Shopify AliExpress DropShipping Hack – [8.25+2+1.5% Cash Back] (UPDATED!)

UPDATE 2

Unfortunately Oberlo and Shopified (now known as Dropified) no longer support AliBonus. The Honey trick for cash back on the AliPocket does still work though.

 

If you Contact Oberlo/Dropified support about cash back they will hook you up with an alternate way to do that and keep the money rolling!

Boost your profits – the easy way

UPDATE – A cashback method I had been testing for a few months just came through as working! Scroll to the Honey section to find out how to get an extra 1-3% cashback on all AliExpress Purchases!

UPDATE – New AliExpress regulations have unfortunately lowered the total cashback offered. Fortunately, AliBonus still offers the best cashback available with a top tier of 8.25%. 

Need an easy way to boost your profits on your Shopify store? Well if you’re Dropshipping from AliExpress you’re in for a treat. A little while back the Shopify Life team got word of two new and ridiculously easy ways to boost your Shopify store’s profit by 11.8% without doing virtually no extra work!

We wanted to tell you about these methods right away, but we had to test them out fully so we knew for sure we would be saving you money without any unforeseen hassles.

The benefits for these hacks are huge and the effort required to get setup is minimal. An 11.8% boost in profit is HUGE, especially when you spent 30 minutes max getting everything going. If you are spending $125 a day on AliExpress, you will be earning over $100 a week extra, it’s literally free money!

If you are in a very competitive market, the cashback can give you that crucial advantage to undercutting your competition and gaining market dominance.

Secret trick for 8.25% Cash Back

Our earnings to-date since starting AliBonus about a month ago. $1271.98 of free loot isn’t so bad, huh?

The meat and potatoes of this hack is a Chrome Extension that offers 5-8.25% cash back on all of your AliExpress purchases* called AliBonus. We have personally tested and confirmed the legitimacy of this method and use it for all of our orders. Let’s get scratchin’!

AliBonus has partnered with AliExpress to create a reward structure in which users earn more cash back based on how much they have already earned and stored in their AliBonus account. New users start at 5.25% and work their way up incrementally until they max out at 8.25% cash back.

AliBonus’ reward structure is very easy to climb as a dropshipper.

You cannot go down a level so once you reach the top level, you can cash everything out and continue earning 8.25% cashback.

The only snag here is it that we have to wait for the purchase protection to run out before AliExpress will confirm our orders and issue your cash back. This normally takes 20-40 days unless you want to go ahead and confirm the orders manually (which is not recommended as you lose your chance to dispute the order).

AliBonus’ list of pending orders

You do not need to create a new AliExpress account or sign up for any complicated affiliate programs, just visit AliBonus, sign up, install the plugin, and start buying! This is great if you have multiple stores, as they will all earn cash back.

After your orders start to get confirmed, you can cash out like I did. AliBonus sends payments out every Friday.

Payment request from AliBonus

Payout via PayPal

AliBonus integrates very well with Oberlo and Shopified App, our preferred tools to make dropshipping from AliExpress to Shopify a snap. See the below .gif for the correct workflow. The only extra step that needs to be taken is clicking the AliBonus icon on the top right of your Chrome window after Oberlo/Shopified has populated all of the order information. A new tab will open up saying your cashback has been confirm. Just close that tab, complete your order, and your cash back will show up in your account shortly!

GIF

 

Full Screen Version of Oberlo Order Process, for Shopified, just click “Auto Order” and everything else is the same

That’s it! All you need to do is sign up for AliBonus, download their Chrome Extension, and then start shopping! It works overseas too! Our virtual assistant in the Philippines uses it for all of our orders without any hiccups.

JoinHoney – Bonus 1-3% Cash Back

Here is another super awesome and super easy way to get cashback on your AliExpress purchases.

AliExpress used to allow purchasing of their own Gift Cards (known as AliPocket) to accrue cashback from AliBonus, resulting in a net 20% cash back. They unfortunately stopped that after some time, preventing all but one cashback site from paying out for AliPocket Cash.

