Oberlo Review – Best Shopify Dropshipping App

Hi, and welcome to my review of Oberlo, if you are thinking of starting a dropshipping business in 2020 and want to know if this app can help you, this article will help you decide.

Dropshipping is one of the most popular methods to start an eCommerce business, it doesn’t require a huge investment to get started and it is relatively simple to operate. This is one of the main reasons this business model has become popular way to start an eCommerce business.

Oberlo is a Shopify dropshipping app that allows you to search and import products from AliExpress into your Shopify store with the click of a few buttons.

It also comes with a host of other features that will help make your store retain customers, increase sales and help boost your profits.

What is dropshipping?

Dropshipping is an eCommerce distribution method in which the store owner never handles any of the inventory they sell. Dropshippers act as the middlemen between customers and suppliers. When an order comes in, the store owner will pass on the order to the supplier and they will deliver the item.

The store owner will keep the difference between what they charged the customer and what they paid for it from the supplier. Profit margins in dropshipping can be anything between 10% – 300% depending on who your supplier is and where you dropship. Click here or a more detailed explanation of what dropshipping is and how to start a dropshipping business.

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So, what exactly is Oberlo and how can it help you run a dropshipping business? This is my updated review of Oberlo for 2020, it still remains the no.1 dropshipping app and is constantly updated to meet the demands of eCommerce business owners in 2020. 

Oberlo is a Shopify App that allows dropshippers import products from AliExpress to their Shopify store with little hassle. Its interface is clean and very easy to navigate, there isn’t a steep learning curve which makes it great for everyone.

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Oberlo comes with many features that will automate many parts of your dropsipping business, these features include the following;

Search And Import 

Finding and importing products from AliExpress is one of the main features of this app and it can be done with a couple of clicks. You can either do this inside the app or use the Chrome extension and you can filter your search through the following options;

Delivery method – AliExpress has multiple delivery arrangements, the most popular with dropshippers is ePacket.

Verified Supplier – Oberlo have their own database of suppliers that have proven to deliver exceptional customer service.

Warehouse location – If you want faster delivery times, you filter to make sure that warehouses are located nearer to where you will be delivering.

Price range 

Order Count – Filter by the number of orders for any product in a given month.

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Each search result also provides you with the following data;

Price of the item and delivery charge

The Supplier ID

No. of reviews for the product

How many times the product has been imported into an Oberlo/Shopify store.

Number of views across all Shopify stores that have imported the product

The number of times the product has been ordered from a Shopify store

These data points will be useful in determining if a product has the potential to be a winner or not.

Fulfil and Track Orders

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One of the best ways to gain customer satisfaction is to fulfil their orders on time and Oberlo makes this possible with their streamlined ordering process.

Once an order comes, all you have to do is order the product from the Oberlo dashboard and they will take care of the rest.

It really is that simple and straightforward. You will also be able to track the order from the moment it leaves the suppliers warehouse until it reaches its destination.

Automatic Inventory and Price Updates

Another fantastic feature, you will not have to worry about customers ordering items that are out of stock because Oberlo will alert you when an item is no longer available.

This will allow you to either remove the item or find an alternative supplier of that item. The app will also update any changes in price, this will allow you to make any adjustment to your own price so that you always stay in profit.

Change Suppliers Whenever You Want

One of the great things about AliExpress is that there are multiple suppliers for many of the same products.

What this means is that you can change suppliers very easily should you see that you will get a better deal. With Oberlo you can change suppliers with the click of a few buttons and your customers will not know the difference.

Automated Pricing Rules

This is another time-saving feature, you can set up your own pricing rules for all your products without having to price them individually one by one.

You have two basic pricing options, they are:

  • Multiplier – Multiply the original price by a fixed number
  • Fixed Markup – Allows you to add a fixed number to the original price 

There is a more advanced feature where you can set pricing rules depending on the cost of the product, so for example, the pricing rule below shows that if a product is priced between $20-$50, it should be multiplied by 2 for the selling price.

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ePacket Filter

One of the issues with dropshipping from AliExpress is the length of time it takes for the item to be delivered.

However, there are some products that can be delivered faster with a service called ePacket. Products that are eligible for ePacket delivery can be found by applying the ePacket filter within Oberlo.

Most products that are eligible for ePacket delivery are small and lightweight and when you first start dropshipping, these are the types of products you would start with.

