I'm trying to start out my dropshipping business. I already tried with shopify+oberlo+aliexpress, but it was a fail since shopify was not entirely customizable (or not as I wanted to), plus it was very hard to manage the products (for instance, if the same product had variations of colors, I would have to insert manually the SKUs), it didn't offer many payment options (since I'm not from US, only paypal worked, but not everyone has a paypal account so it narrowed the pool for customers), the shipping from China took forever, and so on..
So I decided to take the matters into my own hands, I purchased a domain and I'm counting on my HTML abilities to fully customize it. I did a lot of research on how to turn a simple website into an ecommerce one, but still the information is not clear.
Maybe someone can help me out:
- how can I import products from, a wholesale website, for instance? I found Shoprocket, which adds eCommerce functionality to your existing website,they provide product and store management - but I think it works best if you have your own products to sell, not for dropship which requires importing of products. Are there better websites with this functionality?
- how can I automate the order process? most of the wholesales work best for integrated ecommerce apps like shopify;
- as for the online payment, I found this website called vCita which is a mini CRM tool (customer relationship management) which lets you add different methods of online payment to your website, send invoices, soasf). Is this any good or is there any way of adding online/credit card payment if I'm outside US?
So basically I have a website and want to turn it into a dropshipping one, but since there is no automation, I would have to manually add the directories with photos& prices and place the order manually on the wholesale site for each of the customers. I was hoping I can avoid that.
Maybe someone who did a website like this can give me an idea. If there is coding involved please let me know which language is best for automation.
Many, many thanks!!