Dropshipping 101

The Ultimate Guide to Oberlo Alternatives for Dropshipping - Shopify & WordPress

Adam Eleiko  \ 17/02/2020

Oberlo Is Great - But It Might Not Be For YOU

Using a dropshipping platform is a requirement to succeed at dropshipping in 2020, but it can be confusing to know which one is right for you.

There's no doubt about the fact that Oberlo is one of the biggest dropshipping tools on the market. After being acquired for $15 million by Shopify themselves in 2017, Oberlo has grown into the dominant platform for dropshipping.

Oberlo allows dropshippers to import products from AliExpress into Shopify with ease. With Oberlo, it only takes a few clicks to import product images, product descriptions, prices and shipping details from an AliExpress product page to your Shopify store.

Furthermore, Oberlo allows dropshippers to fulfill customer orders (ship products to customers) in as little as one click. However, if you're looking to do shopify product research, SaleSource is your best bet.

In this article, we'll explain exactly how to find the dropshipping platform best suited for your needs, including a fool-proof flowchart that anyone can use to find the best dropshipping service.

Oberlo product importing

Oberlo Overview

Price: Free Lifetime Plan Available - Up to 500 orders

Pros

  • Free lifetime plan
  • Automatic importing AliExpress products to Shopify
  • Easy to understand and simple to use with a clean UI
  • Automatic product pricing & shipping calculations
  • Officially owned by Shopify - constant updates and support for dropshipping
  • Bulk product fulfillment (send orders to multiple customers at once) now available
  • Supports SaleSource shopify chrome extension
Cons
  • AliExpress is the only site you can import products from
  • Shopify is the only site you can import products into
  • Lack of USA & EU shipping products
  • Oberlo Supply has a poor product selection

Oberlo Alternatives

Oberlo product importing

If you want to import products into Shopify from a site other than AliExpress, or you want to predominantly sell USA & EU products, or you want to import products into a WooCommerce (WordPress) store, you'll want to consider one of the following Oberlo alternatives.

Included in our list are Oberlo alternatives for Shopify, Oberlo alternatives for Wordpress, free Oberlo alternatives and our conclusion will help you pick the one thats right for you.

Let's take a quick look at the platforms we'll be discussing before we dive into more detail:

DSers: DSers is the official AliExpress dropshipping partner - an app developed by AliExpress to make dropshipping quick and easy. It allows for the fastest bulk fulfillment of all the dropshipping apps.

Printful: Printful allows you to create and sell custom designs in over 227 product categories (tshirts, phone cases, watches etc) with print-on-demand dropshipping.

Spocket: Spocket is a platform hosting US & EU suppliers for dropshipping, that sell original and unique products.

Dropified: Dropified is an Oberlo-like platform that can be used to import products from vendors like AliExpress, Ebay, AliBaba. Unlike Oberlo, it also supports and integrates with WooCommerce, CommerceHQ, GrooveKart.

Modalyst: Modalyst is an ecommerce automation platform that provides reputable USA suppliers with private label customisation available.

AliDropship: AliDropship is one of the most popular ecommerce plugins for WordPress and WooCommerce. As the name suggests, it facilitates importing AliExpress products into a WordPress store.

Dripshipper: Dripshipper allows you to dropship custom coffee with your logo on it with automated dropship fulfillment.

Spreadr: Spreadr allows you to dropship Amazon Products or import affiliate products into your store with the Amazon Affiliates program.

These platforms can be very useful and effective when dropshipping, but you'll still need to know how to drive traffic to your shopify store.

Without further ado, let's take a deep dive into these dropshipping platforms - what they can do and why you might want to use them.

DSers

DSers product tool

As previously mentioned, DSers is the official AliExpress dropshipping partner, which means that this app is developed by AliExpress for the sole purpose of dropshipping. The main advantage DSers has over other apps is the ability to fulfill orders in bulk, meaning that you can ship many orders to many customers with the click of a button.

Despite being released in 2019, years after Oberlo was first created, the app has quickly caught up in use and popularity. In terms of pricing, DSers is completely free for life and has no limits on how many products you can list.

Compared to Oberlo, we find the UI, ease of use and import features to be lacking, but DSers makes up for this by having the best bulk fulfillment feature of any dropshipping app. For dropshippers who receive a large volume of orders on their dropshipping store, DSers is the best alternative to Oberlo.

