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Worst And Best Products To Dropship: How To Pick Items For Dropshipping Store

By Olga L.

a cover of the article on the worst and best products to dropship

From today’s research, you will learn more about choosing the best products to dropship from AliExpress, and filtering out the least appealing ones.

What makes a product totally unsuitable for your dropshipping store?

And what, in turn, makes an item an absolutely great find for your business?

How to dropship products that will definitely bring you sufficient profits?

In this article, we are going to talk about the worst and best products to dropship in your store. We will discuss how to find best products to dropship, how to do dropshipping product research, and how to evaluate potential goods to check if they are worthy of your time and attention.

Let the fun begin!

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Best products to dropship are something you’d buy yourself

So what are the best products to dropship? Obviously, the main idea of your ecommerce store is to sell items that people always buy. This means that the best dropshipping items are the ones that are desired and requested by your target audience.

In other words, any ecommerce entrepreneur needs to concentrate on the best products to dropship that are:

  • Demanded

This is certainly the most important parameter for any dropshipper. Obviously, there’s no reason to fill your ecommerce store with items that no one needs.

Ideally, when starting a business, you should go on Google Trends. There, you will check if people are commonly interested in this particular product.

Let’s compare the following 3 graphs:


Here, we were analyzing the demand for 3 product types: sweaters, sweatshirts, and hoodies. All of these are warm clothes protecting the wearer from cold weather and providing additional comfort. It means that they solve the same issue for a potential buyer. But, as you can see, the demand levels are totally different.

Still, there is a similarity. For these graphs, we took the period of 5 calendar years. Do you see that all the 3 graphs have the same pattern of peaks and falls?

These fluctuations happen during a specific time of year. Every year, there are the same periods of time when the demand goes super high, and there are periods when the demand is close to zero. It means that these products have a seasonal nature.

It is not a bad thing itself for product sourcing. Nevertheless, you should always remember that if your dropshipping store contains seasonal products only, the volume of your sales and profits will be unstable during the year.

And if you compare these 3 graphs again, you’ll notice that the peaks and falls of the hoodie graph aren’t as sharp as the ones on the sweater graph. It gives you a reason to assume that in this example, hoodies are a more reliable product type. Still, ideally, you should mix them with non-seasonal items in a store offer.

Take a look at this white noise generator from Sellvia catalog, for example.

a picture showing an example of best products to dropship from your online store

This item helps you fall asleep by generating a calming noise. It also helps put children to bed. And this is the interest in this product according to Google Trends.

a picture showing how noise machines are popular on the market

As you can see, the peaks are random, and the demand is much more stable compared to seasonal products.

  • Unique

Choosing generic, plain, boring items for selling online is a serious dropshipping mistake that has a huge negative influence on sales.

Let’s continue talking about hoodies and consider the next example. Take a look at the pictures below:

a picture showing how much a regular hoodie cost

This is an AliExpress hoodie that costs $11.99 and has a rating of 5.0*, 141 reviews, and 282 orders.

As you can see, the item has a moderate price, a large clear high-quality picture, and a good description with the relevant size chart and lots of illustrative pictures. Plus, both the store rating and the item rating are quite fine. Still, judging by the low number of reviews and orders, none of these can be convincing for potential buyers.

And here is another example:

a picture showing an example of a hoodie with an unique print

This is an AliExpress hoodie that costs $10.10 and has a rating of 4,7*, 3568 reviews, and 1348 orders.

This is an impressive difference, right?

This hoodie is 12 times more popular! Meanwhile, it’s even cheaper than the one behind. BTW, you have a huge selection of prints, for all tastes! So it’s obvious that the reason for such a huge demand is the unusual hoodie design: an interesting print heavily attracts buyers.

Indeed, it’s easy to find a basic monochrome hoodie with an ordinary cut nearly in any offline store – you can buy it on the spot and waste no time waiting for its delivery. The printed hoodie, in turn, is quite a rare find for the majority of other stores, and it certainly attracts more interest from store visitors.

