Category Dropshipping from China

How to dropshipping from 1688 via shopify

Dropshipping is a more and more popular eCommerce mode widely accepted by beginners as it does not require high startup funds, not need to prepare enough inventory in advance, not need to be packaged and shipped by itself, and is also very flexible and convenient to manage. It is also very popular among cross-border e-commerce sellers. For many new sellers, dropshipping is a very worthwhile attempt to try out the initial business strategy of cross-border e-commerce. In particular, the funds are relatively tight, and the time and energy are relatively limited. Dropshipping can reduce various risks of cross-border e-commerce to a certain extent. Lots of English sellers take advantage of Aliexpress for their dropshipping resource and focus on their eCommerce website marketing to get rich profits. Among all the dropshipping platforms, Shopify is the one of the most popular.

A seller from Ireland broadcasts via YouTube and use Shopify to make sales from 0 to 1000 dollars in 7 days, The seller has nothing but a credit card. The general process is like this: Step 1, goods selection, firstly find a more fashionable interest group in pinterest, many people like the lion, he chose the lion as the entry point, then source lion-related products on AliExpress and found many products. For example, lion bracelets, lion pendants, lion rings, lion pattern T-shirts, etc., after evaluating the performance of selected products and AliExpress stores, opened a store on Shopify, and registered a domain name to bind the store. Then he puts one of the Golden Lion Bracelets as a free gift to attract traffics, buyers can get it for free by paying the shipping fee only. Then Through a series of off-site marketing, facebook advertisements, mailing lists, etc., the website and store products were successfully promoted. After one week, they eventually earned more than 4,000 US dollars. Throughout the process, the seller did not participate in the package delivery, and did not touch the product in person, because all the orders generated were also processed by the AliExpress seller through Dropshipping.

This is a customary method of operating Shopify. The local purchase is not only costly, but also the freight is not cheap. If you package and ship the goods, the labor cost is very expensive, so take AliExpress as your own warehouse and use Dropshipping to deliver the goods. It is really worry-free and saves money for product sales. However, dropshipping from Aliexpress also has disadvantages due to the delivery, marketing purpose as well as other restrictions like no control measures for the whole process, low profits etc., more and more sellers start to dropship from 1688 via shopify.

What\’s the advantages 1688 has for dropshipping compared to Aliexpress? 1688 has at least 10 times larger goods categories than Aliexpress with lower price. Lots of Aliexpress sellers import goods via 1688 and sell on Aliexpress, now 1688 released its cross border eCommerce market for small business dropship from China which dropshipping even more easier. However, Shopify sellers still need to face language issues, payment issues and as well as shipping issues when dropship from 1688 via Shopify as 1688 is a Chinese B2B website.

How to dropshipping from 1688 via shopify? You can find a dropshiping fulfillment agent like 86Deal to help dropship from 1688 via Shopify in the following steps:

  1. Sourcing. The biggest difficult sourcing on 1688 is the language issue, you may need to search goods on 1688 with long tail keywords for more precise search results and communicate with 1688 suppliers in Chinese for  more goods details information. However, you may only know translate keywords on google translate, the long tail keywords is not so easy to find to translate, the 1688 agent could help you easily solve this issue by know your requirements in details;
  2. Payment. 1688 currently only supports Alipay, Unionpay and other online payment methods which nearly all the English sellers cannot pay directly to dropship. 86Deal could help you easily solve the payment issue after confirmed the order on your shopify store, you can transfer the money in USD to agent Chinese bank account, they will order for you in Chinese Yuan,then export the shopify orders in CSV format to order one by one;
  3. Quality inspection. Once the goods arrived 86Deal warehouse, the staff will check the goods color, size and quantity and whether they have any flaws to decide whether ship or return to exchange which could help you lower down the potential dispute risk on Shopify;
  4. Shipping. 86Deal mainly dropship from China to overseas countries via ePacket and E-ems as they are relatively fast and cost effective. Once the goods being checked with no problem, 86Deal will pack the goods and import the order CSV file to China post shipping dashboard to print invoice and shipping. Then update on Shopify store, the order fulfillment procedure is done.

