In this post I'm going to compare DHGate and Ali Express to Salehoo (read this Salehoo review for more detailed information about that particular paid directory) and try to provide some advice for anyone starting up a new Shopify store who's looking for new drop shippers.
DHGate and Ali Express
Ali Express and DHGate are both marketplaces for wholesalers and drop-shippers based in China, many of which sell internationally – to customers in the United States and Europe.
Drop-shipping through these two sites – especially Ali Express which integrates directly with Shopify through an app called Oberlo – is very easy it's almost automatic.
However, there are flaws – first of all the reliability of suppliers on Ali Express and DH Gate is not guaranteed; they are not even screened before being allowed to sell on these sites.
Secondly, delivery times can be very slow as most products are shipped from China and must pass through customs to enter the USA.
As a directory of certified suppliers, Salehoo offers more reliability than DHGate or Ali Express can, but it comes at a price – $67 a year. However, membership to Salehoo can still be worth paying for as their suppliers are all guaranteed to be reliable, while there are no such promises made on the free marketplaces.
If you have the money to invest then I'd recommend trying out Salehoo, but if you're looking for a cheap and simple, if slow, way to get up and running online really easily then DHGate and Ali Express might be best for you.…Continue Reading