If you’re looking for a great product with unique features to sell, fashion is a good choice as you will find thousands of products in this niche. Pay particular attention to accessories and fashion jewelry as this is the kind of product that simply cannot be plain.

Each ring, bracelet, or pendant is unique in a certain way. Of course, often it is a matter of taste, but that’s where we need proper dropshipping product analysis (we will cover that later though).

Take a look at this ring from Sellvia catalog.

a picture showing a perfect example of best products to dropship

You can wear it just like a regular ring on your finger or hang it on a chain and wear it as a pendant. But if you take it off, it can be turned into a beautiful astronomical sphere. As you can see, this item is truly unique. And that’s what makes it a good dropshipping product: if a potential buyer cannot find anything like this in a brick-and-mortar store, he or she has no other option except for ordering it from your ecommerce store.

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And this is how we go over to the next product feature that is an absolute must-have for each and every one of your dropshipping items.

  • Triggering impulse purchases

Basically, impulse purchases are a major driver of growth for any dropshipping store.

For such stores, neither fast shipping nor low price is a competitive advantage.

In this case, your only option is to create an appropriate atmosphere for buying impulsively. There are many ways to do it (by making a catchy store design, creating a sense of urgency, showing intense buying activity, providing other buyers’ experience, etc.).

But please note that if your products are not appealing enough, none of these tools will help you. So do your best to create all the necessary conditions for your website visitors to induce them to make impulse purchases.

Let’s look at other examples of hoodies. To make a more fair comparison, we will take 2 different product offers from the same seller.

The first item is a regular fleece hoodie that costs $16.63 and has 2 orders, a 4.5* rating, and 2 reviews.

a picture showing how to look for dropshipping products

The second item is a rabbit-ears hoodie that costs $13.84 and has 5385 orders, a 4.9* rating, and 3247 reviews.

an image showing an example of the best product to dropship

The numbers speak for themselves: people are more likely to buy emotionally charged products.

This is the reason why cute, adorable, kawaii products are quite often chosen by dropshipping store owners. But, you don’t have to limit yourself with ‘sweet’ stuff! Anything that immediately creates a strong emotional response is a good choice. Try to find products that manage to do this.

Take a look at an example below:

a picture showing a black heart patch to dropship

This sad patch is not exactly cute, but, thanks to its semi-sarcastic emotional drive, it got 1594 orders, 1103 reviews, and an impressive 4,9* rating. Not bad, right?

Or, let’s look at this indecent enamel pin:

a picture showing an enamel pin that is a good product to dropship

It can cause various feelings, of course, but you can benefit from these emotions anyway. Judging by the 1512 orders, 462 reviews, and 4.8* rating, the pin is really popular. Emotions matter, as you can see!

And this is a similar example from Sellvia – a cute rattle toy.

a picture showing a perfect example what to sell from your dropshipping store

Naturally, you can find lots of such items among baby products and goods for children But an emotionally charged product doesn’t have to be cute! It can be funny as well. In fact, many customers can’t resist the temptation to buy something ironic and funny because they want to share this “materialized joke” with everyone around.

Here’s the classic screaming chicken as an example. It’s actually made as a toy for dogs, but it seems humans enjoy fooling around this it too!

a picture showing best products to dropship from your dropshipping store

  • Useful

Another typical feature of best products to dropship is usefulness. Think about this.

We buy a lot of stuff every day: clothes, food and drinks, accessories, dinnerware, toys and games, sports equipment, home décor items, and so on. Of course, we spend quite a lot of money on things we don’t really need. Yes, emotionally charged products can trigger impulse purchases but only under specific conditions.

A person will buy a cute product (which he or she doesn’t need) if the item is affordable and cannot be purchased in a brick-and-mortar store. I mean if you can’t afford another pair of pants and have to save money for it, it’s unlikely that you will buy a cute but useless toy (even if you really want it).

But a useful product is another story!

All people face numerous challenges every day. They are not necessarily dangerous or risky. For example, if you lose your keys regularly and have to look for them all over the place, that’s a problem. If there’s no handy place for a smartphone in your car and it makes you uncomfortable, that’s a problem too.

