The Best Ways to Do Dropshipping Product Research Effectively

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How to Find Products to Dropship

How to find products to dropship is one of the most asked questions from those who only start dropshipping. Undoubtedly, you can set your store correctly, have a nice design, sometimes, even an already good selling rating. But if you can’t do dropshipping product research effectively, all the rest would not make much sense. Even worse, it can cost you your business. 

In this post, you will learn how to do dropshipping product research for your eCommerce store.

First of all, since there are many methods to find dropshipping products, this article reviews one of the two main concepts of product sourcing: starting from demand and then looking for supply.

We will walk you through the multiple demand-analysis channels and you will learn how to find products from different dropshipping suppliers in order to dropship them in the future covering the demand you just found. Enjoy!

Guide on how to find dropshipping products

Demand to Supply (The Trending Dropshipping Product Research)

This method consists of finding the hot products to dropship which are currently popular or widely discussed online. Besides, they are most searched in search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, or social media.

Choosing hot products to dropship on your eBay, Shopify or Facebook store can take some time and requires effort. The big chunk of this task is doing the dropshipping product research with the right research tools, finding in-demand products that are profitable enough to consider. And, the other part is putting those products in your store and testing them. And we are moving right along!

Step 1: Find a Trend

Trending products can be easy and difficult to dropship at the same time. The trending items are popular but they have too many competing sellers. This may result in a very low-profit margin for you. One proven trick is to find a unique product within the same category of the trending product. Go ahead! You can do it!

Step 2: Calculate the Price-to-beat

Once you find the product, you need to know how to compare and calculate the prices considering the fees and taxes you have to include in its final price.

Step 3: Find the Right Product

All of the dropshippers around the world know that this step is a time-consuming journey through different paid and free dropshipping suppliers in search of the right hot product to dropship. Thus, what is the most truly effective product research tools to help you find great products?

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Product Research Tools You Can Use to Find Dropshipping Products

Surely you can do dropshipping product research by yourself, but it will take much time, especially at the beginning. It’s awesome that nowadays the technology progress allows us to use many handy product research tools to reach our goal faster. The question is only which market research tool to use? 

Free product research tools

Firstly, let’s see free tools that can be helpful in finding great items to sell online.

DSM Tool Upcoming Events Calendar

Firstly, in DSM Tool, we have a feature that helps you as a seller to know when you need to do dropshipping product research. Let’s go to your DSM Tool account and follow the hints to find great products for dropshipping

DSM Tool Upcoming Events Calendar

The dashboard page in your DSM Tool account shows significant upcoming events and dropshipping product ideas which you can use to a good advantage. By the way, it also gives hints on what keywords to include in the product listing title.

Besides, you can follow the eCommerce calendar to be ready for holidays and big sales events in time.

DSM Auto-Paste Tool: Product Search

Secondly, the Product Search is another feature of the DSM Auto Paste Chrome Extension that will serve you for effective product research. It’s absolutely simple to use and works perfectly with a great number of supported dropshipping suppliers. The tool opens the websites of the supported suppliers you selected in the new tabs of your Google Chrome browser and all you need to do is just type the name of your hot product to dropship.

DSM Tool extension for dropshipping product search

DSM Auto-Paste Product Search Tool

Read the DSM Auto Paste: Product Search article to know more about this feature.

Explore eBay to find products to dropship

Explore eBay is managed by eBay, it showcases trendy products, best sellers, and presents a pricing tool that gives you an idea of how many items are sold.

eBay explore to find products to dropship
eBay trendy products

PRO TIP: For more detailed information on how to use this website to find products to dropship to your store, please refer to the article How to find products for Shopify using eBay Explore: Your Ideal Scheme to Source Products!

AmzChart — for Amazon dropshipping

AmzChart is quite popular these days. It has received quite a lot of positive reviews because of its powerful data analysis ability.  Currently, it’s a free product research tool, you can just register for it and test all the features. Certainly, it provides a huge database for your dropshipping product research, as well it offers complete listings analysis for you to find out the most profitable niche market on Amazon based on different parameters. Additionally, it has a tracking feature for you to follow your competitors and keep informed about critical Amazon product changes, then you can take a fast response. It’s still a free tool, so just save money to test this tool.

AmzChart for finding dropshipping products
AmzChart for dropshipping product research

Canopy as a product research tools

Canopy to research best products on Amazon

Canopy is a site that offers product ideas that you can sell from Amazon. For example, if you are using DSM Tool as a repricing tool for your dropshipping store, specifically for eBay, then this site will surely help you find products to dropship. You can select recommended popular items from Trending to Most Popular or choose the category in which you want to get your dropshipping product.

WatchCount as a product research tool

eBay’s Most Watched/Popular Items and Auctions

WatchCount focuses on the market data of eBay but it is not handled by them. From Most Watched to Completed Items, they got all the data you need to find the hot products for dropshipping. Moreover, another positive aspect of this site is that the data is divided into different eBay sites.

eBay advanced search

You can use eBay Advanced Search to find other eBay sellers or dropshippers and demanding products to sell in your own e-store. There, you can apply filters including price range, item condition, or listing format, to your search results to find exactly what you’re after.  It’s useful for getting product ideas and SEO listing optimization.

ebay advanced search
Advanced search on eBay

Google Shopping Insights to find products to dropship

Google also has their own tool that helps online sellers to find what is good to sell, it is Google Shopping Insights.

