August 15, 2019 - by
When you ask other dropshippers which products they’re selling or what are their stores, they’ll neglect it one way or another. Most dropshippers never reveal their store(s) with anyone, except their buyers (haha).
The same scenario applies to a question about what dropshipping app(s) they’re using to facilitate their operating workload.
Undeniably, no matter who you are, a beginner or an experienced seller, you badly need a tool that handles a large part of your legwork, then doubles your work performance.
In this case, we’re talking about dropshipping apps that automate all the processes of product sourcing, order fulfillment and management for you.
It means you just need to direct your time and energy on what matters most, such as winning product research or marketing efforts.
But what is exactly the app that you really need?
Apparently, you don’t have to hopelessly contact other sellers or to be choked with hundreds of shallow blogs and articles out there to find a perfect dropshipping app for your store.
We’ve got your back.
We’ve conducted a comprehensive interview with a large scale of dropshippers, who own from small to big stores for finding out which dropshipping app they’re using and why they choose it.
And the result has surprised us a lot when only 5 apps are used by roughly 90% of dropshippers out there. Plus, the reviews for those apps given by our interviewers are very detailed.
So no more faffing around, let us start walking you through our summary of those reviews and see which apps suit your store the most.
Here they come, 5 dropshipping apps that have rocked a major part of the dropshipping community all over the world:
But wait! Before reading further, you’d be better off grabbing the overall idea of how similar and different these 5 apps are.
Let’s have a look at the table comparing features between 5 apps below:
You can spot that these 5 apps share some of the most basic and necessary automation features:
Those functions, as we’ve said, are the most basic but useful ones that every dropshipper needs when using a dropshipping app to automate their workload.
Now, we think you’re ready to scope out further reviews on each app. Let’s go!
In a word, Dropship Connector is an app that connects you to million suppliers from AlIExpress and its own dropshipping agent – ShopBase China and automates everything in between.
As a connector, you can use Dropship Connector to source hot products from both AliExpress and ShopBase China, and let them handle the order fulfillment process.
As an automated app, Dropship Connector brings you a pool of powerful features that help automate your workload when running your dropshipping store.
ShopBase China – Premium product source and dropshipping services
1. Huge product source with better prices:
Apart from AliExpress, you can sell products from ShopBase China when using Dropship Connector. The products are reportedly high-quality and have cheaper prices than those from AliExpress since ShopBase China have a product team who works directly with the manufacturers, tests and only cherry-picks what are best.
Not only the prices are lower than the average prices, but sometimes you even get the sweetest deal by negotiating the price with them.
2. Fast delivery time:
The shipping time they offer is shortened to only 8-10 days, instead of 15-45 days like AliExpress. However, according to some dropshippers, it may take up to 20 business days when in the peak seasons.
3. Offer free shipping to the US:
This is one of the most intriguing benefits since the major parts of dropshipping’s customer base are those coming from the US.
Besides, the shipping fee to other region is quite low compared to standard delivery services like EMS, DHL, etc.
4. Premium packagings:
All products shipped to customers are packed in nice and sturdy boxes, let alone a pretty Thank-you card included inside each package. That’s how you can elevate your brand value with your buyers.
5. Customized packaging service:
Customize your packagings and labels with your logo printed. This is an added value that you can leverage to build a consistent sense of your brand.
Unique Automation Features
1. Tracking number auto-updates to PayPal:
Automatically updates all your tracking numbers onto PayPal accounts for you. You hardly find this premium feature on other dropshipping apps out there. Personally, our interviewers find this feature is much valuable since they can build trust and reduce the dispute rate without lifting a finger.
2. Order tracking via CSV file:
This feature is a perfect alternative for medium to big sellers who have their own source of suppliers but still want their tracking numbers auto-updated to the store’s platform for them, namely Shopify, WooCommerce, Shopbase, etc.
Dropship Connector allows you to import all your order’s tracking numbers to the app via a CSV file. How timesaving!
3. Auto-sync all products and orders from other apps:
This app supports their users effectively when they switching from other dropshipping apps to migrate to Dropship Connector. All the data of product and order on your store will be synced immediately to Dropship Connector after they install the app.
You definitely don’t want to lose everything from your store and start adding products from the beginning or transfer orders one by one, do you?
This app is totally FREE for you to make the most all of its features.
We know that running a business, even a so-called low-cost dropshipping business costs a big amount of money. So what can help you save money, you’ll be thankful later.
Dropship Connector has built very responsive and supportive customer support. Even though it may take a few days for their team to resolve the errors if they emerge, this is still a diligent support team.
Small technical issues
It’s a new app so sometimes a few small tech-related issues persist. The upside is the technical team of this app will quickly solve them all.
Simplicity is good, but seems like this app’s interface is too simple. There was just a neat dashboard with very few texts on the screen, no instruction or guide popping up to help its users know how to use the app easily.
