Last updated on July 23rd, 2018
Reading this article tells me you have a slight idea of what Alidropship and Oberlo is, if not you won’t be here.
Virtually everybody into dropshipping knows one or two things about Oberlo and AliDropship. And this is probably because both of them are excellent tools when it comes to dropshipping.
But if you are like me, I like to spend as little as possible to get the maximum return. Which makes me very meticulous in choosing the right tool for my business.
Dropshipping business as brought about a revolution in the e-commerce world. Whereby gentlemen and women like you and me can start a global business with as low as $100 and makeup to thousands of dollars on a monthly basis.
Thanks to the internet, and presently with over 3.5billion people browsing the internet on a daily basis makes me think the Skye is your limit.
Even better is the advent of tools like Alidropship and Oberlo!
Starting a dropshipping business with the likes of the two software couldn’t be more easier compare to when your tasks are done manually.
The downside to this is that both software is exclusively and specifically built for their platform. This means AliDropship can’t be interchangeably used with Oberlo.
Oberlo only works on Shopify while AliDropship is built specifically for both WordPress and WooCommere.
What does this mean for your dropshipping business? It means you have to choose one of the two and your choice will definitely determine the platform you choose to dropship.
In this article, I’ll compare AliDropship vs Oberlo, highlight both of their strength, weakness and many other features included in both tools. And at the end, you should probably know the right tool, to begin with.
What is AliDropship
AliDropship is an IT based company that offers an effective automated solution that gives you access to everything available on AliExpress. This allowing you to run a perfect and profitable dropshipping business.
The AliDropship Plugin is a WordPress based plugin that allows you to launch your online store at a stroke. The plugin offers a complete set of different features that make it easy for you to start and run a successful dropshipping business.
It helps you automate your dropshipping business with AliExpress. Thereby, saving you lots of time and allowing you to do other important things for your business.
However, the AliDropship Plugin also comes in a WooCommerce version which is referred to AliDropship Woo.
AliDropship Woo being the second version of the default AliDropship plugin is a WooCommerce dropshipping plugin that only works on a website that has the WooCommerce plugin install already.
But like the default version they are both created to automate your dropshipping business with AliExpress. This article should answer any question you might want to ask about AliDropship plugin and AliDropship Woo
What is Oberlo
Oberlo is an application for the self-hosted popular e-commerce platform Shopify. The Oberlo app allows you to easily import dropshipping products from AliExpress to a Shopify store while selling directly to your customer.
Oberlo a marketplace that makes it easy for you to find awesome products to sell online. With Oberlo you can have access to various product niche with just a few clicks.
The app makes it easy for you to find products from various suppliers in AliExpress and have them ship the product to your customer whenever you have an order with just a few clicks.
In order to have access to Oberlo app and add products to your online store, first, you need to create an account with Shopify. It’s after you have a full set-up store powered by Shopify that you can then install the Oberlo app.
Oberlo doesn’t work on other platform but Shopify only.
In the next paragraph, I’ll compare AliDropship and Oberlo based on their dropshipping e-commerce platform. Which of course is Shopify and WordPress+WooCommerce.
We’ll look into their user’s statistics and as well flexibility of both platforms.
AliDropship (WordPress+WooCommerce) Vs Oberlo (Shopify) Stats For E-commerce Platform
E-commerce has started to gain more prominent in the last 5 years and now powers 45.4% of the entire web. This rapid increase was spur as a result of customers using the internet to buy their products and services.
There as being an increase in total sales since 2012, and presently there are about $1.92 trillion e-commerce sales worldwide. So with this, if you are not selling online, what the heck are you doing then?
With the total sales online there has been some discovery that some sales were more on some e-commerce platform compare to the others. Which is what we’re about to look into.
At first, WordPress was just a blogging platform until it became more complex.
This time people start using it to create any kind of website including e-commerce. Simply put, it’s an open source website creation tool that’s written in PHP.
While WooCommercce is a free e-commerce plugin that allows you to sell anything online. It is a plugin built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress which give you a complete control over your website.
WooCommerce is not a stand-alone platform but a WordPress extension.
Shopify eCommerce Platform
Shopify is a complete e-commerce solution that allows you to set up an online store and sell your goods. You can call it a one-stop-shop for everything you need to power an online store.
From domain name to hosting. Shopify handles everything. No wonder it’s not a free e-commerce platform like the others.
Shopify is the only e-commerce platform that comes with self-hosting. However, at the same time, it doesn’t give you full control over your website. Shopify doesn’t allow anything from the outside.
Stats for Both Platform
AliDropship Plugin works for both WordPress+WooCommerce. While Oberlo works with Shopify.
This is just for the platform, now we’ll into their features and functionality.
AliDropship Vs Oberlo – Similar Features
Both AliDropship and Oberlo are very popular because they offer great values for every dropshippers out there. Below are some of the values they provide for your dropshipping business.
#1: Auto Search & Import
With the help of both tools, Oberlo and AliDropship, you can easily search for products directly on AliExpress and have them import to your online store with just a single click.
Adding product to your online store is one of the difficult tasks you’ll face as a drop shipper. But with the help of these tools, you won’t have to worry about anything.
While importing your products, at the same time you’ll be able to edit the product descriptions. Since Google ignore duplicate content, editing the product description will give you the chance to rank higher on search engines for that particular products.
#2: Inventory Management
This is another cool feature you’ll enjoy using one of the tools. They’ll keep your store checked by managing your entire inventory. Both tools have the ability to track stock counts and notify you to stop selling products when the inventory runs out.
With this features, you won’t have to worry about having an order while the same product is out of stock from your supplier. This, however, will keep your online store up to date.
#3: Easily Track Your Sales
Both tools give you access to an all in one dashboard that allows you to see what’s going on inside your store while you monitor it from the backend.
