Get started with dropshipping

Shopify has all of the tools and apps to connect you to dropshipping suppliers

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How does dropshipping work?

With dropshipping apps, products ship directly from the supplier to your customer, and you only pay for what you sell. No upfront inventory costs, no hassles with fulfillment.

  1. Your customer places an order from your online store

    Step 1

    Your customer places an order from your online store

  2. Your store automatically sends the order to your dropshipping supplier

    Step 2

    Your store automatically sends the order to your dropshipping supplier

  3. Your dropshipping supplier prepares your customer’s order

    Step 3

    Your dropshipping supplier prepares your customer’s order

  4. Your dropshipping supplier ships the order directly to your customer

    Step 4

    Your dropshipping supplier ships the order directly to your customer

How to find products to sell online

Not sure where to start? Read the complete guide to finding, evaluating, validating, and sourcing a product to sell online.

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Jumpstart your dropshipping business with Shopify

Launch for less

Start your dropshipping business with minimal costs. Using a dropshipping supplier means saving on inventory space, and not paying for products until you’ve sold them.

Work on what matters

Fulfill and ship orders with only a few clicks. Dropshipping suppliers free up time to perfect your products, optimize your marketing, and talk with your customers.

Test for success

Experiment with new products, suppliers, and sales channels. Dropshipping is a low-risk way to find what works best for you and your business.

Sell globally

Grow your business by selling to customers all over the world. Many dropshipping suppliers offer worldwide warehousing and fulfillment.

Dropshipping success stories

“Our sales have gone up by over 20X in the past year. And it’s growing continuously month over month.”
Meghan Lewis, Skinnydip
“Shopify is 100% the best platform. We have loved our experience with Shopify and will never leave.”
Wyatt Thurston, Raging Mammoth

Learn more about dropshipping

  • Dropshipping is when you sell products to customers but use a third party to hold your inventory and ship your orders. Dropshipping business owners focus on the branding, marketing, and customer management part of their business while a third party handles their logistics for them.

  • Dropshipping has the potential to be profitable. For starters, online shopping continues on an upward trajectory. Further, merchants don’t need to make inventory investments upfront, so this keeps more capital at the ready for other purposes.

  • Here’s how to start a dropshipping business:

    1. Choose a dropshipping business idea
    2. Do competitive research
    3. Choose a dropshipping supplier
    4. Build your ecommerce store
    5. Decide on a business structure
    6. Get your finances in order
    7. Market your dropshipping store
    8. Analyze and improve your offering

  • The best products for dropshipping have high demand and low market competition. For example, some dropshippers chose to sell trendy products like colored LED lights. Dropshippers might also chose more industrial products like heat lamps or car parts. Finding a great dropshipping niche usually includes market research and some experimentation.

  • You can browse millions of products on Oberlo, a dropshipping marketplace and toolkit for entrepreneurs all over the world. Oberlo is essentially a virtual warehouse packed with products from thousands of suppliers. It uses analytics to help you find the rising stars, high-potential products, and hidden gems. In just a few clicks, you can select your goods, customize the details, and list them on your site for sale.