By: Tomas Šlimas March 05, 2016

Oberlo just celebrated its first year anniversary. 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 ShopifiedApp, we had to make an exception.

This article compares Oberlo and ShopifiedApp in terms of the following aspects:

Product Sources – What products can I import?

Oberlo and ShopifiedApp both use AliExpress as their primary source of products.

It’s not a coincidence that AliExpress has become the most popular dropshipped products sourcing solution:

  • 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 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 only marketplace suitable for dropshipping. ShopifiedApp and other 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 the only marketplace suitable 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 Walmart or Amazon. How would your customers feel if they bought a product from you at $20.00 and received a Walmart package with a product carrying a price tag of $10.00?

Imagine your customer received a package from Amazon.

Imagine your customer received a package from Amazon.

No other marketplace is suitable for dropshipping. No matter how appealing it might sound.

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. You never get to see the product.

Oberlo and ShopifiedApp 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:

Oberlo ShopifiedApp
Automated Product Import + +
Automated Order Fulfilment + +
Daily Product Sync + +
Shipment Tracking +
Pricing Automation + +
Automated Supplier Change + +

There are no game changing differences here. Both apps automate the entire business model. Oberlo has a few more advanced features like Shipment Tracking and Order Monitoring while ShopifiedApp allows you to create multiple product boards and has a Pinterest sorter tool, but both tools are very similar and there’s no clear winner here.

Sustainability – Can I trust my business to you?

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 probably 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 20 people and invest a significant amount of our time in building a sustainable and reliable product.

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.

Oberlo app.

Oberlo is the best rated Shopify app in the Shopify App Store Inventory Category.

I can’t say anything specific about ShopifiedApp credibility, 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. ShopifiedApp offers 9 hours/5 days a week support.

In addition, Oberlo has a very detailed self-service center, runs a great e-commerce blog, offers free dropshipping courses and an eBook, 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 professionals who can assist you not only with Oberlo or Shopify, but with e-commerce or online marketing in general.

More reviews at Shopify App Store

And you can always reach out to directly to me at tomas@oberlo.com (about me).

Oberlo is way ahead the competition – not only in comparison to ShopifiedApp, but in general comparison to any other tool on the marketplace.

Reviews – What are other people saying about us?

You can read Oberlo Reviews on the Shopify App Store: https://apps.shopify.com/ali. ShopifiedApp is not listed on the Shopify App Store and I couldn’t find any reviews other than those on their homepage.

As mentioned before, Oberlo is the #1 app on the Shopify App Store Inventory category. Oberlo has also been reviewed by numerous blogs and YouTube channels: eCommerce Platforms, Kevin Muldoon, and Casual Ecommerce.

Ecommerce Platforms Oberlo rating: 5 out of 5.

When looking for reviews of an app, watch out for affiliate links. ShopifiedApp offers fixed plans at $400+ and pays their affiliates 50% commissions on every install their affiliates bring. You might find someone saying good things about them just because they receive ~$200 if their referrals install ShopifiedApp.

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 ShopifiedApp, 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…

If you want to ship orders to your customers, you'll need to purchase the most expensive ShopifiedApp plan.

If you want to ship orders to your customers, you’ll need to purchase the most expensive ShopifiedApp plan.

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.

Oberlo doesn’t charge you when you don’t earn.

The ShopifiedApp also offers a free plan that includes their Chrome Extension. Well, you can download the Oberlo Chrome Extension totally free – and we don’t call it a plan because an extension by itself does almost nothing.

Conclusion

ShopifiedApp 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 ShopifiedApp 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.

I admit you won’t necessarily do more with Oberlo. After all, both apps are similar in terms of features. But with Oberlo your business will last longer, you’ll have reliable business partners that don’t try to constantly upsell you, r and you’ll join a community of both seasoned and first-time dropshippers.
And that’s without revealing what our team of 20 people are working on to better serve dropshippers around the world.

Get Oberlo Now. It’s Free.


  • Denise Duterte

    You’re with Oberlo. So it’s pretty obvious that your blog content will tend to be in favor of Oberlo. Most likely, this is part of your marketing strategy. Shopified App might have been your biggest competitor among other “small” ones that’s why you make it sound like it was indeed a threat and displayed a “hey we’re still way way better” attitude. For it to be fair between two competitive dropshipping apps, your blog should be objective and contains sound information without being biased which will be really MORE useful for readers and those who may be interested in dropshipping business. Just a thought.

  • Gwen

    I see that Oberlo and AliExpress go together to form a drop-shipping business, but does Oberlo offer help (training) in creating the store/site?

  • Hi Gwen,

    Oberlo works with Shopify to help you create great looking stores. Download a totally free ebook on how to launch yours here https://www.oberlo.com/learn or contact hello@oberlo.com for more detailed support.

