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How to Dropship from Shein – Full Guide 2022

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Formally named Sheinside, Shein is a fashion-focused eCommerce site. The only products on it are fashion apparel for men, women, kids, and even pets. Shein is the go-to platform for sourcing fashion products.

Shein has some strict regulations which make dropshippers hesitant to use the platform. However, it’s an excellent website for sourcing products once you get used to the rules. 

Firstly, you can’t use the product images on the site. Secondly, you have to buy in bulk and store in a warehouse in order to private label the products.

In this article, we’re going to detail how to set up your eCommerce store for Shein dropshipping. Don’t wanna read? Contact Bestfulfill to get started with Shein dropshipping and put your fashion store on autopilot.

Let’s get started.

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Step 1: Identify a Market and Choose a Niche

The retail fashion e-commerce market is exploding. In 2019, global clothing and footwear sales reached $1.9 trillion and will be $3 trillion by 2030. It means that millions of other merchants are in the fashion industry, and you need to stand out.

Shein is focused on fast fashion – trendy runway styles that are mass-produced and sold at a lower price. By choosing to dropship with Shein, you’re automatically concentrating on this market.

Now, you have to decide which market segment you’ll serve. Men, women, or kids? Are you going to focus on tops or trousers? By narrowing it down, you’ll find it much easier to position yourself as the expert to trust and buy from.

To find a profitable niche, go on Shein and research best-selling items. Focus on products in those niches. One of the ways to find best-selling items is using the search bar. Immediately you open up Shein’s search bar, there are listed searches showing the most popular searched items. 

Let’s say you focus on “tops.” If you type that in, Shein will show you the most searched items, for example, “bathing suit tops,” “swimming tops,” and ” crop tops.” And if you decide to focus on crop tops, you’ll get suggestions like the ones in the following screenshot.

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Another way to find Shein best selling items is to look at the popular brands.

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Step 2: Set Up Your Store

Now you’ve decided what products to sell, the next step is to set up your dropshipping store. There are many platforms that host eCommerce sites, but we’re going to focus on the most popular one – Shopify.

Let’s talk about how to launch your eCommerce store on Shopify.

Setting up a pro-looking Shopify store is not easy. Aside from selling products relevant to your customers, your brand must look professional and there must be seamless customer experiences. 

Let’s take you through setting up your brand’s Shopify store, from creating a free account to the store launch. 

Create a New Shopify Store Account

This is how to create a new Shopify account, step by step.

  1. Go to Shopify
  2. Choose “Start Free Trial” to start the process
  3. Enter your email address. Create a password and store name. Your brand name will be used to create a URL.
  4. You’ll be automatically taken into the Shopify Admin dashboard
  5. Fill the form to show whether you are a dropshipper and if you want to use social media.
  6. Enter your full name and address.

At this point, your store exists using a subdomain. Now you can customize and buy your own domain.

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Customize Your Shopify Store 

We recommend that you customize your store before adding any products. It doesn’t take a lot of time and yet makes your brand stand out from the crowd. 

Make your store unique by installing a theme and adding main pages.

Themes determine the layout and color scheme for your store. When you sign up for Shopify, the default theme is Dawn. You can customize it or add another theme.

  1. Go to “Themes” from Shopify Admin.
  2. Select “Customize” to rearrange layout and select color scheme
  3. Visit the Shopify Theme Store to get new themes. Some are free.

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Main pages are pages like Contact Us, About Us, and Shipping Policy. They show customers what your brand is all about and why you’re the best one to solve their problems.

To create a new Page on Shopify:

  1. From the Shopify Admin, click on “Online Store” under Sales Channels
  2. Select “Pages”
  3. Click on “Add page”
  4. Enter page title and description. Include relevant keywords for SEO
  5. Set Page visibility and layout
  6. Click “Save”

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Enable Shipping and Payments

Here’s how to configure payment and shipping for your Shopify dropshipping store.

To customize payments:

  1. Go to Shopify Admin and click on “Settings” at the bottom-left of the dashboard
  2. Select “Payments”
  3. From here, choose the Payment Providers to work with. Activate PayPal.
  4. You can only choose payment providers that are available for your country. Most process card payments and mobile wallets. The payment provider collects payments for you and credits to your account.

Note that you don’t have to customize payment settings because Shopify has its own in-house payment processor that charges you no extra fees.

From your Shopify Admin, you can set custom shopping rates and delivery methods. This is exactly how to do that:

  1. Go to “Shipping and delivery” from Settings.
  2. Set your desired shipping rates either as a flat rate or based on product destination.

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Add the Products to Sell 

We’ve taken a while to get to this stage because we want you to be ready to process the first order that comes in.

