SaleSource is a three-in-one ecommerce automation platform designed to be the ultimate solution for online store owners. SaleSource consists of a Shopify App, a Web App and a Chrome Extension created to meet all ecommerce needs & make selling online fast, simple and risk free.Free Trial
SaleSource will find you vetted suppliers with USA &
international shipping who will get your chosen products stored, packed and shipped from
warehouse to customers doorstep, no questions asked. SaleSource will show you trending
products daily (personalised to you) by allowing you to subscribe to any niche or store
you like. You'll view top stores in your niche, see their sales, and find out exactly
which plugins, apps and themes you should have on your own website.
Made from the ground up with support & direct integration with Shopify, Oberlo, Amazon, WooCommerce, Dropified & Alidrosphip, SaleSource is the premier platform for ecommerce success.
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Yes. SaleSource is designed from the ground up to work with Shopify. SaleSource even has a Shopify App that allows you to instantly import all your Shopify products into SaleSource with one click.Install Shopify
Yes, SaleSource works hand-in-hand with Oberlo and is designed to enhance Oberlo's functionality. SaleSource recommends you use Oberlo only to import products into your Shopify store & fulfill your orders, you can leave everything else to SaleSource.Install Oberlo
Yes. While not having a direct integration with any of these platforms, we support the use of all of the above with SaleSource. These platforms exist simply to import products from AliExpress and other websites into your Shopify store.
Dropshipping is a business model in which your
store does not hold any inventory. This means that after you make a sale,
instead of shipping the product to the buyer yourself, the supplier will
package and ship the product directly to your customer.
Dropshippers will list the product on their store for a higher price than it costs to buy from the supplier. Once the product sells, they will keep the difference as profit, and invest the money back into their business like retailers on the high street or Amazon. Dropshippers only need to purchase the product from a supplier after they've made a sale, eliminating the need to hold inventory.
The first steps we recommend are as follows:
Yes. Since a dropshipping business is typically ran through the Internet, it does not matter which country you're in. Furthermore, there are Shopify supported payment processors in almost every country in the world.
No. Dropshipping must be treated like a proper business, it requires an investment. At minimum, you'll pay for a website host (like Shopify), a domain, SaleSource and the cost to buy your products. However, dropshipping has one of the lowest starting costs in comparison to other business models, as well as very low risk.
Yes, dropshipping is a profitable business model. Unlike brick & mortar retail stores, where the owner will take on debt for several years, dropshipping can turn a profit in as soon as the first month.
Yes, dropshipping is 100% legal. At its core, it is simply selling products online without holding inventory. We have an entire article on the legality of dropshipping, so be sure to check it out.
In most cases, no. We would recommend you to use the suppliers photos from Aliexpress and read reviews of the products to ensure the quality of what you're selling. Most of the time you'll wait until your first sale before you ever buy any of the products on your website. You can buy sample products to check the quality and do product photography, but this can severely slow down the dropshipping process, which thrives on fast iteration - we only recommend doing it once you've built several stores and are at an advanced level of experience.
Once you start making sales, yes. It's advisable for tax and accounting purposes to run your dropshipping entity under a Limited Liability Company. There are varying laws & regulations depending on which country you are in, so we would recommend searching for how to start a business entity in your country.
Dropshipping does not require much initial funding,
but it's good to have a realistic idea of how much money you'll have to invest
before you get results.
Keep in mind, none of this money needs to be invested upfront, in general, you'll spend your initial investment over the first month. Marketing expenses, your biggest cost, will be spent last - once you've perfected your store and products. It could cost much less than $200 to get your first sale, but realistically you may test several products that do not sell until you find the winning product that gets you your first sale.
For those of you who don't know - a general store is a store that can
stock almost any product category, from fashion to children educational
toys. These stores generally revolve around selling gadgets, trinkets
and gift style items. A niche store is a branded store revolving around
a central theme, for example mens watches.
We would recommend you start with a hybrid store - a mix of general and niche. This means your store will be branded but will also contain products from a large interest / niche, for example fashion or fitness. This allows you to brand your store more effectively, come across with more authority and focus on one category of products at a time while still being able to test & scale many products at a time.
