Best Alternatives to AliExpress in 2019 | Dropshipping with an Agent

Best Alternatives to AliExpress in 2019 | Dropshipping with an Agent

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In this video, I cover three alternatives to AliExpress for dropshipping. AliExpress is a great tool to get started with dropshipping and to get a feel for the business model. However, it is not an optimal fulfillment strategy when you start getting a lot of orders and want to provide a good customer experience. Each of these Aliexpress alternatives has a different level of barrier-to-entry and provide different benefits for your business.

The first method I cover is Oberlo suppliers. Using Oberlo suppliers allows you to avoid going through AliExpress and streamlines you fulfillment by allowing you to one-click order for all your orders. However, the downside is that the products are priced at a markup relative to AliExpress and there can still be processing delays.

The second alternative I cover is the use of dropshipping agents in China. This is a method that I use personally for my dropshipping stores, and it is very efficient. This is the cheapest method for dropshipping internationally. Dropshipping agents buy in bulk from the source and ship your orders for you. However, they typically have a minimum of 20-50 orders per day in order to work with you. The fulfillment is usually done by exporting your orders to a CSV file every day and sending it to the agent. The agent will send it back with all the tracking numbers once the orders are shipped. If you are averaging 50+ orders a day, you can send me a DM on IG @gabrielstger and I can refer you to my agent that I use personally.

The last alternative that I cover is the use of fulfillment centers. With fulfillment centers, you buy inventory in bulk from AliBaba.com and send it to a fulfillment center. This is the best alternative for building a long-term business, having full control over your inventory and offering fast shipping times. I’ve used ShipBob.com for one of my stores and had a great experience, allowing me to offer delivery in under 7 days in the US. However, the main downside is that you need to distribute your inventory effectively if you’re shipping internationally.

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