[Guide] Dropshipping on Amazon utilizing the ‘Shotgun’ methodology – Good for newcomers – Dropshippers Weblog

The strategy

This new dropshipping methodology makes use of quite a lot of instruments that mean you can checklist a considerable amount of merchandise discovered on Aliexpress onto Amazon, that means you can get plenty of site visitors simply since you have plenty of merchandise listed, growing your probabilities of promoting a product, in case you listed on Amazon manually it could take a significantly longer period of time and also you wouldn’t have further performance which I’ll discuss.

Your principal gross sales channel shall be Amazon US as Shopify doesn’t help some other areas of Amazon in the intervening time.

Professionals of promoting on Amazon

  • Tens of millions of free site visitors to your merchandise
  • Inbuilt commercial instruments

Cons of promoting on Amazon

  • % primarily based payment on each sale
  • 7 day earnings reserve on each order

The instruments

Aliexpress – Your stock supply

Shopify – This web site will home your stock and talk with Amazon and Oberlo

Oberlo – This device will enable you to import merchandise from Aliexpress whereas holding sync of inventory, it’s going to additionally load up the corresponding Aliexpress product web page whenever you get an order which is an crucial function as you’ll have a whole bunch of merchandise that you just received’t be capable of preserve observe of manually. Oberlo has now been totally built-in with Shopify.

Alibonus – This device offers you cashback when making purchases on Aliexpress, there are couple tiers, beginning at 7% going as much as 10%, you’ll be able to learn in depth about it here. A superb various can also be epnCashback.

Keyword Tool Dominator – A neat little device that enables you to see into Amazon search information to optimize your itemizing key phrases

Anticipated earnings ( primarily based on my information )

I offered 7 merchandise in march for a complete revenue of round $200, relying on what you promote and the way a lot work you place into this methodology you need to anticipate at the very least 5-10 gross sales a month, I used to be fairly lazy myself and solely listed 300~ merchandise.

chrome_2017-04-06_12-06-55 (Be aware: this information reveals whole gross sales, not earnings)

My first sale



Solely 8 days after I listed the product which from my expertise is definitely very quick as if I have a look at my different gross sales they have been often 2 weeks after itemizing the product



 [UPDATE] April 2017 Earnings

April has been a extremely good month, my gross sales have elevated in comparison with the final month and I had no points with clients like refunds and so forth.


That is my gross sales abstract, minus product prices and $70 month-to-month charges for shopify, amazon and UPC codes I’ve earned $335.

I spent the primary 2 weeks in April getting ready extra merchandise to checklist them on Amazon however I obtained burned out actually fast and took a break, I’ll begin itemizing merchandise in Might once more and I’ll add round 250 merchandise as I’ve every part able to checklist.


This can be a snippet from my Order Spreadsheet displaying the gross sales quantity for the entire month, it’s solely 13 gross sales nonetheless the best way my costs are arrange I revenue $25-$65 per order.


[UPDATE] Might 2017 Earnings

This month began off properly after which abruptly two weeks in all my gross sales  dropped to 0 and I haven’t offered something since, I checked my enterprise experiences and I’m nonetheless getting a good quantity of site visitors nonetheless no gross sales, I’ll wait one other 2 weeks to test if the issue lies with my area of interest or the present season is sluggish.

My gross sales totaled $538 and after product prices my earnings for the month have been $175, this was a complete of 13 orders.


My stock after 2 weeks

Take away 50 from the overall and I’ve listed round 350 merchandise ( not together with variations, variations alone are close to the 1200 mark ) in round 2 weeks, I didn’t do it for two weeks straight nonetheless that was the final timeframe, some days I didn’t really feel like doing it.


Startup value

Shopify(Required) – $8/month for a primary retailer ( comes with a 14 day free trial )

Oberlo(Required) – Free

Amazon(Required) – $39.99/month for an expert vendor subscription which is required for the shopify integration

Alibonus(Non-compulsory) – Free

Ebay – 1000 UPC Barcodes for Amazon (Required) – $13.99 for 1000 codes, comes out at roughtly 1 cent per product/variation

I extremely suggest shopping for these UPC Codes as I’ve bought them from this vendor a number of instances they usually at all times work completely, I say this as a result of UPC codes that come from illegitimate sources, if discovered, can get your listings and or account banned by Amazon.

Keyword Tool Dominator(Non-compulsory) – Free day by day searches or one off buy

$300+ saved to buy merchandise

Integration diagram


You’ll import merchandise from Aliexpress to Oberlo, from the place you will export them to Shopify after which afterward again to Amazon.

