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How to Not Get SUED When Dropshipping (w/ Aliexpress & Shopify)

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Afraid of getting sued when dropshipping? Watch this video! ►► FREE - How to Make $10,000/Month: http://wholesaleted.com/4-step ►► How to Dropship from Aliexpress: https://youtu.be/2CWrd2gdTIs PLEASE NOTE: We are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice. For legal advice, please contact a lawyer. Question 1: Will you get sued if you use product images from Aliexpress suppliers? The answer to this is almost certainly no. In China, the culture around copyright is very different to the western world. In China, the culture around copyright is that if something can be easily copied and can benefit others, then that is more important than protecting the rights of a single individual. It is a cultural difference. As a result, it’s very easy to get away with piracy in China, which is why pirated movies/music/games are sold freely on the streets. In fact, Chinese manufacturers copy each other all the time. Not only do they produce the same products, they steal images from each other. If you go to Aliexpress you will see that different manufacturers are producing the same items, and they are using the same images. As a result, it is extremely unlikely that any Aliexpress supplier would try to pursue you in court for any copyright issues. If they were going to sue anyone - it would be the manufacturers that are copying them - although due to the cultural differences, that is also extremely unlikely. If you’re still worried, you can contact the Aliexpress suppliers and ask them if they are OK with you reusing their images. Question 2: How Can I Avoid Being Sued for Copyright Images? They might not care in China if you copy images - but in the west, they sure do! Even if your website is not making any money, you can still be pursued legally and sued for using images without permission - so it’s very important that you don’t use copyrighted images on your website! A good place to find images you can use is with Google Images: 1) Go to Google Images 2) Click settings. 3) Click advanced search. 4) Type in what you’re searching for. 5) Scroll down to usage rights. Select “free to use, share or modify, even commercially.” 6) Click search. You’ll be surprised at how many images you’re allowed to use! So don’t get lazy and use images that are copyrighted. Use Google to find free images you’re allowed to use. Question 3: Can I Sell Aliexpress Products that are Trademarked? No - do NOT sell products that are trademarked. For example, in the video, Sarah compares two items - one that is a generic self-stir mug, and one that is a self-stir mug with Harry Potter imagery on it. Do NOT sell the Harry Potter mug, as it is illegal. If you sell products with trademarks, you aren’t just risking getting sued - you’re risking having legal action taken against you.
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Wholesale Ted (11 months ago)
As always - if you've got any questions, please leave them in the comments section. We try and answer as many as we can!
Vinod Anand (2 months ago)
Hi Sara, Can you please answer my query please. I own a women's fashion store dropshipped from aliexpress. The clothing product images has models. The same picture is being used by various different aliexpress stores. Will I be sued for using those images, Im planning to use those images with model for FB ads. Thanks, Vinod
Timothee Louis (5 months ago)
Ok so im planning to buy various merchandise from different companies which all have logos and what not on their products. what i would like to do is sell those items not individually but as a package. my intentions is to sell my services of gathering and assembling different products that correlates well within a theme so that my consumers wont have to do the work themselves. if i where to list these items in the product description and use a photo that showcases how the items would look together would i still be at risk of any copyright/ trade mark infringements...or any other type of legal problems?
Jay Twix (6 months ago)
hi sarah or wholesale ted how can u guys help my webstore to take to another level im nt yet earning anything on my website as dropship 😞
syed usman (6 months ago)
Can you use oberlo shopify products freely. without permission. so u dont get sued. plz reply.
dixant adhi (6 months ago)
Wholesale Ted Is is ok to be Lazy and use the images form ali express having small logo/name of the wholesaler at the corner of the picture???
Lukáš Karpíšek (18 hours ago)
How to find trademarks ?
Emily (4 days ago)
So.....what images are you supposed to use, then?
Hector Lopez (18 days ago)
wassup with the thumbnail? Looks like you ***** ****
Khemm Etoc (27 days ago)
i learned a lot from this video !
Michael Williamson (1 month ago)
Hello WST, What are the legal requirements for dropshipping, do you need business license LLC, tax # etc? If so, does all this need to be done prior to starting store on Shopify? Thanks so much. ..
