexpress FAQ

    Who is responsible for delivering the order to the customer?

    Your supplier (an AliExpress seller) will fulfill the order. Oberlo will automatically fill in the customers order details, address and more. Once the item has been purchased on AliExpress, the supplier will ship the order to your customer.

    Is there a warranty in case my supplier doesn't ship my order?

    Yes. AliExpress has an escrow system in which the supplier does not receive funds from your order unless the order gets past a certain stage, for example, is marked as delivered on the tracking numbers.

    Can I Return Items or Get a Refund?

    Yes, AliExpress has a sophisticated returns & refunds system to help you get your money back in case a customer wishes to return or refund their order. AliExpress suppliers readily provide refunds, as lower feedback score can be disastrous for their businesses.

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    Adam Eleiko
    Ecommerce expert, 7 figure dropshipper and anime loving nerd

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