Faster Shipping and Higher Revenue With an AliExpress Alternative: How Beginners Are Making $1000 on Day 1

While it may seem challenging and potentially costly, there are ways to make as much as $1,000 or more by getting one- to two-day shipping for new eCommerce businesses while using an AliExpress alternative. Let’s dive into how you can profit from one- or two-day shipping when launching your dropshipping business.

Turn to Amazon to Win With This Strategy

Hear us out here. Yes, we know that Amazon isn’t the most sustainable platform to rely on alone, but it is one of the keys to getting the ideal shipment setup for your business if you want to expedite shipping for your customer. The right strategy can help you get the best results when using Amazon as part of your approach.

To summarize, our expert went through the following steps:

  1. Received an order from a customer
  2. Went into his Amazon account
  3. Paid for the product and entered the customer’s details
  4. Marked the item as a gift 
  5. Shipped it to the customer within two days

We’ve found a couple of ways to implement this strategy successfully, so let’s get started on this AliExpress alternative.

1. Saturated Products

Screenshot of finding products in a saturated market

One of the products our expert managed to make $1,000 per week with was a saturated product—specifically, a product in the resistance bands niche. 

Today, resistance bands are among the most popular workout products out there. They help with strength-gaining exercises and are very easy to find at an affordable price, particularly on Amazon.

Seek Products With Ample Suppliers and Varied Pricing

When looking for the right product to target, whether it’s in fitness or another niche, the key is to find one with many suppliers offering the product at a wide range of prices. For instance, just looking again at resistance bands, there is such a wide variety of sets and suppliers at prices ranging anywhere from around $10 to $30.

When a customer orders one of these products, you would purchase it from Amazon through your account at a lower price and sell it at a higher one. Going back to resistance bands as an example, you might buy a set of resistance bands at the base price of $10 and sell it for closer to $30.

Increase the Value of Your Customer’s Order

Now, this isn’t simply about price markups; you want to add more value to your customer’s order than what they would get from Amazon without spending more on your end. In our case, we grouped the original product we ordered with about six to seven other niche-relevant digital products. These products included everything from workout guides and meal plans to complete glossaries for almost every workout you could do.

In other words, we sold a complete workout program in addition to resistance bands. We transformed a relatively mundane Amazon product that anyone could buy on that platform into a high-end bundle. That makes the markup worth the purchase. In the process, we were able to ship from the same supplier.

Don’t Worry About Customers Receiving Amazon-Labeled Packaging

One concern you might have with this AliExpress alternative is what customers might think if they receive an Amazon package instead of a package with your branding. 

Based on our experience shipping thousands of products through Amazon, we have received zero customer complaints regarding their packaging. But if anyone asks or complains, you can simply explain that Amazon helped get your products to them faster.

This particular model is ideal because it allows for faster product shipping, which is ultimately what customers care about the most. You can also satisfy customers with high-quality digital products that help put you above Amazon.

Our expert not only made his customers happy with their orders with this strategy, but he also managed to get 60 influencers to work with him to grow his brand faster.

2. High-Ticket Products

Screenshot of using Amazon to find products

The second strategy you can use is to go after certain high-ticket products, which entails the following steps:

Find Multiple Manufacturers of a High-Price Product in Your Niche

To start with, we took a look at some high-ticket products in the fitness niche. Using a portable pilates wheel as a launching pad, we looked for other brands offering the same type of product at relatively high prices. 

We were able to find multiple pilates wheel systems from multiple manufacturers at various prices. Then we identified certain quality differences between them. What you want to do is meet the quality of the product sold at the higher price, which will allow you to sell it at the same price.

Look for a Less Expensive Item That You Can Transform into a High-Ticket Product

Once you’ve found that high-ticket item, look for another essentially identical product from another manufacturer that’s going for a slightly lower price. In our case, our high-ticket pilates wheel sold at around $89. The one we planned to sell was priced at $59.99. If we increase the value of the latter product, we can sell it at the former’s price.

The way we would increase the value of the cheaper pilates wheel would be to use the same strategy as we used with saturated products; sell it with a combination of valuable digital items. These products may include pilates workout guides, other similar fitness booklets, ebooks, and more.

This strategy also helps you ship products faster while maximizing dropshipping profits.

How to Create Profitable Digital Products That You Can Repurpose and Resell

Dropshipper using Amazon as an AliExpress alternative

Are you curious about how to get a hold of those digital products you need to boost your products’ value? There’s a simple strategy we’ve used that can help you create an endless inventory of niche-specific items.

Consider the pilates wheel—let’s say you want to create a workout guide. Here, you can find some popular YouTube video guides for pilates workouts. You can then hire someone on a site like Fiverr to convert these videos into text and image guides. You’ll then have your own digital products that you can rebrand and include with your pilates wheel product. This justifies your price markups.

Be Cautious With These Strategies and Transition Away From Amazon as an AliExpress Alternative

While both of these strategies we discussed can help you get orders to customers faster and boost revenue, it’s worth reiterating that Amazon dropshipping isn’t the most sustainable model. 

For one, Amazon could become suspicious of your account if it appears you’re taking advantage of its lower pricing and placing many orders of the same or similar products. Also, customers may become more familiar with the products you’re bundling with your digital content and the brands behind them. That takes the attention away from your own brand.

At some point, you’re better off transitioning away from Amazon as your AliExpress alternative; when you can, switch to an American warehouse where you can fulfill your orders and promote your brand. This is precisely what we did with one of our seven-figure dropshippers who started with Amazon before establishing his brand’s proof of concept and turning to us. 