Honey is a Chrome Extension that saves you money when shopping around the net. It will search for coupon codes for you, tell if that Amazon item is the best priced, and earn cashback for you while you shop. Generally, Honey’s cashback is not the highest, but they are the most reliable in terms of paying out. Payment comes in the form of HoneyGold which can be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards.

My cleared HoneyGold Cashback. Each AliPocket purchase gets between 1 and 4% cashback.

 

Applying this CashBack method with your Oberlo or Shopified workflow is easy. We are just buying gift cards with our cashback plugin so I usually do this once or twice a week.

  1. Sign-up for Honey and install their Chrome Extension
  2. Go here and add however much AliPocket Cash to your cart as you need (you can add multiples to cart)
  3. Click the “Save Money” button on the Honey window that pops up on the cart page
  4. Proceed with your purchase as normal.
    1. Note that AliBonus will tell you that you can’t get cashback on the purchase, just ignore anything from AliBonus for this process

That’s it! Now you just have to sit-back and wait for the HoneyGold to clear. This unfortunately takes a few months, but if you start now, you’ll be seeing some nice Amazon Gift Cards heading your way before you know it!

Bonus 2% Cash Back

This trick is a little less exciting, but still an awesome way to put more money back into your pocket. What is it? Cash back credit cards of course!

The Citi Double Cash Credit Card

In case you weren’t aware, there are several credit cards on the market that will give you a small amount of cash back per purchase. There’s a lot of competition, but the one card that takes the cake for our purposes is the Citi Double Cash Card. The Citi Double Cash card gives you unlimited 1% cash back on all purchases made with the card, and unlimited 1% cash back every time you pay off your credit card, effectively giving you 2% Cash Back on all purchases made with the card.

The main advantages the Citi Card offers over the competition are that the cash back is applied for all purchases and is unlimited. There are many cards on the market that advertise up to 5% cash back, but they only work within specific rotating categories (i.e. gas stations, restaurants, etc.) and are usually capped at a few thousand dollars per month. The Citi Card is great for dropshippers because you will always get that 2%, no matter what you’re buying and how much you spend.

While 2% doesn’t sound like much compared to the 10% we just racked up before, it really adds up, and because it’s a credit card you can use it for pretty much anything. Throw your Shopify payments on there, your business expenses, your airline tickets to South Korea, whatever you can fit! Just don’t spend more because you’re getting cash back, that’s how they get ya!

My cash back stats with the Citi Double Cash Card

Citi Double Cash bEst Practices

As with any credit card, you should never leave any unpaid balance on it. To avoid fees, just pay the balance off every month, or every 2 weeks like I do. You will may need to pay it off every week if they give you a low-ish credit total while you build up your history with the company. Fortunately, payments apply immediately, so if you’re maxed out with AliExpress purchases, just make a payment and you will be able to keep buying again with no downtime.

It’s recommended that you redeem your cash back as a statement credit so it goes right back onto your card as a payment. You will be using the card anyway this makes the most sense. You can also request it as a check, direct deposit, or a gift card.

A few words of warning with this card, they charge a 3% fee for international payments so avoid using it internationally! Fortunately for us, AliExpress is registered in Delaware so they ring up as domestic transactions. As with any credit card, never spend more than what you already have money for in your bank. Treat it like a debit card and it will treat you well.

It’s FREE MONEY

So there you have it Dropshippers! We have given you free money! What do we ask of you in return? Nothing… nothing at all. We are so humble, so kind.

Enjoy!

Please comment with any questions or comments.
*Besides gift cards. This worked when we were first testing AliBonus and we were actually getting 20% cash back as it applied to the cost of the gift card as well as the purchases we made with the gift card. However, it seems AliExpress caught on and that no longer works.

6 thoughts on “Shopify AliExpress DropShipping Hack – [8.25+2+1.5% Cash Back] (UPDATED!)

  1. Laura says:

    Hey! Thanks so much for the great post!

    Just two quick things – I noticed you cited a gif (for oberlo + alibonus process) – I would love to see that as I’m having troubles capturing any orders with Alibonus + Oberlo.

    Further, I place a number of orders where I’ll create an order, and not pay for it as the supplier goes in at a later time to modify the price. Is there anyway to get cashback on these orders?

    Thanks again!

