Dropshipping is becoming an increasingly popular way for entrepreneurs to start an online business. With little start-up costs and no need to stock inventory or worry about delivery charges, you can see why people are starting to prefer this eCommerce fulfilment method.
The rise in popularity of dropshipping has led to the development of several apps that automates a lot of the tasks required in a dropshipping business. One of those apps is Dropified (formerly Shopified), today I will review the Dropified app and see if it really lives up to all the hype.
I have previously reviewed a couple of other similar apps,a fantastic WordPress plugin by a company called Alidropship and a Shopify app from Oberlo.
Although I personally prefer the plugin by Alidropship because it works with WordPress, Oberlo is a fantastic alternative to those who prefer the Shopify platform. Today, I will see if the Dropified app is a viable alternative to both Oberlo and Alidropship.
One of the most popular platforms that people use to find products and suppliers for their dropshipping business is Aliexpress.
Aliexpress has a massive database of products along with their suppliers/manufacturers,however it can be a little frustrating to manually import these products into your store.
This is where Dropified comes in,with its range of automation features like 1-click import and 1- click order,running a dropshipping business becomes less time-consuming and more profitable.
Dropified comes in two parts,a Chrome extension and the web-app.
Dropified Chrome Extension
As you can see from the image, the Chrome extension has many features, some of these include;
Import products – You can import products from Aliexpress straight into your Shopify store or into the Dropified web-app.
Enable ePacket Filter – This will highlight products that have ePacket delivery option
Hide Products Without ePacket – All the products that do not have ePacket delivery option will be hidden.
Processing Time – The Chrome extension will highlight how long the item will take to be delivered.
The Chrome extension will also allow you to edit the product description, insert tags for clearer product identification and import all the images related to that product. To manually do all this stuff will take around 15 minutes per product, with the Chrome extension, everything is completed in a couple of minutes.
These features alone will save you lots of time,it will help eliminate mistakes being made and you will have more time to grow your store.
One other useful feature of the Chrome extension is the order auditing tool. This tool allows you to audit your orders to see if there are any issues that need to be corrected.
What the audit tool does is the following;
- Shows you any duplicate orders
- Shows you any orders that have been made in Aliexpress but not in the Dropified app
- Shows you orders with the wrong address.
The web-app is where you will realise the true awesomeness of this app, it has a clean interface and is very easy to navigate.
The Dropified app comes with some awesome features, the main ones being importing products and fulfilling orders automatically.
You have four options to fulfil orders, however, the easiest and less time-consuming option is the option number three.
- Manual Order – If you are only getting a couple of orders a day.
- Step by Step Order – Takes you through the process
- Auto Order – The app does everything including what shipping method to use
- Auto Order, Choose Shipping – Same as above but you choose the shipping method.
As well as 1-click ordering capability, the web-app also comes with several other features that will help in the day to day running of a dropshipping business.
Some of these features include;
- Pricing automation – Set pricing rules for all the products you sell, and the app will update the prices accordingly.
- Price change notifications – Every time one of your suppliers changes their pricing,you will be notified so you can make the necessary changes and stay profitable.
- Out of stock notification – You will get an alert whenever a product is out of stock. This will eliminate the risk of customers ordering out of stock products and give you time to find another supplier or remove the item from your store.
- Shipment tracking – You will receive a custom tracking number as soon as an order is fulfilled. Dropified will also alert your customer about their order along with the tracking number.
- US dropship database – Aliexpress has a list of dropshipping suppliers that are based in the US. Dropified allows you to find these suppliers with ease and source products from within the US that will result in much faster delivery time.
Watch the video below to see the app in action
One thing you may notice from the video is that the app is still called Shopified instead of its new name which is Dropified, however, the funtions of the app remain the same.
There are a host of other features that come with this app, some I believe are unnecessary but others can be helpful although not essential to run a dropshipping business.
With Oberlo and Alidroship, you can only use Aliexpress, however with Dropified, there are over 40 online stores that you can import products from to start a dropshipping business.
Some of these stores include the following
- Amazon (.com.co.uk)
- eBay (.com.co.uk)
- Wholesale central
And many more.
However, I must add, the automation features that are available with Aliexpress cannot be used with the other online retailers.
So, even though it may seem like a good feature, I personally do not think many people will be using it because the other online retailers will already be selling products at competitive prices, so at best your profit margins will be razor thin.
Dropified 60-Day Challenge
Dropified recently announced a 60-day challenge, this is a training program that is designed to have you running a profitable dropshipping business within 60 days.
The lessons will drip-fed and you will be required to complete a task every day so that by the end of the training you should have your own dropshipping business.
The limited training material was one of the weaker points of Dropified and hence why I originally gave it lower marks than AliDropship and Oberlo.
However, with this new 60-day training program I believe they do provide you with all the training and resources you will need to start a dropshipping business.
They are really going all out with this training, there is a separate membership area and a private Facebook group and they will be handing out prizes for the most successful stores. If you want to start a dropshipping business with a clear training program, the Dropified 60-Day Challenge is for you.
Dropified Pricing Plans
Dropified has two plans both come with a 14-day free trial.
The Dropifed Builder plan is $47 pm and comes with all the main features of the app. With this plan you can;
- Store 15000 products
- Process 1000 orders pm
- Have 5 users
- Have 50 product wish boards
- Connect 1 store
The Dropified Premier plan costs $97 pm and with this plan you can;
- Store 50,000 products
- Process 20,000 orders pm
- Have 25 users
- Have 250 product wish boards
- Connect 5 stores.
You also get beta access to any new features and a free membership access to Squid Circle Printing. Squid Circle Printing is a print on demand company that will print your design on a variety of objects which you can then sell in your store.
Dropified eCommerce Supported Platforms
When Dropified was released a few years ago, it only worked with Shopify (hence it was called Shopified app), however, they have since upgraded the app to work with Commerce HQ, WooCommerce and GearBubble stores.
WooCommerce is a WordPress eCommerce plugin and is the most widely used eCommerce software, the plugin is free but you will need WordPress hosting.
Commerce HQ is a relatively new eCommerce platform and they are expensive when compared to Shopify. If you do purchase the app,I personally believe that Shopify is the best option.
Dropified is an impressive dropshipping app with a host of features that will make it easier to run a dropshipping business.
With features like 1-click order, pricing automation rules and automatic inventory updates, it’s easy to see this app has become very popular amongst eCommerce dropshippers.
Dropified is a viable alternative to AliDropship and Oberlo, they provide good support and their new 60-day challenge is an upgrade to their previous training guides.
However, I believe that Oberlo is the better option if you want to start dropshipping with Shopify, there is a free version which will allow you to process 50 orders per month and the paid options are cheaper as well.
Have you used Dropified? How was your experience? I would love to hear your thoughts on this app and if you agree with my review.
By the way, if you are looking for a course on running an eCommerce business, try the Shopify Academy, its free to join and comes with lots of tutorials, guides and resources.
Click on the button below and check it out.