Which merchandise to promote

You is not going to be doing any product analysis or pattern information, you will merely choose a product class or a number of, nonetheless you need to do it.

I picked one particular product and went with it, listed below are a few factors that I like to recommend when selecting a product

  • Pretty light-weight and compact(Free delivery)
  • One dimension (you don’t need any returns)
  • Non-electronic
  • Unbranded (Extremely really useful)
  • $10-40 product value vary

You is likely to be questioning why I like to recommend promoting unbranded merchandise, not all clients know the right way to make the most of search engines like google and yahoo to their full extent, nonetheless people who do can simply discover the identical product that you just’re attempting to promote some place else for a a lot lower cost, in case your product is unbranded the probabilities of which are minimal

Step-by-step setup

  1. Make an Amazon US account and set the account up with the mandatory info like deposit methodology and cost methodology (the Shopify Amazon integration at the moment solely helps Amazon US)
  2. Improve to an expert vendor subscription on Amazon (Settings > Your companies > Handle > Improve)
  3. Register with Shopify and make a retailer ( the identify doesn’t matter except you’re planning to have your individual Shopify web site )
  4. Left hand facet > Settings > Gross sales channels > Add gross sales channel > Amazon > Hook up with Amazon > Undergo the setup wizard
  5. Register and set up Oberlo
  6. ????
  7. After 14 days you’ll most likely need to downgrade your Shopify plan to a lite plan so that you just solely pay $8 a month for shopify

Now after you’ve successfuly finished all that you’ll want to configure Oberlo which is a straight ahead course of ( Shopify > Apps > Oberlo)


These auto replace settings are essential to ensure that Oberlo to relay inventory ranges to Shopify which sends that info to Amazon.


These are my Oberlo pricing guidelines, with these settings something I import into Oberlo can have it’s value modified based on my guidelines. As you’ll be able to see I exploit a x3 markup on all my merchandise, which may appear very excessive at first however it’s important to bear in mind folks received’t be capable of discover the identical product that you just’re promoting so they don’t have a value comparability they usually received’t be dissuaded by your excessive value.

Lastly you will arrange a delivery template on Amazon, that is what I exploit for all of my merchandise

Transport time – 7-14 days

All areas of USA

Free delivery



When you haven’t already, make an Aliexpress account, add a fee methodology after which confirm your account on Alipay by sending in an image of your passport and so forth.

This step solely takes a couple of minutes and is essential as whenever you confirm your fee methodology, the funds will course of quicker and Aliexpress received’t shut your orders because of totally different billing and delivery addresses.


Importing merchandise to Oberlo

Ensure you have the google chrome Oberlo extension put in required for the subsequent step.


Change your extension settings to those above and click on replace, this may cover any merchandise which don’t ship to the US and don’t supply ePacket.

When you don’t know ePacket is the very best delivery methodology from China to America, providing very low value, tracked, quick 12-20 day delivery, I don’t suggest selecting merchandise with out ePacket as you are not looking for sluggish, untracked delivery because it results in issues.

Let’s fake you’re promoting socks, you will navigate to the sock class on Aliexpress or just seek for socks.


What to search for [IMPORTANT]

  • Merchandise with a full white background
  • Free ePacket


  • Excessive obtainable amount ( 100+ )chrome_2017-04-05_22-22-46

Utilizing these guidelines you will import 500 or much less, potential merchandise to Oberlo, I merely added just about any product that adopted these guidelines, because you’re not doing any analysis and also you are not looking for any favoritism, you will add any product that matches these guidelines.

After you’ve imported your merchandise, earlier than pushing to the store, you’ll be able to choose any further photos you need to import for instance any dimension charts or further diagrams.

When you’re prepared you’ll be able to push your merchandise to Shopify.


Getting merchandise prepared for Amazon

Amazon itemizing picture guidelines

  • Most important photos should be at the very least 1000×1000
  • Most important photos will need to have a white background

This half may be very repetitive and tedious, you shall be going by means of all of your imported merchandise, one after the other and resizing photos to 1000×1000 and eradicating any product logos from the photographs, fortunately Shopify makes use of an built-in Adobe resolution so that you don’t have to save lots of out the product photos you can simply edit and resize them within the browser.



