In this article, I will be doing a thorough comparison between spocket vs oberlo for Shopify dropshipping.
Dropshipping is still an evergreen business model in 2020 and Shopify is one of the best platforms where anyone can launch their stores and start selling in minutes.
But the success of your store strongly depends on the products being sold and the ease of finding suppliers so you can run your business with ease.
There are many tools that can help you to achieve this through the best among them are spocket and oberlo.
What is Spocket?
Spocket is a Shopify dropshipping app that allows you to import products into your Shopify store.
The products listed on spocket are gotten from suppliers and vendors located in the US and Europe.
The products are listed on their marketplace where you can import the products into your dropship store in one click.
Spocket is designed to automate your entire business from product sourcing to pricing and delivery.
Furthermore, you will receive up to 50% discount from all the products you decide to sell, so you just need to focus on marketing.
What is Oberlo?
Oberlo is a dropshipping app that when integrated with your Shopify store allows you to import products from Aliexpress and sell them in your store.
Oberlo is owned by Shopify and can only be used if your store is built with Shopify.
This means that Oberlo does not support other platforms like WordPress, woo commerce, etc.
Spocket: Best Features
2-5 days shipping time
Among other features of spocket this is the best. You can choose the products you want to sell based on your customer’s location.
Your products reach the customer between 2-5 days or less. so the customer stays happy always.
Nevertheless, this is based on some factors such as the size of the product, supplier, and your current plan with spocket.
However, you can confirm this before importing it.
This unique feature allows you to import products from the spocket marketplace to your store in one click.
All you need to do is click the import button and the product is added to your import list.
This makes the automation of your business easier as it saves you the time of manually downloading and uploading images of the product to your store.
Automated Order Fulfillment
This features creates a semi-automated feature with your supplier. whenever a customer buys a product from your store, you can push the order details to the supplier in a single click.
immediately your orders are sent, you will receive a notification that the supplier has begun the shipping process of the product.
Furthermore, you will be able to track the orders from your dashboard after the products are shipped. The current location and stats are also provided.
Oberlo: Best Features
Automated Order Fulfillment
Immediately a customer makes a purchase from your store and clicks the “order” button the details are immediately sent to the supplier and the shipping begins.
Oberlo has an integrated tracking system that allows you to know the exact location of a product at any given time.
Most products on the Aliexpress platform take 1-30 days to reach the customer.
However, when the epacket filter is enabled, it shows you the products that have a faster shipping time as low as ten days.
So if you want your products to reach your customer faster you can use this feature.
Auto Price Mark-Ups
Automation is an important feature of Oberlo and price mark-ups are no exception.
You can easily automate the entire pricing scheme of all the products you import into your store so you won’t have to set a price for it manually.
So if a hat is sold for $30 and your mark up price is $5, The price of the hat will automatically increase to $35 when you import it into your store.
After importing a product you can edit the description of that product to your taste as the description of most products on Aliexpress are not appealing.
You can also edit, remove, and add more images.
Spocket Vs Oberlo: What are the Differences?
Here are the major differences between spocket and Oberlo
Sourcing for products: Where are the products gotten from?
The products listed on Oberlo is gotten from a Chinese based company Aliexpress.
As you already know there are thousands of products on Aliexpress you can choose and import into your Shopify store.
But because of the large number of products, it is difficult to differentiate the good products from the bad, as there are many vendors on the platform.
Spocket on the other hand source for their products from the US and Europe which means the quality of their products is always high.
All vendors and suppliers on spocket have to go through strict interviews before their products are listed on the platform.
The spocket team orders for each product and tests it to make sure they are not inferior or bad for consumers.
You can also order for sample products so you can test it yourself before you start selling.
As the number of products keeps increasing, there is a tendency of finding similar products on both the spocket marketplace and Oberlo.
Oberlo is built specifically for Shopify users and it does not support other platforms so it can’t be used with on WordPress and woo-commerce.
Spocket has an added advantage because it can be used on Shopify, WordPress, and woo-commerce.
On Shopify, you can install spocket on your store while you need a google extension for WordPress and a plugin is required for woo-commerce.
Spocket allows you to brand your products before they are sent to the customer. This includes your store name, logo, invoice, and contact details to the package.
This helps you stand out as you don’t have to use the generic packaging used by all Aliexpress suppliers.
Oberlo ships the products to your customers with the Aliexpress packaging, so you can’t add any other information to the product.
Spocket is popular for its faster delivery time and this is because their warehouse is located in the US and EU.
It takes about 2-7 days for the product to reach the customer.
Oberlo takes a long time before the products reach the customer, this is because most of the suppliers have their warehouse in China and around Asia.
However, you can speed up the delivery time of your products with Oberlo’s epacket delivery which takes about 20 days.
The epacket delivery is a joint agreement between the United States and Hong Kong postal service to increase the efficiency of shipping products to different parts of the World.
Spocket and Oberlo have 24/7 customer support which you can access from your dashboard if you encounter any difficulties while using the platform.
Although more attention is given to the paid members more than the free members.
Spocket Vs Oberlo: Pricing and Membership Plan
Spocket has 4 different plans while Oberlo has 3 different membership plans.
Spocket Pricing and Membership Plan
1. THE STARTER PLAN
This plan costs $19 monthly after a 14 days free trial The features include
- Unlimited Product orders
- 25 unique product import every month
- Real-time product inventory update
- Currency Exchange
- Email Support
- Global Pricing rules
- Shipment tracking number
2. THE PRO PLAN
This plan is also free for 14 days after which you will have to pay $49 every month. It includes
- Unlimited orders
- 250 unique products import every month
- Premium Products
- Branded Invoicing
- Exclusive deals
- Premium Search
- chat and email support
- Plus Everything in the starter plan
3. THE EMPIRE PLAN
This plan costs $99 per month after a 14 days free trial. It includes all the features of the previous plans and other extra features. They include
- Up to 10,000 products
- Up to 10,000 premium Products
4. THE UNICORN PLAN
This is the highest plan provide by spocket and it costs $299 per month after a 14 days free trail.
Its features incude everything in the Empire plan and the following
- Bulk checkout
- Dedicated Account Executive
- Product request and
- Premium 24/7 phone support
Oberlo membership and Pricing Plan
Oberlo offers 3 different plans and they are (starter, basic and Pro)
1.STARTER PLAN (Free)
This plan is completely free but the functionality is limited. You can only import 500 products and fulfill 50 orders every month.
You will also have access to the Google Chrome extension, pricing automation, and product syncing.
2. THE BASIC PLAN
This includes all the features of the previous plan and more. You can 10,000 products, fulfill 500 products every month, shipment tracking and fulfillment
The plan costs $29.90 per month
3. THE PRO PLAN
This plan costs $79.90 monthly. You can import 30,000 products with unlimited orders every month.
The features of other plans are also included.
Spocket Vs Oberlo: Conclusion
These are good platforms with amazing features but Oberlo takes a longer time to ship products and this is bad for business as drop shipping is becoming competitive every day.
Spocket on the other hand is more expensive than Oberlo but The delivery time and which takes 2-5 days and verified vendors make them the ideal platform to choose.
Since both of these platforms offer free plans, I suggest you test them out before you choose.
However, I strongly recommend Spocket