How To Select Dropshipping Suppliers

dropshipping suppliers

There are so many factors that need to be taken into consideration when you’re looking for dropshipping suppliers.

Perhaps you already know which products you want to sell, and have great potential for your business, but you still need to make sure that those dropshipping suppliers are reliable.

We’ve put this article together to help you find the best dropshipping suppliers, and to educate you on the type of suppliers that you should be avoiding.

Let’s jump into it!

How To Select Dropshipping Suppliers on Oberlo

What is Oberlo?

Oberlo is a marketplace that makes it easy to find awesome products to sell online.

With Oberlo you can access a huge variety of different products with just a few clicks. Whether it’s fashion, electronics, toys, beauty, or the next trending product – Oberlo makes it easy for you to find products from dropshipping suppliers all over the world and instantly add them to your own online store.

It costs nothing to add products to your store with Oberlo – you can use our forever free plan to start dropshipping today.

How Does Oberlo Work?

Oberlo helps you to find products to sell online by connecting you to dropshipping suppliers across the world. You can browse our marketplace to discover a huge variety of products, and add them to your store with just a few clicks.

Once you’ve made a sale your supplier will ship the products from their warehouse straight to your customer’s doorstep – you’ll never need to worry about storing, packaging, or shipping your products.

Instead, you can focus on the things which really mattergrowing your brand and making sales.

Benefits of Oberlo Suppliers and Verified Suppliers Over AliExpress Suppliers

When it comes to picking dropshipping suppliers, there are some very clear benefits to choosing a product from Oberlo Suppliers or Verified Suppliers over AliExpress suppliers. Let’s take a look at them one by one.

Dropshipping Suppliers

Oberlo Suppliers and Verified Suppliers are hand-picked based on their experience as a supplier, and the service that they can provide to Oberlo merchants. If any of those suppliers do not meet our expectations, we will remove their products from our platform. The same level of trustworthiness cannot be guaranteed on AliExpress. That’s why it’s your task to carefully select suppliers and products.

Supplier selection is an important first step so take your time to ensure that you have found the right supplier for your business. When selecting suppliers try to gather all the information available and weight up the pros and cons to choosing each one. Supplier selection doesn’t need to be stressful with Oberlo as we try to provide all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Do I Have to Inform Suppliers that I Am Dropshipping?

As we’ve already mentioned, both Oberlo Suppliers and Verified Suppliers are aware that you’ll be dropshipping.

This means that you won’t need to worry about any promotional material or invoices appearing in the packages which they ship to your customers. This will save you a bunch of time and effort that would have been spent contacting different suppliers to request this.

On the other hand, AliExpress suppliers don’t know that you’re dropshipping. That’s why you’ll need to leave a custom note letting them know not to include promotional materials when placing each and every order. However, with Oberlo you can automatically send a custom note to your suppliers each time you place an order on the AliExpress platform.

Custom Labeling

The Oberlo team in China is currently exploring white labelling and other customization opportunities. There are plans to introduce these features to Oberlo in the future.

AliExpress suppliers typically do not provide custom labelling for dropshipping businesses, but you can contact each dropshipping supplier via direct message and enquire further into this personally.

If you want to read more about custom labelling, check it out here.

Shipping Times

When it comes to shipping, ePacket delivery is one of the most popular shipping methods. It is offered by merchants from China and Hong Kong and is one of the fastest delivery methods that allows you to ship internationally.

The majority of Oberlo Suppliers and Verified Suppliers ship orders within 2-4 business days.

In comparison, AliExpress orders are usually shipped within 2-7 business days.

Shipping can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of running an online dropshipping store, so check out our post on shipping tips to make your life easier.

Fulfilling Orders

Once an Oberlo supplier ships the order, the tracking code is added to the Oberlo/Shopify platforms, and the order is marked as automatically fulfilled. There is nothing more that you need to do on your end.

On the other hand, once the AliExpress supplier ships the order, you will need to click on the Oberlo fulfillment buttons to sync and fulfill your order. You can find further information about fulfilling AliExpress orders here.

Returns and Refunds

With Oberlo Suppliers and Verified Suppliers, you can report a problem to the supplier or ask for the refund directly. Refunds are normally issued from dropshipping suppliers for cases such as the following:

– The wrong item was received by the customer, such as the wrong color, size, or model (evidence is needed)

– The package has arrived in a damaged condition (evidence is needed)

– The item arrived in extremely poor quality (evidence is needed)

– The order went missing

– The estimated delivery time has expired.

Check out more details on how to handle angry ecommerce customers, and how you should deal with returns and refunds.


With Oberlo Suppliers and Oberlo Verified suppliers, any questions or open disputes must be responded to in 2-5 days, otherwise our team will step in and mediate the situation.

However, with AliExpress, you have to be careful about the suppliers you choose as some might take too long to reply, or in the worst case, some might not reply at all.

Look here to know everything about dispute management.

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