You’ll see what your customers are ordering when the product is dispatched and when they arrived. In the same manner, you’ll know exactly the amount of traffic your store is getting.
Having access to these activities will allow you to make the right choice for business. Like sourcing for others means to generate free traffic to your website.
#4: Price Automation
Imagine adding over 50 products to your online store while you manually need to edit the entire product price. This is probably going to take days. But it’s only going to take seconds using Oberlo or AliDropship.
You can use an advance pricing markup settings to set your product prices. It could be for some specific products or the entire product on your store. You can either make it a fixed price or a fixed margin.
This way when a product price increase from you supplier side, your profit would still be guaranteed.
#5: Order Fulfilment
With this feature, you can forget about ordering products from your supplier every single time you have a new order. Oberlo stores every detail of the product you import from AliExpress.
This way, you won’t have to start looking for product links every new time you’ve got a new order. All you need to do is click the order button and the entire order on your store will be fulfilled.
The same thing goes for AliDropship.
#6: ePacket Shipping Filter
Products taking forever to arrive is one of the reasons why newbies have issues drop shipping. That feeling when a customer is seriously after you over a product that’s less than $10. All because their products are taking forever.
But with this feature, you don’t have to worry. Both with Oberlo or AliDropship, you can easily spot product with ePacket and have them import to your store.
This way, you will be rest assured your products are getting to your customer on time.
AliDropship Vs Oberlo – Differences
Both tools are awesome, but as you would have known already. There are still some differences in their features and functionality. Below are the top difference between AliDropship and Oberlo.
The AliDropship plugin comes with carefully designed themes that you can easily use to build your online store. While the WooCommerce version gives you access to hundreds, if not thousands of different free themes that you can customize to your own preference.
Oberlo, on the other hand, works with the default free Shopify themes. However, if you want your online store to really stand-out you could install one of their beautiful and carefully design themes starting from $140.
#2: Numbers of Imported Products
AliDropship provides unlimited access to the numbers of products you can import from AliExpress. Once you purchase the plugin you can import and sell any types of unlimited product. However, on the other hand…
Oberlo grants you access to the numbers of products you can import and sell from AliExpress based on your membership plan. The Starter plan (Trial Mode) lets you import 500 products and receive an order up to 50 products per month.
While Basic and Pro plan is 10,000 and 30,000 respectively.
#3: AliExpress Cash-back System
AliDropship gives you the opportunity to make additional money with AliExpress through their affiliate program. Normally to earn commissions as an affiliate of AliExpress on your website you need the AliExpress affiliate plugin.
But, however, AliDropship was able to incorporate this features inside their plugin. So that any order you send to AliExpress gives you an additional commission up to 12% on that product.
The AliExpress Cash-back system is not available on Oberlo
#4: Pricing and Subscription
Oberlo offers a 30 days free trial to test the platform and after you need to upgrade to any of the paid plans.
- Basic Plan – $29.90/month. With this, you can import up to 10,000 products per month and equally receive up to 500 orders.
- Pro Plan – $79.90/month. This plan allows you to import up to 30,000 products and receive unlimited orders from your store.
P.S – keep in mind you still need to choose from any of the Shopify plans to keep your store running. Shopify plan starts from $29/month. Your average subscription fee per year using this platform should be $696.
AliDropship, on the other hand, does not offer any free trial or monthly subscription. You just need to pay a one-time fee of $89. And if you so which, you could also choose from their hosting plans and finally get yourself a Domain name with less than $10 from NameCheap.
This one-time fee gives you access to every feature and a lifetime full update and support with AliDropship. There’s no hidden or future charges, just the one-time fee of $89.
The AliDropship plugin was intentionally tailored to meets the demands of newbies trying out dropshiping for the first time. They went a bit further to create the following marketing features to make your business profitable.
- Discount Coupons – this allows you to run sales and promotions by offering coupon codes on your product. Which usually leads to more sales.
- Abandoned Cart – the features allows you to recover most of your abandoned cart through sending of emails to customers that didn’t finish their check-out.
- Email lists – this plugin allows you to collect emails of visitor that visit your online stores and those that drop their contact but didn’t finish their purchase.
- Product Review – we all know that nobody actually wants to be the first buyer. But having some products reviews imported from your supplier will encourage your customers to buy from you.
Oberlo, on the other hand, is more like a standalone package. You’ll need to visit the Shopify app store for any other tools you might want to add to your store. An app like Beeketing offers some free apps and works perfectly fine on Shopify store.
AliDropship Vs Oberlo – Drawbacks for Both Tools
Like every other product and services out there, they both also have their drawbacks and shortcomings.
Not all is sunshine and rainbows when it comes to AliDropship. Below are some of their drawbacks.
- Web Management- In other to efficiently use the plugin, most especially the WooCommerce version. Users should have an experience with WordPress or WooCommerce. If not, then the Default AliDropship Plugin will do just fine.
- Web Security – like every other e-commerce website you need to secure your website for the safety of your customer. This usually happens to be an additional cost in setting up your website. However, AliDropship hosting provides a free SSL certificate to secure your Website, you just need to install it following their guide. NameCheap also gives all their users a one year free SSL certificate.
Just like AliDropship using Oberlo for dropshipping comes with a little setback.
- Limited Control – The Shopify platform is in control of your store and as such you might not be allowed to sell some certain products.
- Monthly Recurring fee – hardly will you see any free app on Shopify to use alongside Oberlo. The best you can see is a few days trial which will later need to be upgraded through the monthly sub.
To be frank they are both wonderful tools. But like I said earlier, I like to spend as little as possible to generate the maximum returns. Oberlo is like a done for you package. You just have to sign up with Shopify and install the App. But if care is not taken the monthly recurring fee could rip you apart.
The choice is your… which is it going to be?
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