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Spocket vs Oberlo – Which Is Better?

Dropshipping remains one of the biggest eCommerce models. According to Statista, the eComemrce industry is expected to be worth over $7 trillion by 2025.

Notably, Shopify continues to lead as the number one eCommerce platform in the dropshipping space with over 1.9 million products sold in the Americas alone. Following closely behind is Oberlo and then Spocket.

Dropshipping merchants looking for an alternative to Shopify opt for Spocket or Oberlo. Most especially those who engage in AliExpress dropshipping. The question is which of the two platforms is best for dropshipping business?

If you’re trying to choose between the two, this Spocket vs Oberlo review will help you decide.

What Is Spocket?

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Spocket is a popular dropshipping app that allows users to sell dropshipped products from AliExpress and AliBaba.

Notably, Spocket integrates with ecommerce platforms like BigCommerce, Ecwid, KMO Shops, Felex, Shopify and WooCommerce among others.

Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2017, Spocket set out to transform the drop shipping market and help online retailers compete with Amazon through removing the need to hold inventory and erasing upfront costs that normally face retailers.

The company currently serves over 20,000 entrepreneurs across five continents, helping them launch their own online stores.

Indeed, the company grew quickly. Approximately a year after it opened its doors, the company raised $1.5 million in funding from investors like Mistral Venture Partners, 7 Gate Ventures, Panache Ventures, and the Plug and Play accelerator.

What Is Oberlo?

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Oberlo is a dropshipping app that is owned by Shopify which allows you to import products from the AliExpress marketplace to your Shopify store.

With Oberlo, you can search for products directly via the Oberlo admin dashboard. Likewise, you can let Oberlo automatically import products by using the AliExpress product ID or URL.

With a bit of a head start, the Lithuania-based Oberlo began operations in 2015. Two years later, the company was acquired by Shopify for an estimated $15 million.

While Spocket concentrates on North American and European providers, Oberlo allows users to import products directly from Chinese mega store AliExpress.

Since it began operating, Oberlo merchants have sold more than 85 million products worldwide.

Now that we know a bit about the companies, let’s dive into how they actually work.

How To Get Started

Spocket

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As said, Spocket integrates directly with Shopify stores – it also connects to WooCommerce BigCommerce, Ecwid, KMO Shops, Wix, Square, Felex, and Squarespace stores. So the first step to set up a Shopify account is by clicking on the “Start a Free Trial” button.

Shopify will then walk you through each step to get your store up and running. It really doesn’t take much time.

After that, you’ll need to navigate to the Shopify App Store and locate the Spocket Shopify App. Click the “Add App” button and fill out the login information to connect the application with your Shopify store.

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Following that, you’ll be taken on a short four-step tour of the Spocket dashboard. It starts immediately and guides you through everything you need to get started.

Enter a keyword to begin searching for specific products. Search by product category or location, filter by price, select a supplier, or look through the “Premium Products” to see different offerings.

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Once you find a product you like and decide to add it to your store, you just hover your cursor over it and a green bar will appear saying “Add to Import List.”

Click on the button and the product will be saved onto your “Import List” tab. You can review each product later before officially adding it to your store.

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After that, go to the Import List tab and begin customizing product details (or leave them as they are) and put the product directly in your store with a simple click of the “Push To Store” button.

After that, the product is published to your store and your customers can peruse at their leisure!

Oberlo

As with Spocket, the first thing you need to do is sign up with Shopify.

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After that, head to the Shopify app store and look for the Oberlo app. Then install the app.

Confirm the app installation. Then set up your app by going to the Oberlo settings page and following the instructions there.

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Once that is done, you can begin searching the AliExpress products you want to import to your Shopify store. Do that by going to the Search Products page and looking for whatever catches your eye!

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Oberlo will then help you import any products you like onto your store within minutes. Then begin customizing the information and push the products live to your Shopify store!