DSers Overview

Price: Free

Pros

  • Free
  • Unlimited product imports to Shopify
  • Best & quickest bulk fulfillment feature
  • Official partner - always up to date and working smoothly
  • Supported by SaleSource
Cons
  • UI & ease of use lacking
  • Shopify is the only site you can import products into

Printful

printful dropshipping logo print on demand

Printful is one of the best print-on-demand apps for dropshipping, with no upfront costs and dedicated warehousing. They offer over 227 custom product categories to feature your (or your customers) designs on, and the cost of using the Printful service is free (you still have to pay for your orders, of course). Some of the products you can design with Printful include:

  • Apparel - Tshirts, Hoodies, Jackets, Leggings, Shorts, Dresses & Swimwear
  • Kids & Youth clothing - baby bibs, bodysuits
  • Hats - Snapbacks, baseball caps, beanies, bucket hats
  • Accessories - bags, phone cases, jewelry, flip flops, socks
  • Home Living - Mugs, blankets, stickers, pillows, bedding, beach towels, posters

Printful is also remarkable in that it integrates with Shopify, WooCommerce, SquareSpace, Amazon, Etsy, Ebay and many more ecommerce services - providing full coverage if your brand ever decides to switch platform.

Despite these benefits, Printful products are significantly more expensive than their AliExpress equivalents, and on top of that shipping costs can be prohibitively high.

Printful Overview

Price: Free

Pros

  • Free
  • 227 custom designs to import into your store
  • USA & EU fulfillment centers for fast shipping
  • Great product quality and 24/7 customer service
  • Easy to use and user friendly integrations for Shopify & WooCommerce
  • Photography & videography services for your brand (at an extra cost)

Cons

  • Expensive product costs and shipping costs
  • Lack of control - limits to customisation level on many products

Spocket

spocket dropshipping us eu products for shopify dropshipping

Spocket, originally a platform that allowed dropshipping of Etsy products on Shopify, is now one of the largest platforms of EU & US products to dropship. Spocket features realtime inventory updating and automatic order processing to make dropshipping easier.

Although Spocket provides a 14-day free trial and a $12 per month starter plan, the effective plan costs $47 per month - much more expensive than most of the options in this list so far. In addition, you also have to pay for the listed products, which are on the expensive side especially compared to AliExpress prices.

However, Spocket delivers on their promise, their products are high quality USA & EU made products with fast shipping and unique appeal. Spocket also provide 24/7 support and assistance to help you make your first sale.

Spocket Overview

Price: 14 day free trial then $12 / $47 per month

Pros

  • Large amount of US & EU products to import into your Shopify store
  • Automated order processing, inventory updating & shipping calculations
  • Support for both Shopify & WordPress
  • Supported by SaleSource

Cons

  • Expensive product costs and shipping costs
  • Monthly fee to pay on top of other costs
  • Small product selection compared to AliExpress

Dropified

dropified plugin for aliexpress dropshipping with shopify and wordpress

Dropified is an Oberlo-like platform that facilitates importing products into an online store. Unlike Oberlo, it can import products from sites like AliEpxress, Ebay, Alibaba and integrates with Shopify, WooCommerce, CommerceHQ and GrooveKart .

Dropified is expensive, especially when compared to Oberlo - prices start at $47 per month - however Dropified offers the ability to import from over 100 different supplier sites and product catalogs.

This makes Dropified a dropshipping multi-tool - it facilitates listing an enormous amount of products from many different sites, giving it a distinct advantage over Oberlo.

Dropified also provides bulk order fulfillment via an automated captcha solver, which, while not as good as DSers, serves to increase fulfillment speed for dropshippers.

Dropified Overview

Price: 14 day free trial then $47 per month

Pros

  • Ability to import products from hundreds of sites
  • Automated order processing with bulk fulfillment
  • Integrations with Shopify, WooCommerce, CommerceHQ, GrooveKart
  • Supported by SaleSource

Cons

  • Expensive monthly fee
  • UI not as friendly as Oberlo, DSers

Modalyst

modalyst plugin for shopify dropshipping

Modalyst is a business to business marketplace with hosting US& EU suppliers with fast shipping - what makes Modalyst unique is the fact that Modalyst hosts suppliers that provide private label customisation for many of their products.

Modalyst integrates directly with Shopify, Wix and BigCommerce and claim to host over 1 million high quality dropshipping products, including name brands. One of the biggest advantages to Modalyst is the ability to private label products - that is, include your own branding (brand name, logo) on the product and packaging while still leveraging the benefits of the dropship business model.

