Dropshipping is when you create an online store to sell other people’s products (i.e you don’t do any of the manufacturing or shipping). Then, you get a commission for each sale.
The benefit here is that you don’t have to risk buying up stock in a product and losing money if it doesn’t sell. The entry barrier is lower and you don’t have to invest nearly as much to get started.
If you’d like to learn how to dropship, Drop Ship Lifestyle is one of the best resources to help you get started.
WHY ARE CERTAIN PRODUCTS NOT SUITABLE FOR DROPSHIPPING?
Basically, you can be dropshipping any kind of items you like. There will always a demand for an item, some maybe selling fast, and some will be slow. However, there are some products in the market you should not sell it in your online store. By just looking at these features of the products even without market analysis, I can tell it a bad one.
#1. SIZE AND WEIGHT
The first thing dropshipping entrepreneurs will look at is the size and the weight of a product. A large and bulky items usually you should avoid to dropship. Why? Because heavy item usually has a connect with the shipping cost. The heavier the products, the higher the shipping cost. Besides, heavy items often will break easily during shipping.
You should always think twice before you dropshipping fragile products made of glass or ceramics. You only do it when you sure that your AliExpress supplier will take packaging seriously.
#3. SHIPPING ISSUES
There is only a limited option in delivery time on AliExpress, so shipping fees are one of the things you should take into consideration.
Free shipping is always the best option. But make sure the free shipping option is trackable shipment. Because some supplier provide free shipping, but they use the cheapest shipping option that do not have tracking system available.
It will be a problem if you are unable to track your item from time to time. Customers will be worried and keep spamming emails asking you about their products. Shipping option will depend on which country you want to ship, normally ePacket, China Registered Post, Singapore Post, AliExpress Standard Shipping are all the great option to send your item. Because all have tracking system to trace your item.
#4. POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL PRODUCTS
Always avoid anything that is related to military/hunting equipment or drugs. Some items, such as smoking devices or knives, will be unsuitable to dropshipping because it may be considered as an illegal item by your country’s customs. Unless you know very well your country legislation, if not, I suggest you not to dropship any of these items.
#5. POLITICAL ISSUES
Some products might be banned due to political reasons. For example, the trade war between China and the US. Merely speaking, always check and choose wisely if the products are allowed to import in your country.
The above rules stated can be applied to any products that you are trying to sell online.
So now, let us have a look at the top five items that you should stay away from and know why.
1). DROPSHIPPING COPYRIGHTED GOODS
The first products you should avoid dropshipping is copyrighted goods. First of all, when it comes to dropshipping branded items, copyright can cause serious issues. People always expect to receive high-quality products manufactured by famous companies. You will get complaints and accusations by the customer because of the low-quality products that replicas from unknown Chinese Sellers. As a result, is it better to avoid fake goods.
Secondly, you will be in trouble getting sue by the brand owner of the company because you use their brand without permission or copyright. That is why selling products that are related to a famous TV show or anime such as Naruto, Pokemon, etc.It can be very risky.
Some people manage to sell those items successfully and earn a massive profit with it, but you don’t expect it will benefit you in the long run. There will be sure to have a problem later on. Maybe you will get a call from a lawyer someday.
2). DROPSHIPPING ELECTRONICS
Gadgets, robots, and similar stuff seem like a good idea to dropship. Electronic products are getting cheaper, and many of us now can afford to buy them.
But somehow dealing with electronic items will cause a lot of trouble as well. They can easily break due to careless transportation, temperature fluctuations, etc. It is very complicated and fragile to ship electronics products.
As a result, you will face a lot of refunds from customers. Other than that, those goods usually aren’t cheap, and you will lose quite a lot of money if this keeps happens to you. So, it is better to ship something less fragile, affordable with a high margin. This way, you can avoid unnecessary losses and problems.
3). DROPSHIPPING WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCTS
Here is another select category of products you should be avoided to dropship. To be in detail, there are some of these products that are safe to dropship. For example, slimming belts or massagers are quite good products to sell in your product range. However, you should stay away from products such as creams, herbal teas, pills, and patches.
The reason behind it is simple. Those items are basically organic products, but do you actually know what the side effects of the products? Do you know how they produced and testes? What if a client has an allergy after apply or using your products? What if products got damaged and somehow got spoiled?
Moreover, some weight loss items can be dangerous and health-threatening. You probably think there are many selling these items on AliExpress. I’m sure it will be safe, right? No! What if your supplier let you down? You are going to be a lot more trouble than your supplier!
Besides, if you still thinking want to sell some other (non-organic) weight loss products. I think you should prepare yourself to handle the complaint from your customers because your products are not working. It will be another problem. Think twice before you drop ship these kind of products.
4). DROPSHIPPING BEAUTY PRODUCTS
This is another similar problem if you think of dropshipping beauty products. Beauty products are even worse to dropship due to the chemicals that will cause allergic reactions.
But somehow, this niche still has some potential in it. There are still many people dropshipping beauty products that do not contact directly with the customer’s skin. Surely, even though this is the case, you should always make sure the products you dropship are safe.
You can contact and ask the supplier to show you the product’s legal papers or other certificates that can prove the products are safe. Other than that, reading customer review from of the selected products is the most important, see if there anyone got any problem after using the products.
5). DROPSHIPPING SHOES
Lastly, products you should avoid dropshipping are shoes. You may think what wrong dropshipping shoes? There are many successful dropshipping stores sell clothing and costumes!
Firstly, buying apparel online is growing; people tend to purchase cloth online. But, there will be no guarantee the clothes will fit, even if the size table is correct. Let’s say if it happens to be undersized or oversized when the customer purchased it, it might not be that big trouble. Because somehow, if you put on an undersized T-shirt, it may feel uncomfortable. And if it is an oversized T-shirt, you may look a bit weird.
On the other hand, if the shoe you purchase online is oversized, it will fall off easily from your feet, and if undersized, it will definitely hurt your feet, and it hard to walk. Moreover, shoes tend to be more costly than a piece of cloth. Also, you will need to deal with a lot of refunds and complaints. So, it is quite risky to dropshipping shoes.
It doesn’t mean that drop shipping these items will definitely fail. It just, if you compared to other categories or alternatives, these categories of goods will be more challenging compared to different categories.
At the end, the decision is up to you to decide which products to dropship and which products you should avoid dropshipping. By the way, if you haven’t think of a niche to start, you can learn how to find a profitable dropshipping niche here.
I hope my post have answer your questions “The 5 types of products you should avoid dropshipping”.