  • Curtis

    I’m about to start launch my online store and have woocommerce aliexpress importer in my site but how can I change package from Chinese language to like plain brown package to my logo on the package?? Please answer my question

  • Curtis

    Like when package coming from China reach to customers in USA with Chinese label but how can I change that to my logo on the package?

  • Hi Curtis, You can see how it should look by default here: http://ask.oberlo.com/d/553-price-on-the-parcel/3 To get custom packages, you need to contact your supplier and arrange them individually. It’s easier when you’re making more sales and your supplier values your partnership more.

  • Curtis

    Ok thank for your info… Well i just telling my developer that they hooked woocommerce aliexpress importer plugin into my website.. i can tell any suppliers to get custom packages?? how can i do that?

  • Branners

    This article is so far off base it is ridiculous, so let me clear some of this up for you as blatant lies are being told in this article. This is going to be a long one as the differences are MASSIVE

    I originally used Oberlo, and love it. But that is only because I had not used ShopifiedApp yet. Yes, there is a cost attached to Shopified but you get what you pay for. Lets break down like vs like shall we:

    Cost – Initially Oberlo seems like the better option due to price. Considering Oberlo had to make their product free just to compete. Once you hit 500 orders, Oberlo whack you with a $79 per month bill. ShopifiedApps Elite plan is $47 per month for unlimited orders, so in the long run ShopifiedApp is way cheaper.

    Functionality

    1. In the article you state that ShopifiedApp does not have order tracking, this is far from the truth which I am sure you know but though you would blatantly lie anyway. ShopifiedApp offers automatic Order tracking, with Oberlo you have to manually sync AE orders back to Oberlo (may have changed since I swapped). ShopifiedApp also offers ebay Order tracking and will be introducing ebay auto fulfilment soon, Oberlo is tied to AE only.

    2. ShopifiedApp also allow you to import products from over 30 different sources, Oberlo only does one.

    3. If a seller runs out of stock for a given product and your Shopify product is bound to that product, you have to then manually order all the products and tie the AE order number and tracking number back to Oberlo. For a couple order this is not an issue, but when you run a flash sale and get 350 order for a product and dont realise the seller is out of stock until it is too late…. This is a ridiculously BIG problem. With ShopifiedApp, all you do is load backup suppliers and you are GOOD TO GO, no hassle no fuss (this is why I changed and never looked back)

    4. Advanced Variant Mapping – ShopifiedApp allows you to map multiple AE products against multiple Shopify variants, incredible functionality that Oberlo do not offer or are close to offering as far as I know.

    Support

    Support is a big one as if you come into any snags you need help and quick. I love in the UK, Oberlo is a UK based company. I never got same day replies and most of the time I was told there was nothing that can be done. Support was only available through email (this may have changed). With ShopifiedApp, you have the messaging system and I have yet to have something dealt with outside of that given day.

    Development and Enhancements

    Oberlo do not seem to introduce new functionality or update their Chrome extension at all, not very adaptive with an ever evolving web. (Note this may have changed as it has been a while since I used the app).

    ShopifiedApp are very aggressive with development, if you have a feature request and it makes sense they will include it. They are constantly updating their app and chrome extension.

    I could go on all day with this as the two products are not comparable in my opinion. I find it also very childish to release this sort of misinformation and blatant lies about a competitor. In furture, I would suggest making your product better and not free, make it better and not lie about others… JUST MAKE IT BETTER TO COMPETE

    And if anyone thinks I may be an employee of their for whatever reason, I am in no way affiliated with ShopifiedApp other than being a loyal customer for life.

  • Branners

    Side note, I just looked at the date of the article, it was a year ago. So Oberlo have probably improved and a lot of what was said may have been true at the time but is most definitely not true now 🙂

  • Louie

    If you have a lot of orders your supplier will be able to do this for you. If your supplier will not do this, then you can order your packaging and ship it to your supplier. There are many who can make your packaging with logo printing in China. Ask your supplier if they can help you how to customized your package.

  • Henry

    Hi – good write-up. Also, your polite candor is refreshing.
    I have a question however – what would stop Shopify from creating an Aliexpress importer natively into their application?

  • Free? Yeah … but only for 50 orders a month! Forget it!

  • You can’t.

  • Oberlo works with Shopify to make it even MORE expensive.

  • Norman

    How many additional store connection can I use with an account. Because with Shopified App, I pay $ 27/ Month per store extra. If I want to use 3 different stores I pay $ 47 plus $ 27 for each additional store that makes $ 100 per month.

  • Norman

    That is great when I can test the service of Oberlo for free and as soon as I get more than 50 buyers, I have enough profit to upgrade for the next level. So I can use the service without risk and investment and build step by step my ecommerce Business. I like this great service!

  • Why are you telling me? I have no interest in you and your money wasting plans. I’m sticking with Alidropship with it’s one time payment, no monthly charges and no sales limits.