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Verdict

Both Spocket and Oberlo have a quick and easy registration process. Not to mention, you need a Shopify account to sync both dropshipping platforms to SHopify and then start selling.

Sourcing Your Products

Spocket

Spocket purports to have higher quality products than its competition. According to the company, all dropshipping suppliers are vetted, each is interviewed, and then their selection of products are evaluated.

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Spocket’s vendors tend to be located in the United States and Europe, which makes shipping faster, if a bit more expensive.

Some of the unique products that Spocket offers include things like clothing and furniture. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all products are unique.

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It may be of interest to you that Spocket focuses on local manufacturers, distributors, and Etsy artisans. As mentioned above, rather than use AliExpress for all of its products, Spocket relies on a network of providers throughout North America and Europe.

This means that you can reliably count on the products you order through Spocket to be of a higher quality than some of its competitor’s wares.

Spocket actually utilizes a very thorough vetting process before it allows suppliers into its marketplace. This is great news for you as a merchant because it frees you up from doing the hard work of making sure that you’re sourcing from reputable suppliers.

Here’s a brief rundown of Spocket’s standards:

By-Application Only: Suppliers need to actually apply to become a part of the Spocket marketplace. Additionally, Spocket only allows these companies to join if they meet the needs of merchants – if their products are in demand, if they’re willing to ship products using neutral packaging, and if they’re able to provide a 25 to 40 percent discount for Spocket’s users.

Investigative Interview: After that, Spocket interviews each supplier before they’re invited to join the marketplace. This allows Spocket to learn about the supplier’s overall business and their history of sales. This allows the team to really dig into what each supplier does and how they will be a good fit for Spocket’s market.

Product Testing: Finally, the Spocket team also orders products from these suppliers themselves in order to test them out first-hand.

This way, they can evaluate the quality of the product, packaging, and shipping time that it takes to receive each product.

Thanks to this, Spocket is able to zero in on any issues that may be undesirable for merchants (long shipping times, poor quality products, et cetera) that could cause issues for them down the line.

Once a supplier passes these three stress tests, Spocket confirms the other minutiae required for them to sell through the marketplace and makes sure they adhere to all guidelines.

Spocket then monitors the supplier’s performance for the initial two months to make sure they’re on-boarding isn’t causing problems and that they continue to meet company expectations.

If a supplier is unable to live up to Spocket’s standards, they are deactivated and any merchants who were listing the supplier’s products on their online store receive a notification.

Oberlo

Oberlo is ostensibly an app that facilitates the buying of products from AliExpress. In fact, AliExpress is the actual marketplace.

The Chinese-based AliExpress is a giant of a company, allowing access to thousands of vendors, selling millions of products. Each of those vendors have a different level of service, support, and shipping options.

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To combat the disparities, Oberlo broke down its suppliers into three tiers:

AliExpress Suppliers sell through AliExpress. These companies have warehouses in China or other nearby countries and often provide free, BUT SLOW, shipping as a result.

It can often be difficult to determine exactly how long an order will take to place from an AliExpress supplier. Sometimes fulfillment and shipping can take up to 30 days.

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Oberlo Suppliers have been vetted by the company. Oberlo has looked over the business, warehouse, documents, shipping operations, and support of the company.

These vendors generally have a higher level of trust than the AliExpress tier.

Oberlo Verified Suppliers have been evaluated by Oberlo and shown to have at least 95 percent of orders shipped and delivered on-time, as well as a dispute rate of less than two percent. These are the most trustworthy.

Verdict

In terms of product sourcing, both platforms have similar approach; however, Spocket’s supplier verification process is more rigid than Oberlo which depends on AliExpress’s recommendations.

Features

Spocket

Two-to-Five Day Shipping

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This is perhaps one of Spocket’s greatest features, which allows you to choose which products you want to sell based on your customer’s location.

Obviously, this can still vary based on the products and your exact subscription plan with Spocket, but you always have the ability to confirm those before you import the product to your store.

