Dropshipping is one of the most talked-about
e-commerce gigs today. Run a YouTube search, and you’ll find hundreds of videos
of advertisers, merchants, and even crafty teenagers cashing in on this new
business model. While some people are still skeptical about drop shipping, we’re here to tell you that it really does work.
Think you may want to try your hand at drop
Drop shipping is a way of fulfilling orders in
which the online seller never has to store, ship, or even touch any of the
products. Instead, the seller enters into agreements with product manufacturers
and drop shipping wholesalers or suppliers who agree to produce, pack, and ship
the products for the seller.
The seller sets up an online store and markets
the products. When a new order comes in, the seller notifies the supplier, and
the item is drop shipped to the customer. Drop shipping has many benefits, including:
to pay for or handle the storing, packing, and shipping of products
to worry about overstock
to run the operation on your own and from anywhere
much capital to start
DHGate and AliExpress are among the most popular wholesale
shopping marketplaces attracting customers
from all over the globe. Let’s compare the two.
Let’s start with the more popular option.
AliExpress is one of the largest online platforms
connecting small businesses in China to buyers from all over the world. It has
the biggest directory of drop shipping suppliers today. AliExpress is often compared to Amazon, but it’s actually
more like eBay, where both businesses and individuals can sell their wares.
AliExpress is unique in that it only allows
buyers who are not from mainland China. In addition, it only allows businesses and individuals who are not Chinese
to sell their products on the platform.
Nonetheless, the e-commerce giant does offer more
than a hundred million different products. There are clothing and accessories,
consumer electronics, laptops and smartphones, jewellery, shoes and bags,
luggage, beauty products, health and wellness products, maternity essentials,
baby clothing and gear, sports equipment, and many other items.
AliExpress is well-established in the e-commerce
industry and is trusted by millions of online shoppers worldwide. The online retail service ships to over 200 countries and
territories. Some suppliers may offer free shipping.
Though there is no phone number or email address
listed, there is a customer help centre with 24/7 live chat support.
There are, of course, some disadvantages. First
off, buying from AliExpress can sometimes be a gamble as there may be limited
information posted about the products. You will often need to go by the ratings
and reviews left by previous customers when deciding if you should buy from a
There is no return or exchange policy. AliExpress
does offer buyer protection, but refunds are usually only given when the
product received is different from what was advertised or if the shipped
products somehow do not make it to the buyer. While AliExpress does have a
tracking service, many customers prefer to use third-party tracking services
for a more detailed log of their package’s journey.
AliExpress has two main weaknesses that have had
both buyers and sellers looking for alternatives. These are delivery costs and
delivery times. While it remains the top online wholesale store for
dropshippers, the high shipping costs and the scarcity of some products has led
dropshipping business owners to look for other wholesale shopping websites,
such as this next one.
Like AliExpress, DHGate is an online platform
connecting small Chinese businesses to customers from around the world. It is a
popular alternative to AliExpress and is preferred by many drop shipping
AliExpress and DHGate offer a lot of similar
products, which should enable you to compare prices and evaluate profit
margins. However, DHGate has fewer products than AliExpress. The
online marketplace offers about 30 million different drop shipping products
from China and places like Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Like AliExpress, DHGate offers a wide
assortment of products. There, you’ll find clothes
for men and women, computers and smartphones, jewellery and watches, bags and
shoes, toys and sports equipment, gaming gear, computer accessories, home
decor, beauty products, and more.
The delivery period for products from DHGate is
about the same as that from AliExpress. As when shopping through AliExpress,
it’s up to you to check the ratings and reviews of each supplier before you
decide to do business with them.
Again, like AliExpress, DHGate provides buyer
protection. The e-commerce website also has an escrow system under which the payment will only be transferred from the buyer
to the seller after the buyer has received the product.
Some drop shippers report that DHGate is more
willing to mediate in disputes, but only after a certain amount of time has
passed. It seems that the company would rather let some time pass to give the
buyer and the seller a chance to resolve their issues on their own. The
e-commerce website does not have a return policy or a limited refund policy.
DHGate has a toll-free US phone number for
concerns, a 24/7 live chat support option, a
messaging system with a 24-hour turnaround time, social media channels, a
dedicated messaging centre for dispute resolution, and an assigned account
manager for top-level members.
Both AliExpress and DHGate offer many of the same
products from the same categories. However, AliExpress is definitely more
established than DHGate. DHGate is a good alternative to AliExpress, especially
when the product you want is not available on the former or would be more
expensive if you buy it from there.
some places, DHGate has a faster delivery time, which is another great reason
to choose this online marketplace. DHGate ships to 230 countries and
expect from DHGate and AliExpress
Both of these wholesale shopping websites offer
products at a lower cost than you’ll find anywhere else. The low selling prices
are made possible by the fact that customers are buying directly from the
manufacturers and that production cost in China is significantly lower than in
In terms of credibility, there’s not much
difference between the two. You may encounter fraudsters in both of these
websites, so you need to conduct some thorough research before you hit the buy