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Module 5: Finding Products in Our Catalog
Module 5: Finding Products in Our Catalog

How to find products in our catalog.

Joshua Schroy avatar
Written by Joshua Schroy
Updated over a week ago

Now that your account is created, and your store is connected, let's talk about finding products. There's a few different ways you can go about doing this.

Use Keywords

Head over to the Find Products page. At the top of this page, you'll see the search bar. You can use the search bar to enter in specific keywords to find what you're looking. Here are some examples of keywords you should and shouldn't use:

  1. โœ… Keywords You Should Use

    1. "Waterproof Boots"

    2. "Smart Makeup Mirror"

    3. "Electric Milk Foamer"

  2. โŒ Keywords You Shouldn't Use

    1. "Clothes"

    2. "Kid's Stuff"

    3. "Popular Products"

One other thing you don't want to do is paste in AliExpress links or AliExpress product names. This will not work.

Use Filters

There are many different filters you can use to fine tune your search results, and can even be used in combination with keywords. Make sure though that you don't drill down too far where the results are extremely limited (unless of course you want to). Below are explanations of what each filter does.

  • Ships From

    • Anywhere

      • Products will be displayed that ship from China as well as the US.

    • United States

      • Only products shipping from the US will be displayed.

    • China

      • Only products shipping from China will be displayed.

Products shipping from the US require a paid plan.

  • Categories

    • Choose a specific category and only products in that category will be displayed.

Categories are still a work in progress and will be improved over time.

  • Suppliers

    • Choose a specific supplier and only products from that supplier will be displayed.

  • Price Range

    • Target a specific price range of products you're interested in selling.

Use Trending Products

If you don't want to spend a lot of time thinking about what products you want to sell, and focus more of your time on building a great store, running ads, etc - we've got you covered. With the Plus plan, you gain access to our Trending Products section where we handpick products that are trending on a weekly basis, updated every Wednesday.

Source Products

We have over 1 million different product variations in our catalog, so it's highly unlikely that you'll have trouble finding what you're looking for. However, if you do find yourself in a situation where you need to source a product (maybe after research you found a winning product with untapped potential), this is an option. To do this:

  1. Sign in using your Zendrop email and password.

  2. Head over to AliExpress.

  3. Find a product you want to source.

  4. Click the "Add to Import" List button.

If this is indeed a product that is not in our catalog, then it will need to be quoted. Quoting takes roughly 24 to 48 hours, but requires you to get your first sale so our sourcing team knows this is a product that's going to sell.

A lot of sellers find it difficult to know how to price a product without a quote. The best way to go about this is to think about the perceived value. How much do you think someone will pay for it? How much are your competitors selling it for? Experiment with different price points until you find something that clicks.

You can also go through the full AliExpress checkout flow to see how much the product costs with a shipping line that is comparable to Zendrop's (10 to 15 days). The pricing will be similar to the pricing you see on AliExpress.

It is also important to note that you may very well take a loss on the first sale you get because you priced it lower on your store then what was quoted. This is pretty rare, but normal. Dropshipping is an incredibly powerful business model, but there are some drawbacks. This just happens to be one of them.

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