Do NOT Dropship These Products! Sell These Winning Products Instead


In this video, I’m going to share 5 products
you absolutely should NOT sell if you’re new to dropshipping. I’ve seen many beginner dropshippers try
to sell these products, and it’s cost them revenue, customer trust, and the sustainable
growth of their business. I’ll share exactly what those products are. But I won’t stop there. For every product on this list, I’m going
to be offer an alternative product to sell that will save you time and make you money! By the end of this video, you’ll know what
products to sell to: Reduce returns
Avoid trademark issues Avoid getting banned on Facebook Ready to get started? Let’s go! Hey everyone it’s Jessica from Oberlo. Dropshipping is one of the easiest ways to
start an online business. You can browse through thousands of products
on Oberlo and sell them in your own Shopify store. But, what products should you choose, and
which ones should you avoid? That’s one of many questions that come up
for new dropshippers. And here at Oberlo, our job is to help you
find answers. Hit subscribe so you don’t miss future videos
about products to sell, Facebook marketing tactics, and more. Alright, let’s get to the list. After consulting dropshipping experts and
helping countless merchants, I’ve put together 5 types of products you should not sell if
you’re new to dropshipping. I’ve seen the problems they have caused
firsthand, and I am here to help you avoid these common dropshipping pitfalls. Tight jeans The first product you should avoid selling
is tight jeans. If you’ve ever had to return clothes because
of the sizing or fit, this first product won’t surprise you. The rise of online shopping has also meant
the rise of clothes that don’t fit once they arrive. For your business, that means more potential
returns and refunds. The first issue you’ll run into with tight
jeans is the difference between U.S., European, and Chinese sizes. Pant sizes vary from store to store, even
in the same mall. So, it’s no wonder that sizes from your
Chinese supplier will vary as well. Typically, Chinese sizes run one to two sizes
smaller than U.S. sizes. If your customer in the United States normally
wears a medium, they will have to order a size up. Although you can include a size chart on the
product page, most customers still instinctively order the same size they always wear. Including a disclaimer to order one or two
sizes up can cause confusion and doesn’t make for the best customer experience. If your customers end up ordering jeans in
the wrong size, be prepared for potential returns and refunds. The second issue you’ll run into with this
product is that customers are just plain picky about how their jeans fit. Even if they do order the right size, it’s
not uncommon for customers to complain that the jeans don’t flatter their figure as
expected. That’s why this product is so tricky to
sell. Even if you’re clear about size differences,
there’s a high potential for returns. So what do you sell instead? consider selling leggings or pants that stretch. Although you’ll still want to include a
size chart, the stretch will help ensure a good fit. Loose or stretchy pants are easier for your
customers to buy. Customers will feel more confident ordering
a medium knowing that there is some stretch in the material. For you, the business owner, this means less
returns! Ok, let’s move on to the second product
new dropshippers should not sell. 2. Trademarked sneakers The next product to avoid selling is trademarked
sneakers. If you don’t have a reseller license then
you can not legally sell trademarked sneakers. This is a very common pitfall I’ve seen
new merchants fall into. They spend hours on their store, and after
they open their business, it gets closed down. Why? They didn’t have a reseller license. If you do not have a license to sell trademarked
sneakers, your store and your hard work will be for nothing. It’s tempting for new dropshippers to sell
trademarked sneakers because they sell really well. They have a recognizable brand that customers
know. However, it’s not worth the risk. Dropshippers cannot build a sustainable business
around trademarked sneakers. Sooner than later their store gets shut down. And you’d be surprised how quickly merchants
get caught. Here’s what to sell instead. Sell shoes that are unbranded, or are branded
with the suppliers own brand. Many suppliers have their own in-house branding
that is not trademarked. You can sell these shoes without any issues. There are thousands of high quality shoes
to sell that are trademark free. They are trendy and take inspiration from
popular models so you can be confident that they will sell well. Not only will this help you avoid trademark
issues, but it will allow you to build your business for the long run. Alright, let’s move on. Have you ever browed products online, only
to find that same product in a local department store? If so, you probably bought it there instead
of waiting for shipping, right? That’s why you shouldn’t sell this next
product. 3. Black bags It’s the black bag. You might be asking yourself, “what’s