Manually add products to Shopify one by one or as a batch from a supported CSV file.

To add a new Product to Shopify:

  1. From your Shopify Admin dashboard, click “Products”
  2. Click “Add Product” or “Import”
  3. Fill in product details like the title, description, variant, and price.

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To create a product collection:

  1. Go to Products from your Shopify dashboard
  2. Go to “Collections” and select “Create collection”
  3. Add the name, a description, and any relevant tags. Allow products to be automatically added to the collection. 
  4. Add a thumbnail. It’s optional.
  5. Click “Save”

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To add a product collection to the navigation menu:

  1. Go to “Online Store” and choose “Navigation”
  2. Click “Add Menu”
  3. Enter the menu item’s name and the link to it
  4. Click “Save”

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Launch your store

Launching your Shopify store is pretty easy. Simply disable the password on your store to go live.

First, add any additional sales channel that you use (for instance, Facebook, Instagram, or Google Ads).

  1. Go to “Sales Channels” from Shopify Admin
  2. Click on “Facebook” and grant permission to integrate with Shopify
  3. Do the same for other sales channels and create custom ones if there are no options.

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To finally publish your online store live:

  1. Go to “Preferences” from “Online Store” in your dashboard
  2. Select Password
  3. Disable password

To disable the password and launch your store, select a pricing plan to buy a custom domain from Shopify.

Well done! With your store live, you’re ready to link Shein and dropship fashion items.

Step 3: Fulfill Shein Dropshipping Orders

To dropship with Shein using your Shopify store, you have to link your store with Shein, import products, and track orders. Since you are not allowed to use the images on Shein’s website, take photos of sample orders.

In this section, we’ll discuss how to use bulk buying and third-party apps to dropship from Shein. Ready? Let’s dive in.

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Buy In Bulk

Buying in bulk is fantastic because you get massive discounts. For orders more than $200, you get 25% off, and for orders above $3000, you get 40% off. There are also discounts by individual suppliers.

  1. Purchase products from Shein
  2. Ship to a warehouse
  1. Private label the products
  2. When someone places an order in your Shopify store, ship to your customers

Using a warehouse allows you to private label your products before shipping them to your customers. The warehouse custom packages items before sending them to buyers. Using a dropshipping agent like BestFulfill makes it effortless.

We recommend that you contact Shein suppliers to inform them before placing a bulk purchase order.

  1. Use a Third-Party App

Third-party apps make importing and fulfilling Shein dropshipping orders super simple.

You can connect your eCommerce store to Shein using several methods. Previously, you could dropship from Shein with Modalyst. That is, use Modalyst to find suppliers and automatically add products to your eCommerce store.

However, Modalyst removed Shein for breaking the rules. Shein had started to add their branding on the packages sent out, which meant that customers knew the original source.

Now, you can use third-party apps like SheinImporter and Importify to link your eCommerce store with Shein.

These are the step-by-step guides for connecting your store with Shein. 

Using SheinImporter:

To link SheinImporter to your Shopify store, simply download the app.

  1. Login to Shopify Admin
  2. Go to Shopify’s App Store
  3. Find SheinImporter
  4. Click “Add app.”

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SheinImporter lets you automatically add Shein products to your Shopify store. By pasting a product URL, you extract and edit product names, images, descriptions, and variants. You can also monitor the SKU from inside Shopify.

The app allows you to add products from Shein, AliExpress, Lazada, eBay, and Amazon. Unfortunately, SheinImporter only works with Shopify.

SheinImporter is free for starters and has a maximum of 20 products. The highest price tier at $40 monthly allows up to 10,000 products.

SheinImporter Pros

  • Automatically adds product info from Shein
  • It has an entirely free version
  • Also works with other major eCommerce platforms

SheinImporter Cons

  • Supports only Shopify

Using Importify

Importify is a dropshipping app that automatically adds products to your eCommerce store. It integrates with Shopify, WooCommerce, Wix, and Jumpseller. To link Importify to your store:

For Shopify stores:

  1. Login to Shopify Admin
  2. Visit the Shopify App Store
  3. Find “Importify – Easy Dropshipping”
  4. Click “Add App.”

For WooCommerce stores:

  1. Login to your WordPress WooCommerce site
  2. In a new tab, login to the Importify dashboard
  3. Go to “API settings.”
  4. Type/Paste in your store’s URL
  5. Click “Connect Store”
  6. Grant access permissions

For Wix stores

  1. Login to Wix
  2. Go to “Wix App Marketplace”
  3. Find “Importify – Easy Dropshipping”
  4. Install App

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Importify allows you to add products from hundreds of shopping platforms, including Shein, AliExpress, Banggood, Wish, Alibaba, eBay, Walmart, and Amazon. Easily edit prices, images, and descriptions for products and use Importify’s AI to semi-fulfill orders.