Dropshipping from 1688 via Shopify is easy, you only need to find a reliable dropshipping fulfillment agent to help you deal with the order, you can focus on shopify store marketing via facebook, Instagram, YouTube or other social networks. No more goods stocks, all the orders can be handled by the dropshipping fulfillment agent in China, it could greatly lower down the dropshipping cost and increase order fulfillment efficiency.


1688 released cross border eCommerce market for small business dropship from China

Have you ever suffered sourcing high quality goods with low price for dropshipping business? In 2018 Alibaba\’s B2B wholesale platform 1688 officially launched on the cross-border eCommerce supply source market for small business sellers dropship from China.  The cross-border market are mainly for small and medium-sized businesses that open stores on AliExpress, Amazon, Wish, Shopify and other platforms dropship from China. The products currently supplied mainly include clothing accessories, home textiles, digital home appliances and sports outdoor as well as other goods categories.

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Of course, compared with the domestic e-commerce sellers in China, there is still a big difference in the demand og goods for cross-border dropshipping sellers. The Cross-border e-commerce sellers have different requirements in terms of supply inventory, quality and stability, delivery speed, and goods photo data package as well as distribution. Therefore, the cross-border eCommerce market filtered goods and suppliers suitable for dropshipping sellers based on the abundant supply on the 1688 platform.

At present, 1688 has filtered millions of goods in the cross border eCommerce market for small business sellers. In the first phase it selected 100,000 items into the cross-border supply source market, and the source library will be continuously expanded in the future.

1688 has been a major supply channel for China\’s cross-border export sellers, in the future, it will also be a major source market for the overseas dropshippers and wholesalers. According to Payoneer research,  in the supply channels of China\’s export e-commerce sellers using Payoneer, 1688, Taobao, Tmall, and AliExpress accounted for 53%. A veteran AliExpress seller says, they used to find new products and factories on 1688 and then negotiating OEM processing, due to there are too many products on 1688,  developing new products is relatively difficult, now the new 1688 cross-border channel could effectively reduce the difficulty of developing new products for Aliexpress, eBay, Amazon, Shopify, Wish and other store sellers.

How to take advantage of the 1688 cross border eCommerce market to source goods for dropshipping business? It is easy enough, all you need to do is to view the 1688 cross border eCommerce market and view goods based on your dropshipping goods niche, there you can find the hotsale goods for dropshipping.

Once you found the right goods for your store, you need to find a Chinese dropshipping fulfillment agent to help you order, ship goods from China to clients worldwide.  The agent usually offer the following fulfillment services:

Sourcing goods. Although you can sourcing goods yourself, you still have difficulty if you are not good at Chinese language and search skills, an agent could help you effectively sourcing goods and suppliers.

Purchasing goods.  As a dropshipper overseas you may have payment issue import from 1688 as it only offers Alipay,  Unionpay and other online payment methods which doesn\’t support paypal and international credit card. The agent could help you negotiate and bargain with suppliers and pay for the goods.

Quality check. That\’s the most important thing for your dropshipping business as there\’s no quality control measures if you dropship from Aliexpress which will potentially affect the user experience and store credits.

Consolidation. The fulfillment agent could help you consolidate goods order from multiple suppliers into one to ship to your clients so that the clients do not have to wait long time to receive multiple packages from different suppliers.

Labeling and branding. For private label sellers and dropshippers who want to remove supplier info it is a great service, the dropshipping fulfillment agent could help you remove supplier tags and attach your customize label and logo for brand marketing purpose.

Shipping. ePacket is always the first choice for dropshipping as it is cheap enough and relatively faster than China post air mail service. The dropshipping fulfillment agent will ship for you and fill the tracking number on your store which could help you focus on store marketing.

Do you need high quality goods with cheaper price on 1688? Do you know how to import hotsale dropshipping goods from 1688 cross border eCommerce market? Please inquire 86Deal for dropshipping fulfillment solutions for your eBay, Amazon, Wish, Shopify stores.


2018 top 7 hot sale dropshipping goods on 1688

What\’s the most popular goods on 1688 suitable for dropshipping? We\’ve been frequently asked by new dropshipping clients after we released the article how to search hotsale dropshipping goods on 1688. In this article we list the top 7 hot sale dropshipping goods on 1688 which are very creative and trendy in the USA and EU markets, you can take them as a reference for your dropshipping business.

