Welcome back to Make Money Bro and our CJ Dropshipping review. In a way, CJ Dropshipping is a partial competitor of AliExpress. I cannot call it a direct competitor because CJ does not sell retail. It mainly caters to dropshippers.
But is it any good?
Today, I did a little digging, and I will share what I found out. I will discuss:
- What is CJ Dropshipping?
- Is CJ dropshipping legit?
- Features of CJ Dropshipping
- Product categories of CJ Dropshipping
- How do you use CJ Dropshipping?
- Pros and Cons of CJ Dropshipping
- CJ Dropshipping Pricing: is there is cost?
By the end of this CJ Dropshipping review, you should be able to make an informed decision about whether you want to try CJ or not.
What is CJ Dropshipping?
CJ Dropshipping is a product sourcing company where you can search for products. While most of the manufacturers here are from China, the company works with other dropship suppliers worldwide.
What they do is they allow manufacturers to list products for sale on the CJ Dropshipping website. As a dropshipper, you can choose what products you want to sell and then import them to your store. Once a customer orders from your store, the supplier is notified and will ship the item to your consumer.
The products listed here are warehoused in the following countries:
- United States
In CJ Dropshipping, you no longer have to ask the supplier if they ship directly to the consumer. This is already a known agreement between you and the supplier. Instead, all you need to do is to place the order, or set your app to automatically fulfill the order, and then tell your customer that the item has already been shipped.
If you explore the site, you will notice that the design and interface is somewhat similar to AliExpress and other leading platforms. But make no mistake, Alibaba or Jack Ma do not own this company. CJ Dropshipping is owned by Yiwu Cute Jewelry Co., Ltd. (great name, right!!).
It is a Chinese company that originally started out as a jewelry company. Later on, it shifted its business model into dropshipping. CJ stands for Cute Jewelry, and it is located in Yiwu Zhejiang in China. The company is owned by Andy Chou.
Is CJ dropshipping legit?
Yes, CJ Dropshipping is legit. There is no doubt about this. The problem is that many people are complaining that they cannot make the app work in their store. As such, we can assume that you may need some technical know-how to be able to integrate the app with your store platform.
After doing my research, users have no issues with the legitimacy of the company. It is a real company that really fulfills orders worldwide from its warehouses. The thing is that people have mixed views about the software.
What frustrates many people is that the app is clunky sometimes. So, while the sellers here are legit, the app itself is a little difficult to use. To some extent, there were even some dropshippers who said that they couldn’t import products to their store.
What I suggest is that you try to integrate it with yours. If it works, then good for you. If not, you lose nothing but your time.
Features of CJ Dropshipping
Now, let us talk about the features of the app. This should help you decide if this dropship supplier and it’s software is going to provide you with what you need.
Once you have created an account, the next thing you have to do is to integrate your store. To do this, just click on the Authorization link at the top of your dashboard. From here, you will see a button that says “Add Stores.”
Before you click that button, you need to select at the left panel what your platform is. CJ Dropshipping can be integrated with the following:
Choose one of these, and then you can click on the “Add Store” button. Once you do this, you will see a page where you have to add your store ID. From there, you need to follow the rest of the instructions.
Google Chrome Extension
The app has a Google Chrome Extension that you can install in your browser. Once the extension is functional, that is where you basically do the importing. You no longer have to expand a product and then import it manually.
Product Sourcing Request
If there is a product that you want and it is not listed on the site, you can send a request to the CJ Dropshipping team, and they will source it for you.
To make this work, you need to upload an image of the product you are looking for. You also have to include your target price. Plus, you have to tell them where you intend to ship the item. The request process is easy, as there is a form that you need to fill out.
If they succeed in sourcing the product, they will let you know, including the minimum order requirement or MOQ. If not, they will also let you know. There is no fee associated with using this service.
This is probably one of the best features of this dropshipping tool. In here, you can choose the kind of packaging that you want. This custom packaging is also printable.
The special packaging is not free though. You have to pay the cost of the boxes. Also, be aware the packaging is going to affect the dimension of the shipping packet, and this can affect the cost of your shipping.
This is a feature where you can add products that you want to sell later. This is for your use, not the company’s. In case you saw a product that is not available, you can type the SKU here. It serves as a reminder to check it out later to see if it is available again.
Print on Demand and Engraving
Like Printful and Printify, CJ Dropshipping offers print on demand dropshipping. You can order products and ask the supplier to print something specific to the product.
Many suppliers here also offer engraving. For example, you can order a wooden watch and ask the supplier to engrave something on the face of the watch or at the back. You can do the same with jewelry. The tool itself has a design function, which you can access if you click on Start Design (provided that the product is available for engraving).
The design tool is rough and raw, to be honest with you. The best thing to do here is to contact the support group for help. The last thing you want is to have a design that is misunderstood, or done badly, and then shipped to the customer.
Good Refund Policy
I reviewed the company’s refund policy and found out that it is actually generous. Their refund policy allows you to get a refund for the following reasons:
- Delayed order – shipped late or no order was shipped
- Damaged – the item delivered was damaged
- Bad quality – the item delivered is not as specified in the listing or photo
Not all orders can be cancelled. You cannot cancel orders for print on demand because they are custom-made. You cannot cancel private inventory. This refers to products that you asked CJ to source. The same applies to wholesale orders that are already in the process of manufacturing. You also cannot cancel Amazon FBA orders that were already shipped to Amazon.
