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5 Common Dropshipping Mistakes You Should Avoid

So here we are, I know some of you want to step out from the corporate world and start your full-time business now. And maybe, some of you might have heard from a friend that this kind of dropshipping business is really profitable, well, yes that’s correct. But don’t get me wrong, there is a high chance that you can still fail in this kind of business. So today, I want to discuss with you some common mistakes drop shippers make that made them failed in this industry. As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.”

1. You don’t need a penny to start – Not just in dropshipping, but in any kind of business, this is one of the most enemies of everyone, having a wrong expectation. Maybe some of you heard that the dropshipping business doesn’t require any investment to start with. Well, that’s correct, but it may require you a lot of hard work and effort. Since your mindset is not investing a penny, you might not hire an assistant to do the other tasks for you, so you have to do all the tasks by yourself. So you have to spend long hours working and sleepless nights just to build your brand. Since your mindset is not investing a penny, you might have a hard time advertising your products. With that, you need to do a lot of hard work to get enough traffic and sales with your products.

You can still be successful by not investing in an assistant or even with paid advertisements. But if you can afford it, why not right? And you will be surprised about the conversion rates and additional sales in your business.

2. Spending too much money in the wrong advertisement – Now that you heard that dropshipping business can provide more results when you have paid advertisement, now you are willing to invest all of your money for ads. But the question here, is it guaranteed? The answer is a big NO! I want to tell you this, there is no 100% guarantee in this world!

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Since you’re willing to invest money in a paid advertisement, I suggest you do some research first on how you can have effective ways of paid advertisement. There’s a lot of free articles out there in google or video tutorials on youtube that you can learn from. Or if you want, you can also purchase some courses on how to land an effective advertisement that converts. And if you are not willing to invest time for this, what I can suggest is that you can hire a freelancer like FB Ads expert or social media manager that can provide more results and conversions for you. It might be an additional cost, but I assure you, you’ll have a better chance of having more sales!

3. Not Effective Customer support – And now, you have set up your business, you have your website, you already have your social media accounts and all your ads are running. So, what now?

The next thing that you have to consider is to have an effective and great customer support. This is very important. Customer service is the face and backbone of the business. Bad customer service means bad business. Unsatisfied customers can give you bad reviews into your social media accounts and they will not even recommend you to anyone. And good customer service means good business. Once you have satisfied and happy customers, aside from they might recommend you, they will also be returning customers.

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Most of the time, it doesn’t matter if you have the best product or not, as long as you have a good product and excellent customer support, success is near your business.

4. Unclear Return and Refund Policy – Since you are in dropshipping business, you should always expect that there is always a chance for delayed orders, damaged orders, wrong orders or even untrackable orders. And you should know how to explain and handle this kind of concern into your customers. You have to give them an assurance that they should get what they paid for, it’s either a refund or a resend of their products.

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If the customer asks to resend the products, some sellers ask their customers to pay for the shipping fee again. If I am a customer, I should be angry. Why should I pay for another shipping fee if I already pay for the first one? This is not my fault why you can’t send and I didn’t receive my products, why should I pay for the shipping fee again?

So most sellers come up with the solution for this, instead of asking their buyer to pay for the shipping fee again, the seller will be the one that will shoulder the shipping fee.
It might be a little bit of loss for your income, but imagine, you will still have a happy customer and he might return in the future to buy products again.

5. Choosing the wrong supplier – There is a lot of suppliers dropshipping companies and suppliers out there. So how will you know what would be the best one for your business?

I’ll try to explain to you some things that you can do when choosing the right supplier in your business. The next thing you have to do is research with the supplier and which one can provide your needs best. You can check their reviews on google or even with their facebook page.

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You need also to check if their customer support is offering 24/7 support which can be very helpful with your business. So just in case, you have any concerns or if your customers have any dispute, you can contact them easily.

After that, you can try to put a sample order for yourself. With this, you can test yourself the quality of their service, packaging, delivery time-frame, and also the response rate of their customer support just in case you have any questions. And after that, you can decide for yourself if they are a good supplier for your business or not.

Hope that this short article helped you. And since you already in dropshipping business, I highly recommend to you CJ Dropshipping to give it a try. We have 24/7 support, very friendly agents, we have no setup fees or even  monthly fees! What we charge is just the products cost and shipping fee. With CJ Dropshipping, you can send a sourcing request and we can process your orders the same day!

If you have any questions and concerns, please leave a comment below and we will be more than happy to assist you! 

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Dropshipping Business Earthquake, after one of the dropshipping tools Shopmaster shut down. Oberlo is shutting down too. Dropshippers have to find alternatives.

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Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
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May 17, 2022
Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
What should dropshippers do?
What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
2. CJ Dropshipping
3. NicheDropshipping
4. Spocket
5. Printify
Today we got breaking news for dropshippers. Oberlo, one of the most well-known apps on Shopify will officially close its entry on June 15th, 2022.

Oberlo has been a successful dropshipping app. It provides a convenient method for store owners to fulfill orders with AliExpress.

