Dropshipping Food: Pros, Cons, Alternatives
Food is one of the basic products people need, so one may think that dropshipping food is a great idea. However, this niche has its own issues. On the other hand, AliExpress offers tons of food related products you can dropship.instead!
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Is it a good idea to dropship food?
Eating, drinking and sleeping are basic needs, which means people buy food no matter where they live or what culture they represent. Therefore, it may seem like a good idea to sell food online, and many businesses already deliver food and beverages. So why not try dropshipping it?
In theory, the idea sounds great: you don’t need to buy food in advance nor store it in a huge fridge. You simply sell it on the web and tell the supplier / manufacturer to deliver it. However, there’s a number of problems.
- Most food products can be purchased in a regular supermarket. Besides, some stores can now deliver wares when you order them online. And so do restaurants, which is why neither of them really need a dropshipping business as a mediator.
- You may think: if I can’t go local, how about international trade? Many people will be interested in exotic food products from different countries! Yes, but most people will be afraid to order products from unknown manufacturers. Furthermore, even canned food can spoil quickly if you don’t store them properly.
- Lastly, some countries have strict licensing requirements, so even if you manage to sell a product, it may not pass the customs.
Although this niche does exist, dropshipping food is still very risky and complicated, which is why you should think really carefully before trying it. As for dropshipping from AliExpress, food products were banned several years ago (due to licensing issues).
However, there are many food related products on AliExpress you can use to expand your store’s offer. Let’s take a look at them.
Dropshipping pet food
Although AliExpress banned food products for humans, it still sells food for animals. According to my little research, food for dogs and cats isn’t that popular. Besides, such goods are quite expensive, and I wouldn’t expect a lot of people to want them.
However, food for fish, turtles and similar pets sells better and some sellers offer free or affordable shipping options including ePacket. Here are some examples:
Fish Food Tablet
Price – US $0.89-2.99; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 1954
Price – US $2.40-3.70; rating – 4.7; number of orders – 507
Price – US $1.33; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 259
Although there are not so many products like this on AliExpress, you can still use them to expand the inventory if you have chosen to dropship pet supplies.
Dropshipping food related items for pets
Even if you can’t sell pet food, there are plenty of related products including bowls and food dispensers.
Price – US $11.07; rating – 4.9; number of orders – 2575
Pet Food Dispenser
Price – US $2.84-12.70; rating – 4.7; number of orders – 1708
Dog Treat Bag
Price – US $7.13; rating – 5.0; number of orders – 370
Dropshipping cooking tools
This is probably the most popular food-related product type as lots of people cook at home. And they require modern tools that can make the process faster and easier. You can offer dozens of products from regular knives to exotic tools. And all of them sell really well on AliExpress.
Price – US $2.15; rating – 4.7; number of orders – 8736
Silicone Cooking Tools
Price – US $3.27-3.77; rating – 4.9; number of orders – 4111
Silicone Baking Molds
Price – US $4.47; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 2962
Fish Scale Scraper
Price – US $1.65-2.81; rating – 4.5; number of orders – 2336
Dropshipping food containers
It’s another subcategory of food related goods. Plastic containers and lunch boxes can be used both in the kitchen and outdoors when you go to a picnic or have to eat in the office. That’s why such products are quite popular on AliExpress.
Plastic Food Container Set
Price – US $8.29; rating – 4.7; number of orders – 414
Price – US $31.96-81.99; rating – 4.7; number of orders – 493
Price – US $19.12-23.85; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 1607
Price – US $47.54; rating – 4.9; number of orders – 193
And of course, where there’s food, there are dishes! On AliExpress, one can find hundreds of plates, mugs, bowls and cups with any design you can imagine.
Travel Cutlery Set
Price – US $9.13-12.52; rating – 4.7; number of orders – 1594
Price – US $11.99-75.99; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 726
Cute Children’s Plates
Price – US $3.30; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 482
Coffee & Tea Cups
Price – US $3.63-11.10; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 2308
Dropshipping funny food related products
Lastly, AliExpress sellers offer lots of funny stuff including items related to food. Although such goods aren’t numerous, some of them are very popular among buyers, and the products feature decent quality. Take a look at some of them:
Price – US $14.84-49.80; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 4586
Pizza Female Ankle Socks
Price – US $2.06; rating – 4.6; number of orders – 232
Price – US $8.99-11.99; rating – 4.4; number of orders – 403
Burrito Baby Blanket
Price – US $9.84-15.17; rating – 4.8; number of orders – 2167
Food Print Cushions
Price – US $22.65; rating – 4.7; number of orders – 343
Selling food in a dropshipping store is associated with a lot of risks. However, you can still build your business around food-related products. They are much safer to dropship and are very popular among customers.