What is AliExpress

AliExpress is a sister site to Alibaba. It’s made for smaller sellers enabling them to purchase items in smaller quantities whereas Alibaba is a bulk purchase wholesale site. AliExpress was started by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (Chinese business magnate, investor, politician, and philanthropist) who also co-founded and was a former executive chairman of Alibaba. February 2019 Jack Ma was dubbed “Richest Man in China.”

AliExpress is “Not” a manufacturer, but a platform of third-party selling individuals or companies reselling to you. Although you won’t get the lowest price as you would buying bulk wholesale you will get the buyer protection and the ability to make single orders makes it perfect for dropshippers.

AliExpress has multi-language sites available making it much easier to navigate in your native language.


What is AliExpress for dropshippers?

AliExpress is a dropshippers paradise for Chinese products with over 100 Million+ products that can be purchased in low quantity. AliExpress’ premium shipping option known as ePacket takes only 7-14 days for most shipments to reach the US, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and multiple other countries. It is a well-known fact that the vast majority of users on the AliExpress platform are resellers. AliExpress suppliers are custom to dropshipper needs and are willing to work them.

Warehouses locations

AliExpress doesn’t have its own warehouse system but connects you with thousands of independent suppliers with their own warehouses in many locations throughout Asia, Europe, and the US.

Dropshipping from AliExpress Pros & Cons


  1. AliExpress has 100 Million+ products to choose from.
  2. No Dropshipping fees
  3. Prices are extremely low which gives you plenty of room for profit.
  4. Quick “Trend” Products seem to appear on AliExpress overnight. (i.e. Fidget Spinners)
  5. Buyer protection (resolution center) which keeps us safe
  6. Very supportive of dropshippers
  7. Have multiple product categories to search
  8. Supports ePacket for many products which is one of the cheapest and the fastest shipping methods from China with tracking numbers
  9. Supports Paypal with some suppliers
  10. Ships to almost anywhere in the world which allows us to have many more customers


  1. Shipping can take more than a month in some cases. (if you do not use ePacket)
  2. Not able to bundle items from multiple suppliers and have them arrive at the same time.
  3. The first purchase can take a few extra days (2-5) for your credit card to be verified.  (be sure to plan for this ahead of time)
  4. Communication issues can occur with some suppliers as they do not all speak fluent English.

Dropshipping from AliExpress special & unique things

AliExpress dropshipping agreement

With AliExpress there is no dropshipping agreement themselves. You can, however, contact individual suppliers to strike “Special Deals” and agreements with them to sell their products. It’s pretty easy so why not take chances and contact suppliers on products that may become super hot sellers for you and try to strike a deal.  Most AliExpress suppliers are very open to communicating outside of AliExpress which is beneficial for us through their Webchat for example.  It is recommended to do this after you have worked with them for some time and purchased some products from them before asking for special favors.

Mobile App

Apple and Android supported

Shop AliExpress On-The-Go

Download the app.

How to become an AliExpress Dropshipper?

Registering for an account is super easy.  Just follow the steps below:

Enter in an email and password and click to “create account”

Welcome to the AliExpress family!  At least for now, they are also giving you a free $2.00 coupon good on any order of $3.00 or more.

Now, check this out.  They tell you you get a “New User Gift.”

Now you are ready to start listing AliExpress products.

Policies & Recommendations

Also, refer to our article “5 steps to set up AliExpress Dropshipping in AutoDS

Return Policy

AliExpress’ Buyer Protection Program has been designed to favor buyers over sellers. The company wants to ensure that you get exactly what you order and protect you at every stage of ordering through delivery.

***Be aware that many suppliers will not offer refunds***

You will have to factor that in as a cost of your business. When there is an issue, it will probably be because the order doesn’t arrive or it doesn’t match the description.

If the order never arrives, AliExpress will refund the entire purchase. You’ll have to wait for the end of the delivery period, which is around 45 days, to receive your money back.

If the order is not as described, you can return it to the seller to get a full refund, or you can let the customer keep the item and offer them a partial refund.

In this case, you’ll have to work with both the AliExpress supplier and the customer to make sure the latter remains happy. The customer will have to provide photos of the damaged or non-matching item in order for you to be able to make the dispute.

As always it is good to have cash reserves to continue making orders in case there are a lot of return requests.