When you import any merchandise and also you discover that the background isnt fully white and maybe is an off white I like to recommend deleting any variations and attainable the entire product that don’t have a picture that abides by the Amazon picture guidelines as saving out the photographs and doing handbook enhancing will take time and also you don’t need to waste any time. Keep in mind you don’t have to checklist each product you import, after deleting a product from Shopify you can delete it in Oberlo to release area.

Itemizing on Amazon utilizing Shopify

For this step you have to to have already bought some UPC codes ( Ebay – 1000 UPC Barcodes ) which are required to checklist merchandise on to Amazon and likewise get approval for the Attire/Clothes class on Amazon, it’s because when exporting merchandise from Shopify to Amazon you’ll be able to at the moment solely select Attire classes which require approval (the method to get ‘ungated’ is straight ahead and anybody can do it)

Categories and products requiring approval: Clothing & Accessories

After you’ve accomplished the steps above you’ll be able to head over to the Amazon tab

and click on the Create itemizing button



Choose your first product and click on ‘Choose product’


Now you will click on create itemizing as you need to create your individual listings


When you’re promoting a product that matches within the attire class you’ll be able to choose the suitable class, if not simply choose any class after which afterward you’ll be able to change it to an applicable class in Amazon.

Now you will take away any model names from the title and outline if there are any, add some bullet factors that are required ( I often copy essential bits of knowledge from the outline into the bullet factors like Materials and Size as folks search for that type of info)

I at all times go away the title as it’s on Aliexpress which saves me time however in flip makes it simple for anybody to seek out that product, however you bought to recollect not everyone seems to be that sensible (or reasonably paranoid?)

You will go away the key phrases clean as you will add these afterward in Amazon as a result of in case you add them in now for some cause it pastes all of the key phrases onto 1 line in Amazon and I’m unsure if that has an impression or not so I’d reasonably do it manually and correctly.


Now in case you scroll down you have to pick all of the variations you need to add, all comply with the identical course of that I exploit

Measurement > Customized Measurement > x

Manufacturing time > 7 days ( that is the common processing time for many merchandise on Aliexpress )

Product Identifier > Your UPC

Picture > Choose variation picture and any youngster photos


As you’ll be able to see within the picture above I didn’t truly resize my variation photos and I can’t checklist these with out doing so.

After I’m pleased with the itemizing I click on Publish in the proper prime nook.


In a couple of minutes your product will seem in your Amazon stock nonetheless it takes one other couple of hours for it to course of and through that point it’s going to seem damaged and incomplete.


Inserting key phrases into Amazon listings

For this step you’ll be able to skip it at your individual selection nonetheless I like to recommend doing this to spice up your site visitors, I exploit a device referred to as Keyword Tool Dominator which after getting into a key phrase reveals me the lengthy tail key phrases that individuals use to seek for merchandise which I can then type by rank in order that I’m utilizing the most well-liked key phrases, right here is my publish about this device

After you compile checklist of key phrases you’ll be able to then open up all of your listings and insert these key phrases.

If in case you have merchandise with variations you ought to be enhancing solely the father or mother itemizing which is the one which reveals up with out increasing the kid variations, it’s because in case you edit the key phrases within the father or mother itemizing it’s going to propagate the adjustments to the kid variations.


My common time to finish the entire workflow

This offers you an thought of how a lot time the entire course of takes.

Importing a product into Oberlo – 15-40 seconds / per product

Deciding on further photos in Oberlo import checklist – 15-30 seconds / per product

Resizing picture + eradicating emblem – 25-45 seconds / per product variation

Itemizing product onto Amazon – 5-15 seconds / per product variation

Now I often do that entire workflow in waves, so first I add 300 merchandise after which I resize the photographs for these 300 merchandise, as an alternative of doing it product by product, as this manner you do it quicker as a result of your mind will get used to the method.

Learn how to discover the final product you listed the final time you have been itemizing

You don’t need to checklist the identical product twice so that you have to seek out the final product you listed the final time you listed as a way to proceed the place you left off.

Go the Amazon listings tab in Shopify and duplicate the identify of the primary product which would be the one you listed finalchrome_2017-04-06_12-50-28

Now undergo all of the pages and use ctrl+f to seek for the product title you simply copied ( for each new web page you will have click on ctrl+f once more and paste the textual content in once more as for some cause in case you simply go away the textual content in there and preserve scrolling by means of pages it received’t discover it )


After we discover a match we will resume from that product by copying the identify of that product and in create listings getting into that particular identify



Learn how to order

Lastly obtained your first sale? Inform me about it so I can congratulate you

Now it’s important to discover the corresponding product that the shopper ordered on Oberlo, no drawback, simply head over to the Oberlo dashboard and within the Orders tab click on on the product title which is able to take you to the product web page.

