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EVERYTHING You Need to Know About The AliExpress Dropshipping Center: Tools, Tips, and Strategies

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If you’re wondering whether AliExpress Dropshipping is still worth it in 2022 and beyond, read our definitive guide answering whether AliExpress dropshipping is worth it and other AliExpress Dropshipping questions.

Let’s get right now into it:

You probably know —or have heard— that AliExpress is one of the best places or platforms to find dropshipping products and suppliers.

That is right: thanks to AliExpress, it’s now easy to start a successful dropshipping business.

Because it’s one of the largest sources of dropshipping products, suppliers, and dropshipping/eCommerce-related news and information, AliExpress has many tools and resources. 

One of these many resources is the AliExpress Dropshipping Center, the focus of today’s blog on the Bestfulfill, your number one source of dropshipping knowledge.

Section 1: What Is the AliExpress Dropshipping Center and How Does it Work?

First:

The AliExpress Dropshipping Center is a resource/tool created and offered freely by AliExpress. 

Also previously known as the AliExpress Booster Program, the tool’s primary aim or intent —why Alibaba, AliExpress’s parent company, created it—is to give dropshipping merchants a tool they can use to conduct product research and analysis. After finding a winning product, dropshipping business owners can then use the tool to find dropshipping suppliers for the said product.

How Does the AliExpress Dropshipping Center Work?

At its most basic level, the AliExpress Dropshipping Center is a lot like the Amazon bestseller list because it lists products using a ranking system based on a product’s performance in three key areas: sales volume and performance, and ratings.

Using these metrics, AliExpress dropshipping business owners can conduct in-depth product research and analysis to find winning and profitable products and suppliers who can fulfill orders when they start coming in from buyers purchasing from your online storefront.

The AliExpress Dropshipping Center has two primary tools:

  1. The product research tool: This tool helps dropshipping business owners find winning products to sell —and dropshipping suppliers who can fulfill orders as they come in, and
  2. The product analysis tool: This tool helps with in-depth product analysis once you find a potentially winning product

Besides these two tools that we shall discuss a bit more deeply in the next section, the AliExpress Dropshipping Center also has an Apps section that allows for multi-plugin installations to enhance your dropshipping experience.

Why Should You Use the AliExpress Dropshipping Center?

As mentioned, the AliExpress Dropshipping Center is one of the best product research tools for AliExpress dropshipping business owners.

As a dropshipping business owner, especially one intent on using AliExpress as your primary source of dropshipping suppliers and products, you should use this resource center because the first tool, the product research tool, allows you to:

  • Find bestselling products in the AliExpress marketplace—this is great for niche product research
  • See a glimpse of sponsored products whose suppliers have paid AliExpress to appear on the list. This list is a great and quick way to find potentially profitable dropshipping products —why else would a supplier pay AliExpress if they didn’t believe in their product? 
  • Use the image search feature to upload a product image, after which the tool will search the AliExpress database to find similar products: 

The app’s image search feature is so intuitive that if you take a half-decent picture, it’ll recognize the product and show you some options.

On its part, the second tool, the product analysis tool, will help you conduct further product research and analysis, which will help you determine if your product will be well worth it or profitable.

Where to Find The AliExpress Dropshipping Center/Activate It

If you’re wondering where to find the AliExpress Dropshipping Center or how you can access it, the great news is that the tool, despite its impressive product research capabilities, is free. 

You can activate it by logging into your AliExpress account —or creating one if you don’t already have one.

Once logged in, you can access the dropshipping center by navigating to account>then dropshipper center,  which, upon clicking, will take you to your AliExpress Dropshipping Center homepage.

At this point in our discussion, you know more than the average Joe about what the AliExpress Dropshipping Center is, how it works, the two main tools, and the advantages of using it as a dropshipping business owner or entrepreneur.

Let’s elevate your knowledge of the AliExpress Dropshipping Center by covering how you can use this freely available yet impressive AliExpress product research and analysis tool:

Section 2: How to Use AliExpress Dropshipping Center Tools For Your Dropshipping Business Needs

This blog section will cover everything you need to know to start using the AliExpress Dropshipping Center for product research and analysis to find winning products that can help you create a successful AliExpress dropshipping business.

Let’s start by focusing on the two main tools offered by the AliExpress Dropshipping Center:

The Primary AliExpress Dropshipping Center Product Research Tools

As mentioned severally, the AliExpress Dropshipping Center has two primary tools:

  1. The product research tool, and
  2. The product analysis tool

We’ll focus on how to use each tool individually:

1: How to Use the AliExpress Dropshipping Center Product Research Tool to Find Winning AliExpress Products

The product research tool —find products to sell—on the AliExpress Dropshipping Center offers three primary ways to find products to sell —NOTE: when you select the product research tool, it’ll redirect you to a dashboard similar to the one in the image below:

These three ways are:

  1. Hot selling
  2. Search by image
  3. Sponsored products

1: Hot-selling

The hot-selling product page is the primary landing page for AliExpress’s Dropshipping Center product research tool. This tab allows you to use various search features and criteria to find hot-selling products:

  • Hot-selling product search: You can use the search bar to type out product names, which is especially helpful when you have a product in mind and now want to know its performance on the AliExpress marketplace. For example, an ordered-by “orders” search for “silicone protective case for remote” reveals surprising niche products, ordered by the product with the most orders.

