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?
- 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 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?
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.