I just wanted to follow up with my own answers since a lot of time has gone by and I have learned a lot by shear experience and trial and error. This issue was solved when I learned that I can find my items on Aliexpress and then copy the link for the web page. Then over in Oberlo instead of doing the same search over, use the import using url feature. This lets Oberlo find the same item you did in Aliexpress.
Hope this helps someone down the road.