One of the advantages of ecommerce, and especially dropshipping, is that anywhere in the world with an internet connection can be a target market.\r\n\r\nAfter all, you\u2019re not looking for foot traffic to your physical store. You\u2019re looking for web traffic in your online store.\r\n\r\nThat said, some markets are better than others. This post will look at Oberlo\u2019s own data and hit on some of the best places for you to sell. We\u2019ll look at:\r\n\r\n \tThe best countries to dropship to\r\n \tThe biggest markets for dropshippers\r\n \tA few less obvious markets that outperform their populations\r\n \tSome of the traits that the best performing markets have in common\r\n\r\nSo if you\u2019ve ever wondered about the best countries to dropship to, read on!\r\nThe Best Countries For Dropshipping\r\nNo Doubt: The US is the Top Market\r\nWe\u2019re going to devote a lot of ink to all of the countries where you can dropship other than the United States. But before we do, let\u2019s be clear that the United States is a huge market for Oberlo merchants.\r\n\r\nWe thumbed through some data and identified which countries placed the most orders for Oberlo-sourced products in 2017. Here is what the Top 10 looks like, sans the United States:\r\nAnd now, with the US:\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s splice that another way: Total orders from the US versus total orders from the rest of the world:\r\n\r\nYeah, the United States is definitely the top dog when it comes to generating dropshipping sales. It\u2019s not hard to cook up theories for why that is. It\u2019s the biggest economy in the world, for starters, and has the most mature ecommerce industry around. Amazon is from the US, eBay is from the US, Etsy is from the US, and on and on. Oh, and the US has launched more ecommerce stores with Oberlo than any other country for three straight years.\r\n\r\nOf course, there are some drawbacks to targeting the US. The market is thoroughly saturated, which both increases competition and drives up advertising costs.\r\n\r\nSo with all due respect to the States, let\u2019s take a closer look at some other countries that you should consider as you build your marketing campaigns and dropshipping strategy.\r\nScandinavia FTW\r\nOberblo's list of top 20 markets for merchants is thoroughly diverse. Countries span North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The languages spoken include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, as well as the 780 languages spoken in India. \r\n\r\nDespite this diversity, however, you can\u2019t help but notice that Scandinavia \u2013 those three sparsely-populated countries sitting atop Europe \u2013 is very well represented and could be the best countries to target for dropshipping. When we look at where Oberlo orders were sent, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark all sit in the 11-20 range.\r\n\r\nThis is noteworthy for a few reasons. Here is that 11-20 group by population:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOkay, India (1.3 billion) and Mexico (127 million) kind of skew things. Here is that same group, minus India and Mexico:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNow we can see just how petite Norway (NO), Sweden (SE), and Denmark (DK) are. Sure, New Zealand (NZ) and Ireland (IE) have even smaller populations, but Scandinavian countries combined have about 21 million people.\r\n\r\nSo why are they such good countries for dropshipping? Let\u2019s speculate.\r\n\r\nFirst off, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have spending power. As anyone who\u2019s ever gone out for a drink in Oslo or Copenhagen knows, these countries are expensive. According to the International Monetary Fund, all three are among the 11 most affluent countries in the world, per capita.\r\n\r\nBut that\u2019s part of the beauty of dropshipping: You can sell to markets with huge spending power without having to pay local prices. You\u2019re not paying Scandinavian manufacturers to produce products, and you\u2019re not paying Scandinavian rent prices to own a store.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019re launching Facebook campaigns and including those countries in your location filters. And chances are that whatever you\u2019re charging for your dropshipping products, it\u2019s not as much as Scandinavians are accustomed to paying for local brands.\r\n\r\nAnother possible factor: People in these countries speak exceptional English. In all three countries, more than 85 percent of the population speaks English.\r\n\r\nEnglish isn\u2019t the official language of dropshipping. There is no official language. But it\u2019s a good one to have in your back pocket. A Facebook ad or catchy Instagram post in English will have a bigger potential reach than a Facebook ad in, say, French.