wrong with a simple black bag?” There’s your answer: it’s too simple! Whatever you sell, you want your customers
to feel like they should purchase that product right away. Successful dropshippers have a strong understanding
of how to get their customers to impulse buy. If you run Facebook ads for a product that’s
too plain, you’ll see very low conversions. The same is true if you try selling a product
that customers can find in their local mall. Here’s a better bag to sell: Products like this geometry bag will immediately
grab the attention of someone scrolling through their Facebook newsfeed. It’s colorful, unusual, and makes for a
good video ad. Customers will be far more inclined to click
on the ad to learn more about it. Here’s a Facebook hack to help you figure
out if your product is catching your audience’s attention. In Facebook Business Manager, you can see
the click-through-rate of your ad. This is the number of people that saw your
ad and clicked on it. If the number is below 2%, this is a sign
to do more testing. You can advertise different products, or try
other formats for your ad, like video! The next product is one that is a result of
a new trend in dropshipping. Some dropshippers are trying to sell just
a few expensive products rather than many inexpensive products. But I would caution you against this because
of this next product. 4. Furniture The next product I suggest avoiding is large
furniture. Although you can sell furniture at a high
markup, furniture is almost guaranteed to cause you a lot of hassle. Selling furniture violates one of the most
important rules for beginner dropshippers: You should never dropship a product you can’t
ship with ePacket shipping! ePacket shipping is a shipping method from China that is cheap
and fast. ePacket shipping is so fast because it has
a size restriction. To be eligible for ePacket, a product must
be 90 by 60 cm and less than 2 kilos. Don’t worry, most products meet these constraints! But furniture is outside the size and weight
restriction. That means you’ll need to select another
shipping method. Other shipping methods will cost much more,
sometimes even more than the product itself. And they may take much longer than ePacket. That is not a good experience for you or your
customer. At the same time, home decor is a very profitable
niche. So if you want to stay in this niche, here’s
what you should sell instead. Instead, consider selling bedding sets, or
any products that can be used as accessories to large furniture items. Think throw pillows for sofas, tablecloths
for dining room tables, and so on. These products are in the home decor niche,
but they’re small enough to ship with ePacket. Confession: I sold this next product. You know, the one I’m about to tell you
NOT to sell. Let me give you some context. For dropshippers, Facebook advertising is
the standard for paid marketing. After setting up your store, most dropshipping
guides will tell you to advertise your products on Facebook. But before you do, it’s important to double
check that you can advertise your products. Facebook is very strict about the types of
products you can advertise. You can’t advertise anything that is: Smoking-related
Resembles a weapon Makes any health claims For other restrictions, check out our Q and
A video here. If you plan to advertise on Facebook, read
the Advertising Policy before you spend time building your store. I didn’t, and that’s why I got a warning
from Facebook for selling… 5. Face masks face masks! Why? If you read Facebook’s Advertising Policy
closely, you’ll see that you’re not allowed to advertise products that make health claims. That’s a challenging rule to deal with because
health claims are so broad. To put it simply, none of the products you
advertise on Facebook can claim they change someone’s state of health. For example, saying that a face mask brightens
skin is claiming that the mask can change one’s state of health. Is that a stretch? Maybe. But to take advantage of Facebook’s massive
audience, you need to play by their rules. If you sell something and claim it will improve
someone’s health, your ad will be disproved and your account could be banned. It’s serious! After seeing many beginner dropshippers make
this mistake, I have an ad-approved alternative. It’s this beautiful makeup mirror. Sell this and you’ll be able to target the
same wellness-obsessed audience, but you won’t have any worries when it comes to advertising
on Facebook. Not only is this mirror Facebook-friendly,
you can rest assured that your customer won’t have any allergies to it. If you’ve found a winning product that can
not be advertised on Facebook, don’t worry. Find an accessory or related product in the
same niche. Advertise that accessory on Facebook to drive
traffic to your store. From there, customers can choose if they want
to buy the vanity more, or perhaps they’ll discover those face masks. This way you won’t have to redo your store
or branding, and you won’t get banned on Facebook. Over to you! What products would you never, ever dropship? Why? Make sure to leave a comment below so we can
learn from you!

