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T-shirt Dropshipping For Beginners (35+ Product Ideas)

By Olga L.

T-shirt Dropshipping For Beginners

Would you like to try yourself in the t-shirt dropshipping business? What does it take to start and run a store in this niche? And will it even be profitable? Let’s answer these questions together!

Some time ago, we were talking about the most profitable ways to dropship apparel. Now, it’s time to narrow this product category down, and focus on a more specific product type: t-shirts.

Yes, t-shirts! The ones we’re wearing on a daily basis and seeing in every brick-and-mortar clothing store. Are they a good fit for dropshipping if they are so easily available? Let’s figure it out.

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Table Of Contents

Why is it a good idea to start t-shirt dropshipping?

Here are 5 reasons to start selling t-shirts in your dropshipping store:

#1 The market is extremely large

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According to Statista, the worldwide revenue in the men’s and women’s t-shirts and singlets (sleeveless shirts) segment in 2019 is $154,144 million. What is more, it is estimated to grow by 5.4% annually over the course of 2019-2023. The researchers predict that 25,000+ MILLION t-shirts and singlets will be sold in 2023!

Of course, the market is too tempting to ignore 😉

#2 AliExpress sellers offer demanded t-shirts

As a dropshipping store owner, most likely, you’ll use AliExpress as the source of supply for your t-shirt business.

And it turns out, t-shirts are frequently bought here! 

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Even though it’s not a big deal to buy a t-shirt from a local store, AliExpress is still considered to be a great shopping alternative for thousands of people.

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Just take a look at this impressive number of orders!

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AliExpress t-shirts are sold in thousands, which makes them a truly great type of product to add to your dropshipping store.

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And probably the most important point here is the diversity of the product range, which brings me to my next point.

#3 There is plenty of options to dropship

Do you want to successfully dropship fancy womens’ t-shirts? You’ve got it covered.

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Do you prefer to work with mens’ clothing items? Say no more.

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Would you like to target your offers at edgy millennials? Why not!

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Are you deeply interested in kids’ clothing niche? There are lots of items to choose from, too!

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So, this is a great product type which is suitable for almost any audience. It means that even a newcomer with a limited dropshipping experience can focus on an easy-to-reach customer segment – and thrive!

And here’s another thing to consider…

#4 The product is familiar and understandable

Drones, makeup products, camping equipment, etc. are awesome niche items that see a huge demand and have an impressive money-making potential. 

BUT, they require you to be super knowledgeable!

“Is this battery connector compatible with my drone model?”

“What is this makeup brush best for – foundation or concealer?”

“Can you explain how to use this foil blanket if there’s an emergency during hiking?”

Ouch.

T-shirts won’t cause any similar requests from your store visitors because everybody knows what they are and what they are used for. 

So, you won’t be caught off-balance with some tricky question, and you won’t waste hours of your precious time providing customer service before purchase.

Sounds good, right? But wait, there’s more!

#5 T-shirts are cheap

According to Statista, the average t-shirt/singlet price in 2019 is $6.57.

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And, as you can see, AliExpress sellers offer lots of well-demanded, high quality t-shirts for a much lower price!

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So, it gives you the opportunity to:

  • Make nice profits

That’s right – you are free to enjoy a healthy price markup with this type of product. Just imagine: you can double or even triple the initial item price!

  • Stay friends with your customers

Even if you triple the price set by your AliExpress supplier, it won’t be much different from the market average. So, your buyers won’t consider your store to be ‘expensive’. To them, these purchases will still be affordable and satisfying!

  • Manage returns and refunds easily

Stuff happens, and at some point, you may need to make a refund to calm down your unhappy buyer. The procedure itself is very simple, so there’s nothing to worry about.

However, to return the full cost of the purchase to your buyer, you’ll need to use your personal money. Yes, the AliExpress seller will send the refund to you – but it won’t be really prompt, and it won’t be the full sum (you’ve doubled or tripled the price, remember?)

Nevertheless, you’re not dealing with computer chairs or engagement rings here – you’re just selling t-shirts! So, the refund sum will be small enough for you to handle.

That’s a pleasant benefit for a dropshipping newcomer, right?

7 steps to profitable t-shirt dropshipping

And now, let’s finally discuss what you need to do if you want to profit from this business model!

#1 Launch a dropshipping store

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The easiest way to get your own dropshipping store is to order an individually created website that is ready to bring you profits from day 1.

However, if you have some IT background, you can also create a store by your own efforts. In this case, these guidelines will come in handy!

#2 Figure out your keywords

Your main keyword is a 2-3 words’ phrase that explains your store idea clearly and correctly. 

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Use these tips to find best keywords for SEO, and don’t forget to check your final niche idea with this free research tool!

#3 Define your target audience

Who are the people who want to buy t-shirts from your store? Here are 7 things to know about your potential customers to market your products as efficiently as possible!

Don’t forget: as a dropshipping store owner, you can sell your products all over the world. Look at the screenshot below: according to Statista research, these are the countries with the highest revenue on the t-shirts and singlets market.

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So, you’re welcome to start international dropshipping if you want to!

#4 Fill your store with winning items

If you’ve ordered a custom-made dropshipping store, this step will be professionally completed by our expert team.

But even if you’re making your store yourself, we want to make this task as easy for you as possible!

This is why we’re inviting you to check out our free database of top quality AliExpress products that see the highest demand

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You can import these pre-edited items to your store in a couple of clicks and start selling them right away!

#5 Drive traffic to your store

And how do you start selling, exactly?

That’s right: you need to help Internet users find your products – and your store.

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This set of tips for driving traffic to a newly made store is exactly what you’re looking for!

#6 Start promoting on social media

An Instagram post with over 5,500 likes? If you’re running an account with the purpose of attracting Instagrammers’ attention to your store, it’s a killer result!

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New to Instagram? Don’t worry: follow our experience-based Instagram promotion tips, or ask for a professional Instagram/Facebook ads service.

#7 Repeat steps 4-6

That’s right! Update your product offer from time to time, work on your store SEO, and try more advertising techniques to promote your products. That’s exactly what successful dropshipping store owners do!

Summing up your t-shirt dropshipping perspectives, it’s worth saying that’s an awesome product category to work with Being demanded, cheap, and diverse, t-shirts are a great find for a person making the very first steps in dropshipping. Isn’t it you, by any chance? 😉

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By Olga L.
Olga is a Copywriting Director at AliDropship. She works on guides, tutorials, and other educational materials to help you start and run your dropshipping business with ease.
10 Comments
Lidia Hoca January 27, 2020 8:55:35

Hi, I am interested about these.. but i am not sure I understand what I have to do……. I leave in Cyprus and speak roumanian too. I can work online tooo… thank you!

Misheal Stephen tomizayi January 27, 2020 11:58:48

Pls how do I get to reach out the product and becoming a sought-after trader.

Craig January 27, 2020 13:40:24

I am totally new also I suffer from a mental health problem so I need a system that is easy and not stressful

Okereke Gerald January 28, 2020 11:26:46

Im Interested in the business but dont know how to set up my store

How much is the plugin? April 3, 2020 6:34:52

How much do we need to pay for the plugin?

    Olga L. April 3, 2020 6:56:05

    Hi, thank you for your interest!
    The plugin price is $89 – it’s a one-time payment, with no recurring fees. Kindly read more info here: https://alidropship.com/plugin/

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