Last Updated on September 7, 2022 by Ewen Finser
Dropified is a well-established popular dropshipping sourcing platform. It’s not the best option for every scenario. If you’ve tried Dropified and aren’t quite finding what you need (or are spending too much), I feel you!
I’ve tried a few different options over the years and rank the following as the best alternatives to Dropified:
Summary: Spocket is a more modern dropshipping solution, with an easy to use interface, quick shipping for US users, and seamless integrations with all of the major ecommerce platforms. A great option for faster shipping times and higher quality products.
- Strong focus on the US market, with faster shipping times (thing 5-12 days vs 10-25 days for Dropified)
- Easy to use interface with simple one-click integrations to Shopify, WooCommerce, and other popular ecommerce selling platforms
- Secondary focus on the EU market, particularly EU > US shipping
- Due to US and EU focus, generally a higher quality range of products
- Ability to personalize invoices so customers do know it’s a dropshipped product
- Less focused on China and other SE Asian supplier markets
- Less overall selection compared to Oberlo
- Access to premium products requires higher priced plan
Further Reading: Spocket vs Oberlo Compared.
Summary: Zendrop is a up-and-coming new dropshipping app with many similar features to Spocket, but also a completely free plan for dropshippers to get started.
- Fully accessible Free Plan with 1M+ product database available, great to test the market with first
- Fully automated fulfillment starting on the Pro Plan
- Offers “Express Shipping” on the Plus Plan, can be less than 7 days shipping (generally an improvement over Spocket)
- Prices for products can be slightly lower than on AliExpress and Spocket due to Zendrop’s bulk discounts
- Fairly strong product quality vetting e.g. Zendrop finds the highest quality product on AliExpress to list (not the handful of cheap dupes and knockoffs)
- More of a global product sourcing process, including the Chinese market (not just EU and US like Spocket)
- Have to fulfill orders yourself on the Free Plan
- Zendrop’s Pro plan is $49/month, whereas Spocket’s Pro Plan is just $29/month (different trade offs though)
Summary: WorldWideBrands is the old incumbent, with decades of experience sourcing top dropship and wholesale suppliers. Less intuitive interface, but more supplier depth than Dropified. If you’ve ever felt limited by the supplier options on Dropified, it’s worth checking out WorldWideBrands.
- WWW offers over 16 MILLION products in their searchable database
- Offers a unique LIFETIME membership for $299 (no more recurring monthly fees)
- 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Thoroughly vetted suppliers and wholesalers
- Able to filter by Dropshippers specifically, but can expand to wholesalers as you grow
- Less polished interface, a bit more difficult to use
- No direct app integrations with Shopify, WooCommerce, etc.. (just CSV exports)
- Fewer filtration features (more needle in the haystack searching)
- No monthly or annua pricing (just lifetime $299 access)
- Limited phone support (but they do have chat support and email support)
Summary: Salehoo has been around for 10+ years, initially as a dropship directory, and now offering a variety of platform integrations and selling tools for dropshippers.
- Flexibility to just access the directory (for $67/year or $127 for lifetime access) or opt for the full on import integration (monthly fee).
- Specialized Shopify and Amazon courses and launch guides
- Import integrations to launch stores in minutes
- 30 day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer support
- Doesn’t just pull from AliExpress, wide network of suppliers
- More expensive to get started with the import service ($27 vs just $7 for Oberlo, but Salehoo offers more features…)
- Directory features LOTS of suppliers, still requires research and filtering (quality varies, less vetted than Spocket for example)
- It’s not always as easy as it sounds e.g. simply “clicking” to create a store likely won’t lead to any business breakthroughs
- No automatic product fulfillment like with Oberlo
Further Reading: Salehoo vs Worldwide Brands.
Summary: If you are interested in selling t-shirts, apparel, stickers, posters, and various merch, Printful is the platform to use. It won’t help you in other verticals, but if you can leverage print-on-demand (POD), it’s a game changer.
