Oberlo is an incredibly popular dropshipping app. It connects seamlessly to Shopify, allows you to add AliExpress products to your store in minutes, tracks inventory and products, and even has free plans to help you get started. But over time, as your dropshipping business grows and your needs change, you may find that Oberlo has some limitations.
The truth is, no app is the perfect choice for every dropshipper, and you need to find the right fit for your business. Today we are looking at some Oberlo limitations and alternative apps that are worth consideration.
Although it has many great features, there are some things that Oberlo doesn’t offer. Here are some of the limitations of Oberlo and alternative apps that meet those needs.
Oberlo Only Supports Shopify
Shopify is a fantastic e-commerce platform, but it’s only one of many. Some dropshippers need an app that supports WooCommerce, for more versatility in managing their store from their website, customizing their code, and integration with WordPress themes. Some great apps for dropshipping with WooCommerce include:
AliDropship offers a WordPress plugin that lets you create your store, or use their theme and quickly customize from their templates. Choose from millions of AliExpress products, with no limitation on product listings or sales. With prices starting as low as just a one-time $89 fee and lifetime support, it’s a great alternative to Oberlo and Shopify.
Like AliDropship, WooDropship integrates WooCommerce, WordPress, and AliExpress. If you already have a WooCommerce enabled WordPress site, WooDropship offers auto-fulfillment, pricing automation, product syncing, and other convenient features like image editing and team management for a one-time fee of $97 or a monthly fee of $19.99. WooDropship also offers a free 7-day trial, so there’s no risk to try it out.
Oberlo Only Supports AliExpress
AliExpress is a huge global marketplace with millions of products. But what if you want to dropship from other marketplaces, like Amazon or Rakuten? If you’re going to choose and compare different marketplaces, you may want to consider an app like:
Importify works with Shopify and WooCommerce but allows you to import products from more than 30 global wholesalers, including Amazon, Etsy, Alibaba, Walmart, Rakuten, Overstock, and more.
Plans start at just $14.95 per month, although to get access to all the marketplaces and semi-automatic fulfillment, it’s best to go with the gold package at $37.95 per month. All plans come with a free trial and 24/7 support.
Oberlo Isn’t for Affiliates
If your dropshipping business includes affiliate commissions or other cashback plans, Oberlo isn’t the right app for you. To earn your affiliate cashback, you need to use an app like:
AliDropship. Mentioned above, AliDropship allows you to gain an 8% commission on every sale in addition to your dropshipping profits.
Dropshipping Unite AliExpress. The Dropshipping Unite AliExpress plugin offers a 9% commission for just $9.95 per month.
Dropshipping Apps For Advanced Needs
As with any app, there are some features that Oberlo offers that other apps do better. Here are some Oberlo alternatives that provide functions that may better benefit your dropshipping business.
Avoid Competition by Using EU and US Wholesalers
The truth is, there are thousands of dropshippers using the AliExpress marketplace and offering discount products from Asia. This can lead to stiff competition for search rankings, difficulty in defining and differentiating your niche, and often results in slow shipping.
You can diversify your product offerings, offer unique value, and speed shipping by using suppliers based in the US or EU. Here are some apps that will help you break through the competition.
Sprocket connects you with thousands of suppliers from all over the world, and allows you to order samples, brand your invoices, and get faster shipping from suppliers in the US and Europe. It works with Shopify and WooCommerce, and plans start at just $9 per month with a 14-day free trial.
Modalyst not only connects you with over a million products in the US and Europe, but it also has a massive list of private label suppliers so that you can build a private brand with your products and packaging.
You can customize your product descriptions, automate pricing and shipping rules, and add new wholesalers in seconds. Modalyst charges a 5% transaction fee but offers a plan with no monthly payments to help you get started.
Choose Higher Quality Suppliers
Some dropshipping apps offer suppliers that are researched and vetted for you, so you can be sure that your customers are getting the highest quality products with reliable shipping times. These apps can save you time and improve customer experience, and here are some of the best:
Mentioned above, both of these apps offer researched and vetted suppliers.
ProductPro works with Shopify and WooCommerce and offers automated dropshipping from vetted US suppliers. They curated their product offerings for high quality, high margins, and fast shipping. Plans start at $89 per month, and the premium plan is a bargain at $540 a year.
Manage Your Store(s) More Easily
When it’s time to scale up your dropshipping business, you need tools that can keep pace with your growing business. The right software can automate repetitive tasks, let you work with a team, manage multiple inventories, and more. Here are some of the best apps for when you have outgrown Oberlo:
As mentioned above, these apps help you go pro with features like in-app image editing to remove supplier watermarks. AliDropship also allows you to import user reviews.
Dropified automates many aspects of dropshipping business, from fulfillment to delivery. You can find and add products from AliExpress, eBay, and other sites, import reviews, automate orders, bulk edit products, and more. Their premier plan costs $127 per month and lets you operate five stores and add 25 user accounts. Plans offer a 14-day free trial and a discount for paying annually.
DSers automates many AliExpress and Shopify functions and offers multiple stores and unlimited products and orders. With DSers, you can process hundreds of orders in just a few minutes and easily manage multiple Shopify stores.
You can even manage your suppliers by choosing default and backup suppliers, so you never run out of stock. While DSers only works with Shopify and AliExpress, it is also completely free and saves you tons of time operating a dropshipping business at scale.
DSers also has a couple of other points worth noting: They are working on adding a function to automatically send your orders over to the lowest-cost supplier, rather than your default supplier(s). And, their bulk order function allows you to export CSV files, which could theoretically be sent to sellers on other platforms, allowing you to expand beyond AliExpress.
Other Alternatives to Oberlo
There are a couple of other apps s well worth considering when you are looking for an alternative to Oberlo. Here are some excellent all-in-one partner platforms to grow a dropshipping business :
CJdropshipping is a full-featured dropshipping partner with a lot to love. It works with Shopify, eBay, WordPress, Amazon, Etsy, and other platforms, with its inventory and shipping based in the US for fast, reliable shipping and the capability of combining orders into a single package.
Based in China, they can source products for you, allowing you to expand beyond AliExpress, and can often find products at a lower price at no cost to you. With sourcing, stocking, fulfillment, and delivery, CJdropshipping replaces several other apps and simplifies a dropshipping business. The app, service, and support is free, but they charge a per-item processing fee.
Wiio is another all-in-one platform that lets you source, stock, and ship from a single app. They have their warehouses, for better inventory and quality control, and faster shipping to your customers. They offer guaranteed lower prices than AliExpress and custom marketing and packaging for high-volume clients. Wiio is designed for established dropshippers, and requires you to have at least ten orders per day.
For those who are new to dropshipping, Oberlo is a great place to start. It’s easy to use, affordably priced, and has excellent service and support. As your business grows over time, you may need to manage more people, products, and stores, and become more efficient and more competitive.
At that point, you need to consider upgrading to an app that meets the growing and changing needs of your business. Fortunately, dozens of great apps will allow your business to grow beyond the limitations of Oberlo.