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From $0 to $2M in TWO Years with Shopify Dropshipping / Success Story-Michael Mackay x CJ Dropshipping

This story comes from Michael Mackay, a successful entrepreneur who generated $757k in sales in his first year and scaled his business to $2M in the past 2 years by running Shopify stores.

Michael just moved into his brand new apartment 30 minutes from Manhattan, he was so thankful for what e-commerce has been able to give him and what working with CJ Dropshipping has done for him. This story is on how Michael started and scaled his dropshipping business, and how he took a massive leap of his faith.


Back in August of 2017, Michael just got a brand new job working for a tech startup in Manhattan in new york city, and one of the requirements for this job was that he had to move to NYC to be in close community distance. It was a really good salary which was around $120k base salary plus commissions. It was a super young time so it was a lot of fun. But Michael had no previous savings or anything like that from any other job, so living in Manhattan was just kind of tough to deal with at first. He had to move into a tiny 300 square foot apartment that couldn’t even fit a bed in it, he had to have one of those murphy beds that you pulled down from the wall. It was kind of hysterical, but he had to pay over $2k a month in that and he really had no other option. It stressed Michael out so he started looking for other ways to make money to supplement his income, through a side hustle or something like that.

Like many of you, Michael looked at Amazon FBA, looked at affiliate marketing. After watching a couple of YouTube videos, he knew that Shopify dropshipping was the way to go, just because he really liked having the ability to have the most control over all the aspects of the business. In September 2017, Micheal launched a couple of websites. He had absolutely no idea what he was doing, and he launched around 6 or 7 stores before he started making any money. What’s so ever. he would get sales here there sporadically but it was all really luck and he had no idea what he was doing.

After trying his failing so many times, it was around April or May of 2018, Michael finally launched a free plus shipping funnel selling this tiny little slingshot. It was an absolute piece of junk, but it really kind of kick-started his success in e-commerce which was perfect timing for him because things were not going so well at work. Michael spent all his energy and all his free time learning how to build an e-commerce business legitimately that can take over his full-time job and his boss was starting to notice so they gave Michael an ultimatum one day. It was like the first week of June 2018, Micheal had to close so many deals within the next week or else they were going to lay him off at the end of the week. so Michael kind of impulsively quit that job right then and decided to do Shopify e-commerce full-time. And at that time, he was making around a thousand dollars days in revenue, kind of consistently. But that only lasted for a couple of weeks, then he started to notice that his supplier Aliexpress was raising the prices of these slingshots. A few dollars here and there every couple of weeks, and by the time he stopped selling that product, Michael was terrible at doing the numbers and he realized he actually lost around $10k on that product.

Then with no job, no successful websites or products running, it was kind of out of luck, Michael had to move out of Manhattan and moved into his buddy’s tiny apartment in the Bronx. At that time, he had to start driving for Uber, where he just kind of took it to the next level in terms of puzzle wise for dropshipping.

Around October 2018, Michael started this website, the tidesupply.com, which was his first general dropshipping store, and it started off with great success. It was Q4, which was a great time to launch a business and he just started testing any products that he thought were really cool. But what he quickly realized was when you’re doing a general dropshipping store, and dealing with all the suppliers in Aliexpress and managing each one and all the customer orders is an absolute nightmare. To be fair or just plain outside and simple that, a lot of the Aliexpress suppliers are just straight up scammers, some of them completely lie about where they’re getting the products from and lie about the shipping times, and a couple of them just don’t even send out that orders you get placed them and it takes months to get that money back.

Around the end of December 2018, that’s how Michael found CJ Dropshipping and he was hooked right off the bat. The great thing about working with CJ especially with the general dropshipping store is they allow you to source so many products every single day, and they do all the like work for you like automatically connect your products to your store and send you your customer orders automatically every single day. Let’s say you hit a thousand dollars in sales on 6 products, all you have to do is go into the CJ Dropshipping dashboard and go ahead and vote to fulfill all those orders, and they’re going to be processed within 5 days and shipped to the customers within 15-20 days, which is really excellent in dropshipping business.

Michael has been working with CJ Dropshipping for a year and a half now. In 2019 on the tidesuppy.com, he hit almost $800k, and he’s just been scaling higher and higher from there. The site is not live anymore because Michael ran into some issues with payment processors and Facebook Ad account deactivation, so he had since transitioned into more of one product store dropshipping. And even though he did just kind of build a new general dropshipping store, he is looking forward to scaling this key forward with CJ Dropshipping.

Final word
If you have a lot of experience of dropshipping or have an interesting story to share, just send an Email to tobyli@cjdropshipping.co to tell us your story.

If you have any questions regarding dropshipping in general, feel free to reach out to Michael’s Instagram or Facebook profile and he’d be happy to answer any of those questions.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.mackay.752

Instagram: @michaelmackdawg

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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
Good chrome extension
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
Spocket is a high-rated dropshipping platform that allows you to connect with suppliers all over the world.

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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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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Wide range of customizable products collection
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