One-click Import Button

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Oberlo and Spocket both offer this feature, but it makes a lot of sense. It allows you to import products to your store without having to wade through a series of monotonous steps.

All you have to do is click the simple “import” button and everything is placed on your import list.

This is a great step toward automating your entire drop shipping business. It helps cut down a lot of time and effort that is otherwise wasted on downloading images and uploading products to your online store.

Automated Order Fulfilment

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Basically, this lets you set up a semi-automated business with your suppliers. Once the customer pays for the product on your eCommerce store, you simply push everything along to your supplier with a single click.

Once your orders are sent, you’ll receive an immediate location and the supplier can begin the work of shipping your products to their ultimate destination.

The track order button will appear on the dashboard as well, allowing you to check the stats and location of all the products you’ve sold.

Price Mark-Up

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Automate the entirety of the pricing process for your online store! With this feature, you can avoid setting the price for every single product that you import to your store.

The options given include a price multiplier, percentage, or a fixed price for the entire store or product.

So, if you’re using the multiplier markup, you can set a 1.5-times markup. A $10 product is then changed to $15. You could complement this by adding a cent roundup feature to all of your products.

Take, for instance, set the sent roundup to 30 cents and your product will then be $15.30.

Product List

Spocket features a variety of products. However, the main categories include:

  • Women clothing
  • Bath & Beauty
  • Kids & Babies
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Tech Accessories
  • Toys
  • Pet Supplies
  • Home & Garden
  • Footwear
  • Accessories
  • Automotive
  • Men’s clothing
  • Bags & Wallets
  • Sports & Outdoors

These products are made available by Spocket dropshipping suppliers in the EU and USA. You can also check out product lists based on trends and profitability.

Product Customization

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This feature allows you to edit the product title, add SEO tags, and make other adjustments as you see fit.

You can edit the product image by adding “alt” text to the images, which will help you when search engines are indexing your site.

Within the product customization, you can also check out variants of products that you have already imported but you may not want to – or be able to – sell.

You can also rewrite all of the product descriptions as they appear for your customer, whether it’s to fit the theme of your page or to boost its SEO performance.

Unique Products

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Spocket tends to offer better premium and unique products.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the products will be more expensive. Spocket, afterall, also interfaces quite handily with Etsy, which gives you access to a world of unique and interesting products or designs.

Oberlo

Automated Order Fulfilment

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If a customer makes a purchase on your store, you don’t need to worry whether each and every detail has been properly filled out by the customer. All they need to do is hit “order” and everything else is taken care of by Oberlo.

Additionally, Oberlo has a fantastic integrated order tracking system. That means you know exactly where your order is at any given time. This is especially helpful when ordering products from China.

ePacket Filter

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In the old days, items that were shipped from places like China were collected together and shipped abroad by boat. It was the cost-effective and efficient way to ship items, but it took time – as much as two months and sometimes more.

In the modern age of instant gratification and Amazon same-day delivery, this handicapped many ecommerce stores.

That was until ePacket delivery came around. This is an agreement between the US Postal Service and Hong Kong Post that is designed to increase the efficiency of shipping from manufacturers and suppliers in China and Hong Kong.

ePacket filter helps you find products that have faster shipping times. This is used rather than the typical free shipping methods that can take from 1 to 30 days.

This feature can often drop the shipping time by as much as ten days.

Auto Price Mark-Ups

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This feature allows you to automate your entire pricing scheme. This is great when you pass a certain threshold of products sold and don’t want to bother with setting the price of each product manually, which is time consuming and boring.

Instead, use the auto markup price to store products that will see the prices set automatically and immediately after they’ve been imported from AliExpress.

Product List

You can dropship almost everything on Oberlo. The platform boasts of a large product catalog that includes the following:

  • Accessories
  • Antiques
  • Apparel
  • Art
  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks
  • Bags
  • Beads
  • Bedding
  • Books
  • Boutique Clothing
  • Bracelets
  • Bras
  • Car parts
  • Cell phones
  • Clothing
  • The list continues ..

