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Dropshipping

The Ultimate CJ Dropshipping Guide: The Best Dropshipping Supplier

By  Sam Peiffer

Do you want to know why I consider CJ Dropshipping to be best dropshipping supplier?

In this guide I'm going to tell you exactly why so that you'll no longer have to rely on AliExpress' 12 week delivery time and your customers will finally be satisfied.

What is CJ Dropshipping?

CJ Dropshipping is a platform, which takes care of product sourcing, order processing and shipping.

You can source, brand and dropship fully automated products via this platform.

How does CJ Dropshipping work?

CJ Dropshipping is a comprehensive website that supports every dropshipping supplier from the very beginning. 

Support is provided from order processing and product sourcing to storage, shipping and everything that goes with it.

The first question you probably have is about your product.

You can simply search for the product name on the website to see if your product is listed on CJ.

When you have the product details and are satisfied with the offer from the dropshipping retailer, simply placing an order is your next step. 

However, there are two different methods of order processing, depending on whether or not you've authorised business for CJ.

If you're interested in automatic order processing, you need to get to know 'Store Authorisation' and 'Product Listing / Connection'.

If not, you can just jump to 'Order upload via Excel / CSV file'.

Did you know?

You set your margin yourself! In most cases, you can set the profit margin yourself. Now of course, there are sometimes various price specifications from the dropshipping supplier themselves, but in any case, only the minimum prices are mentioned there. The fact that there's hardly any limit is particularly appealing.

Store Authorisation 

Which online shop platform can I connect to CJ?

There are eight types of online shop platforms that can be integrated with CJ. They are stored on Shopify, eBay, WooCommerce, Lazada, Shopee. For each online shop platform, there are general and detailed authorisation steps, which are available on the same page.

Product Listing / Connection

In order to identify the products from an online shop order, CJ must establish a connection between your products and your online store.

If the product is not available in your shop, the listing function can be of great help.

Simply click on the "List" button on the CJ product page and specify some details.

The product will be added to your store and an automatic connection will be established.

Automatic Import Order 

When you've completed the store authorisation and product connection in your Shopify store, orders for these products from your store will automatically be put into your CJ account.

In your back office, select the orders that should be processed and place them in the shopping cart. 

Now confirm your selected order and make your payment.

The dropshipping supplier will then take care of everything.

Your order will be passed on to the dropshipping retailer and will be processed.

Orders Are Processed By Uploading An Excel / CSV File

For users without authorised stores, the only option is to upload a CSV spreadsheet to place an order.

In this case, you have to add the products to the so-called SKU list, which can also be found on the dropshipping supplier's product page.

This has the benefit that you can use any sales platform and process thousands of orders in 10 seconds with just a single upload.

So you can also use a conversion-optimised Clickfunnels account to boost your sales and don't even have to have a direct connection with CJ Dropshipping to process your orders.

What Is The Delivery Time For CJ Dropshipping Orders?

With CJ Dropshipping you can have your packages brought from the Chinese warehouse to the USA in one of the many US warehouses via DHL.

This trip from China to the USA usually takes 5-7 days.

The delivery time to Germany can take 1-2 weeks, but this should definitely be communicated with the customer so that they can have acknowledgement of this delivery time.

Not only is the customer happy, but you also avoid frequent inquiries about the long delivery time.

Did you also know?

Starting an e-commerce business is much easier thanks to dropshipping because, as a seller, you don't have to deal with the business model of physical products yourself.

The effort and time that you would have to use to order, store, transport, pack and insure the products from the wholesaler can be used for other purposes, like earning more money online!

Advantages & Disadvantages Of CJ Dropshipping 

Advantages Of CJ Dropshipping

Features

CJ Dropshipping

Aliexpres & Oberlo

Dropified

Print on demand

Your own Branding And packaging

US/DE Warehouse

Shopify Connection

Automatic

Order processing

Quality Control

No Minimum order quantity

Automatic Tracking number

Professional videos

Free unlimited orders

No monthly fee

Free Product Sourcing

Processing on the same day

Free support with your own Ecom Manager

One of the most significant advantages of CJ is the print-on-demand process.

