If your product runs out of stock or you find the same product but at a cheaper price, then you might want to change your product’s supplier. To do that you need to find a replacement product and then use one of the following methods:

  • Map your product variants to change them with product variants from another supplier individually.

  • Replace your product to change your product variants with product variants from another supplier in bulk.

  • Change your product with a product from another supplier for current orders only.


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Considerations

Before you start, check the following table that overviews the three different methods and how they affect your products and orders.

Change the supplier for your product variants individually

Change the supplier for your product variants in bulk

Change the supplier for your current orders only

Product variants are updated in your existing orders that are in the To order status.

Shopify product’s URL and statistics don’t change.

Shopify product ID doesn’t change (affects your product listings in Google and Facebook sales channels).

Product variant details such as title, description, images don’t change in Shopify.

Existing product variants are deleted and then replaced with new product variants


Change the supplier for your product variants individually

If you want to change your product variant with a product variant from another supplier, then you can connect another AliExpress product to your Shopify product and map product variants individually.

Steps:

  1. From your Oberlo admin, click Products.

  2. Click the product that you want to change.

  3. In the AliExpress Products section, click MANAGE VARIANTS.

  4. In the AliExpress Products field, paste the URL of the replacement product that you want to connect to your existing product.

  5. In the AliExpress product and AliExpress variant (cost) columns change the product and its variants to the new product and product variants.

  6. Click SAVE.

You can also connect AliExpress products and map product variants directly from the Orders page. From your Oberlo admin, click Orders > click EDIT next to your order > click Map variants.


Change the supplier for your product variants in bulk

If you want to change your product variants with product variants from another supplier in bulk, then you can replace your product.

Steps:

  1. Find a replacement product and copy the product URL from your browser’s bar.

  2. From your Oberlo admin, click Products.

  3. Click the product that you want to change, and then click REPLACE PRODUCT.

  4. In the AliExpress product field, paste the AliExpress replacement product URL.

  5. Click REPLACE PRODUCT.

  6. Adjust your product details:

    • In the Change title field, adjust your product title.

    • Click the Variants tab, and adjust your product variants details.

    • Click the Description tab, and select whether you want to keep the original Shopify description or adjust it.

    • Click the Pricing tab, and adjust your product price or compare at price. Your product price is automatically updated according to your pricing rules.

    • Click the Images tab, and select whether you want to keep the original Shopify product images or choose new images.

  7. Click IMPORT AND REPLACE.

  8. Optional: If you have any open orders with the old product that haven't been placed yet, then select the new variant that matches the product. Then click REPLACE PRODUCT.


Change the supplier for your current orders only

If you want to change your product’s supplier for your current orders only, then you can replace your order item from the Orders page in Oberlo.

For example, let's say a new supplier runs a sale on a product that you usually purchase from a different supplier. You can replace your order item for your existing orders to use this new supplier and take advantage of the sale, but keep your original supplier for future orders after the sale ends.

Steps:

  1. Find a product to replace the existing order item and copy the product URL from your browser’s bar.

  2. From your Oberlo admin, click Orders.

  3. Click EDIT next to the order item that you want to replace.

  4. Click Replace order item.

  5. In the Replace order item window, paste the replacement product URL.

  6. In the Select variant field, select a product variant that you want to replace with.

  7. Choose whether you want to apply this change to a single order or all orders:

    • To replace your order item for a single order, select Selected order only.

    • To replace your order item for all orders that are in the To order status, select All XX orders in “To order” status.

  8. Click REPLACE.

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