There are more and more Shopify sellers switch suppliers from Aliexpress to 1688 for cross border dropshipping business due to there are more rich products with quality suppliers and manufacturers with more lower price. However, the product description are in Chinese and many Shopify sellers do not know how to import product from 1688 to Shopify. In this article we will introduce 3 tools to help you import product photos, vi-rants and description from 1688 to Shopify for cross border dropshipping.
That\’s the way most Shopify sellers used for cross border dropshipping. Shopify seller select products on Aliexpress and import to Shopify store via Oberlo, then source the same product supplier from 1688, due to the product information in English thus dropshippers do not have to translate nor proceed product photos via photoshop.
Import product from 1688 to Shopify via Shopmaster
With Shopmaster Shopify sellers can easily import products and virants from 1688 to Shopify. It could help you find winning products based on your store niche and list in Shopify store to sell worldwide countries.
However, due to 1688 is in Chinese, all its product info and photos might have Chinese description, you may need to find people who know Chinese or use google translate to modify product information and processing photos with Photoshop before release the product in Shopify store.
Import product from 1688 to Shopify via Importify
Smiliar with Shopmaster, Importify also could help you import product from 1688 to Shopify for cross border eCommerce purpose. Firstly you need to install Importify Chrome plugin, then search products on 1688, and go to the product url, after you find the right product prefered to add to Shopify, press the add button at the top left corner of the browser, then you can edit product information such as title, description, price then add to your store.
Of course, for the photos include Chinese characters, you need photo processing before adding to your store.
No matter which way you choose to import product from 1688 to Shopify, it is the very first step for your dropshipping busiess. When you select products on 1688, you need pay attention to the following aspects:
No fakes and counterfeit goods
Skip any famous branded products to avoid accidental resale of counterfeit goods. Unless you establish a legal partnership with a related brand, you will not be a licensed distributor, and even if the product is legal, the risk of selling a product with any other person\’s logo is not worthwhile. Therefore, you don\’t have to be obsessed with whether the product has a recognizable logo, such as electronic accessories or clothes.
Provide ePacket delivery as a shipping methods in your Shopify store as ePacket delivery is not only the most economical but also one of the quickest ways to ship small items to the US and Europe.
When you choose ePacket as free shipping method for cross border eCommerce, be sure to choose light weight goods with relatively high profit margin.
Product with more than 100 sales
Products with a large number of orders can explain that, first of all, the market has demand for this product; secondly, suppliers are more reliable than the industry average. When looking for new products, you can filter from products with a large order quantity.
Supplier credits above 4.5
There are 4 indexes in 1688 for buyers to judge the credits of the suppliers. They are product description, respond speed, delivery speed and repurchase rates. Among the 4 indexes the repurchase rates is the most important one for you as a reference. Usually we choose the suppliers that have at least 25% to 30% repurchase rates. Unlike Amazon and Aliexpress, 1688 is a B2B platform thus there has very few product reviews.
Product with low wholesale price but high profit margin
Products with low prices (such as between $5 and $20) can make your marketing costs more floating. Because the price of these products may be between $20 and $100. For example, an approximately $20 running shoe on AliExpress will eventually be sold for $80 to $100 with a profit margin of $60 to $80.
High quality, unbranded product photos
When you import product from 1688, be careful to make sure the photos come from your manufacturer, not from other retailers. And make sure the product photos in high quality and unbranded or without Chinese description, else you may spend too much time to processing the photos.
1688 dropshipping procedure
Although the product price is much more cheaper on 1688, however, mostly Shopify sellers will encounter the language, product sourcing, payment, after sale and shipping issue, thus a reliable 1688 dropshipping agent is necessary to assist you fulfillment the Shopify orders. For example, 86Deal offer one stop 1688 order fulfillment services to help Shopify sellers dropship from china:
● Quality inspection
● Label/ads removing
● Package return(goods with flaws or damages)
● Private label and packaging customization
● Shopify order printing
● Pick and pack
● International shipping
● Tracking upload
● Package return(from overseas to China)
You can take a look at the 1688 dropshipping procedure in details.
Once you have completed the previous sales, it\’s time to start researching how to grow your direct sales business and earn more money. In the end, you will clearly identify which suppliers are reliable. You should consider establishing a reliable relationship with them, which will give you a more favorable price and order priority order.
The biggest benefit of dropshipping from 1688 is that you can quickly verify that the store\’s ideas and products have the potential to meet market demands. If you are not sure if you have the ability to sell a product, add it to your store and test it. If there has no response, you simply remove the product from the store and start testing others. Because you don\’t have any inventory pressure and there is no upfront cost, the risk of investment is small.