So far Dropship Connector is only available on Shopify and ShopBase (the international platform to build and scale dropshipping & POD stores). It will be much better if they also provide their service to those have stores based in WordPress, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, etc platform.
It’s unsurprising that Oberlo, a big name in the dropshipping app market, take a slot on this list of top 5 dropshipping apps.
For those who may not know, Oberlo is the very first dropshipping app launched, and so far, it’s sort of the most popular app that allows you to dropship with AliExpress.
Oberlo also connects you to its network of suppliers that are claimed to be verified.
1. Multiple staff account
This feature benefits medium or big dropshipping businesses the most when they need more than 2 people to manage their store. Normally other dropshipping apps merely allow one user to have one account at a time, but Oberlo has broken that limit.
2. Product sourcing
Although the trustworthiness of those verified suppliers has remained controversial, it doesn’t change the fact that you will have more product sources to select out apart from AliExpress suppliers.
Oberlo offers multiple pricing plans for its diverse group of users:
The first thing to notice is that Oberlo offers quite reasonable prices. For beginners who have no or few sales at first, $0 plan is the most choice as their budget is on a shoestring.
The Basic plan so far is the most popular one for medium business owners due to its quite affordable cost ($29 per month) and the sufficient set of automation features provided.
And the last one, $89 per month seems pricey, but it’s like a few pence for big sellers with thousands dollars revenue per day if they want to have many accounts to monitor their store.
On a scale of 10, Oberlo deserves 11 points for the experience it brings you when using this app.
First of all, Oberlo really cares about the user’s experience when including an intuitive instruction right in the app dashboard.
There are not just the How-to-use-app guide, Oberlo’s team has also brought us a pool of massive knowledge and practical tips about dropshipping via their Youtube channel.
One more thing that increases our pleasure when using Oberlo is its beautiful and smart app interface. You can imagine the app interface is just like your working space. It can set a big impact on your mood and inspiration when working.
As mentioned before, It’s a controversial subject when talking about Oberlo’s suppliers.
Oberlo claimed that their suppliers are all verified and bring a good source of cheap and quality products. Still, there are quite a lot of complaints about the products that are just the copycat versions of AliExpress items (or maybe they exactly are AliExpress products).
So even if this app is very popular, the product sources from its verified suppliers is still a big minus of this app.
So far, a major number of dropshippers choose the Starter plan because it’s free. But despite the cost factor, this plan gives a very limited use with just a few useful features. Some very basic features such as bulk orders fulfillment, order tracking, etc are excluded from this plan.
The Basic plan gives you all of its automation features with the charge of $29 per month. But even if so, Oberlo still provides fewer useful features compared to other dropshipping apps.
Oberlo only integrates with Shopify. So if you have another store from WordPress or other platforms, your hands are tied. Sorry 🙁
Dropshippers who choose AliExpress products to sell now have another option along with Oberlo and Dropship Connector. It’s AliDropship.
The only difference here is that AliDropship is tailor-made for those who create their dropshipping store(s) by WordPress platform.
In short, AliDropship allows you to import AliExpress products to your WordPress store and make profits with them. AliDrosphip also automates a great deal of your workload while you’re running your own store.
1. Pre-built store themes
With AliDropship, you can edit your product pages using its collection of pre-built themes – a thing that you can’t do with a dropshipping app elsewhere.
2. Built-In Image Editor
Another jaw-dropping feature of AliDropship is that you’ll have the ability to edit product mages as you’re using Photoshop but without leaving the app. Isn’t it impressive?
This is absolutely helpful in some specific cases, as adding your logo to the images or just resizing the images to fit your store design.
3. Product review importer
As its name indicates, you can import whatever customer reviews of products you like to your online product pages using AliDropship.
Interestingly, this kind of feature is not included in most dropshipping apps. You have to install another app to only import product reviews for you.:)
4. Marketing tools
It seems that the ambition of AliDropship will never stop growing since it doesn’t only provide dropshipping automation features, but also plenty of marketing solutions.
From free to paid apps, from tools to create social proof, urgency and boost sales to manage social media campaigns, etc, this app includes it all in one plugin.
Another thing that makes AliDropship so unique is its pricing plan. AliDropship is one of the few dropshipping apps that move away from the subscription pricing model.
AliDropship only charges its users a total of $89 one time for forever use.
Personally, we find this pricing structure is more reasonable than the popular monthly or yearly subscription fee for 2 reasons:
Active dropshipping community
AliDropship has grown a very strong and bustling community about dropshipping to support its users with good care.
You will find your answer quickly by scoping out all the related topics inside its forum or just starting a threat and putting your question on.
It’s especially useful for newbies who are struggling and don’t know where to learn about dropshipping.