Category selection can help to find dropshipping products
Analysis page of Google tools

This Google tool gives sellers an idea of what products are in demand and what is not. Search for any product you can think of and want to sell in your store and this tool will give the statistics you need to know.

Trend Hunter for dropshipping product research

Data Trends for dropshipping product research
Data Trends for dropshipping product research

Considered as the biggest website for dropshipping products research and finding the trending products. Actually, it’s not just for products but also for other topics like news, fashion, technology, etc. Trend Hunter is pretty reliable when it comes to the data because they are partnering with big companies.

Best Seller Section for dropshipping product research

Supplier's Best Sellers Section for dropshipping product research
Supplier’s Best Sellers Section for dropshipping product research

First of all, check the Best Sellers section of your preferred supplier where you can find great products for dropshipping and items sold multiple times. This is a good idea for you especially if you need to choose what niche you are drawing into.

On the other hand, this way to find products to dropship is not a 100% guarantee that it will give a sale right away, however, you should be aware of the public demand. Still, you need to consider the marketplace you will sell the item on and many other factors.

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Terapeak to find products to dropship

Likewise WatchCount, Terapeak mainly focuses on eBay sellers. The only difference consists in the fact that it’s a paid service. Most importantly, it is also effective for researching products on eBay and other e-commerce marketplaces like Amazon.

Terapeak to find products to dropshipTerapeak product research

Though the price for this tool is kind of expensive, the service is great and it can really help to find profitable products to sell on eBay or other online stores.

PRO TIP: You can learn how to use this product and market research tool in the article about  Terapeak eBay research tool, and see how to search easiest things to dropship with Terapeak in this video: 

A masterclass about dropshipping product research

FindNiche for dropshipping product research

If you’re starting an eBay or Shopify store, FindNiche is the perfect product research tool for you. It can help you to find niche products to keep ahead of your competitors and run an analysis using valuable insights about the latest trends. The tool contains the data of over 6M AliExpress products and daily renewal of 3M products, so you can access the massive database and keep track of the trending products.

In parallel, it provides different filters, except for some basic filters, such as category, release date, etc, it also has advanced filters, for instance, low competition, high ROIC, for you to make product research effectively. Importantly, it works with the feature to recommend daily niches based on its powerful analytic ability, thus you can get ideas about what to sell by keeping attention on the regular recommendation.

FindNiche for dropshipping product research
FindNiche tool to find products to dropship

BuzzSumo product research tool

This is an incredible online tool that helps to discover what content is well known by a certain topic and on which website.

BuzzSumo content searchBuzzSumo content search

Sometimes it takes long hours of researching the content on the internet for us to know what people are talking and thinking about. BuzzSumo lets you search content or topic and sends back social media sites related to what you have searched. You can go to the social media websites in the result and check if there are any products featured there. It has a trial version. Check it!

BuzzSumo tool for content analysisContent Analyzer

Shelftrend product research tool

Shelftrend is also a good tool for finding products on eBay, it gives a deeper understanding of the top-selling products of your competitors.

Shelftrend product research toolProduct Analysis Board

Search any product by the name and you will instantly get results like price, a number of listings, and all other vital information about the best representatives in the sector.

Zik Analytics for dropshipping product research

Most often called Zik is one of the popular dropshipping tools that helps sellers find profit-making items to sell in their stores and it gives lots of helpful pieces of advice on how to sell the items fast by categorizing them on the first page of eBay search results.

Zik Analytics for dropshipping product researchAnalytics Product Research 

Different extra tools for dropshipping product research, like analytics data, are included in this tool o help you to find the best products. They have 7 days of free trial to check the product and after that, you need to subscribe to their plan to continue using the service.

Zik Analytics to find products to dropshipDropshipping Product Research Results

Thieve for finding products to dropship

Thieve gives trending product ideas from AliExpress. Using this website is absolutely simple! Pick an item from the current list of products or go specifically to the categories that you like.

Thieve for dropshipping product researchThieve researches best products from AliExpress


You can spend dozens of hours in search of your profitable product, but without the right product research tools and techniques you can come up short. This guide led you to helpful sites and tools for doing dropshipping product research and finding great products to sell.

Additionally, you can get familiar with another way to find profitable dropshipping products, the so-called sniping method. Read our guidance on how to snipe products to learn more about this technique.

In order for the drop shipping sphere to become an open book to you, do not hesitate to join our YouTube channel and DSM Tool Drop Shipping Community! We will be glad to see you among the members of our friendly DSM Tool family!

Have you used a different strategy to successfully find products to sell online? Still not sure what to sell? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Written by Kfir Shapira

Kfir is a Co-Founder and the CEO of DSM Tool. He is working with eBay since 2008 and 8 years later in 2016 joined the founding team of a revolutionary drop shipping management platform - DSM Tool. He has a B.A in Business and Entrepreneurship from IDC Herzeliya. Kfir also plays the drums and owns a dog named "Bamba".

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  1. Thank you Kfir for your informative and well-researched post. got a lot of valuable info about effective product research tools and techniques. Especially the Paid ones, like Shelftrend & Zik, I didn't know about them. I usually use Google Shopping Insights to find the product but now I think need to move to some paid one. But I'm confused about which one will be better for me? I want a tool with a mid-range cost. Can you suggest me specific one?

    • Hello Amy,
      Thank you for your feedback!
      Regarding your question, the DSM Tool team is working on something interesting that will provide you a solution. Hopefully, we will present it in a couple of weeks.

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