Some people may say that these problems are minor. True, but a problem is a problem. And if a potential buyer feels uncomfortable about something, offer him or her a solution to this problem, and you’ll enjoy great demand and lots of sales!

Take this lazy snack bowl as an example.

a picture showing a lazy snack bowl as a trending product to sell

It’s perfect for watching videos on your phone while eating sunflower seeds, popcorn, chips, nuts, and similar food as there’s an empty cavity inside where you can put the husk. So, you can relax and watch your favorite videos while sitting in a chair or lying in a bed without causing a mess.

Or take a look at this portable water bottle for pets.

a picture showing a portable water bottle for pets

It’s not just a bottle where you can keep fresh water. In fact, any kind of bottle can do that. But this one also has a special tray where you can pour this water, which makes it easier for dogs to drink it. Obviously, such a product is useful for pet owners who take long walks on hot days or are going on a journey and you’re worried about their pet’s health.

As you can see, these items have clear, distinctive functions or features that let you solve a particular problem. They make life easier – even if they simply remove a minor discomfort.

Another important feature of such dropshipping products is easy promotion.

If you wanted to advertise the pet bottle, I’d make a short video to show how easy it is to pour the water into the tray and let my dog drink. That’s it! No need to say anything else. A dog owner who faces this kind of problem will not see a bothering ad here. He or she will see a solution.

The same goes for the lazy snack bowl. A person who likes spending evenings as I described will immediately see a solution, a tool that will make his or her life easier.

So, it’s a good idea to dropship all kinds of tools and problem-solving items in your online store.

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  • Affordable

There is a simple rule: the lower the original seller’s price is, the higher your potential profit will be.

It’s quite obvious, indeed: a low initial price gives you the opportunity to set up a considerable markup without disappointing your customers. Ideally, both you and your buyer should be happy with the item price 🙂

For example, you decided to import this jacket from AliExpress and add it to your dropshipping store:

a picture demonstrating the example of an expensive product

The item itself is good: it comes from a reputable seller and has a 4,8* rating, 50 reviews, 81 orders, and free shipping. The only downside is the price: if the seller asks $39.25 for this jacket, imagine how much this item will cost after you apply the markup formula!

This is why it’s so important to click the ‘Check if this is cheaper on other sellers’ button (it’s an exclusive feature of AliDropship Google Chrome Extension, by the way). The system will offer you several matching options, and you will be able to choose a more suitable alternative – for example, this one:

a picture demonstrating that you can find the same product a lot cheaper with alidropship chrome extension

This jacket is also a great find: it has a 4.4* rating, 862 orders, 470 reviews, and free shipping. The difference between these two products is not big, but why not save $5?

So, it’s not that hard to guess which of the two items is more beneficial for your store, right?

As for Sellvia’s offers, many products there have quite affordable wholesale prices. Not that the supplier doesn’t have free shipping, but the overall price (for the product and shipping) is still lower than what you can find on AliExpress with a similar delivery time, which means you can successfully compete with local retailers.

For example, this foot massager on Sellvia costs $13.99 (shipping included), which is cheaper than a similar product on Amazon (shipping not included).

a picture showing a foot massager that is trending on the market

  • Quick and cheap to deliver

If you want to lure your store visitors into making an impulse purchase, don’t charge any extra fees for shipping.

Quite often, people leave online stores without completing their orders simply because they get unhappy with the total order cost. Surely, a high shipping fee is a common reason for it.

So, while selecting items on AliExpress, you can only pick and import products that are shipped for free. To do this, you simply need to put a tick in the ‘Free Shipping’ field. Don’t forget to specify the country where you want this product to be shipped! The results page will look the following way:

a picture showing how to look for the best products to dropship

As for the United States, as a rule, free shipping to this country from China takes very long. Unless you can find sellers who rent warehouses in the US, your customers will have to wait for several weeks, which isn’t a problem in some cases, but still can cause you financial losses.

If you want to focus on the US market, consider subscribing to Sellvia.