Manual order fulfillment
Besides all those unique perks above, the biggest problem of AliDropship is its manual order fulfillment process (ouch!). It’s a huge drawback since most of the dropshipping apps out there allow their users to automate this process.
One downside when using WordPress is that the system is built for content management rather than for the eCommerce sack. So it can be a little clunky to have a dropshipping store created by WordPress, even if you use the AliDropship pre-built theme to improve it.
The pricing plan may turn into a big disadvantage when $89 seems to be pricey for most beginners.
One more thing that can be both the upside and downside of this app is its forum supporting model. Since AliDropship only assists the users in its forum, no live chat or personal contact supported, the time it takes to process your feedback may be much longer than usual.
If your customers live in almost in the US or Europe (we believe most of them do), you may want to shorten your shipping time by seeking some local wholesalers there.
That’s when Spocket comes in to help you with its network of reliable US & European suppliers.
So generally speaking, Spocket is a dropshipping app that lets you source products from the wholesalers based in the US, Europe, and Canada.
Spocket’s team claimed that they provide the highest quality products with comparable prices and fast delivery. It seems to be a very potent and expected app for those who seek another option apart from the popular China-based products.
But is it all roses on the road? Let scope out!
1. Product sourcing
60% of Spocket suppliers come from United State and Europe. One obvious thing popping here is that it will eliminate the long shipping time – a common thing when dropshipping with China-based suppliers.
More importantly, their product quality, as spocket claimed, would be much better and more premium than those made in China. To some degree, a major number of their products live up to its promise, some don’t.
2. Discount-price samples order
Dropshipping is known as one of the most simple business models for many reasons. But the biggest reason is that you don’t have to even think about the production, stocking, and order fulfillment process.
Sadly, it’s also the biggest downside of this model.
In this case, we only talk about the products you want to make a fortune with. You don’t have any control over the product quality, but still, have the responsibility for it with all your customers.
That’s why it’s so important to test out every product before you decide to sell it. And thanks to Spocket, now you can order any samples of the products you find potential with just discounted prices. Great!
Like Oberlo, Spocket offers you 3 pricing plans:
As you can see, Spocket allows you to leverage it free forever with its basic plan. You can take this chance to test out and see if it’s worth to spend more money on the upper plan. Or if you’re a beginner with a tight budget, this plan suits you perfectly.
This app reminds us of Oberlo when it also has a very beautiful and intuitive app interface.
If you are seeking trendy products to sell from suppliers that have warehouses in the USA or Europe, you should take time to consider Modalyst.
Modalyst offers a selected marketplace of products that are hard to find elsewhere. And yes, it’s also a dropshipping app that brings automation solution to your store.
Modalyst connects its supplier network and sellers to create an easy product sourcing process. Modalyst claimed to curate a various selection of hot-selling products with fast delivery to the US, Europe, and other big markets around the world.
Brand name product source
Modalyst is one of the first services that provide brand name products for users to dropship with. In case you don’t know, brand-name marketplace is quite high-value because suppliers in the market take pride in the high-quality products they create.
Some of the big-name brands that Modalyst has partnered with are SHIEN, Wish, etc.
This also means that they have their own shipping and logistics procedures in place – which Modalyst examines beforehand to ensure that they’re reliable — so they’re fully equipped to ship out products to customers on behalf of merchants.
Since Modalyst suppliers also ship products from their US or EU warehouses, the delivery is faster and more reliable than it would be coming from overseas locations.
Plus, Modalyst also connects you with other suppliers that provide unique products with Fast Standard Delivery (6-8 days) to the US.
Relationship building with suppliers
with merchants who sourcing Modalyst’s brand name products, they can speak personally with the suppliers about orders or product details. Thus tightening the relationship between merchants and the suppliers they trust.
We saw a pattern of the downsides from Spocket with those of Modalyst since these two apps share the same model:
For $0 and $30 per month, your power over Modalyst’s features is very narrow. Products imported are limited. Premium suppliers are only for Pro ($240 per year) and Business Plan ($480 per year).
Plus, apart from the subscription fee, you are charged 2 -5% transaction fee for each order. It’s such a sky-high cost to trade off against brand name products
The customer support team has received tons of bad feedback about their lack of quick and responsive support.
There is no best or worst app. It’s just which app suits your business better.
After quite a long journey through the reviews of 5 most-used apps, we hope you’ll get a deeper understanding of how an automated dropshipping app can help you.
But to know which one is perfectly right for you to grow your business most efficiently, reading is never enough.
To find winning products and make a big money bag with them, the testing process is an integral step to do. Remember?
The same rule applies here – test, test, and test. Only when you try using all these 5 dropshipping apps, you’ll know exactly which app you should make the most of, which is not.
And don’t worry about the paid app as well. All those 5 dropshipping apps offer a free plan or free trial for you to try it out. So what are you waiting for? Just test them now!