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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- They have an excellent customer feedback rating.
- 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
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.
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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.