54 thoughts on “Do NOT Dropship These Products! Sell These Winning Products Instead

  1. A platform that is so easy to use for Engineering whatever you want , Technology made it possible for non Technical people to open Online Shops , Engineering for everyone could bring a lot of progress imo Time will tell .

  2. I would never use oberlo. Why would anybody when you could import products from 1688 AliExpress Alibaba Amazon Banggood China brands Chinavasion DHgate eBay Gearbest Gogomall Taobao Tmall TMART Walmart for FREE..

  3. Hi Jessica, great video..recently been following almost all your videos and truly i have learned a lot. Regarding selling face masks over face book, is that not allowed as I have many skin care products mixed with Argan Oil for the face, body, hands and feet. So will confirm if these kind of products are not allowed to sell or market over face book? Thnx

  4. Hey Jess, I just began dropshipping RC model planes, most of them have sizes bigger than the ePacket restrictions, I wonder what alternatives could I choose to keep dropshipping in this niece:)

  5. I noticed there are unverified suppliers after registering, people will not buy from them, so there is no insurance or guarantee to customers or buyers if their products are not delivered. Would I have to refund the customer if the product is not delivered ?

  6. A lot of thanks Jessica. I always love your interesting content and I thought the same about Tight Jeans..Have a good one!🌹

  7. I used to be a fashion designer Jessica and design jeans and you're right. But I usually sold mine in department stores were the customer can try them on and purchase after they've had the chance to try the size that will fit them. I wouldn't sell jeans in my ecom store in a million years.

  8. I haven't gotten shut down and o have shoes and Oberlo actually has brand sneakers in their list. Other plug ins have distributors with branded shoes.

  9. Love your content. I'm new to dropshipping, but never liked the idea of selling clothes. Keep up the good work

  10. Thank you for the recommendations. Another factor for 3 of the Do Not Sell products is shipping weight. Customs + duty/import becomes a big matter for the product to get delivered without extra fees. Customers incur extra fees by Customs when ordering those hefty products from a drop shipping site. The extra costs and duty issues would make shoppers turn away from your business. The alternatives products you gave are great examples that Oberlo vendors could label Gift/sample and they usually weigh small ounces that make shipping more efficient. At least that’s what I understand.

  11. Half the time I simply click on these videos to see her bubbly smile, don't get me wrong, the value in these videos is great but the delivery is top notch as well

  12. Well, if fb doesn't allow face masks to be advertised, then according to their ad policies, face masks cannot appear on the landing pages of other products being advertised as well.

  13. Is a general outdoor online store a good idea for a complete starter?? Does anyone have any other ideas of niches or general store ideas?

  14. Eww, who would sell jeans not made by you? If you didn't make them, I wouldn't sell fitted clothing. You have to do your simple research and convert the sizes to your preferred markets.

  15. I have a question, i am selling black mask for skin care, if on my ad we only see the noise and not the face of anyone it will be approved? (sorry for bad english)

  16. Bonus tip. Use Pinterest for advertisement. Not a lot of people use it, on top of that people tend to buys things on Pinterest then Facebook, and Instagram.

  17. Why, why why why, do people hang around Facebook so much when there are so many other options, options that are free both from a financial point of aspect as well as free from Facebook's dictatorship business principles. I follow One rule and that is; someone dictating me how to run my business is not a business partner. Simple as that. People are such business prostitutes, they accept any and everything for the sake of making a few dollars.
    Having said that, think about. Why doesn't Facebook allow advertising healthy products? Do you really need me to give you the answer? Then you better stick with this idiotic Facebook platform. Our lord earthlings zoo's is immense but still growing.

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