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Make Money From Dropshipping with Oberlo
Oberlo is a popular app for the hosted eCommerce platform Shopify. The Oberlo service lets you import products directly from the Chinese super store AliExpress.

The service is a drop shipper’s dream. Within a few minutes you can import thousands of targeted products to your Shopify store and then sell items directly to your customer.
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Oberlo drastically reduces the time required to add new products to your Shopify store.
Here, I would like to take a closer look at the Oberlo service and show you exactly what it can do. 

What is Drop Shipping?
Drop shipping has always been around, but over the last few years it has become commonplace in eCommerce. Marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon are full of drop shippers selling items direct from China and there are hundreds of thousands of stand alone stores.

The concept of drop shipping is simple.

In a drop shipping business model, the store does not keep any items in stock. Instead, items are shipped directly from the manufacturer or a wholesaler. Since no stock is being held, a drop shipper can operate their business from anywhere in the world. All they need is a laptop to manage their business.

Drop shipping has proved to be a popular entry point into the world of eCommerce because there is next to no overhead to get started so there is relatively no risk in trying to setup a store. The ability to scale a business up easily is also an attractive proposition.

There are, of course, some drawbacks to drop shipping. One of the benefits of drop shipping is that another company takes responsibility of stock and shipping the items to the customer. Whilst this saves you a huge amount of time and means you avoid many stock management issues, it also means that you are relying on another company for the success of your company. Therefore, if the distributor messes up the delivery of an item or sends a broken product, you are the one that has to deal with the problem. That is why it is vital to select a reliable supplier.

Shopify is a hosted eCommerce platform that is incredibly popular with drop shippers. Their basic plan starts at only $29 per month and their credit card rates start from only 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction.

Setting Up Oberlo

Oberlo is a drop shipping solution that greatly reduces the time it takes to add products from AliExpress into your online store. On the Shopify app marketplace Oberlo boasts over three hundred positive reviews and the service is currently being used on over 6,500 Shopify stores to generate 36 million US dollars in sales.

Those of you who have not did any research into drop shipping may be wondering why Oberlo works exclusively with AliExpress and does not work with any other stores. A quick look at the stats about AliExpress’s parent company AliBaba explains how much of a behemoth the company is online.

The statistics portal website Statista reports that Alibaba is the leading eCommerce provider in Asia by far. As of the third quarter of 2015 the group had generated sales of 713 billion Chinese yuan. As I write this article today that amount equates to a whopping 106 billion US dollars.
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AliExpress is a marketplace where Chinese companies offer products for international customers.

You can sign up to Oberlo in a number of ways. You can sign up via the official Oberlo website or from the Shopify app marketplace listing for Oberlo.

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The Shopify main dashboard.
The installation process is straight forward. All you have to do is click on the installation link and the app will be installed on your Shopify store. As with all Shopify apps, you need to register a credit card in order to trial Oberlo.

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The Oberlo app installation process is the same as installing other Shopify apps.
Oberlo provides a 30 day free trial of their most expensive plan. After that you will be placed on their lowest plan of $4.90 per month.

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You need to approve the charge before the app is active on your store.
After approving the charge, Oberlo will be available via your Shopify store.

The Benefits of Using Oberlo

Once you have activated Oberlo you will be taken to the Oberlo dashboard. You can visit this area at any time via the apps section in your Shopify admin area.

The dashboard has a useful “Get Started” section that encourages you to complete certain tasks such as your pricing rules and installing your first product. Underneath you will see a series of video tutorials that explains how to set up Oberlo. For example, there are videos that show you how to import products, customise products, and connect existing products.
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Oberlo Dashboard
The most important part of your store is the products. You should take care to choose the right products to add to your drop shipping store.

Oberlo gives you a number of ways to do this. From the user-friendly Oberlo navigation menu on the left-hand side of the page you can go to the “Search Products” page. From here you can enter the keywords for the products you want to target and the categories from which you want to search. Results can also be filtered by price, score, and the volume sold within the previous thirty days.

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I found the process of searching for products to be straight forward.

If you prefer, you can import a product using the product URL or product ID or use the Oberlo Chrome extension to import products while browsing AliExpress. A featured products page is also available if you are struggling for ideas.

You may have to browse through many results until you find the right products. For each product you will see information such as the price of the product, its rating, the number of times it has been sold, supplier information, and more.

Once you have found a suitable product, you can add it to your import list.
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An example of a search results page.
On the import list page you can modify the products before they are added to your store. You can change the name, add the item to a collection, choose the type, and define tags. The description can also be changed and you can set which image are imported.

Once you are finished you can push all products to your shop on an individual basis or push them all at the same time.

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Be sure to modify product details before publishing them to your store.
All items that you import are displayed on the “My Products” page. From here you can delete the product from Shopify and stop tracking so that changes for the product on the AliExpress will no longer be tracked.

Another great option is the ability to override a product. This allows you to replace a product with another item.

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All of your products can be managed from the my products page.
All of your imported items can be opened in Shopify via the “Open in Shopify” link on the “My Products” page. You can modify all information about the product on this page. This includes product information, description, inventory, pricing, shipping, and more.

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Each product can be modified in Shopify.
From the product modification page on Shopify you can duplicate page and see how it looks on your store.

In summary, if you are looking for an opportunity to make money online, drop shipping with Oberlo will be a good option for you to start your e-commerce business. 

Oberlo sign up HERE 
Shopify sign up HERE
AliExpress sign up HERE
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Thanks for sharing, it's the first time I've heard about the service, has anyone tried it? Can you share your experience?
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