- Dedicated exclusively to print on demand products
- Much more streamlined and easier to deal with than typical dropshipping platforms like Oberlo
- Ability to create custom intellectual property (IP, designs) to create a defensible moat
- Much easier to ship apparel and POD merchandise
- Higher margins from the perceived value of unique, hard-to-find designs
- Logistics system and delivery times can be affected by macroeconomic climate
- Not recommended if you can’t bring your own creative or creative team to procure designs
- Likely need a good traffic strategy vs competing on price
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Summary: DSers is another upstart dropshipping app with a wide range of products from AliExpress and similar suppliers. If you are turned off by the higher upfront pricing from Dropified, DSers may be a better solution to start with.
- DSers offers a fully functional free Basic Plan for up to 3 stores and 3,000 products per account
- DSers first paid tier is less expensive than similarly featured Dropified tiers (DSers starts at just $19.90/month while Dropified starts at $39/month)
- Helpful price monitoring features and automated price syncs
- Integrates with Wix for dropshipping (Dropified does not)
- Product quality tends to be variable, less curated
- Fewer product research tools
Summary: AliExpress might seem like an odd suggestion as many of the tools mentioned ALSO leverage AliExpress, but they’ve been offering more specific products like AliDropship to cut out the middle men. If you mostly end up sourcing on AliExpress, this might be the most affordable option.
- Easily integrates with the AliExpress ecosystem, no worrying about how to sync it up
- A done for your store takes minutes vs weeks or months of tinkering
- Relatively affordable up front cost, instead of a spread out monthly cost
- Keeps things simple, not complicated integrations or tech problems
- Most dropshipping stores take work to optimize, AliDropship just accelerates the first part (not the hard part)
- The testimonials and messaging are a bit gimmicky (re: don’t expect the $ to start rolling in with no work)
- $89 to $399, even though it’s up front, is still a sizable investment if you aren’t sure your store concept will work
Summary: Modalyst is another Spocket competitor worth considering, particularly for those looking for a cheaper (free) entry point into dropshipping.
- Completely free plan available for those just getting started to test the waters
- Access to similarly high quality US and EU products like Spocket
- Unlimited product plan for $90/month (Pro Plan) is quite generous compared to Spocket and others (most have some sort of cap)
- Offers access to private label suppliers
- Their middle tier “Start Up Plan” is fairly restrictive at just 250 products, relative to peers
- Has a a 5% transaction fee
Summary: Importify is another upstart dropshipping supplier with similar features to Oberlo, but a wider supplier base to integrate with.
- Competitive entry level pricing at $14.95/month for the Basic Plan, ability to import to Basic Plan stores
- Integrations with 40+ different sources and marketplaces
- More highly rated on Shopify (as of this writing, 4.6 starts vs 4.2 starts); that’s worth something as it’s harder to game these rankings
- Solid mix of US and Chinese suppliers, something for everyone
- No product import limits, unlike Oberlo
- Offers partial order fulfillment automation on AliExpress, Amazon, and DHgate
- Basic Plan doesn’t support Amazon auto import tools, which is likely an important channel for many dropshippers (the higher tiers do support)
- Hasn’t been around as long as Oberlo, will it last?
Summary: If you are a dedicated WooCommerce user, many of the dropshipping apps are just “ok” for WooCommerce and are primarily geared towards Shopify store owners. With WooDropship, you get a dedicated platform that integrates perfectly with your WooCommerce tech stack.
- Dedicated WooCommerce app with knowledgeable support team & focused mission
- Offers a simple plugin with a lifetime single store license of $49
- WooCommerce can be a bit more technical than some platforms, so WooDropship offers a “done for you” service for $199 to $499 per launch depending on how many bells and whistles you want to go live with
- Massive inventory of 120M+ products to choose from
- Doesn’t support other platforms (not a surprise here)
- Basic plan only includes support for a single store license
- Limited time in market, still a lot to prove
Final Take on the Best Dropified Competitors
Wow, that’s a lot of different Dropified alternatives…
To help narrow down the best option for your specific case, I have some quick-reference rules of thumb below for when to go with one option over the others:
- Looking for higher quality products? If you keep finding junky overseas products that aren’t up to your standards, definitely go with Spocket here with it’s curated list of US and EU based suppliers.
- Looking for more products & suppliers? If you’ve felt limited by the inventory sources and products available via Spocket, go explore the massive directory of Salehoo here.
- Looking to start with a free version? Spocket is very limited in their free version, but for a fully accessible free database of products, go with Zendrop here.