AndrewIsAverage (1 month ago)
When I make a sale do I manually put a customers address into the suppliers website or use a bot?
Edinise Moreira (1 month ago)
Great video! Short and right to the point!!!!
xiaoqian Zhang (1 month ago)
It's helpful to me!
Obaid Rehman (1 month ago)
Is it possible to show delivery bar showing delivery charges types of delivery on you wordpress store?
JLStone CT (1 month ago)
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vardant soft (1 month ago)
https://goo.gl/5SZR2j Visual branding is an easy and effective way to make products stand out from the crowded marketplace. Creating a brand-specific look is easier than you think. https://goo.gl/5SZR2j * Why a Logo Is Important to Your Brand Logos act as the face of your business. They’re a visual display of what your company stands for, and can be used to promote your brand both online and offline
INFO WARS (1 month ago)
Hey Guys How about Hey I'm a man hater!
Vincent lzxn (1 month ago)
Will the suppliers selling trademarked item get sued? Thanks Sarah
Erik Ruiz (1 month ago)
Can I post on social media the regular product images from aliexpress?
Vinod Anand (2 months ago)
Hi Sara, Can you please answer my query please. I own a women's fashion store dropshipped from aliexpress. The clothing product images has models. The same picture is being used by various different aliexpress stores. Will I be sued for using those images, Im planning to use those images with model for FB ads. Thanks, Vinod
Nasivate Blind Lifestyle (2 months ago)
I nearly got sued for $1M (please don't sell trademarked items, the reason they are soo common is that they are easy to sell, if you thinking about it "i won't get caught" murphys law states you will"
Bairagi Shivaay (2 months ago)
Awesome dear
test user (2 months ago)
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test user (2 months ago)
ur beautiful.... true ...especially I like ur accent.... and ur face
shukur razali (2 months ago)
If i sell original product with different image, is that potentially i can get sue?
Blooming Kickz (2 months ago)
WRooM Auto (2 months ago)
1:48 Go China
Dcartracker (2 months ago)
I am being sued for using a product pictures from AliExpress. The firm sueing me said that the manufacturer do not have the right to let me use the picture. But the manufacturer said that I am allowed to used their product pictures. I am confused, and the are asking me for $75000.00
rock qtr (1 month ago)
Are you serious?
Digital C (2 months ago)
You’re super knowledgeable. What about using product stock photos from US? eBay has VeRO. What if you dropship a product on Shopify or elsewhere that hasn’t been flagged as VeRO? Let’s say you don’t have an official relationship with a manufacture you are just reselling?
Aron Varga (2 months ago)
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Aleksei (2 months ago)
How do I know if its trademarked or not?
sflxn (2 months ago)
"Tiknically." Great accent. Keep it up.
Nafi Seye (2 months ago)
Hello Sarah, Thankyou for the free tips! Could you dropship from any e-retail website ?
KTV (2 months ago)
DAMN! Gotta love New Zealand, huh? Gotta also love being broke, I guess... #suemexx
Parker Heiden (2 months ago)
Does it count as a trademarked product if it is from a supplier from aliexpress and they have their own little brand name on it? Like for example a clothing item..
Djoko97 (2 months ago)
Legally yes, but some are just "dummy" brands. Check if it's really registred already.
Ahmed Bawazir (2 months ago)
Do you have any videos on liability regarding products sold? If a product is defective and burns somones house down, are drop shippers of that product liable? Thanks in advance.
bil express (2 months ago)
make a video about aliexpress global shipping rate and amazon shipping rate. if we use aliexpress epacket service
Dan Savit (3 months ago)
Is it possible to get permission to sell trademarked products?
DarkSideOfTheNoon (3 months ago)
what about selling a chinese phone charger that electrocutes a buyer?
Djoko97 (2 months ago)
You better have a company and good lawyers.
Emma Fedina (3 months ago)
what different between 1 and second question?
Viki Ye (3 months ago)
Why not use your own original images and video? Then it will never get SUED
Robin Bird Games (3 months ago)
If I'm selling baby items like clothing and accessories, can I use the manufacturer images that feature models? With normal products, it is easy to model a mug or a pen by anyone but I don't have a baby readily available without hiring a baby model to take my own images.