Due to the fact that its fulfillment center is located in California, shipping to any US address takes 1-3 business days. It goes without saying that this kind of competitive advantage will make your offer an excellent choice for an average American buyer.

Best dropshipping items are competitive

When we talk about the product’s competitiveness, we don’t necessarily mean its attractiveness in terms of SEO (ideally, you should have evaluated the SEO aspect at the point of the store niche selection). Here, we are discussing the features of the dropshipping items themselves, such as:

  • Distinctiveness

A good dropshipping product is an item that helps you differentiate. We have already discussed this subject above when we were talking about the benefits of unique products.

It is really important for you to build a memorable store identity: a specific pleasant atmosphere in your online store makes it more appealing for buyers and helps you compete with AliExpress and other online selling platforms.

This is why the best products to dropship from your store should have the same mood and sentiment. Consistency and integrity of the product offer are the keys to creating a wholesome store image that attracts buyers. Look at the picture below:

an image demonstrating an example of the best products to dropship

At the first glance, it might seem that these two items can be easily included in the same store offer. Both of them are unisex sweatshirts with soldier-related prints, so they seem to be suitable for a store dedicated to military stuff.

Still, they are not exactly similar: they certainly generate differing emotional responses, and each sweatshirt has its own ‘tone’. While both of them are a good find in terms of popularity and feedback, your final choice should depend on the desired atmosphere you’re trying to create in your store.

  • No logo or brand name

According to AliExpress’s official policy, it is not legal to sell branded products through the platform.

Still, this restriction only applies to globally known brands because it’s aimed at fraud prevention. At the same time, lots of items on AliExpress are in some way ‘marked’ by local manufacturers. Many products have some kind of logo or brand name on them.

Here’s an example of a branded wallet below:

a picture showing an example of the worst dropshipping products

As we see in this example, an Asian-based manufacturer put its name on the item in a very distinctive and obvious way. So can we consider them as the best product to dropship?

Normally, they are not. When you’re trying to build your own store identity, the best strategy is to avoid items that show the manufacturer’s name (especially if it’s done in such an eye-catching manner).

Obviously, it is not always possible. Some types of products, for example, clothes and gadgets, are not even manufactured without the producer’s mark. If you are working with such product categories, examine the pictures in the item description carefully. This way, you will be able to only select the items that don’t have their brand names shown openly:

a picture showing an example of the best products to dropship

This example shows a hoodie label with the product size (M) and the manufacturer’s name (Rumeiai). The brand name is rather discreet and you don’t see it on any other part of the hoodie. So, it is perfectly acceptable to add this item to your store.

The same goes for products on Sellvia: most logos or manufacturer’s names are quite discreet. In some cases, a distinctive logo can actually do good for a dropshipper if the product was manufactured by an American business. Many Americans want to support local entrepreneurs, especially nowadays.

Another good thing about dropshipping products from Sellvia is that all their products are packed in blank white boxes with no logos or emblems.

How to find the best items to dropship?

Ok, we have discussed the features of a good product. But how do actually find products for dropshipping that have these features?

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There are several methods to find product ideas and estimate their potential. You can search for the best products to dropship and analyze them with various web tools, by looking through social media content and, of course, by browsing AliExpress.

  • Web analysis

First of all, you can find the best products to dropship in Google Trends. This free service shows how people’s interest in a given search query changes over time. Besides, Google Trends also shows you related queries, which can be helpful when you look for new ideas.


The second tool for you to use is Keyword Planner. Although its primary function is to tell which keywords you should use for optimizing your website, it finds related keywords as well. The keywords with high search volume can definitely indicate the best products to dropship.

a picture showing how to use Keyword Planner to find dropshipping product ideas

Alternatively, one can use Moz Keyword Explorer, a tool for checking the competition level in particular niches. But since it shows also related keywords, the same trick will work here as well. As you can see, we used the same keyword and got a number of suggestions.

a picture showing how to use Moz Keyword Explorer to find product ideas for dropshipping

It’s also a good idea to browse competitors on other platforms like Amazon or eBay to see what other businesses offer at the moment.

