Dropshipping Shopify or Ebay or Amazon ?

these year, the concept of dropshipping without inventory has become a hot topic, including dropshipping on eBay and Amazon. Today, let’s talk about dropshipping on independent Shopify stores. The dropshipping model on independent Shopify stores differs from eBay and Amazon in terms of its feasibility. In terms of feasibility, the dropshipping model on Shopify independent stores is much more viable than on eBay and Amazon.

On platforms like eBay and Amazon, dropshipping involves uploading products from sellers on platforms like AliExpress and Alibaba. After receiving an order, sellers then purchase the items and have them shipped directly to the buyer by AliExpress or the supplier.

The dropshipping model on Shopify, on the other hand, typically involves using plugins to achieve inventory-free, one-piece dropshipping. Taking Shopify independent stores as an example, there are many plugins that help you list products from AliExpress. After installing these plugins, you can easily import products from AliExpress into your Shopify store. This enables one-click listing, saving time. Once an order is placed, the plugin can automatically fulfill the order by sending the order details to the AliExpress seller. The plugin can also track changes in inventory and prices for the products you’ve listed on AliExpress. If a seller adjusts their price or inventory, the plugin can automatically update the inventory and prices in your store. With these plugins, you can customize and automatically price the products you import with just a few clicks. As a seller, you only need to select the category and specific products you want to sell on AliExpress and use the plugin to import them into your independent store. You can then adjust the product details and pricing for selling. Sellers who adopt the no-inventory, one-piece dropshipping model can focus their energy on acquiring traffic.

If your order volume increases, you may need your own dedicated agent to handle your orders more quickly and affordably, saving you a significant amount of time.

In this dropshipping model, products are sourced from AliExpress, and either AliExpress sellers or agents handle the shipping. The entire process is referred to as the dropshipping model within Shopify.

Now, let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this model.


  1. Minimal Capital Investment: One of the biggest advantages of the dropshipping model is that it requires minimal capital. You can start with very low costs, without having to invest tens of thousands of dollars in stocking inventory, allowing you to run a cross-border e-commerce store.

  2. Easy for Beginners: This model is particularly easy for beginners to grasp, as it simplifies many aspects of running an e-commerce business. Tasks such as shipping, negotiating with logistics providers, negotiating with the supply chain, product photography, and writing product descriptions are handled by AliExpress sellers. As a result, you don’t need to do these tasks, and you can get high-quality products from reputable AliExpress sellers without expending any effort. The human and logistics-related resources are already taken care of.

  3. Low Management Costs: Besides not needing to occupy funds for inventory, management costs become significantly lower because you don’t need physical office space. You can run the business from home without the need for additional human resources.

  4. Increased Focus on Business Operations: Another advantage is that it allows sellers to focus more on business operations. With a product and logistics department already in place, you can concentrate all your energy on marketing, making marketing costs lower and more efficient.

  5. Flexible Product Selection: The range of products you can offer becomes very flexible because there’s no need for stocking inventory. If the direction of product selection goes awry, you can quickly change products or introduce new ones without incurring additional costs.


  1. Low Control over Products: The major disadvantage of the dropshipping model is that sellers have relatively low control over products. Because logistics products, including product photography, are controlled by suppliers, problems may arise if there are many different suppliers providing products. Monitoring the inventory of their products is crucial. If suppliers occasionally experience shortages or out-of-stock situations, it will affect your store, resulting in stockouts and disruptions.

  2. Complicated After-Sales: The second disadvantage is still related to low control over products. If suppliers send the wrong products, after-sales can be relatively complicated. Customers will first contact you for after-sales, and you will then need to contact your supplier for after-sales. Compared to stocking inventory yourself, handling after-sales can consume additional time.

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