There are two factors to consider here. The
quality of the products you're importing and the type of niche your
store occupies. For example, with womens general fashion, having only
one or two products is not the norm and certainly won't cut it.
It is advised to import at least 25-100 products - you won't necessarily sell every product, but it will make your store look more authoritative and legitimate if you have many items for your customers to browse, which helps increase the time your customers spend on your site. However, make sure you keep a high standard of quality across all the items you are selling & view each product as a potential winner.
However, more products seems to be better - the top 10 Shopify Dropshipping stores have listed an average of 1095 products on their websites.
As a general rule of thumb, yes. Most suppliers want you to buy more
of their product, and will provide high quality images to help you
sell it. We would recommend you remove any supplier names, logos or
watermarks left on the images before you use them on your store. If
you are unsure, you can always message the supplier and ask if you
can use their images.
Taking your own product photography can also be a great way to put your store head and shoulders above other stores selling the same products, however this can be a time consuming process, especially if you have a large amount of items listed on your store.
Before you think about making your first sale,
make sure your store and products have been perfected and are ready to
sell. Getting your first sale requires driving a large amount of
targeted traffic to your store, which is not easy - it can take a long
time and requires you to adjust and improve your website as you work out
what drives sales and what does not.
A few common ways entrepreneurs go about making their first sale include:
Using their stores branded Instagram to DM potential customers, offering them a discount code
Purchasing Instagram shoutouts on a page related to your website niche
Facebook Ads, Google Ads
Whichever way you go about making your first sale, the key is to drive targeted traffic (traffic that might be interested in buying what you have to sell) to your website, you can do this in any way you can imagine, so get creative.
It varies from person to person. Some entrepreneurs will make a sale
the first day they launch their store. Others will take months to
make their first sale. We would say the average time is between
The more time & effort you put into your store and products, the more likely it is that you will get your first sale quickly. In making your first sale, it will take some time to figure out which marketing channels, for example Facebook Ads vs Instagram influencers, will work for your business.
Once you find out which marketing channel works, you can focus your efforts and increase your sales.
While in general customers do prefer
quicker delivery times, it depends on the customer's expectations
versus reality. For example, Amazon Prime may offer 2 day free
shipping, but if the item took 5 days to come the customer would be
upset, and if the item arrived in 1 day the customer would be happy.
The best shipping method for dropshipping is ePacket shipping ,
allowing your customers to get their products from China in 7-20
Similarly, dealing with shipping times in dropshipping is all about expectation management, you want to make it very clear to the customer that their product is going to take 7-20 days to get to them. We recommend you make the shipping fee completely free in order to give more value to your customer and make up for the long shipping times.
In addition to this, you can use SaleSource to find faster shipping methods for almost any product, by comparing all possible suppliers against each other. This includes finding USA shipping for products that previously only shipped from China.
Unless these products are fulfilled by
the same supplier, from the same warehouse, it's likely that
your customers will indeed receive your goods in separate
packages at different times.
From a wide body of experience, customers generally expect this to be the case. If a customer does raise the issue, we recommend telling them different products are stocked at different warehouses worldwide.
As a brand, your store represents
much more than just a product. It represents great customer
service, brand identity, values, community, status and more.
Your brand is much more than the products you sell, and in
dropshipping, that is what you have to convey.
A good dropshipping store gathers the best reviews, images, videos and marketing materials for a given product and displays them to the customer in a way that directly conveys the value of the item.
In addition, you allow the customer to effortlessly purchase the item and others like it in your store, all in one place. Your store makes it easy to find exactly what the customers are looking for, and presents the product in an expert manner, answering all customer questions and building trust.
Your supplier (an AliExpress seller) will fulfill the order. Oberlo will automatically fill in the customers order details, address and more. Once the item has been purchased on AliExpress, the supplier will ship the order to your customer.
Yes. AliExpress has an escrow system in which the supplier does not receive funds from your order unless the order gets past a certain stage, for example, is marked as delivered on the tracking numbers.
Yes, AliExpress has a sophisticated returns & refunds system to help you get your money back in case a customer wishes to return or refund their order. AliExpress suppliers readily provide refunds, as lower feedback score can be disastrous for their businesses.