There are various options to choose from for your shipping needs. The most affordable one is the CJ Packet. It is not free, but it is the least costly. This, however, can take between 7 and 17 days. If you want faster shipping, you can choose DHL, which is going to cost you a more premium price, but will only take between three to seven days.
Take note that different shipping options apply depending on the destination country. If you are shipping to the US, you have more options. If you are shipping to other countries like those in Asia, it is likely that you will only have three shipping options.
There is a shipping cost calculator that you can use. It is an icon at the top right section of the page. Once you open this, you will be able to input data and determine how much it will cost items to ship to your destination country.
Your dashboard tells you how your store is performing. This also shows you how much money you have in your wallet, how many items have been delivered, and how many items are ready for delivery.
Overall, CJ Dropshipping offers a wide array of services. As a company that started as a jewelry engraving specialist, it has sophisticated machines that can help the employees facilitate your print-on-demand orders. This is a great option is you are in the print-on-demand business model.
During my time on their platform, I have come across a way to find products that come from warehouses in specific countries. Just choose the one you want from the drop-down list above. Most, though, are from China. Since the company is Chinese-owned, it is only natural that most of the items sold here are also from China.
To test if the features work, you have to create an account and then test the system. It won’t hurt since the app is free for anyone. You can also integrate it into your store and then just try it out. If it works, your next step would be to place an order just so you get to have a feel of how it works.
Once you place an order, you can test how the suppliers perform—you can observe whether they can fulfill their commitment regarding processing and shipping times.
Product categories of CJ Dropshipping
Now, let us take a look at the different product categories of CJ Dropshipping. Overall, there are:
- Computer & Office
- Bag & Shoes
- Jewelry & Watches
- Health & Beauty, Hair
- Women’s Clothing
- Sports & Outdoors
- Home & Garden, Furniture
- Home Improvement
- Automobiles & Motorcycles
- Toys, Kids & Baby
- Men’s Clothing
- Consumer Electronics
- Phones & Accessories
As you can see, they have everything here. If you are not happy with the selection, CJ Dropshipping is partnered with other online marketplaces in China such as Taobao, AliExpress, and 1688.
At the top of the product categories page, there is a button that says See More Products. If you click this, you can choose to go to these three marketplaces.
Before you do this, make sure that you have installed the CJ Dropshipping Chrome Extension. Once you get to the AliExpress website, you will use that extension to import that product directly, not your CJ Dropshipping dashboard, and then to your store.
How do you use CJ Dropshipping?
To get started, simply create a free account. Next, install the Google Chrome extension and then integrate your store as we have discussed earlier.
Then, here are the some of the first things you should od on the platform:
- Product search – go to the home page and click on a category; you can also use the search box to type your keyword. You also have the option to hover your mouse on a category and then click on the subcategories.
- Product details – click on a product you want, then scroll down through the product page to see all the details you need.
- Shipping details – right beside the product image, there are drop downs that allow you to see where the item is currently warehoused; you can also use the other drop down to change where the item will ship to, plus see the cost of shipping.
- Photography request – if you are not happy with the product images, you can click on the photograph request button below the product’s standard details. Here, a pop-up will allow you to choose if you want a video or a photo. Then, you have to type your specific instructions to the seller.
- Import – to import the product, you have to click on the List button. This will open a new window where you will see the product variants. From here, type the price you want to sell it for, and then click on List Now.
Before you do any of these actions, you have to look for a drop-down that allows you to choose on which e-commerce platform you want this item to be listed. You can integrate your CJ Dropshipping app with several stores all at once. Before you finally import your item, you also have to choose what shipping method you want the supplier to use.
Pros and Cons of CJ Dropshipping
Let me give you a quick overview of the pros and cons of the CJ Dropshipping app.
- Free – you do not have to pay to be able to use the tool
- Automated order fulfillment – you can set it up in such a way that you do not have to manually come back and fulfill an order.
- Shipping – there are at least 12 shipping options here; you can ship items for as short as seven days for only $3.69.
- Engraving – you can customize your items according to your customer’s specifications
- Payment – at least eight payment methods are available for you.
- Unique packaging can be used to dropship your items.
The only negative thing I can find in the system is that it has no decent filter–you cannot do a search in such a way that the system will only show you items based on a product’s shipping destination (for example). You need to manually open a product page to see if it ships internationally.
CJ Dropshipping Pricing: is there is cost?
Here is the good news—CJ Dropshipping is completely free. You can sign-up now and not pay for anything. You only pay if you make an order, and you pay for the shipping and the product cost only. This is great. As you can see, many dropship supplier tools are also free, but they require you to upgrade to be able to use the full service.
CJ Dropshipping Review Summary
CH Dropshipping is a dropshippers savior. It is a company built on the premise of the dropshipping business model, so all suppliers here understand that they are fulfilling orders for you. As such, they all know what kind of business relationship you expect from them, unlike some sellers in AliExpress who will give you a lot of problems.
The great thing about CJ dropshipping is that it has a print-on-demand service. What this means is that you can customize your items for sale—and you no longer have to pay for another service like Printify or Printful.
Try the system now—registration is free, and you do not have to provide your credit card number. Explore the site and decide if this is your new ultimate source of dropshipping products.
They certainly give any dropshipper some unique options for their business.