Pricing starts from $14.95 per month and goes up to $38 monthly. There’s a one-day trial and no free version. AliExpress is supported for only the premium and gold pricing plans, while Shein is available for all pricing tiers.

Importify Pros

  • Supports more than a hundred eCommerce platforms
  • It lets you spy on competitors to find out best-selling products
  • It has a Chrome extension for sourcing products
  • Integrates with Shopify, WooCommerce, Wix, and Jumpseller

Importify Cons

  • No free version
  • Only a one-day trial

Once you’ve set up and linked your eCommerce store with Shein, you’re ready to begin importing and selling products.

 Several apps link Shein with your store.

Previously, you could use Modalyst to find suppliers and automatically add products. However, Modalyst removed Shein for breaking the rules. Shein had started to add their branding on packages, which meant that customers knew the original source.

Now, third-party apps like SheinImporter and Importify to link your eCommerce store with Shein. They also help you place, track, and fulfill orders.

Using SheinImporter:

SheinImporter lets you import Shein items to your Shopify store by pasting the product URL. You can also update SKUs and track orders from the app.

Add SheinImporter to your Shopify store:
  1. Login to Shopify Admin
  2. Go to Shopify’s App Store
  3. Find SheinImporter
  4. Click “Add app.”

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Import Shein products with SheinImporter:

  1. Login to SheinImporter
  2. Click “Import New Product”
  3. Paste product URL
  4. Edit product info as desired. You can change the title, price, description, variants, and product images. Don’t change the SKU since it’s automatically updated.
  5. Set the final price
  6. Click “Complete”

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Track and fulfill orders with SheinImporter:

Once a customer places an order in your Shopify store, you get a notification from both Shopify and SheinImporter. Here’s how to track and fulfill that order:

  1. Login to your SheinImporter dashboard
  2. Select the product that was ordered
  3. Go to the original Shein page
  4. Copy and paste customer’s shipping address (or warehouse address)
  5. Pay for the product
  6. Once the product is shipped, you’ll get the tracking number
  7. Copy and paste the tracking details into SheinImporter
  8. Track shipping progress from inside your SheinImporter dashboard

Using Importify:

Importify is a dropshipping app that automatically adds products to your eCommerce store. It integrates with Shopify, WooCommerce, Wix, and Jumpseller. 

Link Importify to your Shopify store:

  1. Login to Shopify Admin
  2. Visit the Shopify App Store
  3. Find “Importify – Easy Dropshipping”
  4. Click “Add App.”

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Import Shein products with Importify:

This method works for all eCommerce stores linked with Importify.

  1. Install the Importify Chrome extension after linking your store with Importify
  2. From the extension, visit the supported wholesalers page. A list of 100+ supported websites will come up.
  3. Choose Shein
  4. Go to Shein’s website and select a product
  5. Click the extension button at the top of the browser to extract all product information
  6. Edit details as desired
  7. Click “Add Product.”

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Track and fulfill orders using Importify:

Just like SheinImporter, Importify notifies you when a customer places an order.

  1. Login to your Importify dashboard
  2. Find the unfulfilled order
  3. Click “Order”
  4. You may have to copy and paste customer’s shipping details. Sometimes, Importify fills it out automatically.
  5. Purchase the item
  6. Add the tracking details to Importify
  7. You can now track shipping progress from your Importify dashboard

When a customer is buying from a drop shipper, they’re not directly getting any shipping information. One way to improve the shopping experience is to send the customer an email when they place an order in your Shopify store. 

Let them know you have received payment and that you will inform them once the product is shipped. Regularly inform them of shipping progress especially if it’s overseas.

Note that you can use AliExpress and Oberlo to dropship Shein items. Use Oberlo to source the same product and dropship with AliExpress instead.

Step 4: Optimize and Market Your Shein Store

Email Marketing

An email list gives you access to your audience all the time. There are no algorithms ranking emails. One way to build an email list as a dropshipper is to offer discounts.

Facebook and Google Ads

For a new dropshipper still building an audience, running Facebook and Google ads is the fastest way to bring in early profits. Make sure to adhere to all ad guidelines to avoid getting blocked.

Social Media

Most of your customers are on social media, and you should be there with them. Create social media pages with consistent branding to build your business. Many clothing dropshippers build Instagram boutiques.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is a long game. Get ready to settle into it. If you get right, you’ll always be in front of the right people interested in the products you sell.

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Step 5: Scale Your Dropshipping Business

Brand Yourself

Branding makes you an expert. And people like to follow and buy from an expert. Use social media pages and private labeling to brand your business.

