7 Trending Summer Products to Sell in May and June

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

Screen grab of Peter Pru discussing the outdoor and survivalist niche

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

Screen grab of Peter Pru discussing one of the trending summer products

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.

Man working on his dropshipping stores in his backyard

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3 Dropshipping Product Research Hacks That Will Drive Your Business’s Success in 2021

One of the hardest things business owners face is figuring out what products they should stock. Each product you’re considering needs to be researched, not just for quality but also to make sure it’s something the members of your target market will love. You also have to make sure there is a high enough profit margin to justify selling the product. Not only is this research time consuming, but it’s also difficult to know where to start. If the idea of delving into product research has you feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath. We can help. We’ve put together some dropshipping product research hacks that take the stress out of product research.

These hacks will improve your confidence as a dropshipper and improve your time management skills. Best of all, they’re easy.

Cruise Over to AliExpress.com

When it comes to product research, AliExpress will become your best friend.

AliExpress was founded in 2010 and has spent the past decade becoming one of the most valuable tools in the savvy consumer’s product research toolbox. The website is designed to provide you with a safe online shopping experience and to help you connect with the suppliers who have the products that perfectly suit your business.

Once you’ve set up your AliExpress account, simply type VIP into the website’s search bar. It’s as easy as that!

Dropshipping Product Research Hacks on AliExpress

Screen grab of how to search for products on AliExpress

VIP Listings

The VIP search brings you to a page that presents you with links to a VIP supplier’s products. These links are supplier-created pages that were designed with the specific intention of making it easier for you, as a business owner, to connect with the suppliers you want to do business with. You won’t believe how much simpler your life becomes once you’ve gained access to your supplier’s VIP shopping experience. 

AliExpress’s VIP shopping experience doesn’t just allow you to get the best possible prices from your favorite suppliers. It also makes it possible for you to bundle some of your favorite products together. Some people don’t realize that they can use AliExpress’s VIP feature as a product research hack.

Instead of heading straight to your favorite supplier’s page, take a couple of minutes to look over the VIP listings. It won’t take you long to realize that this is a great opportunity to see products that are selling extremely well. What most people do is click on the first couple of products they see on the page. We don’t recommend this. We suggest clicking on the pages that only show a VIP logo.

Supplier Pages

When you visit the supplier’s page, you’ll find an assortment of valuable data that allows you to not only see the product and its various options but also read reviews. The page provides valuable insight into what currently appeals to consumers.

“Also Recommended” Pages

Take a look at the page’s “Also Recommended” links that appear on the VIP page you’re exploring. Looking at these “also recommended” products allows you to see products that usually complement whatever you’re already selling.

HINT: Recommended products can be a huge asset when you’re putting together a sales funnel!

We recommend that you not necessarily use AliExpress when you first start working with a supplier. It’s usually best to start by purchasing directly from the supplier and establishing a trust-based relationship. We feel that in the long run, working directly with the supplier saves you time and possibly even money.

Using additional keywords can help you streamline the process of finding VIP suppliers for your business. One of the keywords we like to use is dropshipping. We’ve also noticed that changing things up, such as simply writing drop-shipping instead, can reveal different products. Even small dropshipping product research hacks can help you find brand new opportunities.

We believe that using AliExpress is a great way for business owners who haven’t established a niche for themselves to find products and develop ideas.

Check Out Ecomhunt

Screen grab of using dropshipping product research hacks on Ecomhunt

Yes, Ecomhunt is a paid product research tool, but you can create an account for free to use these dropshipping product research hacks. The free account is pared down from the paid account, but it still provides you with a great deal of information and product research ideas. If you decide you want to use Ecomhunt to purchase products from suppliers, the subscription is only $20 a month. 

Ecomhunt has all sorts of tools that aid in your product research efforts. These tools include:

  • Product descriptions
  • Facebook ads
  • Profit calculators

Our favorite thing about Ecomhunt is the ability to sort through different products by niches. This saves so much time.  

Don’t Discount Amazon

Before we get into our third product research hack, we need to let you know that this particular hack isn’t really meant for the business owner who is just starting out. This hack is designed for businesses that already have established themselves as a niche and have a relatively solid understanding of their target market. 

Many business owners don’t realize that Amazon can be used as a product research tool. What we suggest is finding a product that you think would sell well in your niche. Open up its Amazon page and go to the bestsellers link that is listed under “product information.” Look at the top-level category. If the number ranks in the top 20,000 products, you automatically know that there is a great deal of demand for that product. 

How to Use Your Search Results

When you use this and similar dropshipping product research hacks, it’s extremely important that you only look at the top product level category. Ignore the bottom two. The lower categories are sub-categories and far more niche-specific. They don’t present a super accurate impression of how the product is selling. The biggest problem with using the sub-category to determine how a product is performing is that it’s difficult to determine how many people are actually purchasing products that fit that category and how many products are in the category.

Once you’ve determined that the product is under 20,000 in the top category, you can start exploring the sub-categories (ignore them if the product is over 20,000 in the top category). Click on one of the sub-categories. On the left hand of your screen, you’ll see a menu of similar sub-categories. When you click on an interesting sub-category, you will see the bestsellers. This is a fantastic way to discover products that you can incorporate into your sales funnel or even offer directly to your customers. Once you’ve found a few interesting categories, it’s time to go to either your favorite supplier or to find a supplier via Ecomhunt or AliExpress and place an order.

