When you have your hands on a winning product, the first thing to do is to source it. Indeed, this step is crucial in the online sales process.
But what does "sourcing a product" mean?
This expression comes from the process called "product sourcing" which has for definition "to go back to the source". In other words, sourcing a product means looking for THE right supplier. The right supplier who will give you the best quality/price ratio and the best delivery times. In short, the supplier that will allow you to become profitable.
When you do Dropshipping, the first thing you should do to source your product is to consult the AliExpress platform. AliExpress is a gigantic market place that gathers hundreds of thousands of suppliers and manufacturers from Asia and its surroundings. Sourcing suppliers is important for several reasons. First, to get an idea of the price of the product in order to calculate your profitability. Secondly, to get media about the product, images for your website product page and videos for your advertisements. Finally, to find THE right supplier to work with.
Sourcing a product on AliExpress should be a very quick and efficient process. Now, thanks to Minea, you can source a product in 2 clicks using an image. In this short video, we will have a small overview of this functionality.
To go further, here is the detailed approach and some tips to source your products efficiently.
Finding your winning product
Before sourcing your product, the first thing to do is... to find it! To find it, Minea provides many features and tools such as :
- A spy tool for the best Facebook ads.
- A spy tool for the best product placements on Instagram and Snapchat
- A spy tool for the best Dropshipping shops.
Here is a short article that summarises the different features of Minea to find a winning product.
Finding a winning product image
Once we have found our winning product, we need to find an image of it. The easiest way to do this is to go to a shop that is already selling.
For example, from the Facebook ad spy tool, we can click directly on the CTA (Call To Action) of the ad to be written on the selling shop.
From the internet shop spy tool, we can go to the shop by clicking on the box below:
Then, once on the shop, all that remains is to choose the image of our choice. Let's try to favour images with a white background where the raw product is visible.
Copy/paste the address of the image
Once on the image of our target product, we can right click and select "Copy link address" (Google Chrome) or "Copy image link" (Firefox).
Can't right-click on an image?
Don't panic, this means that this online shop blocks the right click to prevent clever people like us from using this type of technique or their images.
To overcome this block, we can download the Google Chrome extension "Allow right click" which allows this action despite this block. With this extension activated, right-clicking becomes possible again on all images on any site! Saved 😌
Sourcing the product from Minea
Once back on Minea, click on the camera symbol.
Then we arrive on a page called "Find Products on AliExpress". We then paste the link we just copied into the search bar and launch the analysis.
Note: We can also upload an image from our computer by clicking on "Upload".
Finally, several search results appear. These results correspond to dozens of AliExpress suppliers of our target product. For each of these suppliers, we can directly see the price of the product, the number of orders and the average rating. A gold mine, isn't it?
By clicking on one of the results below, we arrive on the product page of the supplier on AliExpress.
To conclude, you can now source your winning products quickly on AliExpress with a simple image. A good way to compare and find the best supplier for your online shop.
To start sourcing your products with Minea, click here