Product Customisation

You can edit product description, images, titles etc not only will this make you stand out from other people who are selling the same product but it will also have some SEO value should you want to rank for any keywords.

Sales Tracking

You can track the sales of all your products and analyse which products are converting well and which are not. This will allow you to stop promoting products that are not selling well and put more effort behind ones that are.

The sales dashboard will provide you with a total earnings report and provide stats for your top 5 selling items.

Oberlo Verified Suppliers

Oberlo verified suppliers is a large database of the best reviewed and most trustworthy suppliers on the AliExpress marketplace.

The suppliers have been handpicked by the Oberlo team so you know that the products and service will be of the highest quality.

All the suppliers are aware that most of their business customers are dropshippers so they will not deliver items with promotional material that will let customers be aware of this fact.

Oberlo Resources

Oberlo has a fantastic support system and this is showcased by their extensive resources page. These are some of the materials you get free access to (you don’t even have to subscribe to free membership of Oberlo):

  • Free eCommerce eBooks
  • Active Community Forum
  • Free Business tools
  • Free Stock images
  • Updated list of trending products
  • Guide on what to sell
  • Help centre

Even if you do not end up using the app, the resources alone will help you in your eCommerce business. They also have a very lively community forum where you can and ask for help and advise and learn from successful Oberlo dropshippers.

Pricing

There are three options you can choose should you decide to use the app for your dropshipping business.

There is a free plan and two paid plans.

Oberlo is free until you reach 50 orders per month (which hopefully you should do sooner rather later). The Basic plan is $29.90 pm and the Pro plan is $79.90 pm.

All the major features are included in the free plan, along with a 14-day free trial that comes with every Shopify plan, you can potentially start a dropshipping business with no upfront costs (only need to pay for a domain name, which can be purchased for less than $10 form Namecheap)

Alternatives To Oberlo

There is another app that is very similar to Oberlo, it is called Alidropship and comes with many of the same dropshipping automation features as Oberlo.

You can read my review of Alidropship and decide for yourself which one you prefer. I personally prefer Alidropship, mainly because it works with WordPress and I am very familiar with that platform (this website is built on WordPress).

However, the one advantage that Oberlo has over Alidropship is that there is a free version of the app, Alidropship comes with a one time fee.

The other alternative I highly recommend is Spocket, Spocket is another Shopify app ( although it is also compatible with WordPress) that comes with many of the same features, however, Spocket is different in one major way and that is it does not sycn with AliExpress. Instead, with Spocket, you get access to thousands of products from suppliers who are based in the USA and EU. This gives Spocket one big advantage over both AliDropship and Oberlo and that is faster deivery times.

In the age of Amazon Prime when you can actually get your packages deivered on the day, having a fast delivery time is crucial. In this area Spocket definitely has the advantage and why I recommend them if you do not want to dropship using Aliexpress. 

Final Thoughts

With dropshipping becoming a very popular method to start an eCommerce business it was inevitable an app like Oberlo would be developed. It is a fantastic app and it will definitely make running a dropshipping business much easier.

If you are new to dropshipping, Oberlo has a wide range of resources to help you and it does have a fantastic customer support system should you need additional assistance.

Looking through their various blog posts and updates, the company is continuously improving the platform and this is reflected by the fact that Shopify acquired the company for a substantial amount in 2017.

The only negative point I have to make is that it only works with Shopify and so you are stuck with one eCommerce platform. This can be a problem down the road if you decide to move to another platform as you will have to start over from scratch.

However, I highly doubt anyone would want to move if their dropshipping business starts seeing success.

Oberlo is a fantastic dropshipping app, if you are thinking about starting a dropshipping business on Shopify, this app will be a huge asset.

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32 thoughts on “Oberlo Review – Best Shopify Dropshipping App”

  1. Hello Minhai, very interesting post here. I admit I know very little about e-commerce and Shopify. Your post has gotten my curiosity up. I did not realize the profit margins were so high with these programs.
    I take it that the Oberlo App does not work with word press and is only good with Shopify?
    It sounds as if you really want to make a go of this it would be better to get the Alidropship?
    I will keep your website in mind so I can check on this later on. Sounds really interesting. Hope to talk soon!