  • Searching on social media

Today social media serves as advertising platforms, which is why one can find lots of ideas there as well.

Since Facebook is the most popular social network in the world, we suggest that you start with this platform. Try looking for thematic groups related to your niche with 30K+ members. If you can find more than 10 such groups, it’s a good sign. Also, analyze the communities of your potential competitors and study their content.

The same approach works with Instagram. If you find at least 10 groups with more than 10 thousand followers, browse their content for ideas.

Just like Instagram, Pinterest is a platform where lots of influencers, trendsetters, and bloggers operate. Visit thematic boards and popular accounts to find what to dropship.

YouTube can also be a valuable source of ideas if you use it as a search engine. Besides, you can go further and investigate the trends in some promising niches.

  • Searching on AliExpress

First of all, one can use the AliExpress search bar and its autosuggestion function to find related queries. But you will need to check them by other means as well to make sure there’s high enough demand.

a picture showing how to use AliExpress search bar to find product ideas to sell

But if you do have some ideas you have already checked, here’s how you can find out if such products are sold on AliExpress.

In the “Ship to” section, choose your target region, then tick the “Free shipping” box. The system will only show offers from sellers that can ship these products to your desired destination for free.

And make sure you also put a tick in the “4* and up” field to narrow down the search to items approved by previous buyers. Then sort the results by the number of orders to see the most popular goods first. We recommend paying attention to items that have at least 100 orders.

This is what the settings should look like:

a picture showing how to search for product ideas on aliexpress

Whenever you find an interesting product, open it in a new tab to evaluate its potential. When doing it, pay attention to the following aspects.

Best products to dropship have informative pages on AliExpress

Let’s assume you’ve noticed a super cool item on AliExpress. Imagine that this product immediately got your attention because of its unique nature, affordable price, and strong competitiveness.

Does it mean you should immediately import it into your dropshipping store?


Before you do this, you need to go to this product page and examine it super carefully. The reason for this is simple: further, you will have to edit single product pages in your own store. It is a necessary action if you want to improve your conversion rates!

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If the original AliExpress product page doesn’t include some of the following details, it might be challenging for you to create a good-looking item profile in your own store. So, before pressing the ‘Import’ button, make sure that this particular product has:

  • High-quality pictures

Well, if this item has already caught your attention, most likely, its main image is good (otherwise, you’d never had noticed it). But a single photo is not enough!

For example, take a look at this product:

a picture showing an example of bad dropshipping products with low quality pictures

The price is great, the shipping cost is tiny, the feedback is positive, the preview image looks fine – it’s a perfect product, right? But, once you open the product page, you notice that the picture quality is not that high. Plus, it is the only image in the gallery, and the description only provides 2 additional product-related pictures that don’t give much information as well. This is not the type of item you should be looking for.

For your store visitor, product images are basically the only source of knowledge about this or that unknown item. Check both the product gallery and the item description to find out if there are enough informative pictures. Ideally, the pictures should demonstrate an item in actual use. Plus, there should be close-up photos showing the product details.

Here is an example of a product that is more suitable for dropshipping:

a screenshot demonstrating bad dropshipping products with high quality pictures

The product has multiple variations, and each of them is clearly visible. The seller provides a large-high-quality picture to prevent confusion and misunderstandings. The photos are professional and appealing, and you can view the product from various angles. You can even see the backside of the earrings and the fastenings type! If you scroll down to the description box, you will also see the pictures that give indications of the earrings’ size. There is a measurement picture, and there are photos of the earrings placed on a mannequin for scale. Even though the measurement picture contains some unnecessary info like the company name, you can easily fix it with the help of Image Editor.

  • Informative description

An online store visitor can’t physically see or feel the item, which is why many questions may arise considering the item’s features. You need to be able to answer any of them correctly and professionally in order to provide high-quality customer service. Also, you will need to fill in the item’s description to make your store look credible and trustworthy.

