Empire Builders, I know that it’s intimidating to browse AliExpress looking for your next winning product, especially if you’re just getting started with your dropshipping business. So I’m sharing seven trending summer products that you could begin selling today, and they’re all perfect for someone that’s new to making money with dropshipping. But I’m not just here to give you these product picks. More importantly, I’m going to tell you WHY these are fantastic products. Like anything else, the process of choosing products is a skill you need to learn and develop over time.
Choosing trending summer products is more of an art than a science. But there are several key factors that can guide you in the right direction. Listen and learn since this will be one of the most important elements for building your empire!
1. Waterproof Bed or Seat
Our first winning product is part of the camping and hiking niche, which is going to do extremely well as we head into the summer months. People will be much more interested in outdoor activities, which means they’ll be buying all sorts of accessories. A product like this is great because it has multiple purposes. It’s a waterproof mattress that can also be used as a seat, and it rolls up into a small carrying pouch. This product is portable, comfortable, and perfect for camping or hiking.
Searching for Quality Products
The first criteria we can think about while choosing trending summer products is making sure that we hit on the fundamentals of what makes any product desirable.
- Does the product save time?
- Can the product save people money?
- Does it have a “just gotta have it” appeal because the customer really wants it?
Ideally, you need at least one of these factors. But if you can find a product that has all three, that’s even better. Those are the products that really blow up. This waterproof camping bed definitely has all three elements since it’s inexpensive, convenient, and will make outdoor adventures more comfortable.
What else do we like about this product? It has a very good star rating, a sizable amount of reviews, and also over 4,000 orders. That’s exactly what we want to see. If you want to choose some trending summer products, it’s absolutely crucial that you find a GOOD product. That means people like it, and it’s providing value for them.
The next thing we look for is making sure a good, reputable supplier is offering the product. You can head to the detailed seller ratings page to review where they stand as far as “Item as Described,” “Communication,” and “Shipping Speed.” You want to make sure that all these ratings are above 4.5. In this case, the supplier of the waterproof camping bed passes the test with flying colors.
2. Portable Hand-Pull Saw
Continuing with the outdoors theme as we head into summer, this small, portable saw can be used to cut down branches and small trees. This product can be used for many purposes, including to clear an area in the woods where the consumer wants to set up a tent. Portable saws are a specialty product that really resonates with people that have a passion for the outdoors. This product can be aimed at campers and hikers. Also, it’s definitely in the survivalist niche, which has been doing extremely well over the last year. So again, we have a useful product in a popular niche from a reputable seller. The saw is also a pretty cool product that looks great in video ads.
There are some limitations with products like knives and saws, such as how you’re not allowed to promote them with Facebook ads. But this is still a fantastic product for anyone in the survivalist/hiking/camping niche. For example, you can use it as an upsell for another product or offer it to your email list.
3. Waterproof Pouch
As we’re thinking about what people like to do during the summer months, what else comes to mind? They’ll definitely be spending time at beaches, pools, rivers, etc. This is especially true as life gets back to normal and people are eager to hang out with others. Products for everything that has to do with having fun around water will be getting popular right now. Consumers can use this waterproof pouch to store their cellphone, earbuds, wallet, or other small accessories that they want to protect from sand and water. This pouch is useful, convenient, and extremely inexpensive. Another winning product!
4. Waterproof Bag
Our next product is really the same concept as the pouch and can even be considered complementary. That means the same consumer might want to purchase both! Which brings me to a really smart principle to be thinking about: how can you sell a customer the next thing that makes sense for their needs?
Someone who’s getting ready to spend time by the water might need the pouch for their smaller valuables, but it’s common sense to also sell them a waterproof bag. They can store towels, an iPad, books, or anything else they want to keep safe. This product has many potential use cases beyond going to the beach, like for rafting and other active water sports.
Get in the habit of thinking strategically for your business in this way. You don’t have to overcomplicate it — it’s often just about the next logical thing that makes sense for them to buy. Just make sure you pick a niche instead of trying to sell it to everyone. At the end of the day, what’s going to make you successful is connecting the RIGHT products to the RIGHT consumer who wants or needs them. This business is basically about helping other people by solving their problems. Put the customer first, provide value for them, and you won’t fail.
5. USB-Powered LED Crochet Hook
Let’s head indoors, for now, to check out a fantastic product that’s part of the crocheting niche. This particular product is an electric tool that allows crocheting to be much faster than doing it with old-school needles. Hobbies like crochet, knitting, and sewing are all amazing niches with many passionate consumers. These indoor hobbies can be enjoyed all year round, are very popular, and inspire incredible loyalty.
I also like these niches because they’re associated with both many physical products and many digital info products. A seller in this niche can create all kinds of compelling how-to digital products about different creative projects, which are great for upselling your customers and bumping up your revenue.
6. Outdoor String Lights
I’ve just moved to a home with a massive backyard, which means my wife and I are spending a lot of time looking at outdoor decor. We’re definitely not the only ones. Everything that has to do with outdoor decorations has become massively popular over the last year. There’s no end in sight to this trend as we head into summer, which makes it a great niche. But, even as I’m walking around with my wife being a consumer, I still always keep my dropshipper hat on.
When I came across these outdoor string lights, I immediately wanted to check them out on AliExpress to see what the real prices are. These outdoor string lights are a fantastic product and will be perfect for backyard social gatherings. They also definitely have that “just gotta have it” appeal because they’re attractive, unique, and fairly inexpensive. That’s what you want in trending summer products for your stores.
7. Solar-Powered Lights
We round out our list of trending summer products with this genius product that consumers can attach to their patio furniture or any other elements of their outdoor space. It’s solar-powered, which makes these lights eco-friendly and inherently cool. They also solve an actual problem, which is a dark backyard.
The best thing about this product? People will definitely want more than one! I always recommend that you offer quantity break discounts for two, four, six, eight, or more units. I recommend this strategy almost regardless of what kind of product you’re selling because consumers really can surprise you with how many units they’ll buy when there’s a discount involved. Needless to say, those multiple sales will really help your margins out. With a product like these solar-powered lights, where the customer is extremely likely to need several, offering quantity break discounts can add up to a substantial amount of income. This is a fantastic product.
You can learn much more about marketing these trending summer products — and how to plug the products into a winning sales funnel — by taking my e-commerce master class today! You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel for frequent tips and insights.