If you have not been living under a rock the past few years, you have definitely heard about AliExpress and ordered from it, or at least know someone who has ordered from the popular shopping site. Currently, no one can stand up to AliExpress in terms of being a supplier for dropshippers. But there is still one drawback to it, and it is the fact that they do not provide invoices when you order something from them.
So if you are a dropshipper or just someone who orders in bulk, it’s a real pain in the ass for you. Additionally, the lack of any invoices causes problems with the customs officials too, and this will be definitely a problem if you have ordered a large number of products to a different country. And it is quite understandable too, as you need these invoices to keep a record of your purchases for bookkeeping purchases as well in tax returns filing season. Gotta keep those records up to date!
Now you must have searched the internet high and low to find the perfect solution to it and only ended up with a multitude of different answers from people but not a proper solution. So what if I tell you there is a perfect answer to your problem? Yes! And I am neither lying nor overselling it.
So there’s this freemium chrome extension called AliBilling, which gives you the order details of your purchases, you can then print or save a soft copy in PDF format as well. AliBilling provides you with the purchase details of all your past as well as current orders, all with the click of just one button.
So, according to their website, they claim to be an “AliExpress Order Details Downloader”. So the deal is, you need to download their chrome extension, and then sign up using your mail address on their website.
After you sign up, you are redirected to a page with a form to fill up details of your company, such as its name and address, which will be shown in the invoice.
They have given the default vendor is filled as “Alibaba (China) Co. Ltd.”, and you can customize it according to your needs. Just click on this tab in the dashboard on the left, and then select the option “ADD VENDOR”. After you are done, you can add additional “Vendor Attributes” through this as well. Pay attention to filling in the correct values, as these will also appear on the invoice, i.e. your invoice for administrative purposes.
Once you are done, enter your company’s details in this form. You can add different attributes of your choice such as tax details such as GST in this form as well. Then, you are done.
To avail this service for a longer period of time, you need to pay a negligible amount though. The pricing is as follows. As you can see, they are very less considering what you will be getting in return. Still, just in case you want to see how the order details will look like, you get 5 free invoices to download when you sign up, so you can get an idea about it.
After this, head over to the AliExpress website and log in to your account. Then open the “Orders” page. Now, as you can see, there will be this button saying “Download Order Details” next to all your orders, past as well as new. Just click on it, a print-ready PDF file will be downloaded with all the details and that’s it! I wasn’t bluffing, it’s that easy. Now you can simply print it out or save a soft copy for your future uses, whatever you wish to do.
Here’s a sample of the invoice that you get –
Overall, AliBilling looks quite solid to me, it does what it says it does, no doubt about it, but, I think there’s still one thing that can be improved upon. As you may have noticed, integration with Oberlo to link Shopify orders with AliExpress invoices is missing. If they somehow come up with a solution to that, they would be unrivaled in this category in the market. But, in spite of this, considering what they are offering in the price range, I would still declare them the top dog!