This is why items with descriptions that contain no information on the pendant size and the chain length don’t suit you. It can be even different to guess what is the actual product’s material:

an image showing the best dropshipping products with informative descriptions

For a necklace or any other simple type of product, such lack of information might be just disappointing, and not really disastrous. But what if something similar happens to an item of a more complex nature? How can your customers make sure that it’s a quality product satisfying their needs? Having no data to rely on, a potential customer will simply leave the store without making a purchase.

  • Relevant reviews

AliExpress reviews serve two really important purposes.

First, they prove that another person has successfully purchased this exact item from this particular seller. Thanks to AliDropship plugin’s feature of reviews import, you can make import AliExpress product reviews.

Such reviews get even more helpful after you install Customer Gallery add-on: this way, you let your store visitors view the real-life product pictures made by previous buyers and provide the direct links to the items featured on these photos.

But the quality and content of reviews matter: please look at this example.

a picture showing why customers feedback is crucial for your online store

The reviews are positive and seem to be authentic, but, due to the automatic translation to English, the first one looks really messy. You can vaguely understand that the buyer is happy with the purchase, but this review doesn’t add much to your store’s credibility. You should either leave such reviews untranslated if they are written in your target audience’s language, or simply delete them.

The second important purpose of product reviews is to help you decide whether you’d like to import this product directly to your store. For example, you found an affordable item with high-quality pictures and a detailed description in “New Arrivals”. It seems like a good find, but it doesn’t have any orders yet. Should you add it to your store?

To answer this question, go straight to the ‘Feedback’ tab. Here’s what you see:

a picture proving that relevant reviews for products to dropship are important

One default review simply proves the fact of completing the purchase, while two others give a bit more details. There, you can see real-life photos and some clarification on the pendant design. So, the buyers actually received their orders, and they seem to be quite satisfied with the quality. The item is worth trying, most likely!

  • Good seller reputation

Most dropshippers pay attention only to wholesale prices, but the seller’s reputation is also a crucial factor to consider. It is especially relevant if you’re importing items with minimum orders and zero feedback. This strategy is quite common: business owners focus on new market arrivals with strong potential.

In this case, you can’t rely on previous buyers’ experience because there simply is none. Instead, it’s wise to consider the seller’s rating and performance. AliDropship plugin has an integrated feature that evaluates the seller based on many criteria (time in operation, customers’ feedback, etc.). Take a look at this example:

a picture demonstrating the benefits you can get using alidropship chrome extension

The t-shirt looks awesome, has an affordable price, which is great. But, it’s new on the market: there is only 1 order in its history, and there are no reviews yet. Still, the seller is reputable: it has a good store rating. So, we can assume this supplier works professionally and doesn’t sell items of poor quality.

Top dropshipping products with no research needed

Another reason to use Sellvia instead of AliExpress is the fact that you don’t need to do any research to find the best products to dropship. The team has already analyzed the market, found manufacturers with interesting products, and provided potential dropshipping entrepreneurs with everything they need to start a profitable business.

Let’s use the previous part as a checklist!

  • High-quality pictures

Here’s a product image from one Sellvia’s pages.

an example of product images Sellvia makes for its clients

As you can see, its quality is quite remarkable. Moreover, all product photos were made by Sellvia’s team which guarantees there are no unnecessary details or manufacturer’s logos in the pictures, so you don’t have to edit them manually before uploading them to the catalog of your store.

  • Informative descriptions

a picture showing why Sellvia's product pages are high-converting

This is a fragment of a product description on Sellvia. It contains all the necessary technical specifications and also explains how a customer can benefit from the product and how to use it. All explanations are provided with pictures.

  • Relevant reviews

a picture showing how customer reviews look on Sellvia

In this screenshot, you can see customer reviews left by people who purchased a product. They are available on each Sellvia’s product page. As you can see, they are not only positive but also have customer-made photos that work as additional proof that this item features high quality and works just like the seller claims it will.

But that’s not all! By subscribing to Sellvia, you can import best products products to dropship from its catalog to your site with just a couple of clicks – and that includes all these elements as well!