This means that you have no upfront costs, as printing only takes place as soon as an order is received by CJ Dropshipping wholesalers also benefit from this method, as the cost of producing your item is lower.

Another benefit is the US warehouse, which many other suppliers don't have.

Therefore, there are no storage costs. In addition to the warehouses in the USA, there are also some in Germany, China and India, which means that delivery all over the world is definitely feasible and really easy to implement.

I should mention here that there are no costs for the products in any of the warehouses!

There's also a self-service platform for disputes with distributors, in which if you have problems, you can quickly come to an agreement with others without having to go to much effort. 

CJ makes sure that any problems that arise can be resolved quickly and that customers and dropshipping dealers / dropshipping wholesalers and all dropshipping distributors are happy and satisfied.

The free platform also offers free and unlimited order fulfillment for all your products.

This means that you can place as many orders as you want and it's completely free of charge.

Other free benefits are the monitoring of order fulfillment and your product sourcing as well as multiple store management, and of course customer support in different languages. Many other suppliers get their first income here and request money for these services. Here, CJ remains customer-friendly and fair. 

One of the unique selling points of CJ Dropshipping is that the order is processed the same day and you don't have to pay any warehouse fees. The dropshipping distributors receive the information immediately and your order is then processed. 

Another big advantage is the so-called "Sourcing Requests".

Here, you can inquire about a product with the dropshipping retailer / dropshipping wholesaler.

This means that if the desired product is not listed, the CJ sourcing team will contact the dropshipping distributor directly and inquire about the desired product.

So you can always request items that are not even in the supplier's product list.

On the whole, CJ offers a professional product image and customises packaging and promotional product branding inserts.

Dropshipping wholesalers and the smaller dropshipping retailers have been very satisfied with the platform so far.

Other general advantages of dropshipping suppliers are:

  • No storage costs  
  • No personnel costs
  • No costs for unsold items
  • Constant new products
  • Professionals will help you take care of purchasing the goods 
  • Items can be offered for over €10,000 without having to finance them in advance

Disadvantages Of CJ Dropshipping

As with many other dropshipping suppliers, there are also a few disadvantages with CJ.

For one, there are storage fees if a product is not available in one of the repositories.

Fees apply here, which differ depending on the type and the delivery.

The so-called storage service fees consist of a processing fee, shipping fee and storage fee. You can find an overview of the fees here. 

So let's take a product weighing 15kg (30lbs) as an example, which was ordered 10 times and is to be delivered to Germany because it isn't available in the warehouse:

The costs for this are as follows:

$6.50 processing fee per item, $7.80 shipping costs per item, and $1.04 per m3 per day for storage fees in Germany.

Depending on the length of time the product is in the warehouse, a basic cost of $143 may arise.

Now of course, the costs increase depending on the order value, but CJ also has another advantage to offer here.

The storage costs are not calculated for new customers for 30 days and are considered as a friendly "welcome bonus".

The disadvantages of the platform are therefore limited, compared to some other suppliers, which we'll show you in comparison later.

How Can I Connect CJ Dropshipping to Shopify? 

To connect CJ Dropshipping to Shopify, you need to do 3 simple steps:

  1. 1
    To connect your Shopify store to CJ, log into your account and click on "My CJ".
  2. 2
    Simply click "Authorisation".
  3. 3
    Now all you have to do is select "Shopify" and click "Add Store".

After following all of these steps, you will now be successfully connected to Shopify.

Are There Any Alternatives To CJ Dropshipping?

There are many alternatives to CJ dropshipping and other dropshipping suppliers, retailers and distributors that you can use.

I've tried many of them over the years and have made a short comparison list for you, with advantages and disadvantages compared to CJ dropshipping .

If another dropshipping supplier makes sense for you, you can certainly use this one.

