I have seen and used so many dropshipping tools in my years in the dropshipping industry. AliExpress continues to be the biggest source of products to sell, and I think it is wise to check out what the AliExpress Dropshipping Center has to offer.
In this article, I will show you the following:
- Things you can do with the AliExpress Dropshipping Center
- How to find it in your account
- How to use it to search for products
- There are better tools than the AliExpress Dropshipping Center
- It is better to use a software program like Spocket if you want to succeed in dropshipping
This is not to disparage what the AliExpress Dropshipping Center can do. However, there are many things that they can improve. Read on and I will help you realize why it is so.
What is the AliExpress Dropshipping Center?
The AliExpress Dropshipping Center is an online tool that AliExpress developed, knowing that the world uses its platform to find suppliers and then resell these items to other countries.
There are three main things that you can do with the AliExpress Dropshipping Center. These are:
- Look for winning products to sell
- Analyze if the product has real potential in the market
- Work with sellers for special projects
I should note here that the AliExpress Dropshipping Center is not a plug-in that allows you to import products from AliExpress to your store. It does not work like Spocket or Dropified. It is not a separate company either—it is still part of the AliExpress family of products.
The one thing that AliExpress Dropshipping Center can do for you is to make product search easier. If you scour AliExpress for products to sell, you will spend so much time and effort to get things done.
In AliExpress, you have to do the following things:
- Type your keyword in the search bar
- Navigate the results and look at each product for its stats
- Check what countries the supplier ships to
- Read the feedback of customers about the products
As you can see, it is tedious to search for products if you use the AliExpress marketplace. The company saw this problem and decided to offer a solution, and it is why the AliExpress Dropshipping Center exists.
Why Use the AliExpress Dropshipping Center: Features of the AliExpress Dropshipping Center
In this section, I will show you why you need to use the AliExpress Dropshipping Center. I can tell you that it does have some merits if your goal is to search for winning products.
1. Search by Image
One thing that I really love about the tool is that you can search by product image. If you see a product online, just take a screenshot of it and upload it to the AliExpress Dropshipping Center. You no longer have to type multiple keywords just to find a specific product you are looking for.
The Search by Image button is on the upper right-hand side, just beside the search box:
Once you click that, your computer will prompt you to choose a file. Once you have uploaded the image, the system will search the entire AliExpress database and show you the search results.
However, it is not a perfect system. It will only show you results from sellers who dropship. So, even if the item is in AliExpress, the search results will not show you the same product if that seller does not dropship.
2. Product Analysis
If you want to find the best product to sell, you can use the product analysis tab to get more data. Here is how it looks
Now, what you must do is paste a product link in that box and then hit the “analyze” button. Then, you will see something like this:
From here, you can find many products that are similar to the one you searched for. You can either click on the link for the product you searched, for or go and visit the product pages of the others.
The search results will show you the differences in prices and shipping performance of these sellers. You will also see the following data:
- Free Shipping – there is a column that indicates if this product ships for free or not.
- Orders – these numbers indicate how many items the seller sold for this specific product
The one thing missing from this tool is a filter option. Once you get to this page, you cannot filter to show only those that have free shipping. There is also no way to download the report as an Excel file.
3. RFQ for Product Sourcing
Finally, you can post a request for products you are looking for. If you click on RFQ for Product Sourcing, you will see this:
All you need to do is type your request, and suppliers in the system will see it. Those who are interested will respond and you can begin negotiations.
Ways to Gain to the AliExpress Dropshipping Center
The AliExpress Dropshipping Center is not always available. If you cannot find it, below are three things you can do.
1. Look for it in your account
Log in to your usual account in AliExpress, and then scroll to the bottom of the page. The footer should show a link called DS Center. It looks like this:
2. Contact AliExpress customer service
If you do not see the link, you have to contact AliExpress. It is possible that the link is not there because of your location.
3. Search in Google and click the appropriate URL
The last method is to use AliExpress Dropshipping Center as a keyword on Google Search. There are two links you will see. The first one is the direct URL to the AliExpress Dropshipping Center page, and the second one is a Google Chrome application.
It looks like this:
You can use any of these two.
Remember: you cannot use the AliExpress Dropshipping Center if you have no AliExpress account.
AliExpress Dropshipping Center Pricing
The AliExpress Dropshipping Center is not a special tool at all. As such, you can access it for free. All you need is the usual AliExpress account.
If I may reiterate, you cannot use it to import products to your store. you can either use Spocket, Dropified, AliDropship, or similar software tools to do that.
One thing I think is also important to add here is that your AliExpress account and your AliExpress Dropshipping Center account are the same.
FAQs: AliExpress Dropshipping Center
Is the AliExpress dropshipping center free?
Yes, it is free. All you need is an AliExpress account. You do not need a separate account.
How come I do not have an AliExpress Dropshipping Center?
If you cannot access the AliExpress Dropshipping Center, it is likely that you do not have an AliExpress account. If you do, just log in and go to the official AliExpress Dropshipping Center URL: https://ds.aliexpress.com/#/find-products
Where is the dropshipping center on AliExpress?
The dropshipping center is a separate link. If you are on the main AliExpress website, scroll to the bottom until you find the footer. That is where you will see the AliExpress Dropshipping Center link.
I suggest that you try the AliExpress Dropshipping Center and see how it can help you. In my opinion, I would rather use a much more robust tool like Dropship.IO. While the AliExpress Dropshipping Center looks promising, it pales in comparison to many software programs that you can use for dropshipping.