\r\n\r\nSo remember that Scandinavia is a place where your English headlines and product descriptions will be understood. And not only that, understood by people who, on average, have more money to spend at your store than just about anybody else.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAre there more trees than people? Maybe. But #Sweden is still a high-potential ecommerce market. \ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddea This country's population has major purchasing power. What's more, most Swedes speak English. But you tell us: Would you try marketing to Sweden?\r\nA post shared by Oberlo (@oberloapp) on Jul 3, 2018 at 6:35am PDT\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDropshipping in Australia\r\nDropshipping in Australia still has room to grow. By 2021, online sales across the country are expected to reach $15.44 billion, which shows the growing popularity the industry is having. But what are the areas that can make you the most profit when dropshipping in Australia? In 2018, the top categories by orders include:\r\n\r\n \tWomen\u2019s Clothing\r\n \tHome and Garden\r\n \tBeauty and Health\r\n \tJewelry and Accessories\r\n \tSports and Entertainment\r\n\r\n\r\nAs a fast growing market, Australia has the potential to push your ecommerce store to huge success without having to alter your marketing material from English. Possibilities are endless with this market, as many of the popular payment gateways operate in this country, such as PayPal, PaymentExpress, and Shopify Payments.\r\nOnline Businesses in France\r\nWith a population of 66.9 million people and an expected GDP per capita of $42,400 by 2022, France has a growing ecommerce landscape that makes for an enticing dropshipping market. France came in among the top 5 dropshipping countries by orders in 2017 and 2018, making it a winning market for our merchants to sell in. Does this information interest you? It should. The French care about beauty and health, but also like to indulge in jewelry sales. \r\n\r\n But don\u2019t under-estimate the French market as they have healthy spending in clothing, home decor, and entertainment, according to our historic data.\u00a0\r\n\r\nePacket Delivery\r\nHere are the top 20 markets that accounted for the most Oberlo orders in 2017:\r\n\r\n \tUnited States\r\n \tGreat Britain\r\n \tAustralia\r\n \tCanada\r\n \tFrance\r\n \tGermany\r\n \tBrazil\r\n \tItaly\r\n \tNetherlands\r\n \tSpain\r\n \tNew Zealand\r\n \tNorway\r\n \tMexico\r\n \tSweden\r\n \tSwitzerland\r\n \tBelgium\r\n \tIreland\r\n \tDenmark\r\n \tIsrael\r\n \tIndia\r\n\r\nA diverse group, to be sure. Although one thing is consistent across the board: With the exception of India, each country supports ePacket delivery.\r\n\r\nePacket, for those not familiar, is a cheaper, faster delivery method for products coming out of China. Given the high volume of dropshipping products that are sourced from China, ePacket lets store owners offer better delivery options to markets around the world.\r\n\r\nThere is a chicken-or-egg element to this: Are buyers in these countries placing so many orders because of the ePacket delivery system? Or is ePacket available in these markets because they are huge ecommerce players?\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s hard to say, but the fact remains: The top 20 markets for Oberlo merchants are almost exclusively countries that have ePacket.\r\n\r\nIf you want to take advantage of ePacket, it\u2019s one of the filters you can use when you search for products to import into your store inside Oberlo:\r\nHere's the full lowdown on ePacket:\r\nhttps://youtu.be/EqOH9M2yVIE\r\nFacebook Penetration\r\nFacebook is a great way to reach your target audiences. The only catch: Your target audiences need to be on Facebook. So Facebook penetration is something to keep in mind if you use Facebook for marketing.\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s look at a list of countries with the highest Facebook penetration, starting with Taiwan and its 66 percent Facebook penetration, to see if there are top dropshipping countries among the list. The bold countries also appear in the Top 25 of total orders from Oberlo merchants.\r\n\r\n \tTaiwan\r\n \tChile\r\n \tArgentina\r\n \tAustralia\r\n \tUnited Kingdom\r\n \tUnited States\r\n \tCanada\r\n \tMalaysia\r\n \tTurkey\r\n \tFrance\r\n \tBrazil\r\n \tMexico\r\n \tPeru\r\n \tSpain\r\n \tColombia\r\n \tItaly\r\n \tThailand\r\n \tPhilippines\r\n \tVenezuela\r\n \tGermany\r\n \tPoland\r\n\r\nThere are a few things for dropshippers to note.\r\n\r\n* Malaysia, the eighth-ranked country in terms of Facebook penetration, has been 28th, 24th, and 29th in total orders of Oberlo-sourced products from 2016 to 2018.\r\n\r\nAnd this isn\u2019t fueled by Malaysia having a huge population (it\u2019s 45th worldwide) or tons of disposable income (it\u2019s between 40 and 50, depending on the source, in per capita income).\r\n\r\nBut still, Malaysia has consistently accounted for a healthy chunk of Oberlo orders.