Here's my honest opinion ...

Who are the best dropshipping suppliers?

CJ Dropshipping vs. AliExpress

This dropshipping is a combination of Aliexpress and Oberlo.

Here, dropshippers are listed or products from CJ are connected to your stores. CJ then pulls orders from the stores and takes care of everything.

Storage service, photo capture / video recording, POD partners, cash on delivery partners, etc. This means that you cannot create a shop on AliExpress or use their products directly in your shop.

So if you're considering running your shop with AliExpress, you have to go through a very complex process.

There are also some recurring issues with Aliexpress:

Shipping time issues: There's no guarantee that the product will arrive in the time specified and shipping times can take up to 60 days.

Issues with products that didn't ship at all: This happens quite often because it isn't possible to track down the distributors or to communicate with them successfully.

Cost increase due to the expiry of promotions: No seller will notify you if they decide to change the product, increase the price, or reduce it entirely.

CJ Dropshipping vs. Oberlo

As mentioned earlier, CJ is a mixture of Aliexpress and Oberlo. With this platform, the problem is that the dispatch doesn't yet work properly.

It can take several days or even a few weeks for your product to reach customers. This means, in the worst case, you'll receive bad reviews. 

There are various shipping methods available for most products, but unfortunately this doesn't change the speed of delivery.

Unfortunately, Oberlo doesn't currently offer multilingualism and is therefore only available in English.

This means that your sphere of activity is somewhat limited, as not everyone understands English or can cope with English technical terms.

FACT: What Are The Costs As A Dropshipper? 

Most successful dropshippers only have a home office with a laptop or PC and the most important office equipment. You usually have less than €100 per month in costs.

CJ Dropshipping vs. uDroppy

The best thing about uDroppy is that they offer international shipping with DHL for an absolutely fair price.

uDroppy actually only supplies one platform, which enormously limits your sphere of activity.

The product selection is significantly limited, and therefore you'll probably find it harder to sell your products.

The customer will also choose a platform that can give them a significantly larger choice.

uDroppy is international as it supplies 5 countries and has 6 languages available, but German language is not available here either.

Another limitation is the cost point.

In the free version, no support is guaranteed. If you choose this service, you'll have to fork out $249 per month for all services.

I myself have never had problems with uDroppy, but I learned from my coaching participants that this company didn't deliver more than half of the orders in early to mid 2020. And yes, some were left with the bill.

Even if I'm friends with the founders, I can't yet recommend them, but that doesn't mean that this can't change in the next 12 months, as this particular problem is already being worked on.

CJ Dropshipping vs. Chinabrands

Chinabrands would be the perfect place for you to provide distributors and quality supply chains.

With 19 main categories and hundreds of niches on Chinabrands, it's easy for you to choose a popular and profitable niche with your dropshipping business.

With 8 warehouses around the world, the ability to deliver goods within 24 hours is guaranteed. 

But here too, there's the problem that distributors are not always reliable. Chinabrands' warehouses can always be overcrowded, meaning that the quality chain could break immediately and your business perishes.

Can I work anywhere?

A dropshipping business can be controlled and managed from almost anywhere in the world. The main thing is that you need a stable internet connection. As long as you have access to your sales platform and you're able to communicate with dropshipping distributors and customers, you can easily run your business from anywhere in the world.

CJ Dropshipping vs. Eprolo

Eprolo guarantees a fast delivery time through eprolo express, but this dropshipping supplier does not give precise details about the delivery time.

Incidentally, the platform is only available in English, which again limits the scope of your business.

My Conclusion

For me and my coaching participants, CJ is the best dropshipping supplier. You get very reliable and fast delivery worldwide, easy automation, great support, branding options.

Did I forget a dropshipping supplier? Let me know which one I should try for you and I'll add it to this guide.

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About the author

I'm the author of the Ecom Black Book. My passion is to help you make money by building a successful online business. In my free time, I share my valuable insights on my podcast and on YouTube.

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