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Dropshipper researching products and creating his business

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Try These AliExpress Alternatives to Speed Up Your Dropshipping Delivery Times

Empire builders, you already know that shipping and delivery times have significantly slowed down with the current state of the world. If you’ve been dropshipping through AliExpress, you may have found yourself in quite the dilemma over the last few months because of the slow delivery speed. Everything is still in a state of limbo, so it might be time to find a new source that can get products into your customer’s hands as quickly as possible. If you’ve been searching for a faster or more reliable dropshipping supplier, check out some of the top AliExpress alternatives below.

AliExpress 

If you’ve already been using AliExpress to source your funnel products and have been successful with this method, that’s great. I’m not going to be the person to sit here and tell you to stop altogether. However, if you choose to utilize AliExpress as your front-end supplier, you should try to work with AliExpress stores that ship from the United States

Being able to dropship your products from the United States will significantly cut down on delivery wait times. AliExpress makes it easy to filter out suppliers that ship from the United States from those who don’t. 

However, there is a catch. Not all stores on AliExpress that list themselves as U.S. based stores actually ship from the United States. 

To find out if a store is shipping from the United States, reach out to the supplier. Once you get in contact with the supplier through email or Skype, ask them for tracking numbers. This will tell you the origin of the packages that they send, letting you know if they are shipping from the U.S. or not. This will require some digging and research, but providing your customers with faster shipping times and excellent customer service will always pay off in the end.    

SaleHoo

woman reaching out to manufacturers directly through SalesHoo to find AliExpress alternatives

The first alternative to AliExpress I suggest looking into is SaleHoo. For $120, SaleHoo gives you lifetime access to a massive directory of manufacturers and dropshippers. Having this directory gives you a considerable advantage in the dropshipping industry. 

Why?

You have access to a wide variety of suppliers and manufacturers at your fingertips, and you can find your own preferred AliExpress alternatives. This will also allow you to piece together amazing offers on your funnels that customers will not be able to turn down. 

My suggestion for those already making 10K a month would be to get in touch with manufacturers on SaleHoo, who also provide dropshipping services. This is what I did to create my supplement company, Untapped Focus. It’s incredible when you find manufacturers that will create your product, house it, and then handle the dropshipping for you. It creates an awesome business opportunity for you and allows you to worry a lot less about the logistics of storing and shipping products.  

CJDropshipping 

screen grab of CJDropshipping's shipping times

Another one of my preferred AliExpress alternatives is CJDropshipping. If you’re already dropshipping from China, then CJDropshipping is an AliExpress alternative that you need to look into. A lot of the products are sourced from China on CJDropshipping. However, CJDropshipping is a faster and more reliable drop shipping source compared to AliExpress.  

The biggest suggestion I have for you with CJDropshipping is to research how the individual product is being shipped. When I use CJDropshipping, I like to use the CJ packet method of shipping. If a product is eligible for the CJ packet shipping, your product will be in the hands of the customer much faster than AliExpress sourced products. 

Ultimately, if you’re already using AliExpress, I recommend searching for your products on CJDropshipping. By sourcing through CJDropshipping, rather than through AliExpress, your delivery times will be more bearable for the customer to deal with. However, always keep in mind that dropshipping products from China will never give the customer that 2-3 day shipping experience they have become accustomed to when buying on Amazon. To compensate for these longer shipping times of 7 to 20 days, your customer service must be top-notch.   

eBay 

The final dropshipping alternative I have for you is eBay. Yes, it may not be the first supplier that comes to mind when you think of a dropshipping source. But eBay actually has a ton of suppliers willing to ship products for you. 

Before you try to source products from eBay, you must do your research

The first step you should take to find out if an eBay store is a good dropshipping supplier is to check out the number of units they have sold on their products. If they have sold a large number of units on a single product, that’s a very good sign. After determining that the store has sold enough units, check out their customer feedback reviews and the different products they sell.  

When working with an eBay store as a dropshipping source, you want to make sure of two things:

  1. They have an excellent customer feedback rating. 
  2. They specialize in one area, whether it be fitness equipment, pets, clothes, or fishing. 

You never want to work with a supplier that has their hand in a little bit of everything. You want to work with stores that are specialized in one area. If you can find the right supplier, eBay is one of the easiest AliExpress alternatives for sourcing your products.  

Always Be Resourceful  When Looking for AliExpress Alternatives

customer happily opening their delivered package

No matter how you decide to source your front-end products, you’re going to need to be resourceful to generate the most success you can. With the state of the world as it currently is, shipping and delivery times are messed up for everyone. To create amazing offers on your funnels and get products to customers quickly, you’re going to have to piece together products and services from different sources. Being successful in the ecommerce industry will always come down to your willingness and ability to be resourceful in providing the best offers and services to your customers. But if you do it right, you can even capitalize on in-demand products and trendy items.

Consult With the Pros 

I hope you will take this information and implement it into your own funnels today. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we know that more can be achieved together than alone. If you’re interested in becoming a part of a growing ecommerce community, take the time to consult with us today. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you build, launch, and scale your own profitable dropshipping business. Sign up for access to our exclusive free webinar today. Also, be sure to check our YouTube channel for even more free resources and insights into the dropshipping industry. Remember, your empire starts now.  Tagged : / / / / /