    • shopify_sot4i7 says:

      Hey Laura!

      Thanks for checking it out :).

      Ah thanks for pointing out the issue with the .gif. It looks like WordPress broke it with an update, I’ve just fixed it.

      Here’s a link for the gif in full screen https://shopify.life/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/alibonus-2.gif

      I’m going to record this whole process as a YouTube video soon as I think that might be more useful to folks.

      Ah yes I used to do that myself with my main supplier. Unfortunately, I cashback may not work on orders that the supplier modifies the price on, at least that was the case when I was use AliExpress’ own cashback system. I think it does work with Alibonus though. Below are instructions for you to test :).

      AliBonus will show you the order number and how much cash back you’ve earned, so to test this:

      1: Place an order (without paying)
      2: Note down the AliExpress order number and the date ordered.
      3: Pay for the order after the supplier has modified the price and note down the date at which you paid
      4: Wait a few days and check your cash back in AliBonus
      a. If you don’t have a lot of orders filling up your page, just hit CTRL+F (or CMD+F on Mac) and
      paste in your AliExpress order number into the search field
      b. If you DO have a lot of orders, you can filter by date (try the initial order date, then the paid date) and do the above (CTRL+F and search for the order number).
      5: If you got cash back, your order number should be highlighted.

      I stopped doing that because my supplier was taking ~3 days to do the adjustments, it wasn’t worth the upset customers waiting for shipping emails. I do believe I was receiving it along with the AliExpress cashback though.

      BTW I’m also testing methods to get cashback on AliPocket cash. You used to be able to use AliBonus for this and get 20% cash back, but AliExpress stopped that from happening pretty quickly after I found out about it. I’ll make an update so stay tuned!

      Thanks Laura!

      • Laura says:

        Hey thanks so much for your help! It totally worked! My distributor adjusts the price (lowers it by about 30% but they do it within 24 hours — it’s worth the wait!).

        But yeah, it’s working on orders where the price has been adjusted – which is great!!

        On another note, have you been able to get any extra cashback with AliPocket? What’s your current line up for cashback? 🙂

        Thanks again eh 🙂 I totally should buy you a virtual beer for all of your help.

        • shopify_sot4i7 says:

          Hey Laura,

          Oh that’s awesome to hear it’s working on orders with adjusted prices! 30+10% is awesome! And if you’re on that 2% cash back card, even better 🙂

          If my supplier were faster with that I would get back on it, but it’s not worth it for the 5% discount he offers.

          I’m still testing the AliPocket business. I think it will work though. I literally signed up for like 7 different cashback sites and bought AliPocket through all of them. About half of them showed the transaction, but I’m waiting for the payment to be confirmed. That should be very soon, at least for the most conservative option, Honey

          Here’s my ref link if you want to sign up. I’ll get $5 when you use it to get cashback (you install the plugin and the get cashback option when it comes up during checkout). Then I can buy my own virtual beer ;).

          joinhoney.com/ref/xqqqgn

          This only seems to give about 1% on AliPocket though. Sometimes it’s 3%. I am testing some other services that go up to 7%. If anything will work, Honey will though because they are very well known and customer oriented. Sometimes the merchants don’t pay the cashback providers, who in term don’t pay the users so I just want to make sure it’s all going swimmingly before I recommend it to anyone.

          Have a good one!

  2. Jon says:

    Hello thanks for this , great post.

    Do you know if alibonus works with Shopified App? Everytime I try to auto-order with Shopified App it says “you may not get cashback on this order”, but once I activate alibonus, it does not auto-order anymore.

    Thanks,

    J

    • shopify_sot4i7 says:

      Hey Jon!

      Yes, I just tested with the Shopified app and it certainly does work! The process is exactly the same as with Oberlo.

      1. Auto-Order your product
      2. When you get to the final page where you confirm payment, click the “AliBonus” icon on the top right-hand corner of your Chrome window
      3. From the dropdown window, click “Activate” (not from the big bar on the top of the main browser window).
      4. A new AliExpress tab will open up, just close out of that.
      5. You’re all set to get cashback! That big warning saying “You may not get cashback” should be gone and you can go ahead and pay for your order.

      Let me know if that helps.

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