Recommended eBay returns policy

Shipping types and explanations

There are many different types of shipping types and possibilities to choose from which varies by supplier and product.  It is recommended to list items that are eligible for “ePacket Shipping

  • ePacket Shipping – a delivery option offered by merchants in China and Hong Kong. It is an agreement between the US Postal Service (USPS) and Hong Kong Post allowing for faster delivery of products coming from China and Hong Kong to different countries.

Recommended eBay Shipping Policy

How to find products to dropship from AliExpress?

You can get thousands of hot AliExpress dropshipping products and upload them to your store with a click of a button, using the AutoDS finder. Also, you can go to any category and sort by feedbacks.  When you find a supplier you like you can scrape their products using the AutoDS Helper Tool.  A good supplier can be checked by using the “Alitool Chrome Extention.” For more information click “Here

Grab full products and niche pages with one click using the “AutoDS Helper” Chrome extension. 

Copyright Infringement Warning

Designer knock-offs are very common on AliExpress. It is recommended to avoid these items at all costs.

If you do decide that you are going to list them you “Must State Explicitly! that these are copycat products. As you have probably already come to find out from experience, consumers are not always the most observant or think they are just getting super huge discounts on popular brands. The problem with these buyers is that when they get their item and realize it’s not the super deal they expected, you will get negative feedback, returns, and tons of messages (hate mail.)

It’s much safer and easier to just sell non-branded items to avoid violations, lawsuits, etc…


Special Holiday Sales Events like 11.11 –

  • Unofficial Chinese holiday, which falls on November 11th each year. It is known as Singles Day, because of its collection of ones in the date. It is also a very popular Chinese online sales holiday similar to the US “Black Friday” sale.

New Arrivals

Each supplier will have its own section for “New Arrivals”

Flash Deals

Flash Deals are super discount deals that are 48 hour special low prices that can really spark sales and boost listings to the top of the listings search results if done properly.

AliExpress Customer Support

The Customer Service Team is online 24/7 via Chat support.

  • Select the correct option in the dropdown so it can connect you to the right agent

Payment Methods

AliExpress accepts a wide variety of payment methods.

Credit cards (sometimes even Paypal) are the preferred payment methods in order to cover you in case of returns, refunds are not given, or you receive a poor product you can always file a dispute with the credit card company and request a chargeback. AliExpress accepts Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, and American Express.


When starting out with AliExpress and placing your 1st order it will take 2-5 days for them to verify your Credit Card for security measure. (Tip:  Message AliExpress and let them know you are a dropshipper and this will greatly reduce the chance of this happening again)

All product prices and shipping costs on AliExpress are quoted in US Dollars (US $).

Other accepted currency when you pay by credit/debit card.

  • British Pounds (GBP£)
  • Euro (EUR €)
  •  Russian Ruble (RUB руб.)
  •  Canadian Dollar (C $)
  •  Australian Dollar (AU $)
  •  Japanese Yen (¥)
  • Swedish Krona

Other accepted payments (NOT RECOMMENDED TO USE)

  • Wire Transfer
  • Webmoney
  • Yandex.Money
  • Western Union
  • QIWI
  • DOKU
  • Mercado Pago
  • Boleto
  • Bancontact
  • TEF
  • iDeal
  • Giropay
  • Sofort Banking
  • Carte Bancaire (Carte Blue)
  • Przelewy24
  • SMS Payment in Russia (MTC, MegaFon, Beeline, TELE2)
  • Cash Payment (Euroset, Syvaony, Russian Post)

Dropshipping from AliExpress using AutoDS

Using the “AutoDS Helper Tool.”  You can extract all products from a specific page at once to help assist in speeding up the listing process by following the steps below.

Search for any products or “niche” items you want. Then, you can narrow your results as you would like by category, free shipping, where it ships from, brands, etc…

Once you have got your search results, click the “AutoDS Helper icon” at the bottom right of the screen.

*Tip – Make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.  This helps the tool extract all the items on the page more easily for better results.

Click Extract and the tool automatically grabs all the item IDs from the entire page as you can see from the example below it grabbed “55” results at once. Next, all you need to do is click export to CSV and your ready to bulk upload to AutoDS Lister.  Talk about making bulk listing quick and easy right!!! 

Go to the AutoDS uploader, and choose “Bulk Upload.” Make sure that you change the source produce site to AliExpress or the upload will fail. Then, click “upload bulk from CSV” and continue and normal filling in your listing options before submitting listings.

For even more information, check out our Aliexpress to eBay dropshipping page.


How is AliExpress helping boost your dropshipping profits?  We want to hear about your success stories and experiences below.