When you import a product, Sellvia plugin uploads the product images, descriptions, variations, customer reviews, prices, and shipping options. In other words, in just a few clicks, you get a fully assembled product page that is ready to welcome customers. All you need to do is to change the price if you don’t like the retail price recommended by Sellvia.

Sellvia plugin also lets you import product packages containing goods from the same niche.

If you like the idea of creating a product catalog with a few clicks, consider ordering a Custom Dropshipping Store from Sellvia’s team to get a fully-ready website with no need to set up anything on your own.

Worst things to dropship through your dropshipping store

So now you know how to find the best products to dropship. Finally, it’s time to talk about serious things: what are the worst AliExpress dropshipping products?

The possible issues connected to a wrong product choice might be:

  • A super angry customer who wants to return the product, make a refund, and ruin your reputation on social media
  • Legal consequences

Commonly, these 2 issues are connected to each other; they arise because of the same reasons, and it’s wise to never let any of them happen.

In order not to get into trouble, please avoid the products that are:

  • Copyrighted

Take a look at this item.

a picture showing the worst things to dropship: copyrighted items

Do you remember that we’ve mentioned something about AliExpress own ban on branded items…? Technically, the platform forbids selling such items, but here it is, shining bright.

We don’t recommend adding something of this kind to your store. If it’s a replica of unsatisfactory quality, the buyers will highly likely get disappointed because of unmet expectations, and their negative feedback won’t do you any good.

Plus, most likely, you will have difficulties while promoting these items on social media (Facebook ads, Instagram shoutouts, etc.). If they get wide coverage, they will certainly get the attention of original brand owners, authorities, or just concerned individuals. Your social media account might get blocked, and your whole business will get compromised. That’s not what you want, right? And you cannot avoid using this kind of promotion, as other sources – email marketing or something else – cannot provide such great coverage of your target audience.

  • Potentially dangerous

The item below is a good illustration of a product with a provocative nature. A customs officer would be likely to ban it from entering the country.

a picture showing one of the worst things to dropship: dangerous items like knives

Every country has its own understanding of the legal items for import. These regulations even apply to online orders of private individuals. There might be some restrictions on importing defense articles, hunting tools, military-related items, smoking devices, etc. If you are not sure that it is safe and legal to ship this or that product to your buyers’ country of residence, please check it twice, and if you’re still doubting, just leave it out.

  • Fragile

The item in the picture below is super cute but somewhat tricky.

a picture showing one of the worst things to dropship: fragile items

Product delivery takes a lot of time. During the shipment process, the package will certainly see some external impact.

No one likes receiving deformed or broken items! This is why the products of glass, ceramics, or other similar materials are sometimes a questionable choice.

If you still want to have them in your store, talk to the relevant AliExpress seller first. Ask about the used type of the packaging materials, and read the previous buyers’ reviews. This is how you will find out whether the seller can actually provide the items with a secure and damage-proof package.

  • Heavy

According to the seller’s description, the weight of the package containing this animal-head piece of home decor is 4 kg.

a picture showing one of the worst things to dropship: heavy items

Even for domestic shipping, such items could be considered as the best products to dropship if they were not a bit tricky.

International delivery, most likely, will demand some extra shipping fees, which is not good news for your buyers. Plus, the heavier items are inconvenient to manage. Any unpleasant incident that happens during the loading activities may result in product damage.

  • Technically complex

The picture below shows an example of a drone offered on AliExpress.

a picture showing one of the worst things to dropship: technically complex items

Even though dropshipping drones can really let you make a fortune nowadays, and the gadget industry shows rapid favorable growth, it might be a better strategy to focus on the relevant accessories and spare parts instead.

The reason for this precaution is simple: neither you nor your buyer can physically examine this complicated piece of technology. So, none of you can be 100% sure in its perfect working order.

If something goes wrong, you will have to deal with the standard return and refund routine. Generally, it is a simple and quick procedure, but if you’re dealing with costly items (and gadgets are quite expensive, as you can guess), the whole process might get a bit longer and trickier.

