With the way shopping habits are nowadays, turning your attention to an eCommerce project seems like a foolproof plan. Retail has been on an exponentially falling trajectory, while on the other hand, all types of eCommerce have risen in equal measure.
Now, if you’re looking to start out with something that’s safer than most things, you should consider a dropshipping service. It’s a low-risk venture that can represent your starting point in the market.
Dropshipping is easiest to explain if you think about it as a facilitating service. Basically, you’re running a site that represents the “middle man” between the customer and manufacturer or wholesale seller. You don’t have your own stock, negating any potential cost you’d have if you actually had to own the goods you’re selling along with any warehousing costs. Furthermore, delivery is handled by the aforementioned manufacturer/wholesale seller, which again means no extra cost for you (financial or otherwise).
With things laid out like this, you’re probably thinking, what’s the catch, since there appears to be no downside at all. Well, there are some things that have to be noted as negatives. For instance, your margin will be smaller than if you’re selling goods you own (sometimes significantly so), and in most cases, products are sold as-is (no branding or customization opportunities at all).
Now that you have a firm understanding of what dropshipping is, its strengths and weaknesses, let’s look at DSers, a dropshipping service you can implement on your site to get you on your way to earning your share of this growing market.
The official AliExpress dropshipping service
Whether you’ve used AliExpress or not, you’ve most certainly heard of it. Standing as a shopping platform right next to the likes of Amazon, it’s without a doubt a recognizable brand worldwide. We’re mentioning this because DSers is the official dropshipping service for AliExpress that has been connecting it to Shopify for a while now and recently to WooCommerce. That alone is reason enough to use it, but we’ll be digging much deeper than that. First, let’s see where they’ve come from.
The service launched back in 2018. and, as we’ve mentioned, primarily focused on being used with sites that run Shopify. Gradually, the devs have been expanding it to the point that just a couple of days ago a WordPress plugin was launched so that the service can be used with WooCommerce, expanding its reach and target audience even further.
Now, with WordPress (the most commonly used site management platform) under their umbrella, there’s even more reason to give them a try if you’re looking for the perfect dropshipping solution.
The three pillars
There are many things DSers does well, however, there are certain features that stand above the rest and provide the essential foundation that everything else is built on.
This article was written by Matej Milohnoja and originally published on WP Newsify.