\r\n\r\n* The Philippines, meanwhile, has for three straight years been in the top 30 in Oberlo-sourced purchases, despite ranking lower than 100 in spending power.\r\n\r\nWe don\u2019t want to make too many assumptions, but we do know that Malaysia and the Philippines have a high rate of Facebook usage, and that there are lots of English speakers in each country: In Malaysia, the majority of residents speak English, and in the Philippines, English is one of two official languages.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re in North America or Europe, Malaysia and the Philippines might seem like the edge of the world. But they\u2019re actually a lot closer to China \u2013 the potential birthplace of the products that you\u2019re selling \u2013 than more \u201ctraditional\u201d markets.\r\n\r\nThese are both countries to keep in mind if you have an English store or set up English ads.\r\nConsiderations Before Dropshipping in Any Country\r\nStarting a dropshipping business in any country is not an easy feat, but knowing the steps you need to take and devising a good plan of action can help you overcome some of the hurdles along the way to make the journey less bumpy. The following 4 considerations are important before you start your dropshipping business in any country, regardless of country size and market saturation. \r\nDecide Your Niche\r\nEvery ecommerce business solves a problem for a customer. The first step in a dropshipping journey is to find a product that serves a purpose\u00a0for your target audience. Write down a few things that would solve some of your problems and start to research the ability for you to turn this into a dropshipping business. Consider your interests and those of your friends and family. Is there a niche here that you can excel in because of your knowledge? The sky is the limit with dropshipping as almost any product can be found on Oberlo.\r\nSelect Dropship Suppliers\r\nSuppliers are hugely important to the success of your business. Finding a supplier that can provide a product that is high quality and delivered to your target country can help create a trusted brand around your business. But finding a supplier that is untrustworthy can ruin the reputation you have sought to build. This is why it is important to build a close relationship with your suppliers and to order samples from them to experience the service first-hand. If you are not happy with the service your potential suppliers give to you, then you shouldn\u2019t choose to do business with them. \r\n\r\nEvery business has different expectations. It is important for you to understand your business expectations and provide high-quality service to your customers always. \r\nProduct Pricing\r\nDropshipping products may seem cheap, therefore charging a lower price than competitors could be a pricing strategy that you think is viable. If you plan on investing in advertising, designers, and website developers though this may not be a good option as you will not earn enough profit to grow your business beyond the start-up stage. Instead consider the investment you will make for your business and factor that into your forecasted sales. Now you can make a decision on pricing that is more in line with your business goals and profitability.\r\nCompetitor Analysis\r\nOnce you choose your products, suppliers, and pricing the final step on your ecommerce setup journey should be a competitor analysis to fully understand the competitive landscape in your market. If you are planning a dropshipping business in certain countries you can factor local competitors in at this stage to really understand the extent of your future marketing efforts. This competitor analysis will also help you understand if your goals and forecasted sales are over-ambitious while trying to build your brand.\r\nBest Countries to Dropship to\r\nOne of the biggest advantages of dropshipping is that you can get your products anywhere. Top dropshipping countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and other \u201cusual suspects\u201d will continue to account for the biggest chunk of Oberlo merchants\u2019 orders. \r\n\r\nThat said, our data shows that the best countries to target for dropshipping and viable dropshipping markets are scattered from Scandinavia to the Asia-Pacific. And you don\u2019t need to do anything to reach them that you wouldn\u2019t be doing already.\r\n\r\nWhile different countries have their own quirks when it comes to shipping, chances are that your suppliers will be able to deliver products to customers no matter where they are.\r\n\r\nSome food for thought the next time you ask yourself which markets to target!\r\nWant to Learn More?\r\n\r\n \tThe Ultimate Shopify Dropshipping Guide\r\n \t7 Headache-Preventing Tips for International Shipping\r\n \tHere Are the Biggest Dropshipping Niches in the Biggest Markets\r\n \tWhat Should You Sell Online?