Not sure whether you want to use Shopify, WordPress, or another platform for your dropshipping store? Uninterested in finding your own suppliers, or spending hundreds (or even thousands) on directory and supplier rights?
Choosing the right platform for your business is incredibly important, which is why it’s important that you know all of your options and how they stack up. This way you can be sure that you’re choosing the right platform.
We think that Shop1 is the most affordable, comprehensive, and beginner-friendly option on the market for dropshippers of all experience levels. But if you need convincing, keep reading to see how we stack up against the other guys.
Your website plays a major role in the success of your store. To be effective, it needs to be fast, mobile-friendly, simple to navigate, and have flawless eCommerce features like checkout.
When you use an option like WordPress to build your dropshipping site, you’ll often have to integrate plugins and other additional tools to create an effective site. Plus, you’ll still have to customize it (and pay for premium features in some cases). Shopify is simpler, but still requires a bit of work to go from a template to a functioning site with a catalog that is ready to sell.
In both cases, you will still have to research how to design an effective website because themes can only do so much for non-dropshipping platforms out-of-the-box. All and all, you can expect between 40-100 hours before you have a website when using any of the eCommerce platforms in the market.
With Shop1, you have the ability to create a popup store out of the box in just a few minutes using one of the proven templates available. Just customize your branding, import your products, and get selling – no additional plugins required. You’ll also save a ton of time on research and page design – the template options only use effective design strategies.
As a dropshipping business, suppliers control your fate. Their prices, shipping speed, fee structure, and customer service dictate how you can run your company. As a result, they are the most important aspect of your business model, and likely the most time-consuming part of starting a new dropshipping business.
If you plan to open a store alone (without the help of AliExpress integration apps or Shop1), you will have to find, research, contact, and potentially pay a fee upfront to get access to their product catalog. The cost is even higher if you use a directory (though you’ll save some time), and you still need to research them and deal with each separately.
With Shopify or WooCommerce integrations, you are connecting with Chinese and other international suppliers. This leads to long shipping times that leave customers waiting. Since AliExpress is a marketplace, you’ll still have to vet suppliers for your products to ensure you aren’t sending customers poor-quality products. Plus, your customers are likely to come across AliExpress listings for products you are selling them (at wholesale prices), potentially leading to poor customer satisfaction or a feeling of being ripped off.
When you choose Shop1, you don’t have to worry about any of this. All suppliers are American, vetted, and reliable so that you can focus on your business. Orders are received and processed automatically with the suppliers, stock is updated based on purchases, and products are sent out without the need for you to send a single email. Plus, shipping continentally leads to much faster and affordable (or even free with Business memberships) shipping.
Dropshipping is business model where you pocket the difference between wholesale and retail prices. So, when you add in extra fees like processing, shipping, or even access fees for suppliers, your profit margins can get even thinner.
When using Shopify as a platform for your store, you are losing about 3% (2.4-2.9% + $.30) of EVERY sale that is made in your store. These processing fees are enforced in addition to their monthly fee (ranging from $29 to $299), with lower fee rates available for the more expensive packages. With marketing costs and shipping costs considered for each sale, this can seriously cut into profitability. It may even be the difference between making or losing money.
Shop1 charges a single monthly fee, and the cost you see is the true cost and includes all supplier, processing, and royalty fees. Free shipping is also available to Business-tier memberships, allowing you to maximize your sales and conversion as you compete with the big players in the eCommerce world.
As a consumer, how many days are you willing to wait for a product to ship? While 5-7 business days used to be standard (or even expedited), those days are over. Amazon Prime’s 2-day delivery means that delivery times (and costs) are more important than ever. To put it simply, people do not want to pay for shipping, nor do they want to wait.
When setting up a dropshipping store with Shopify and an AliExpress integration tool, you are gaining access to Asian suppliers. If you’re marketing to an audience primarily in the United States, that means the products are going to take longer to get to your customer than if they weren’t halfway across the world. Also, these platforms charge for shipping which either cuts into your profits, or adds another expense to your customers – one they won’t be happy to pay.
Shop1 connects you to American suppliers who will ship continentally, drastically reducing shipping times. Shipping will also be cheaper due to the shorter distance, plus you’ll receive reduced shipping rates with the Entrepreneur membership. Alternatively, you’ll get fast shipping for free if you register for a Business membership.
Returns are a part of most businesses – even if you don’t want them to be. They can be costly and a logistical nightmare if you don’t have the right platform to handle them.
Selling products online and shipping them out means there is always a risk for something to go wrong with the sale. Products can be lost in the mail, arrive damaged, or customers may simply want to return the item. Depending on your supplier, this may leave you paying a restocking fee or taking the product yourself on top of losing out on the profit of the sale.
When you use Shopify or other dropshipping platforms, you may need an additional app or plugin to process returns effectively. Even then, the responsibility still falls on you to ultimately process the return, costing you time and money that you could be investing in earning more sales to make up for the lost sale.
With Shop1, all returns are handled by us. You won’t ever have to see or handle the product – the platform will take care of everything for you.
You have a lot of options when deciding on the platform for your new dropshipping store. You need something that can meet all your needs, but also want to keep the startup cost and time investment low.
Shop1 offers you the best of both worlds, providing exceptional value, beginner-friendliness, and all the tools you need to be an effective business.
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