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How to Dropship From China in 2021 (Should You?)


If you’ve just gotten into dropshipping, you most likely learned that many dropshippers will opt to do so from China. This article will discuss how to dropship from China, and why people dropship from China, go through a few pros and cons, and even give you a few pointers to start doing so.

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Why dropship from China?

The main reason is profitability, products sold in China are incredibly cheap due to their low production costs.

In addition, people dropshipping from China are so common that the two largest ecommerce platforms, Shopify and WooCommerce, have great automation applications that integrate with Chinese sales platforms such as AliExpress.

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AliExpress – The choice of many dropshippers

These apps help you import products and their images directly to your store in a matter of just a few clicks.

One of the major perks of doing business with Chinese companies is that they will rarely turn away business and usually facilitate dropshipping.

Additionally, AliExpress also has a free dedicated platform for dropshippers called the AliExpress Dropshipping Center, where you can look for hot, up-and-coming products.https://7b5e05c60c14aca539174a8f5dcae5a9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Example of the AliExpress Dropshipping Center
Inside the AliExpress Dropshipping Center

The Pros of Dropshipping from China

So now that you know why thousands of dropshippers are turning to China to source their products, let’s look at a few pros and cons.

1. Low costing products

This is the main reason why many dropshippers choose to do so from China. The product cost is far cheaper than anywhere in the western world. This is largely due to China’s cheap labor costs and their access to an abundance of resources.

An example of the same product for almost half that price on AliExpress
The same product for almost half that price on AliExpress

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You can often find products, such as the above, listed for almost half of the price from a Supplier in China than Amazon.

The reason for this is you are buying further up the supply chain when buying from China. So it’s very likely that the product from this Amazon retailer had passed hands several times before it got to them.

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