Hi Rachel,and Bill,
I thought I'd share this information with you guys and anyone else but over the last month I have made over roughly 700USD just mainly dropshipping products from China using 2 different suppliers wherein one of them I found via AliExpress - very reliable as they manufacture their own goods and it is unbranded. Selling one of my items for 52 dollars on eBay so far I've got over 40 watchers and over 1,200 views and growing.
AliExpress is pretty safe. The seller will not receive funds until the item has been shipped. I've shipped over 10 different items; 6 or 7 from AliE express and the rest was another Chinese site. I sold a Holloween item for 220USD but only to find out it was out of stock so my Chinese supplier gave me a full refund.
Chinese websites are good if you find unbranded items or if you do find a branded one, you should ask yourself if its real or not.
I hope this can help.