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    • Hi Wayne

      Thanks for your comment,yes the margins can be pretty high if you dropship from Aliexpress,however,you must first find a good product to sell and make sure the product is high quality. I prefer Alidropship because it works with WordPress,however,some people may prefer Oberlo because Shopify is a very good eCommerce platform. Both essentially do the same job,at the end of the day,they are only tools and it is up to you to utilize them properly.

      All the best

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  2. Thanks for this in-depth Oberlo review.

    I was thinking of trying to work as drop shipper and am collecting data for the moment.

    I think Oberlo is a good choice to start with. Is it possible to work with Oberlo and also add other ali-express or independent products to our website?

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  3. Interesting app. Never heard of it before. I’ve been thinking about going into eCommerce, but haven’t really got a product of my own. Drop shipping could be a good way to test out the market that I’m interested in.

    But I haven’t had much experience buying stuff from Aliexpress. Is their product quality and customer service at par with Amazon?

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    • Hi Cathy

      Thanks for your comment,its not on par with Amazons excellent customer service,however,it is still very good. The products are good and some are bad,luckily they have a feedback system,so you can see what scores customers have given suppliers for their products,customer service,delivery time etc and base your decision on that overall score.

      All the best

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  4. I love how you just give me the answer right up front, if this app is legit or not. Have you used it personally. I have heard about dropshipping as a work-from-home opportunity and have wondered about doing it. Do you have to have your own website to dropship or does the app give you one to work with?

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    • Hi Evette

      Thanks for your comment,you will need a Shopify store to use the app. The good thing is,you can get a 14-day free trial of Shopify and use the free version of Oberlo to see if it is something you would want to work with. Dropshipping is a good opportunity to start an online business,however,like all legitimate online money making methods,you will have to put in a a lot of work in the beginning and consistently work on your store.

      All the best

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  5. I want to try dropshipping but I’m not familiar with the pros and cons. Will you be able to outline some for me so I can make a decision of whether I should try out Oberlo or not?

    And you also mentioned AliDropship. How much more is it compared to Oberlo? If it is a reasonable one-time fee, I could save in the long-run.

    But I also want to ask, is it easier to manage a store on SHopify with Oberlo or on WordPress with AliDropship, for a newbie?

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    • Hi Reyhana

      Thanks for your comment,as to the pros and cons of dropshipping,I have actually written a whole article on dropshipping and have listed the pros and cons of this business model. You can check it out here.

      I personally prefer to work with WordPress as I am familiar with the platform,however,Shopify is a very good eCommerce solution and they have fantastic resources for dropshippers. So,it will come down to your own preference.

      All the best

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  6. I have used Orbelo in the past while experimenting with dropshipping. It was fairly a great tool and made it seamless to import products into my store. I didn’t know that they also had a feature to track sales to see which products are converting better than others. I may not have stuck with dropshipping long enough to realize this feature was available, but if I had known that I may have stayed longer with it. Thanks for such a thorough review.

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    • Hi Josephine

      Thanks for your comment and I think the tracking feature was added on recently,one thing I really like about Oberlo is that they continuously try and improve the app.

      All the best

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  7. Thanks for the great insight into Oberlo dropshipping, Minhaj. The information and guidance you offer on the overall service is so very useful.

    Do you have experience operating a Shopify store using the Oberlo dropshipping service? If not, do you know of anyone I can contact to learn more about it and how they have done as a dropshipping merchant?

    Thanks in advance.

    Daniel.

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    • Hi Daniel

      Thanks for your comment,I have played around with both Shopify and Oberlo but have never run a store,that is in my future plans.

      If you want more guidance,I highly suggest you check out the free resources that both Shopify and Oberlo offer and also get involved in the community forums. You will find lost of help there.

      All the best

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  8. Thank you for your review of Oberlo.  I don’t know much about dropshipping in general, but found your article to be very helpful both in learning about Oberlo and about dropshipping.  It’s something that I’ve considered testing the waters in, but I am worried about a lot of upfront costs because I am on a limited income.

    I would be interested in learning more about dropshipping and how it works, as well as the pluses and pitfalls.

    Thanks,

    Ellen

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  9. Hi Minhaj, I have bookedmarked your article. It’s too beneficial to lose. I have heard about dropshipping, many times, I have watched youtube videos about, but I have never really gotten the hang of it. 

