There’s nothing inherently bad about dropshipping . Shopify operates Oberlo, which allows you to easily dropship from AliExpress. AliExpress is great because they have a huge, huge selection and low prices. However, the quality of the products can be hit or miss, and it’ll take up to 30 days for your customers to get their orders.
Luckily, there are a growing number of US-based dropshipping companies which sell pre-made products like AliExpress does but also print-on-demand items.
Here are the top 3 Oberlo Alternatives for Shopify.
Printful is a print on demand company which sells almost all types of clothes, like t-shirts (and many other kinds of shirts), hoodies, skirts, pants, and more for both adults and kids, as well as hats, phone cases, hats, aprons, mugs, pillows, posters, towels, and canvas prints. They use great quality products, like from American Apparel, Gildan, and Anvil, as well as more generic options. Printful is extremely helpful when choosing your products and even suggest pricing for you at a 40% markup, which you can adjust as you want.
Depending on the product and shipping method, your customers will get their orders in 4 to 14 days.
Some complaints about Printful are long fulfillment times, product quality, and customer service issues. Keep in mind that only 9% of reviews rate Printful 1, 2, or 3 stars.
Printful has a 4.7 star rating with 1908 reviews on the Shopify app store.
Spocket is quite similar to AliExpress. It’s a marketplace which carries products from many different sellers and makes them available for you. Most of their suppliers are located in the US and Europe and they tell you upfront where each product is coming from as well as the fulfillment and shipping times. You can find all kinds of clothes, bags, chairs, shoes, watches, jewelry, small electronics, and more.
Depending on the individual supplier and shipping method, your customers will get their orders in a week or so.
Some complaints about Spocket are customer service, pricing, and long shipping times. About 6% of reviews are 1, 2, or 3 stars.
Spocket has a 4.8 star rating with 921 reviews on the Shopify app store.
MXED offers officially licensed products for you to sell in your store, which is an interesting alternative to other dropshipping providers. They offer really exciting brands like Star Wars, Nintendo, Overwatch, and Rick & Morty. You can find things like t-shirts, backpacks, phone cases, wallets, underoos, jewelry, pins, and so much more. They’ve got such a fun mix of products and brands that you’re sure to find something you’d love to sell.
They ship from the US and your customers will get their products in 3 - 5 days.
Some complaints about MXED are that the products are expensive and that the products are only available in the US. About 8% of reviews are 1, 2, or 3 stars.
MXED has a 4.6 star rating with 74 reviews.
There are some other apps in the Shopify store that we can’t recommend, like Modalyst (4.4 stars with 377 reviews) and ProductPro (4.3 stars with 70 reviews). The reviews are too poor and too few.
Summary of Oberlo Alternatives for Shopify
I hope this information is helpful as you evaluate your product sourcing. As always when picking products, order a sample of everything you’d like to sell. This will let you evaluate the purchase process but also the fulfillment & shipping times and produce quality.
Once your store is set up and live, you should have an app which gives you an overview of your shipping & logistics. Check out ShopClerk Order Tracking for Shopify, we’ve got a 14-day free trial and really fair pricing.
If you’d like to learn more about dropshipping, check out 3dcart’s guide on how to start a business with dropshipping. It’s really comprehensive, well-written, and you can get their free ebook, The Beginner’s Guide to Dropshipping. Check it out.