Top1. Bow Ties

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With the development of the fashion industry, men\’s bow tie has become more and more popular. from Google Trends, in the past three years, the search for \”men\’s bow tie\” has almost tripled. This trend is not only reflected in the bow tie, but also the attention of men to dress and appearance. There is also good news from Shopify data, the increasing number of male online shoppers in the USA and EU countries, which is good news for the sellers of the menswear industry.

Top2. Pocket Square 

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After understanding the heat of the bow tie, in order to further analyze the male fashion accessories market, we paid attention to many fashion bloggers on Twitter. We found that not only the bow tie, but also a male fashion accessory is in hot sale– pocket square.

After searching for \”Pocket Square\” in Google Trends, we will find that it is even more hot than the bow tie in recent years. The square scarf in the pocket is perfect to match the suit. Some good quality square towels can be sold for 60$ on Shopify, eBay and Amazon, while the cost of pocket square on 1688 is cheap enough, which can bring a very good profit.

Another advantage of the accessories such as squares and bow ties is that they are usually in small size and volume the shipping cost is very low while they can be worn with a wide variety of shirts and suits, making them ideal for online sale.

Top3. Wooden sunglasses

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Who can imagine we originally found this item on the Alibaba website. Searching for “wooden sunglasses”, we found 22,603 items sold by 555 sellers, and there is a huge demand behind the large supply. In order to confirm our doubt, we used Google Trend to search and found that this is a very new product, which will continue to grow almost every year. And we can clearly see that the wooden sunglasses are affected by seasonal factors.

Top4. Wooden watch

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After the wooden sunglasses, we suspect that there may be some similar wooden products that are popular. Finally, we found these wooden watches at Kickstarter. From the google trend chart, we can see that the wooden watch is not a new product, it has appeared a few years ago, and the trend of the two years has slowed down. However, the overall trend is still in the upward trend. Is there still a chance for this product? We may need to verify it ourselves.

Top5. Close-fitting pants

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In addition to men\’s fashion accessories, we also found a lot of women\’s fashion items, which have not been reduced in the past few years.

We found some tights in Outblush, and the style is bold and eye-catching. From GoogleTrend, The search for tight pants has been rising strongly after eliminating the influence of seasonal factors.

Top6. E-cigarette

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E-cigarettes have a huge market for demand. E-cigarettes are electronic atomization devices that simulate the state and scene of smoking. Although e-cigarettes are now ubiquitous, Forbes has an article devoted to analyzing the market prospects of e-cigarettes. As a very new category, e-cigarettes are attracting the attention of regulators, and the market entry threshold will become higher and higher.

Top7. Electronic cigarette liquid or iqos 

During sourcing e-cigarette data, we unexpectedly found a section dedicated to how to DIY e-liquids in Reddit. The trend of e-liquid and e-cigarettes is closely related, and we see some business opportunities from its strong growth. However, it may have unstable factors dropshipping from China 1688 due to it contains liquids which being strictly checked during customs clearance.

The above are the Top7 hot sale dropshipping goods which you easily find on 1688. The first way is to try photo search, once you found hot sale goods on Amazon, Shopify, eBay and Wish as well as other platforms, you can copy the photos to upload on 1688, you can find the same goods with various results, then you need to filter with price, supplier credits, user repeat buying rates etc. Another way you can follow the instructions how to search hot sale goods on 1688 on 86Deal, not only that goods, you can also find alternative hotsale goods as a reference dropshipping from China.


Aliexpress VS 1688 which is better for dropshipping

Aliexpress used to be a very good platform for Ebay, Amazon and shopify sellers dropshipping from China, however, more and more small business dropship from 1688 along with cross boarder policy promoted by Alibaba group. Aliexpress VS 1688, which is better for dropshipping? We will compare the 2 dropshipping platforms based on their goods category, payment method, shipping methods to reveal the advantages and disadvantages of 1688 and Aliexpress to see how small business could take advantages of these 2 dropshipping platforms to grow their business.