Isaias Ortiz (3 months ago)
Hello! Thank you for sharing your knowledge in your videos. I don't know if this is a silly question. There are brands selling products in Alliexpress (not famous brands, but brands that appear to be selling their own products). Are these legit and is it ok to sell their products as a drop shipper? Thanks in advance!
Amber Kristine (3 months ago)
You hurt my heart but saved my butt as I was about to post up LOTS of Disney kids clothes. Thank you!!
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Grizzly (3 months ago)
Fuck off you thirsty cunt
Michelle Geoghegan (3 months ago)
So if you find a suppliers droppship a copy of a handbag that looks the same as Louis Vutton ................can you sell on your website say the real is $1,ooo you sell for $30.00 but it is NOT the same quality............ can and who can Sue you ? Louis Vutton? ........are there instance fines?............ I want to droppship them though Shopfiy .... do you have a link we can go to for the copyright Laws .................... I live in AUSTRALIA ..Thanks
Michelle Geoghegan (3 months ago)
Ok Thanks
Wholesale Ted (3 months ago)
If it looks the same, you can't sell it, even if you include the disclaimer.
SM BIPLOB (3 months ago)
can i sell any kind of phone from my store. like iPhone or any Chinese company phone , like used phone or refurbished phone or new phone? is it legal?
Personality Central (3 months ago)
How can you tell which products are trademarked or not? Is anything from mainstream culture trademarked? I’m confused as to where the line is drawn
Laura Iverson (3 months ago)
Aliexpress has been illegally selling products with my art on them as far back as 2005. I've tried everything to get them to stop. I'm told by attorneys that the US doesn't have standing in China so my only recourse is to report the items once they cross into any other country. I've had an 80% drop in sales over it because of people making money off my art, which is, apparently, wildly popular. I would assume that any item with artwork on it belongs to somebody. Unless you created the art yourself, it falls to you to either find the artist who created the piece, or do without it in your store. This issue hurts average people just trying to make a living off what they create.
Laura Iverson (3 months ago)
I have some screenshots I can send you. Or search "3 black cats jewelry" on aliexpress. rinhoo is a big company there. They use approximately 30 of my paintings illegally.
Wholesale Ted (3 months ago)
Hi Laura, could you link me to an example product that is doing that? Thanks!
wilby Marcellus (3 months ago)
Hi I want to know if I can dropshipping Apple and Samsung phone?
Rick Bart Riochet (3 months ago)
what if I use a fake address and a virtual credit card can I get tracked down and sued??
Lyrok Dark (3 months ago)
Very helpful ! Thank you very much
ScreamingBanchie (3 months ago)
Love the voice!
Colton Kuhn (4 months ago)
Soooooo, I see that Worldofharry.com is down. What happened?
Kid Carlomagno (3 hours ago)
An angry sorcerer did it
Tony C (4 months ago)
Not a single comment on this video has been replied to lol
Tony C (4 months ago)
Oops. For some reason it wasn't showing any comments had been replied to at all. Then I came back to the page when you replied and all the comments are showing. Sorryyyy
Wholesale Ted (4 months ago)
That is definitely not true Tony. I can't reply to every single comment on my videos. The policy is I reply to comments for the first few hours and then after that I reply when I get the chance. It is not fair or realistic to expect me to reply to all comments on this channel.
J Cooper (4 months ago)
Hi I have a question, is it legal to screenshot review pictures and use them in your listings? Thanks
cedrix57 (4 months ago)
In most country in the european union, you are responsible of checking the quality of the product. So let say you sell a tshirt from china to a french customer. If the customer get an allergy because a special ink were use, you can get sued… While my example is very unlikely to happen, it is more easy to have a product with a electrical product.
Just Eddie (4 months ago)
Hello Wholesale Ted. I've noticed that all products on Aliexpress are from a specific brand. Does that mean that every product could get me sued? Or am I fine as long as the brand or logo isn't displayed on the product? Thank you
nbaking2 (4 months ago)
where can i find commercial videos for aliexpress products? (besides making them on my own, since we are testing 20+ products)
Source Feezy (4 months ago)
all I see in this video is a jaw
Liz Donnelly (4 months ago)
Please answer me? I need to know how to copy and paste their pictures so that I dont published their logos? And Can I use photos with models????? Thank you
Tyler Hernandez (4 months ago)
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WinstonG (4 months ago)
This is an excellent video, with great information, and accompanied by a person with a welcoming personality. Thank you for not putting me to sleep.