Want to discover other ways to build a successful dropshipping business beyond this AliExpress alternative? Get started by reserving a seat at our free eCommerce masterclass with Peter Pru today. Tagged : / / / /

Why Most Amazon Sellers Fail Before Becoming Profitable

People think that selling on Amazon is their ticket to the big time, that they’ll open their store on Amazon and immediately be inundated with people wanting to buy their merchandise. After all, Amazon is one of the largest selling platforms on the planet. So naturally, if they have a good product, it will sell quickly, right? But the truth is that most Amazon sellers fail before they’ve even begun. The truth is that Amazon FBA can be a waste of time and a major financial risk. This guide will show you exactly why Amazon sellers fail and why FBA is not the amazing business choice that so many people think it is.

Amazon Will Believe Larger Businesses When It Comes to Copyrights and Patents

You can have a business making $50,000 to $80,000 per month and can still lose your business because a larger business makes copyright or patent claims on your idea. It doesn’t matter if the claim is totally false. It doesn’t matter if there is no evidence. Amazon will shoot first and ask questions later. Then, a year later, when it’s proved you were right all along, the larger business has already taken your market share, and you’re left with nothing.

Amazon Sellers Fail Because the Startup Costs Are Staggering

When you’re starting with a $0 budget, Amazon is a tough place to start. Everybody tries to pretend to sell on Amazon is cheap, but it’s not. You have to buy bulk merchandise and a lot of it to make sure you keep up with demand, and that means laying out five to twenty thousand dollars in inventory upfront with no idea if it will even sell. 

Added to that are advertising costs. There are literally millions of people trying to do what you are doing. If you want to stand out, you’re going to have to advertise, but ads aren’t cheap. Even if you are buying cheap ads, the odds are that no one will see them, and that’s why they’re so inexpensive.

Amazon Has No Trouble Competing With You on Their Own Site

Screen grab of Peter Pru discussing Amazon's packing cube product

Chances are, if you’re just starting, you are selling some basic commodity. If that is the case, Amazon makes it, too. Check it out for yourself; stop reading for a second and go on Amazon and put a basic commodity like packing cubes in the search engine. Amazon makes packing cubes, and it comes up first. Of course it comes up first; why wouldn’t it? They will always prioritize themselves over your small business on their site, and if you stop and think about it for a minute, that makes perfect sense.

Amazon is smart; they won’t just have one type of commodity on the market. They have so many products themselves that there’s barely room for any other competitors on the front page, and most people will buy from that initial page. 

The truth is people trust the Amazon brand; after all, they’re buying from their site. So people will buy the Amazon Basic version of what you sell before they buy yours. It will be cheaper, be better advertised, and have name-brand recognition. How can you compete?

Even When Amazon Isn’t Competing With You, Someone Is

If you owned a store that made luggage, you wouldn’t have your competitor’s luggage next to it so that the customer can compare. But Amazon doesn’t care about that. You’ll never get a page to yourself, which is why many Amazon sellers fail. 

If you’re not competing with an Amazon brand, your brand will be right next to some larger brand. There’s no way for you to stand out that way. If people wanted a specialty item, they’d go to the artist’s website or go to a craft website like Etsy. 

Amazon is where you go for convenience. People don’t care if your product has an extra pocket when it’s right next to a cheaper product and will ship sooner.

They’re Using Your Store’s Statistics to Compete With You

Screen grab of Peter Pru discussing Amazon Basics products

If your store is successful, it will catch Amazon’s attention. If they see you’re selling some niche product incredibly well, they might start making it, too. Go back to the Amazon page and Type ‘Amazon Basic’ into the search bar. These are all the commodities that Amazon makes. They started smaller, but they can copy a store’s products every time they see a successful store.

Maybe they didn’t always make gym equipment, but they saw some stores on their site doing good business and started making the same equipment. They don’t have to pay for market testing; you’re doing it for them. They can sit back and see what’s selling before duplicating the popular products and ignoring the products that aren’t selling, and they’re doing that using your hard work. How can you possibly compete with them when they control the site, and they can make everything cheaper than you?

They won’t give you your own customer list or your own statistics to help you make your store successful. So why provide the statistics to your competitor who is using it against you? It makes no sense!

Can You Even Afford to Rank?

Amazon seller seeing competitors outrank his store

The only way to rank on Amazon is either to sell a lot of inventory and have a lot of reviews or to be Amazon itself. When you’re just starting, you will have to give away hundreds if not thousands of products for free just to get enough reviews to rank. Can you afford to compete like that? Can you afford to give away thousands of free products just to get your business started?

Look at the stores on Amazon, and you will see that they all have incentivized giveaways so that they can keep up with the number of reviews they need to keep their rank up. Of course, you could decide you don’t care about your rank. But no one will buy from your store on page five of Amazon. Amazon is all about quick, cheap sales, so many Amazon sellers fail and fade away.

How Ecommerce Empire Builders Can Help

Don’t set yourself up to fail! Use Amazon for research and to funnel sales to your website, but don’t rely on them for success. I have started businesses before, and I can help you start yours. When you have your own business on your own site, people won’t see your competitor’s brands right next to yours. If you want to market your own business and sell products you believe in, then create your own online store. Click here to reserve your seat in our webinar or subscribe to my YouTube channel for more insights. Tagged : / / / /