Get in Your Customer’s Head

Try to understand your customers’ pain points so that you can offer them exactly what they want. Read reviews and forums to get in their heads.

Invest in Customer Support

ECommerce businesses are not usually into customer support. Be the brand that cares and focuses on customer experience. This way, you increase the number of repeats and referred customers.

Market Yourself

Don’t be forgettable. Remain relevant by constantly marketing your business. Post regularly on social media and send weekly emails. 

Reduce Costs

You can reduce costs by gradually increasing your prices and buying more products in bulk. You can only do this when your customer base is expanding.

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Shein FAQs

What Are the Pros and Cons of Dropshipping With Shein?

Shein is an excellent platform for sourcing fashion items. But here are the pros and cons of using Shein for dropshipping.

Shein Pros

  1. Cheap and trendy fashion apparels

Shein allows dropshippers to get in on the fast fashion industry. Once a dropshipper can follow the trends, they can make good money dropshipping with Shein.

  1. Massive bulk discounts

Shein supports buying in bulk. For orders above $200, you get 25% off. If you make an order above $3000, you get 40% off. Apart from bulk discounts, new users get first-order coupons. Suppliers also offer individual discounts on items.

  1. Fast shipping times

Shein’s shipping times are faster than established platforms like AliExpress. Orders are shipped anywhere from 1 to 3 days after placing them. It takes 10 to 28 days to get your order delivered. This is faster than AliExpress’ 15 to 45 days.

  1. Many payment methods

Shein accepts many payment methods, including credit and debit cards, PayPal, and mobile wallets. You can even pay by bank transfer.

  1. Low shipping costs

Shipping costs are lower than many other platforms. On all orders less than $10, shipping costs are $3.99. Once they are above $10, shipping is free for all orders within the U.S.

Shein Cons

  1. No default private labeling

Shein automatically places their label on every product that they ship out. This is disturbing to customers when they receive them.  Dropshippers have to buy in bulk and store in an inventory to private label their products.

  1. It does not allow you to use product images

Shein doesn’t allow you to use the product images on their website. They consider it a breach of copyright. This means that you have to find your own photos. Some dropshippers buy samples and take pictures with them.

What Are Some Shein Alternatives?

◆ BestFulfill

BestFulfill is a dropshipping agent specializing in helping dropshippers source and fulfills products. BestFulfill has connections with the best suppliers out there.

 

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As a Shein dropshipper, BestFulfill helps you buy in bulk from Shein and custom package your products. Apart from sourcing suppliers, these are other BestFulfill features:

  • Custom packaging of products with your brand
  • Fulfilling orders as they come in
  • Product photography and videography
  • Storage of products in a warehouse

BestFulfill has worked with hundreds of dropshippers to make sourcing and fulfilling orders easy. Reach out to BestFulfill to get a free quote.

◆ AliExpress

AliExpress is a B2C platform designed to connect Chinese manufacturers directly with international customers. 

AliExpress is very friendly to dropshippers because almost all the suppliers are familiar with dropshipping. Many are happy to private label products and fulfill orders as they come in. You can even request modifications like changes in length or color, or a new product variant.

AliExpress has more than 100 million products for sale and hundreds of thousands of suppliers. You can find just about anything in the store. 

Many third-party apps integrate AliExpress with any eCommerce store in the world – Importify, Oberlo, Modalyst, etc. The only drawback is that shipping times are relatively long. However, prices are low, and many products have free shipping.

◆ Oberlo

Oberlo is an app that helps you source products to import into your Shopify store. It’s like Importify, except that Oberlo only works for Shopify and AliExpress products. 

Oberlo helps you search AliExpress products and add them to your store. You can filter products to show only those shipped with ePacket (a relatively fast shipping method.) It also allows you to edit product information.

Oberlo is unique because it runs your store on autopilot. You don’t have to do anything except source products. Oberlo sends customer details to the supplier to fulfill. It automatically updates SKUs and prices based on info from AliExpress. You can even import tracking details to ensure that suppliers send packages to your customers.

◆ CJdropshipping

CJDropshipping is arguably the most used dropshipping agent service out there. It has 260,000 registered dropshippers and 60,000 Shopify merchants who work with them. 

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CJDropshipping is like BestFulfill. They have agents that source products for you, custom package them, and fulfill orders as they come in. They also provide product photography and videography.

CJDropshipping stands out because it has its logistics method – CJPacket that can ship packages in 7 to 14 days. The dropshipping agent service has warehouses in China, the United States, Germany, and France. Even though product prices aren’t the cheapest, you can begin to get lower prices when you start selling more than 50 units daily.

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