    But, thanks to your article, I now understand it’s concept to a great extent. I would rather go with Oberlo to Alidropship, because of its free sign up offer. 

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  10. A very thorough review of Oberlo, I have plans to start a  dropshipping business in the future and am looking at tools and services that may help me and I keep coming across the name of Oberlo.

    I really like some of the features this application offers and the fact that you can try it for free is an added bonus. I understand that the app only works with products from AliExpress, do you know of any other apps that are not reliant on AliExpress dropshipping? Thanks

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment, yes Oberlo only works with products that are listed on the AliExpress marketplace, for a good alternative to Oberlo, check out my review of Spocket, they provide a databse of products and suppliers that are mostly based in the USA and Europe.

      All the best

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  11. Hey there Minhaj.

    Great post! I’ve already bookmarked it! I am aware of dropshipping as a concept and as a business, but I never knew that there were apps specifically for that. I knew there were some platforms for dropshipping, buying from Amazon and selling on eBay, but not as streamlined as this one. 

    Since I don’t know how Shopify works, I’d like to ask whether Oberlo training includes training on Shopify.  

    Thanks again for a great post!

    Marios

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    • Hi Marios

      Thanks for your comment, Oberlo has a lot of resources to get you started, this includes training on Shopify. However, I do highly recommend you sign up for the Shopify Academy if you want some good training on all things related to Shopify and how to start an eCommerce business.

      All the best

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  12. Thank you for this detailed review on Oberlo, I once started a drop shipping venture a long time ago and I wish I had the opportunity to utilize the benefits of Oberlo at the time. I might think about going back to it again, this time, with Oberlo to make my business easier to carry out.

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment, you should definitely look into dropshipping again, Oberlo is a game changer, especially for those who want to dropship through suppliers from AliExpress. The automation features alone are worth the price and it has great resources and support.

      All the best

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  13. I Appreciate this honest review of Oberlo, I am familiar with dropshipping and the many apps that have been developed over the years to help people start a dropshipping business. I have looked at other similar apps like Alidropship and Dropified but what makes Oberlo the better option for someone like me is that the basic version is free which is great if you are on a tight budget.

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment and I agree, what separates Oberlo from the rest is the basic option which is free for life, perfect for people why may not have a huge amount to spend. I like the other two you mentioned but Oberlo is the leader for the title of the best AliExpress dropshipping app.

      All the best

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  14. Hey, thanks for this in-depth review of Oberlo, I have been hearing a lot about dropshipping since I started learning about making money online and Shopify and Oberlo are names I always hear about.

    Dropshipping sounds like an easy business model to implement and Oberlo definitely makes it easier. I love all the automation features it comes with, especially the one-click import and one-click order fulfilment.

    Dropshipping is something I am considering to start and Oberlo will be on one of the apps I get when I start my dropshipping business.

    Thanks for this review.

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  15. I am actually thinking of starting an AliExpress dropshipping business and Oberlo is one of the dropshipping apps that I have been researching to help me get started. I really like the automation features, these will definitely speed up many of the tasks that are required when running a dropshipping business.I really like their list of verified suppliers, this will help me narrow down the list of suppliers I can work with, what gives me confidence about this app is that Shopify purchased it for a considerable amount, this tells me that it works and it will always be supported.

    Thanks for the review

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    • Hi Jay

      Thanks for the comment, yes one of the main reasons I advise people to go with Oberlo for AliExpress dropshipping is because it comes with so many good features, is well supported and is owned by Shopify.

      All the best

      Reply
  16. Thanks for this thorough review of Oberlo, I have been searching for a good AliExpress dropshipping app and Oberlo seems to tick all the boxes.

    Do you know if Oberlo lists suppliers from countries in Europe and the USA? I would like delivery time to be shorter than 2 weeks which seems to be the average time for an ePacket delivery. 

    Oberlo looks easy to use and the interface is really tidy, how have you found it so far? is the support any good and do they update the software on a regular basis?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment, as far as I know, Oberlo does list suppliers that are based in the USA but I do not know if they list suppliers from Europe.

      If you would like more options for suppliers that are based in the USA and Europe, try Spocket, they have a huge database of legitimate dropshipping suppliers that are based in the USA and Europe.

      As for your other questions, I find the Oberlo is easy to use, the support is good and they do update the software on a regular basis.

      All the best

      Reply

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