Modalyst products also ship quickly, with an average shipping time of 4-7 days for the USA and EU. Our favourite feature of Modalyst is the fact that they stock name brands, such as Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Michael Kors and allow these brands to be dropshipped - although, to unlock these products, you must be on the Pro plan, which is priced at a hefty $90 per month.

Modalyst Overview

Price: Free forever plan with 25 product limit, $35 a month for 250 products imported

Pros

  • Millions of US & EU products from independent & name brand suppliers
  • Private Label customisation available (branding on product + packaging)
  • Integrations with Shopify, Wix
  • Automated fulfillment, shipping and order tracking
  • Supported by SaleSource

Cons

  • Hefty monthly price ($90) to access name brands and best products
  • Expensive product prices compared to AliExpress

Alidropship

alidropship aliexpress dropshipping plugin

AliDropship is a premium plugin that connects AliExpress and WordPress. AliDropship automatically extracts all the relevant product details including shipping costs and allows you to download product images and import them into your website, allowing you to scale your business at a much faster rate by automating the whole process.

This means that you can focus on other key aspects of your business. AliDropship has been to most popular dropshipping plugin for WordPress for a long time, and offers vast resources and support to help you dropship on WordPress.

Alidropship Overview

Price: Free forever plan with 25 product limit, $35 a month for 250 products imported

Pros

  • One-off payment of $89 gives you unlimited access, life-time support and updates
  • Import products directly from AliExpress
  • Convenient product editing
  • Automatic synchronization with AliExpress in order to always get up-to-date data
  • Over 100 million of products to choose from
  • Allows you to benefit from the AliExpress Cash-back system
  • AliDropship offers a 30-day money back guarantee
  • Supported by SaleSource

Cons

  • Wordpress isn’t the most beginner-friendly nor the cheapest platform (add ons)
  • Some features require extra payment (ie 29$ for pop up of recent sales, 29$ for your own customers’ product reviews)
  • Some features like 1-click import only works on Chrome

Speadr

spreadr plugin for amazon dropshipping and amazon affiliates

Spreadr is an app with a unique approach towards dropshipping: Spreadr allows you to link directly to the Amazon merchants and list their products as an affiliate, as opposed to the classic dropshipping business model, where you connect with different suppliers and import their products directly unto your store.

With Spreadr you’re not so much a seller as you’re an affiliate marketer. Before you start using Spreadr, you need to sign up to Amazon’s affiliate programme, which offers a 4% commission.

Spreadr Overview

Price: $5 per month after 7 day free trial

Pros

  • Spreadr gives a unique overview of what items are doing well on Amazon
  • On top of making money through the affiliate commission, you can still dropship the items, thereby increasing your profits
  • Spreadr has a useful import tool, allowing you to import Amazon products directly into your store hassle-free.
  • Supported by SaleSource

Cons

  • Spreadr does not offer the most optimized dropshipping set up due to a mix of affiliate and dropship products
  • You’re not allowed to make your own website purely dedicated to selling Amazon products
  • Amazon Associate terms are quite strict and you need to make sure you comply with them

Dripshipper

dripshipper plugin for dropshipping coffee

Dripshipper is hyper-niche, coffee-only dropshipping app. The app is highly customizable, allowing you to design your own kind of coffee with unique packaging.

Once you make a sale, Dripshipper takes care of the shipping. The app has good reviews and has developed somewhat of a following, almost completely monopolizing the coffee dropshipping niche.

Dripshipper Overview

Price: $25 per month after 14 day free trial

Pros

  • Perfect for US customers: shipping takes 3-5 days
  • User-friendly design tools
  • Branding: The app allows you to dropship coffee with your own label
  • Hyper-niche: all-in-1 solution if you want to get into coffee dropshipping

Cons

  • Not very useful, unless you want to dropship coffee
  • Non-US shipment can take up to 1-3 weeks
  • Additional payment required for services, such as logo design

So, Which Oberlo Alternative Is Best For You?

Our team at SaleSource have created a helpful infographic to help you pick the best Oberlo Alternative for you (spoiler, in some cases, Oberlo is the best tool to use).

It can be hard to make a choice of which dropship platform to use, let the SaleSource flowchart simplify the process for you.

Dropshipping platforms flow chart for shopify dropshipping
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Adam Eleiko
Ecommerce expert, 7 figure dropshipper and anime loving nerd

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