Suppose you find a very nice product that works on Aliexpress, Amazon, or other places, and you think the product is going to go viral. If you have actually sold thousands of them and the demand doesn’t end, you will experience the other bad aspect of the dropshipping business. It is called supplier issues. Getting orders from Aliexpress suppliers is just the start of the game.
The question is, how many orders do the suppliers actually ship? Let me tell you about a very small incident. There was a time when I found a new supplier for a keychain. it was a very unique kind of keychain. I sold thousands of these niche specific keychains at one point of time and my existing supplier out of stock. My supplier didn’t have any more inventory, so I tried to find another one. A guy sent me a good sample, so i placed the order of 1,800 pcs.
He told me, “okay, everything is shipped, everything is good.” The problem was, 30 to 45 days later my customers contacted me and said, “we haven’t received anything.” So why the hell didn’t they got anything? It was supposed to have been shipped 45 days earlier.
I agree that shipping from China is slow, but they had not received their orders after 45 days too. That is unacceptable. So I contacted my supplier and asked him all the questions. He keep on evading the issue. I became so irritated that did not want to deal with him any more. Then, he confessed that he has not sent any items at all! Can you believe that? He has not shipped anything at all. He provided me with tracking numbers and all they were all fakes.
That shattered my whole business back in 2016. And the result is that this is the worst scenario you would ever see if you use PayPal. If you’re a seller that uses PayPal, their limitation is equal to “game over.”