Terry P Dennison (4 months ago)
I know this might sound stupid but I am totally new to this. Please help me understand how I know if a product is trademarked
Anushree Gattani (4 months ago)
I have a question.. Stores like shein and romwe sells same products as AliExpress but infact at a cheaper price. Why would anyone buy from my AliExpress dropshipping store??
Creca Sin (4 months ago)
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david liović (4 months ago)
Can you use from the supplier images from the comment section? You are selling panties that supplier has reviews about the product. Somebody post a good review and post his picture with the face. Can I use his photo from reviews and put in my store description?
is it legit to start dropshipping business in Australia ?? from aliexpress
B.I. B.E. (4 months ago)
Forgive me I have a dumb question I'm new to Drop Shipping thing. Where do you sell your items is it on eBay or on AliExpress?
Chujowe Recenzje (4 months ago)
u got ligma man
Paolo Jiz de ortega (5 months ago)
How about necklaces or molded figurines with characters from popular movies and shows but doesnt necessarily have the trademark?
Wholesale Ted (5 months ago)
Those characters are protected by copyright. Stay away!
Jacqueline (5 months ago)
Can I Dropship fashion clothes that has Chinese trademarks on it, I am planning to remove it using Photoshop and put it on my Store. As, I have seen those brands are also selling in the US and UK. Like ROMWE
Bobobino Ltd (5 months ago)
is it legal to use aliexpress reviews in your store
Julie (5 months ago)
Hi Sarah, I was wondering if I can sell Beyonce phone cases from aliexpress?
tech gadgets (5 months ago)
how to dropship products which are branded in aliexpress and have a logo on it for example https://www.aliexpress.com/item/SINOBI-Men-Watch-S-Shock-Military-Watch-for-Man-Eagle-Claw-Leather-Strap-Sport-Quartz-Watches/32831342706.html?spm=2114.search0604.3.3.54d014558MEpWn&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10152_10151_10065_10068_10344_10342_10325_10546_10343_10340_10548_10341_10696_10084_10083_10618_10307_10059_100031_524_10103_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_30,ppcSwitch_5&algo_expid=a3ed15d5-f313-4e4e-abef-786406300c1d-0&algo_pvid=a3ed15d5-f313-4e4e-abef-786406300c1d&priceBeautifyAB=0
TheFuzzyLucario (5 months ago)
How do I tell I determine if an item is trademarked?
Wholesale Ted (5 months ago)
There is no "guide" besides Googling the product and seeing what you find... but usually it's pretty obvious! The brands that get copied are popular ones, things like Star Wars.
Colby c (5 months ago)
so If Im Selling Watches On My Store And One Of Them Has A Name On the face of the watch i cant sell it? so basically i have to find a supplier that doesn't have a brand name which is like what...Not real?
Nan Yan (5 months ago)
Sarah, thanks for this video. Very helpful. But I still have a question, how can you know a product is trademarked or not? I found some pretty phone cases on Aliexpress and would like to drop ship them. But I also found some other drop shippers are already selling some of them and on Etsy there are some sellers already did this. How can I know that those phone cases are not trademarked though? Many thanks.
I hear a KIWI lol.
Piracy in China has occurred for 100's of years, it is documented in coin catalogs in the 1890's.
91 Not Out (5 months ago)
ok fine, but how to know whether the brand is trademarked or not...as there are many chinese brand also in aliexpress
Mohd Afnan (6 months ago)
Then how people are doing dropshipping on amazon, buying stuff from walmart and selling it on amazon
Rebecca Arnold (6 months ago)
What if your Ali express supplier is using images unlawfully? I heard of one guy who got sued because of this even though he got his images from Ali express, he got sued and not his supplier
Rezonite (6 months ago)
I did . Love ya.
armondtanz (6 months ago)
i had a friend who had a friend and that friend befriended a third friend who never knew of the other friends and now those friends are not friends anymore.