Now’s the time in case you haven’t already to register on Alibonus

Each time you click on on a hyperlink on Oberlo that takes you to a product web page on Aliexpress it breaks the Alibonus affiliate hyperlink and also you received’t get cashback, so make it possible for whenever you’re on the product web page it says ‘Cashback Activated’

After you’ve made certain of which you can add the product to cart and proceed with the order, this implies you can not use the semi-automatic achievement system supplied by Oberlo since you received’t get cashback and you’ll have to fill out the deal with manually which isn’t that point consuming.


After your order be sure to return and ship the vendor a message


It will guarantee your buyer doesn’t obtain an bill with the true value of the product and no promotional materials.

Order E-book

As you’re operating a enterprise right here what I love to do is preserve file of all my gross sales so I can calculate revenue and preserve observe of orders.

That is the spreadsheet I exploit, within the first column you will have the Amazon order id which let’s you discover the corresponding order on Amazon2017-04-06_10-53-36

Within the second column, Amazon revenue, you place within the earnings you acquired for the sale, that is after Amazon takes their lower


In product value yo put within the value of the merchandise that you just ordered from Aliexpress, within the cashback column you place the cashback you’ve earned from Alibonus for this explicit order. Lastly you run a easy calculation to get your Last Revenue, (Amazon revenue + Cashback – Product Price)

I wish to file the date of the order in addition to it helps me later if I want to research an order, lastly within the Exterior Order No. you place within the Aliexpress order id as as when the vendor confirms cargo of a product on Aliexpress you’ll shortly seek for the product in your spreadsheet and discover the corresponding Amazon order id.

Confirming cargo of your first sale


Has the vendor lastly shipped the order? Nice

Discover the corresponding order on Amazon and click on verify cargo,


Now you seize the monitoring quantity from Aliexpress and alter Provider to different and put in ePacket as that is the delivery methodology you need to solely use.


When will I receives a commission by Amazon

Amazon places a 7 day rolling reserve on each transaction, that means that it is possible for you to to withdraw your earnings 7 days after the anticipated supply time for the order, because of this you want some cash saved as much as buy merchandise as funds from Amazon received’t be quick sufficient to maintain up.


Scaling and maintenance

I’ve coated the entire course of now all that’s left is scaling and maintenance.

Oberlo enables you to observe 500 merchandise directly in case you’re on the free plan, in case you need to broaden your stock all it’s important to do is change to the Fundamental Plan which helps you to observe as much as 10k merchandise, I wouldn’t do that till you’re receiving regular gross sales and might cowl the operating month-to-month bills, what I’d do to release Oberlo area as an alternative is to undergo my Amazon stock and maybe delete merchandise which were listed for two+ months and re-list new merchandise.


Each 1 or 2 days you need to test your Amazon stock for out of inventory merchandise as these take up Oberlo area and aren’t being exhibited to clients


What you are able to do to not waste time and UPC codes is locate the product that’s out of inventory on Aliexpress, from one other vendor, a straightforward means is to go looking by your product title which is left the identical or by reverse looking out the picture or variation picture


Now in case you discover the identical product on Aliexpress head over to your product checklist on Oberlo > filter by > gone from provider or search by the product title


Motion > Override this product


Copy the hyperlink to your in inventory product on Aliexpress and paste it in


Go over to to your import checklist and go to the Variants tab of your product, now right here you need to be certain your SKU, Coloration,  and Measurement properties match these of your outdated product ( I have no idea if that is needed however to my understanding the SKU and different properties ought to keep the identical for issues to remain in sync between Shopify and Amazon)

Briefly you need these fields besides the value


to match these


After every part is prepared click on ‘Push And Override’ which ought to set the inventory ranges again to regular and after a while Shopify ought to sync again the stock ranges to Amazon

Increasing to different gross sales channels

If in case you have the time there are numerous Apps for Shopify which I’ve examined that lets you checklist on different platforms to extend the publicity of your merchandise.

Sellbrite  – Pricey however highly effective addon, helps 8 totally different marketplaces and 4 purchasing carts


inkFrog – Cheaper resolution however solely let’s you checklist on eBay


When you’ve gotten to the tip, thanks for studying, you probably have any questions or suggestions please remark beneath




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