Last Updated on May 01, 2021
A lot of people or Dropshipping gurus often talk about which niches are best for Dropshipping. There are many niches which are suitable for different kind of audience. Its not easy for any Dropshippers to actually find a perfect niche for their Dropshipping shops.
When its actually hard to find niche for Dropshipping business isn’t it better to know what kind of niches should be avoided? We have seen so many niches that are there but never get enough success. People go for it and end up with no profit.
The reasons behind not opting these Dropshipping niches:
- These niches are overly saturated
- They are very hard to run successfully
- Require extraordinary amount of efforts
- They are not suitable for your store
We will talk about 3 Dropshipping niches to avoid. Read on to know about them.
The first niche that we will talk about is watch niche. We see so many Dropshipping stores selling watches but it doesn’t reap much profit. Sales of watches is so slow that there are some Dropshipping shops that sell as minimum as one watch per day. This also applies to jewellery like men’s bracelets but we will talk about only watches here.
Watch stores are not very profitable when it comes to Dropshipping business. There are so many Dropshippers including beginners sell watches. Its hard to understand why they do so when they can simply sell stuff like hunting gadgets. They also have a section called luxury watch on their store which will not get enough sales.
Why watches are not good products to sell in Dropshipping?
The first reason being the cheap watches on AliExpress. Due to the low cost of watches on AliExpress it provides very low-quality watches. You buy watches at the cost of $5 from AliExpress which is fine because $5 is not that much when it comes to the quality of those watches. The problem arises when you try to sell those $5 watches at the cost of $20 at your store. Plus, there are additional shipping costs that you take from your customers. Your customers are not going to spend $35 for a watch that is so low quality wise. It is not worth to buy that costly watch when it doesn’t meet certain quality standards. Also, people already have an idea that these watches are there on AliExpress.
We are not telling you to stop selling watches but we are suggesting you to find good quality watches where people can leave good reviews after buying and other people can read those reviews and buy your watches.
Watches used to be a good niche a few years ago but not anymore. You can not have enough profit by selling watches anymore.
There are a few stores which just sell general women’s clothing. There is not even a theme of that clothing. What these Dropshippers do is that they just go on AliExpress and get all general clothing items and put them on their store. These clothing items mostly constitute clothes which are very low in quality along with horrible rating and returns. People don’t usually want to buy these products.
Reason why general clothing is a big No:
The reason behind this is that there are already so many prominent retailers in the market that already sell all sorts of clothing items which include clothes of expensive as well as low cost. There are already so many companies like H&M, j.crew factory, and other various clothing companies. Uniqlo is one clothing company that provides amazing quality products at a very low cost.
You can’t afford to sell general clothing items as they are not as appealing as they need to be for getting sales on Dropshipping stores. You need eye catching products for your store and general clothing items do not attract as much people as you need for your sales. Why would people buy your clothing items when they can easily buy same kind of products at much cheaper rate from a nearby physical store? Even if you somehow convince people to buy products from your store there are so many issues that you will face like sizing issues and quality issues because clothing on AliExpress is very bad n terms of quality.
So, we highly suggest you not to sell general clothing items on your store as this niche will not attract people or stand out among all the other niches.
If you still want to sell clothing you will have to customize it and make your own brand which needs huge amount of efforts and time. Why would anyone want to take up so much trouble?
Second thing that you can do if you want to sell clothing items is that you sell niche clothing items. For example, you can sell dragon ball clothing, anime clothing or items like tank tops etc. Niche clothing store do really well in terms of sales.
You can also go for selling print on demands products on your store as they have gained a lot of popularity in the current scenario. You can print any graphic on clothing to fit any niche as you want. Print on demand is famous when it comes to Dropshipping.
So, you must avoid general clothing niche to save yourself from trouble.
General Lifestyle Products:
General lifestyle items include basic kitchen items like spoons or cleaning products. These are the kind of products which people don’t notice so well. Dropshipping is mostly about eye catchy items which can attract more and more audience. You need to built a desire in people to buy those items. You should sell items on seeing them people just want to buy them instantly. For example, if you sell a cool necklace that is very rare in market that can be very appealing for customers.
Whereas, general lifestyle products are less in demand. Nobody is willing to buy them even if you use all sorts of marketing strategies on them. They will still prefer to go to local stores and buy. You can get impulse purchase out of general lifestyle products.
If you want to sell lifestyle items then you have to put very trendy items on your store. Don’t base your entire Dropshipping store around general lifestyle items. This will not work.
Heavy & bulky products
Why do you stop drop shipping bulky and heavy items? A variety of compelling reasons backs this argument—the greater the size of the product, the greater the shipping costs.
Let’s imagine you’re trying to sell some tiny kitchen appliances. Since packaging and shipping costs an average of $20 per item, you’ll need to set higher profit margins to break even. On the other hand, your rivals are likely to market the same goods at a lower price and win all of the customers. It’s a ‘status quo’ situation for your shop, which means you can’t even make a profit or raise the price per item.
Perhaps you’re looking for essential items like office desks, chairs, or kitchen drawers. Yeah, you can bargain with local suppliers for lower prices and begin reselling, but what about shipping? Will you be able to handle logistics on your own? It’s difficult to sell big when you’re just starting unless you have your delivery service and warehouse.
It’s tough to market health goods without first learning about their side effects. That’s the equivalent of offering “elixirs of life” to the elderly with the understanding that they’ll all call for refunds sooner or later. Customers, first and foremost, expect the product to have magical results. There’s no way to guarantee anything unless you’re a manufacturer with over 100 years of experience in the industry. Expect many mentions in the form of ‘fraudulent; please avoid’ when discussing your online store, as this type of psychological marketing is long obsolete.
Few stores withstand the numerous consumer reactions posted on review sites daily, so it’s probably best to avoid this dropshipping niche. If you want to try your hand at selling, you can learn more about CBD-based items and maybe try your hand at it. However, the majority of countries continue to ban the selling of cannabis-infused items. To conclude, you can’t promise that the face cream you offer will magically remove wrinkles from a customer’s face. It would help if you stuck to something more reliable unless you expect thousands of refunds every month.
To begin, you’ll need a thorough understanding of both computer hardware and software to be able to sell these goods. Before making a purchase, consumers will almost always ask several questions. Don’t even begin if you can’t understand how the graphics card is compatible with their laptop setup. The amount of refunds due to failure is another reason why this niche is on the list of dropshipping niches to avoid. Because many of the goods are likely to break during transportation or delivery, you’ll need to pay extra and mark them as “fragile objects.”
So, before you do anything else, it’s a good idea to inquire about shipping costs and measure profit margins. Please pay careful attention to rivals from Asian markets, as they prefer to concentrate on quantity to achieve optimum revenue to the detriment of profit margins. Overall, it doesn’t sound as bad as the other dropshipping niches, but it’s a highly complex niche with delicate items to show. You can try this one out once your online store is successful enough to encourage you to play with other niches.
Highly fragile products
Items that fall into the categories of “home decor” and “toys” are often delicate. If something breaks, you are responsible for the cost. Strict policies at shipping companies cover these conditions. Some workers would be unconcerned as long as it is delivered promptly. Vases, RC toys, and other easily damaged objects can be filled with additional layers of security. The truth remains that it will cost you more money, and there is no guarantee that each product will arrive safely at its destination.
So, until you find a reputable shipping company with outstanding reviews, you’ll have a lot of dissatisfied customers requesting a refund. You should probably concentrate on something less delicate to deal with because fragile things are risky business. Glass, porcelain, valuable collectables, optics and accessories, musical instruments, and laboratory sets are all examples of fragile items.