Firstly we\’d like to introduce Aliexpress and 1688 as well as their difference for people new to dropshipping business. AliExpress was formally launched in April 2010, which is the only online trading platform created by Alibaba for the global market. It is called “International Taobao” by a large number of sellers. It is the third largest English online shopping site in the world. 1688 also known as alibaba.cn which focuses on the wholesale and purchasing business. Through specialized operations, it improves customer experience and fully optimizes the business model of corporate e-commerce. At present, 1688 has covered 16 major categories, including raw materials, industrial products, apparel, home department stores, and small commodities, and provides a series of supply services from raw material procurement, production and processing, and wholesale.

We will compare the pros and cons of Aliexpress and 1688 in 6 different ways include language, goods category, payment methods,  quality control,shipping delivery time and cost.

Language 

Aliexpress is in english which is very easy for dropshipper to search and communicate with suppliers, while 1688 is in Chinese, for small business who dont know Chinese well may have difficult to search goods, read goods description, filter goods as well as communicate with suppliers for more dropshipping details, which takes longer time

Compared to 1688, Aliexpress is more easier for small business to start dropshipping business as it is in English language.

Goods category

Aliexpress also called English Taobao, it is a B2C website, currently it is around 0.3 million sellers with around 100 million good list, it covers garments, 3C, home, accessories, etc. a total of 30 primary industry categories, while 1688 covers raw materials, industrial products, apparel, home department stores, small commodities and other 16 industry categories which at least 10 times scale as Aliexpress for the goods categories.

Compared to Aliexpress, 1688 has wider choice of goods categories and cheaper price for cross border dropshipping business.

Payment methods

Currently Aliexpress supports credit cards, WebMoney (WM), TT remittance, Western Union, Qiwi wallet and paypal while 1688 supports Alipay (Chinese people only), and Chinese bank online payment, unionpay and bank transfer. Small business could easily pay on Aliexpress if you have a credit card.

However, 1688 doesn\’t allow small business overseas pay online even you have international Alipay account. Which means if you want to dropship from 1688 you need to find a 1688 agent to help you pay for the goods.

Quality Control

The quality is one of the most concern by the small business dropshipping from China. When you dropship from Aliexpress, the quality control mainly conducted by the supplier which might be a little subjective, once your clients received the goods if they are not satisfied which might be fatal to the dropshipping business while you can hardly return them back due to the shipping fee as well as Aliexpress policy.

If you choose a reliable agent to help you dropship from 1688, they may take you photos or videos to help you confirm the quality and texture, you will have briefly idea about the goods quality before dropshipping. If goods quality doesn\’t good enough they can be returned to the supplier for better quality to save time and money and prevent potential dispute caused by the quality.

Shipping delivery

Aliexpress default delivery service is usually China post air mail, epacket, e-ems and dhl etc. which basically has no difference with 1688 dropshipping. But Aliexpress has free shipping option and the shipping service is slightly cheaper.

From the other aspect, 1688 agent could help dropshipper consolidate multiple goods into one order to ship to clients from multiple suppliers, while Aliexpress need to receive multiple times which doesn\’t offer good user experience.

Dropshipping cost

The dropshipping cost is the main concern for small business, from the information above, Aliexpress dropshipping cost is definitely cheaper than 1688 as it has less steps. For beginners Aliexpress is absolutely the first choice to save dropshipping cost as you only need to pay the goods cost and select free shipping service, while you choose 1688 dropshipping you may need to pay the goods price, domestic shipping, agent fee, international shipping fee as well as the currency fee.

What\’s the advantages of dropshipping from 1688? I think it is more suitable for the dropshipper who want to grow their business with better user experiences in a few aspects. Firstly, dropshipper could wholesale from manufacture directly to lower down goods cost with better quality; secondly, 1688 agent could help double check goods quality to lower down the dispute rates for better user experience; thirdly, 1688 agent could help dropshipper consolidate multiple goods from suppliers into one order and label or branding their packaging for marketing purpose and choose shipping courier flexibly.

The total cost of 1688 dropshipping might be slightly higher than Aliexpress but it definitely provides better user experience as well as brand marketing strategy to help dropshipper grow their business in long terms.

In short, Aliexpress dropshipping is more suitable for beginners who wants to save cost while 1688 dropshipping is more suitable for private label dropshipper who want to build their marketing strategy.

Aliexpress VS 1688 which is better for dropshipping? Now you may have an answer in your mind.