  • Find products by category: You can use the “find products by category” feature to find hot selling products in different categories across AliExpress. For example, if you’re interested in the women’s clothing niche, you can use this feature to find hot-selling products—NOTE: this example orders the list of shown products by “orders.”

Beyond finding hot-selling products by typing out the name and finding products by category, the hot-selling product tab of the AliExpress dropshipping Center product research tool allows you to use the following search criteria to find products:

  • “Ship from” and “Ship To”: You’ll find this filter next to the product category bar. It allows you to filter products based on shipping location, i.e., where products “ship from and to.”

  • Delivery time, price (min and max): This filter allows you to find hot-selling products based on delivery time and the minimum and maximum price. For example, the screenshot below illustrates a search for products in the women’s clothing category, with the criteria set to “ship from China to the United States,” “under ten days,” and only show products costing $1-$10, with the list ordered by product orders.

The other filters are Exclusive DS price, ePacket shipping, free shipping, products with video, best match, orders (by country or by all countries), orders up, DS orders, price, recently added, and rating.

You can use all these filters to narrow down your product research until you finally find a product —or several— you think will be profitable for your dropshipping business:

NOTE:

The “DS price” and “DS orders” filters show the prices for DSers sellers, depending on a seller’s level. 

The AliExpress DSers program has different DS (Dropshipping Sellers) levels that offer different “discount incentives” based on a seller’s sales volume: the higher the volume you move, the better the DS discount you’ll get, and the more you sell, the higher up the ladder you move.

On the other hand, the “DS Orders” filter shows how many dropshipping sellers are requesting the product in question.

The great thing about this volume discount feature is that it’s automatic and activated upon signing up to the DSers service—also free, but with upgradable levels—and you don’t have to buy in wholesale to move to the next level.

2: Search by Image

The product research tool offered in the AliExpress Dropshipping Center has a “search by image” feature that allows you to upload an image from your gallery/computer or use the AliExpress app to take and upload a product image. The feature then searches the AliExpress product database for a similar product:

The search by image feature illustrated on a mobile device

This feature is an especially great way to search for bestselling products from Amazon:

3: Sponsored products

The sponsored image tab of the AliExpress product research tool allows you to search for sponsored products based on category. If you have a “niched down” dropshipping store, this feature is a great way to find potentially profitable products in your niche.

The second tool you’ll find on the AliExpress Dropshipping Center is the product analysis tool:

How to Use The AliExpress Dropshipping Center Product Analysis Tool For In-depth Product Research

The product analysis tool offered on the AliExpress Dropshipping Center lets you analyze products further. 

All you have to do to use it is, after compiling a list of hot-selling items you’d think you want to research further, copy and paste each item’s link into the product URL section provided, then hit analyze. The tool will then automatically start the product analysis process.

For example, let’s plug in the URL for the following product:

The “analyze” operation will give you access to the product’s sales volumes and the supplier’s/store’s capability to handle the logistical aspects of order fulfillment.

With this tool, the key things you need to know are:

  • The sales volume ranges from 0 to 100; high numbers show higher sales for suppliers, which will make it easier to determine how “popular” a product has been over time.
  • On the other hand, the logistical reliability tab indicates the chances of the product getting to your customers based on the supplier’s logistical capabilities. Excellent means a supplier has a reliable order fulfillment process that ensures products arrive at customers’ addresses in good time.

Section 2 has covered everything you need to know about the core product research tools provided in the AliExpress Dropshipping Center.

Section 3: AliExpress Dropshipping Center Best Practices, Tips, and Pro User Strategies

This section highlights a few key strategies you can use to ensure you’re using the AliExpress Dropshipping Center to build a successful and profitable dropshipping business:

Tip 1: Conduct diligent product research and analysis

Because the AliExpress Dropshipping Center has a free product research and analysis tool, use it —it’s why AliExpress created it in the first place. The tools offered on ADC can make finding, analyzing, and winning products easier. Thanks to the DSers integration, you can easily find product suppliers and update products on your Shopify Storefront.

Tip 2: Always do multi-supplier sales volume data checks

When the product analysis tool, remember that AliExpress has thousands of suppliers, some of whom may be selling the same products. Conducting a multi-supplier sales volume data check gives you a better view of a product’s overall performance across the market. 

Tip 3: Filter by ePacket shipping

ePacket shipping is AliExpress’s premium shipping option that’s both efficient and low cost. Besides ensuring that most orders reach customers in under 30 days, ePacket shipping also ensures that your customers get an order tracking number. 

PRO TIP: As illustrated earlier, you can filter down based on delivery time:

AliExpress Dropshipping Center FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about the AliExpress Dropshipping Center:

Q1: What is the AliExpress Dropshipping Center?

The AliExpress Dropshipping Center is a free resource offered by AliExpress to dropshipping business owners who want to conduct AliExpress product research.

Q2: Where is the Dropshipping Center on AliExpress?

You can find the AliExpress Dropshipping Center by navigating to account>then dropshipper center.

Q3: Is the AliExpress Dropshipping Center free?

Yes, the AliExpress Dropshipping Center is free.

Conclusion

As you’ve seen, when used well, the free tools in the AliExpress Dropshipping Center can help you conduct product research and analysis, find winning products, and reliable dropshipping suppliers.  

NOTE:

There’s no doubt that the AliExpress Dropshipping Center is an invaluable resource for product analysis. However, it is usually best to use it with other tools and resources like Amazon, Google Trends, and other keyword or market research tools.

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