Oberlo has been growing quickly over the past two years. We’ve achieved some great things together, and great success is naturally followed by fierce competition.
We’ve long held the position of not making comparisons. We honestly focus 100% of our attention on our customers. But after receiving several complaints about the Dropified app (formerly Shopified) we had to make an exception.
This article compares Oberlo and Dropified in terms of the following aspects:
- Product Sources – What products can I import?
- Automations – What part of my dropshipping business can I automate?
- Sustainability – Can I trust my business to you?
- Customer Support – Will there be anyone when I need help?
- Reviews – What are other people saying about us?
- Pricing – Do I get for what I pay for?
Product Sources – What products can I import?
Oberlo and Dropified both use AliExpress as their primary source of products. However, Oberlo also offers Oberlo Supply where you can find high quality products from reliable suppliers. The Oberlo team has hand-picked suppliers for the program to ensure the best manufacturers and products.
It’s not a coincidence that AliExpress has become the most popular source of dropshipped products:
- AliExpress has a massive products catalogue. You can find anything on AliExpress.
- AliExpress suppliers quickly react to market trends. When you’re dropshipping, you look for products that will sell. It means they’re trendy, fashionable and up to date.
- AliExpress prices are ridiculously low and suppliers don’t have any MSRP – this means bigger profits for you.
- And most importantly, AliExpress has a unique infrastructure for dropshipping. Most of the suppliers are dropshipping outside of AliExpress anyway. That’s extremely important.
AliExpress is the one of the few marketplaces suitable for dropshipping. Dropified dropshipping and other dropshipping apps might offer other product sources like Walmart or Amazon, but you should never source products from those marketplaces. Here’s why:
Why is AliExpress a great marketplace for dropshipping?
Here’s a quick overview of how AliExpress dropshipping works:
- You import a product from AliExpress to your store,
- Your customer buys that product from you,
- You go to AliExpress, and purchase that product using your customer’s delivery address,
- The supplier ships that product directly to your customer.
Your customers should feel that they received their orders from you. And that’s what usually happens. AliExpress suppliers ship products in unbranded packaging with no identification you’re reselling products from AliExpress. That’s how dropshipping should work.
Try to go through the above process, but replace AliExpress with Amazon. How would your customers feel if they bought a product from you at $20.00 and received a Amazon package with a product carrying a price tag of $10.00?
Only marketplaces like AliExpress and Oberlo Supply are suitable for dropshipping. With Oberlo Supply, it was specifically designed with dropshipping in mind. Oberlo users were looking to sell the best quality products online, and we created this feature to simplify finding products.
Automations – What part of my dropshipping business can I automate?
You probably already know how AliExpress dropshipping works – you add a product to your store and after you receive an order, your supplier ships it directly to your customers for you. You never have to buy or carry expensive inventory.
Oberlo and the Dropified app automate almost every part of your AliExpress dropshipping business so you don’t need to spend hours adding products to your store, or filling in customer information after you receive an order.
In addition, both apps offer a number of other handy automations:
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There are no game changing differences here. Both apps automate the entire business model.
Sustainability – Can I trust you with my business?
You build your entire business around your sourcing solution, which means you should be extremely careful when selecting business partners.
For instance, some Oberlo users see well over $100,000 worth of sales every month. Now imagine what would happen if Oberlo closed tomorrow. Your business would be gone too.
I can assure you it won’t happen with Oberlo. We’re the oldest and the biggest AliExpress dropshipping solution. We’re a team of 45 people and invest a significant amount of our time in building a sustainable and reliable product. We’re also one of the most popular dropshipping apps on the Shopify app store. We have over 20,000 users using our platform. And the number keeps growing each day. We’re committed to Oberlo’s success which is why we keep introducing new features, like Oberlo Supply, to simplify and improve the dropshipping experience for our users.
It’s one of our top priorities – to build a product you can trust for your business.
We’ve been featured on leading business publications like The Huffington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur and The Next Web. Also, Oberlo is also the best rated Shopify app in the Shopify App Store Inventory Category.
I can’t say anything specific about the credibility of the Dropified app, but their quality trade-offs can be noticed from the moment you enter their website. And I couldn’t find any non-affiliate proof that it works.
Customer Support – Will there be anyone when I need help?
Oberlo offers 20 hours/7 days a week support. The Dropified app offers 9 hours/5 days a week support.
In addition, Oberlo has a very detailed self-service center, runs a great e-commerce blog where we respond to comments, offers free dropshipping courses and eBooks, and hosts a leading dropshipping community forum, Ask.Oberlo, where you can interact with other Oberlo dropshippers.
Oberlo takes support extremely seriously. Our customer success team consists of real e-commerce store owners who can assist you with Oberlo or Shopify. And they can also help with e-commerce or online marketing in general. Many of our employees run their own online stores to produce better content, give better advice and discover better solutions.
And you can always reach out to directly to me at email@example.com (about me). Or any of our in-house writers featured on our blog who will personally answer messages by email or on social media. We’re very easy to reach.
Oberlo is way ahead the competition – not only in comparison to Dropified, but in general comparison to any other tool on the marketplace.
Dropified Review – What are other people saying about Dropified and Oberlo?
You can read Oberlo Reviews on the Shopify App Store: https://apps.shopify.com/oberlo. Since the Dropified app is not listed on the Shopify App Store and it’s hard to find Dropified reviews other than those on their homepage.
As mentioned before, Oberlo is the #1 app on the Shopify App Store Inventory category boasting over 1000 reviews. Oberlo has also been reviewed by numerous blogs and YouTube channels: eCommerce Platforms, Kevin Muldoon, and Casual Ecommerce.
When looking for reviews of an app like Dropified, watch out for affiliate links. You might find someone saying good things about them just because they receive a commission for bringing in new customers.
Pricing – Do I get for what I pay for?
This one is tricky.
Let’s first agree on what features are essential to run an online business of any size. You will definitely need to a) add products to your store, and then b) ship them to your customers, right?
To do that with the Dropified app, you’ll need to purchase their most expensive plan for $47.00/month. No other plan allows you to actually ship products! Clearly, we think that’s ridiculous…
At Oberlo, the plans are linked to your order volume. If you receive less than 50 orders per month, you’ll be enjoying Oberlo for free. More than 50 but less than 500 orders per month results in $29.90/month. And if you’re making more than 500 orders per month, you’ll need to subscribe to our Pro plan for $79.90/month.
You can download the Oberlo Chrome Extension totally free. It allows you to easily import products. You can also easily find items with ePacket shipping.
Dropified was launched almost half a year after Oberlo. It’s no surprise they have very similar features and value propositions.
Oberlo jumped to the #1 position in the Shopify App Store Inventory category within its first 6 months of existence. We have many small competitors, and we typically don’t do comparisons, but this Dropified vs Oberlo article was much needed. After reviewing both apps in terms of product sources, automations, sustainability, customer support, ratings, and price, we think it’s clear that the absolute winner is Oberlo.
With Oberlo’s support helping you with your business you’re more likely to succeed. You’ll have reliable business partners that don’t try to constantly upsell you. You’ll also join an amazing community of both seasoned and first-time dropshippers.
And that’s without revealing what our team of 45 people are working on to better serve dropshippers around the world.