U J (2 months ago)
do they drop ship too?
Joel Reynolds (6 months ago)
Thanks for this video. You covered copyright and trademark but what about patented items? Wouldn't it be easy to accidentally infringe on a company's patent when importing items from China via AliExpress? How does one avoid that issue?
GOOD BAD (6 months ago)
I’ve got a question - theres tons of products on aliexpress that are branded and got trademark which we can’t sell. so how we determine which is which easily?
Poe Bear (6 months ago)
Or you know, just not order from them because they steal from small named artists. Pretty messed up if you want to help others get away with it.
Corey Douglas (6 months ago)
Ok how do we know the items are trademark from Aliexpress ? For example if you sell a pair of socks the pack may have a weird company name you never hear of .
Darla Messenger (6 months ago)
The problem is not actually getting sued by Chinese people, but getting sued by non Chinese persons who's images have been stolen by the Chinese, then you copy them and use them unknowingly.
Iryna Do (1 month ago)
+U J that is kind of obvious no-no. i would not sell any of the marvels, movie related stuff. too risky
U J (2 months ago)
yaah lol I was so confused. I don't care about a supplier in China, Im worries about like Marvel suing my ass for selling a t-shirt with thor on it lmao
Priscilla Coral (6 months ago)
Can someone answer this for me. I copied a video ad for my shopify store product but removed their name and put my own and cahnged the song, same video though, is that illegal?
Wholesale Ted (6 months ago)
It is illegal. There is a good chance you'll get away with it, but it's still illegal and I've seen stores get shut down for doing it, so I can't recommend it!
Hakim Nimo (7 months ago)
Good communication skills, Thanks for the informative video
Javier JJ (7 months ago)
Hello. Your video has clarified s few questions I had. However, I'm not sure about something. Almost everything on Aliexpress has a brand. How does a product not trademarked look like? I'm a bit confused about this. Thank you.
Janine Starke (7 months ago)
I love it the way you inform us in a very down to earth way!! I want to ask something, some product images have the name of the supplier on it, is it better to take it off? I suppose keeping it in on is not a good idea, for your own business sake.... Thanks for your answer.
Wholesale Ted (7 months ago)
Hi Janie, thank you! And yes I would strongly recommend you remove the names off the images :)
Joni Siano (7 months ago)
I was looking at a Game of Thrones regular mug that you just drink out of. A regular mug with just a picture of the TV show Game of Thrones is that trademarked also?
Joni Siano (7 months ago)
Im glad I saw your video because I did not know that! Thank you
Wholesale Ted (7 months ago)
Yes Joni - I do NOT recommend selling that!
TRiaNO (7 months ago)
what about movie and video games action figures ?
Matt Allen (7 months ago)
Hey newbie question from a fellow NZer...in terms of protecting yourself as a kiwi doing business in USA do you run your business through a LLC formed in the USA or NZ? I suppose it also depends on how you can avoid the most tax on your profits?
Wholesale Ted (7 months ago)
There is no need for you to form an LLC in the USA. Form it in NZ, much more relevant!
George Ilavsky (7 months ago)
So what if that self stir mug was trademarked. It isn’t a trademark like Harry Potter but it would still be trademarked. Then I guess it couldn’t be sold unless you got permission.
Wholesale Ted (7 months ago)
If it was trademarked then YES - that would not be suitable to dropship/sell.
Alexander Levit (7 months ago)
Do you agree to place the Refund & Shipping details clearly not only in the FAQ's section but also on each individual product your selling to reinforce the details of both & use it to protect you if there's impatient customers?
Chris R. (7 months ago)
So if I buy a mug at a restaurant and then sell it is this not allowed to your knowledge?
Tony C (7 months ago)
Regarding question #3 starting at https://youtu.be/DtEkAyKapds?t=5m36s How are we (realistically) ever supposed to know if something is trademarked? Your example regarded Harry Potter, which is something nearly everyone is going to know as trademarked. However, what if there's a t-shirt that says Nirvana on it, but not sure if it refers to the band or the noun?

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