How can dropshippers survive when shipping times are 2-4 weeks? We answer this commonly asked question in this blog post.
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If we had to pick the most frequently asked question at Wholesale Ted, it would be this:
“What about long shipping times from China? Will customers be willing to wait?”
A lot of people worry about whether dropshipping is a viable business, when shipping times are incredibly long.
But today, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t matter, and why it doesn’t.
By the end of this blog post, you’ll have a clear understanding of why long shipping times do not matter, and how to overcome them.
Long Shipping Times DO NOT STOP Customers from Buying
Most people don’t understand the point of building a dropshipping store with long shipping times. They think, “Why wait two to four weeks for something you can buy from Amazon, and then receive the next day?”
And, to an extent, this makes sense. As an online shopper, people love quick delivery times, so would want their orders to arrive as soon as possible.
But, what you need to be aware of, is that people who buy from Amazon are completely different customers.
On Amazon, customers primarily find items by using the search bar. They know what they want to buy and they are now comparing the different items to sell. It is a methodical process of comparing products. Customers will compare features, prices and shipping times when making their decision.
But, with an Aliexpress dropshipping store right, people won’t be buying items because they have already decided to.
Instead, they’ll be buying products from you because of emotions. Your goal should be to pick products that when the right person sees it, it makes them FEEL something.
You aren’t trying to sell them items that they have decided to buy. You are trying to sell them items that had not planned to buy, but once they see an ad for it, have a strong desire to buy because it appeals perfectly for them.
In addition, you can use scarcity in your product ad and description to make the buyer feel like they are getting a great deal, so they won’t look at prices elsewhere.
Shipping times may impact conversion rates a little, but it doesn’t impact them by much. And the lower conversion rates are usually offset by the high profit margins on items shipped from China.
Selling on Amazon is very different to selling in an Aliexpress dropshipping store, which is why you can’t compare the two.
So, if you have delayed creating your store because of this then STOP WORRYING because it DOESN’T MATTER!
How to Overcome Downsides from Long Shipping Times
There is a downside to long shipping times from China when dropshipping with Aliexpress. And that is customer service.
While it doesn’t stop customers from buying, you will get an increase in emails from customers enquiring as to where their item is.
But don’t be afraid or worried about this! When most customers email you, they just want a nice reply from someone who lets them know that it’s normal their item hasn’t arrived yet, and that it will be there, and they just need to be patient.
As long as customers feel like you are real and care about them, you will calm them with excellent customer support. So, really it’s not much of a problem the way people imagine.
Rarely, you’ll get customers that will demand a refund. As long as you put a shipping disclaimer in your product copy, you do not owe them a refund.
That’s why in our tutorials, we always recommend that you put a shipping disclaimer in your product description, like: “Due to high demand of some of our most popular products,please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.”
If they try and do a PayPal claim or a chargeback, you will win the dispute. That is why it is important to be upfront and honest about the shipping times. I recommend you bold this so customers don’t miss it.
What is the Best Way to Ship from Aliexpress?
We recommend ePacket exclusively when you dropship from China to the USA with Aliexpress.
Epacket is a heavily discounted shipping option that is run at a loss. It is a shipping treaty between China and the USA to encourage customers in the USA to purchase more items from China. Shipments arrive within 10-20 days (2-3 weeks) and are extremely cheap, usually costing between $1-2 extra at most.
The best part, is that ePacket includes tracking, so you can see if a customer’s item was truly lost in the mail, or if it was successfully delivered.
Plus, the ePacket shipping option to the USA is different from other ePacket options offered to other countries like Canada, UK, Australia & NZ. That is because the USA ePacket is run by the United States Postal Service, whereas the ePacket option offered to other countries is run by Hong Kong Post, which takes much longer.
The USA ePacket shipping is extremely efficient and works great. And why we recommend sticking to adverting to US customers first in the beginning, and then expanding out from there.
So if you’ve been letting the long shipping times from China stop you from opening an Aliexpress dropshipping store, don’t. It doesn’t matter!
Want to learn the blueprint wildly successful dropship stores follow to make six-figures?
Six steps to building a six-figure Dropship store:
In it, I’ve included:
· How just one “winning item” can earn $10k/month. Yep. A lot of people don’t realize this… but most stores make the majority of their money from just a handful of items!
· The right way to choose AliExpress suppliers. Picking the right AliExpress dropshipper is crucial to drastically reduce things like refunds. Learn how to pick the right suppliers.
· Why long shipping times DON’T matter. A lot of people are scared to start Dropshipping because of “long” shipping times. You’ll learn why this doesn’t matter inside.
· Why six-figure stores take ONLY 2 hours a day to manage. You’ll learn how they utilize apps like Oberlo to make their stores semi-automated… making managing orders super simple!