Among all the various dropshipping apps on the market, Orberlo has got a great reputation in the community. It has helped countless people become successful entrepreneurs.

However, the sites will officially shut down on June 15th. For the people who are currently on a paid Oberlo subscription plan, they can cancel it now and get a refund.

What should dropshippers do?
There are many possibilities for Oberlo to make such a decision. And shutting down the Oberlo app doesn’t mean the Oberlo company is going to shut down.

We will talk about this topic in our latest articles and share some insights about the dropshipping industry in the short future.

For now, Oberlo will shut down soon. If you are one of the entrepreneurs who have been using Oberlo, you need to think about what to do next and find a solution for the incoming event as soon as possible.

In this article, we will present some best dropshipping sites as alternatives for Oberlo. If you wish to take this challenge as an opportunity with a new service provider, this is the chance.

If you are not using Oberlo, the event may also lead you to some deep thoughts about the industry. In case your current supplier or service provider got the same situation in the future, preparing in advance is always a good choice.

What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
On the official Oberlo FAQ page, Oberlo has suggested the users migrate to a trusted Shopify partner, DSers.

DSers is a dropshipping app that provides multistore management. You can use it to manage most dropshipping platforms such as Shopify, Wix, and Woocommerce.

Just like Oberlo, DSers allows you to sync orders from your store to AliExpress and then fulfill the orders in a more convenient way.

Also, you can use DSers to source the products on AliExpress. Instead of sourcing products on your own, using DSers will save you a lot of time to locate the specific product you want among the massive category.

In addition, DSers is also available for data transferring from Oberlo. If you wish to migrate your Oberlo account data to DSers, you can do it directly on the Oberlo admin home page.

What makes DSers unique?
Good Chrome extension
Multiple store order manage
Optimizing sourcing time
Allow data migration from Oberlo
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Still, DSers is not the best choice if you wish to save your budget and justify the cost. This is because if you want to fully use the functions of DSers to manage more than 3 stores, you will need to subscribe to the paid plan first.

2. CJ Dropshipping
CJ Dropshipping is a one-stop dropshipping platform that provides a complete Dropshipping service.

The service of CJ dropshipping covers sourcing, shipping, order management and even filming ad videos.

CJ Dropshipping has both features of Oberlo and AliExpress, you can find products that come from various international suppliers at cheap prices on the site. By using this sourcing feature, you can easily find better suppliers different from AliExpress.

If you need some information about the recent trendy products or best-selling products, you can also explore the trendy products recommendation columns on the CJ Dropshipping site. Every season there will be brand new innovative products for you to choose from.

Besides, the overall shipping time of CJ Dropshipping is faster than AliExpress suppliers. This is because many suppliers on CJ Dropshipping got their own international warehouses.

Also, if your business volume is big, you can actually have your own private inventory in CJ warehouses. Then your orders can be shipped out within 1 to 2 days.

If you are not only looking for a store integration service provider but also suppliers with better prices, CJ Dropshipping will be a good choice for you. Unlike other paid-to-use platforms, most functions on CJ Dropshipping are completely free to use.

What makes CJ Dropshipping unique?
Free sourcing for better suppliers
Trendy products recommendation
Faster shipping time than AliExpress
International warehouses
Bulk order management
Various extended services (POD, Photography)
3. NicheDropshipping
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When you want to search for any products with better quality or price, you can directly consult the agents of NicheDropshipping to find the product you want.

If some products got higher prices than you expected, you can also negotiate with the agents. Agents of Niche dropship are also professional in getting the best quotation from the suppliers.

Besides, Niche Dropshipping got international warehouses in both China and the USA. So if your market is in the US and you wish to optimize the processing time of the products, you can also choose to bulk purchase the products to stock in their USA warehouse. Once products are stocked in the USA, shipping and processing time can be amazingly fast.

In addition, the photography service is available if you wish to see the actual quality of the products. You can also request photos or videos for advertisement usage. But keep in mind this service is paid, the cost will depend on your request content.

What makes NicheDropshipping unique?
Free product sourcing quote
China & USA warehouses
Automated dropshipping service
Photography service
4. Spocket
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Most of the suppliers on Spocket are from the USA & the EU. This special feature makes it an excellent tool to search for products within the US and the EU.

The best thing about domestic suppliers is the shipping time. If you buy products from domestic suppliers, shipping will only need takes 2-5 days to deliver. This is why international warehouses are also recommended by other dropshipping platforms

Still, the limitation of domestic suppliers is the product variety. If your wish to expand your business, you will need to explore more international supplier platforms.

If your target market is in the US or in the EU, Spocket is a great choice for you to find the supplier you prefer to work with.

What makes Spocket unique?
Available US & EU suppliers
High-quality products with samples
Winning products recommendation
Support multiple platforms (Shopify, Woocommerce, Wix)
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On Printify, you can source a wide range of customizable products including hoodies, accessories, T-shirts, and so on.

Wish to see the effect picture? You can simply upload the picture to the platform then the editor will automatically generate an example picture.

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If you are looking for customizable products or wish to brand your products with store logos, you check out Printify to make your own products.

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