  • Tight-fitting clothes and shoes

Typically, we don’t even recommend you deal with dropshipping shoes (except for home slippers) and ‘demanding’ clothes. Here’s what we’re talking about:

a screenshot demonstrating one of the worst things to dropship: tight-fitting clothing

This dress is exquisite and looks fancy, but, as you guess, it requires a specific body type, plus it needs to be tried on before purchase.

You have certainly seen some funny ‘AliExpress: Expectations vs Reality’ posts on social media. And this is exactly what might happen to your buyer. When a store visitor has no way to try on a piece of clothing before purchase, there are two possible scenarios for this customer. The client will either leave the store without completing the order, or buy an unsuitable and disappointing piece of clothing, and return it later. None of the options is really great, right?

The same is true for shoes; here’s an illustrative picture from a seller’s page.

a picture showing bad dropshipping products: tight-fitting shoes

Even the modeling person clearly has some inconveniences with wearing these high heels; can you expect that a random customer’s feet will definitely fit into this pair of shoes?

This is why we recommend picking oversize clothes and items with a loose cut. Since they don’t have to fit you tightly, buyers with any body type can pick and wear them with no stress and discomfort.

That’s all we would like to recommend you pay attention to when searching for the best products to dropship.

Follow our instructions and fill your dropshipping store only with the best products to dropship: they are guaranteed to bring you great returns!

By Olga L.
Olga is a Copywriting Director at AliDropship. Having graduated from the Faculty of International Business’ as an Advertising specialist, she puts years of her copywriting experience into making clear and informative guides, tutorials, and other educational materials for dropshipping newcomers worldwide.
Ramesh 6 years ago

Great, very detailed and helpful post Olga. So many things to consider and watch out for

Jo Ann Longmire 6 years ago

Great advice. As a startup it puts me on the right track.

Amit Kumar 5 years ago

Baby Strollers are also heavy, do you think they should be part of any store’s product listing.

Kristy Martin 5 years ago

I am interested in drop shipping and would like to know how do I go about listing your products and how to obtain a catalog and pricing to add to my store

Yaroslav Nevsky 5 years ago

All products are presented on, you can select any item, they all are available for dropshipping and can be easily added to your webstore powered with AliDropship plugin.

Calvin 5 years ago

Keep up the great work. Thanks for the detail advice…

Yols 4 years ago

I need to ask if it’s ok to dropship intimates and underwear?

Olga L. 4 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question!

Yes, you can safely dropship these products if you want to. One of our clients even has a successful experience of dropshipping adult products – take a look at his story here:

Rale M. 4 years ago

With this advice it’s enough to convince and clear doubts before starting your own store. Thanks Ali Express

Liew Lip Nan 4 years ago

I think you have given good guidelines for those that want to start the drop ship business. I want to do it too. Thank you Olga.

Rashed 4 years ago

Great post Olga.

Might be helpful for all new dropshippers.

Irena Gregurec-Tomisa 4 years ago

If I go for plugin option, is it enough to have free WordPress site, I am not sure how is this working?
Kind regards,

Olga L. 4 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question! Yes, it’s enough to have a WordPress website.

Please, watch this video – it explains how you can make a dropshipping store with the help of our plugin

Thabang 4 years ago

Thanks for the information, I’m launching my store soon and with this info I can really get products sold.
You have clarified what makes a store successful and I was just going to see how it would perform, but now with this knowledge I’m pretty confident that it will work.

Jonas 3 years ago

I agree, and dropshipping is definitely the way forward to the future.

Shimas 3 years ago

I agree, and dropshipping is definitely the way forward to the future and I like this

Marius 3 years ago

I agree too!

Mannabas 3 years ago

I am thinking of Selling Kitchen Gadgets. Do you think that its advisable just to focus also products in a certain price range ? Is this considered as sub niche ?

Olga L. 3 years ago

Hi, thank you for your question!
Yes, you can definitely consider this idea. You are welcome to use our free niche evaluation tool to see if this niche has a money-making potential:

Efdal Isik 3 years ago

Thank you for explaining everything, very good for useful !

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