Product Customization

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If you decide that the product description that comes from AliExpress isn’t up to snuff, this allows you to change it.

This feature essentially allows you to make the products more appealing, comply with your SEO requirements, and fit your overall brand before ever publishing.

You can edit images to make sure they look like the others on your site or add more images if you desire.

Unique Products

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Spocket edges out Oberlo in this category. But that’s not to say that Oberlo is any slouch when it comes to providing unique products.

AliExpress, and by virtue Oberlo, have a veritable smorgasbord of providers, which means you’ll be hard-pressed to encounter something you CAN’T find through Oberlo. But much of the originality is lacking.

That said, AliExpress – and Oberlo – are more likely to feature expensive electronics, for example.

Verdict

Apart from having similar product catalog due to their dependence on AliExpress marketplace, both Spocket and Oberlo have similar features such as automated product import, price markup, and product customization.

Product Delivery Times

Oberlo

Oberlo has a habit of drawing the disapproval of users thanks to its sometimes extensive delivery waits.

Because products are shipped from abroad, customers in the United States, Canada, and Europe often run into long wait times. Frankly, it’s unavoidable if you want to save money on low shipping costs.

Spocket

It’s generally agreed upon that Spocket has faster delivery times thanks to their use of suppliers based in the United States and Europe.

Spocket may not have quite the same extensive catalog as Oberlo, customers will receive their orders faster.

Verdict

Spocket wins Oberlo on product delivery as the platform has faster delivery times.

Customer Support

Spocket

Spocket operates a 24/7 customer support via live chat and email.

Also, their Help Center and Spocket Academy provides resources and guides to help you run your dropshipping business on Spocket.

Oberlo

Unlike Spocket, you can quickly Oberlo customer service by sending an email to hello@oberlo.com or via social media platforms.

Another alternative means for getting support is through the Oberlo Help Centre.

Due to Oberlo’s ownership by Shopify, you can rely on the Shopify Learn resources for guides.

Verdict

Both companies offer 24/7 customer support via email.

They also provide dependable guides so you can address problems quickly and efficiently.

Spocket, especially, has received acclaim from users over its customer service practices.

Oberlo vs Spocket: Pricing

Both Oberlo and Spocket offer a different pricing and membership plan. Let’s dig into each of their plans and see which is best.

Spocket’s Pricing Plan

Spocket features multiple pricing plans which you can pay for monthly or yearly. The plans include:

Monthly Plans

  • Free Plan: $0
  • Starter Plan: $24.99
  • Pro Plan: $49.99
  • Empire Plan: $99.99

Yearly Plans

  • Pro Plan: $288
  • Empire Plan: $684
  • Unicorn Plan: $948

Note: For all of Spocket premium pricing plans, you have the option to use the platform free for 14 days before subscribing.

Oberlo’s Pricing Plan

Unlike Spocket, Oberlo has two pricing plans, which include:

1. The Explorer Plan

This is a free, but limited plan. The starter tier only allows you to import up to 500 products and the ability to fulfil unlimited orders each month.

Despite this, you’ll receive access to the basic features that include the Chrome extension, variant, and product syncing.

2. The Boss Plan

The Boss Plan costs $29.90 each month. You’ll receive as many as 30,000 product imports and infinite order fulfillments every month.

Apart from other Explorer Plan features mentioned above, you can make bulk orders, incorporate CAPTCHA solver, track shipments, and create multiple staff accounts.

Additionally, you can host your affiliate program on the Oberlo Boss Plan.

Verdict

Both Oberlo and Spocket have similar pricing plans. However, there’s more flexibility with Spocket compared to Oberlo.

Spocket Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Automatic product import process
  • Verified dropshipping suppliers from AliExpress and AliBaba
  • Free plan
  • Fast shipping within the US and Europe
  • Merchants can request for product samples
  • Adjustable pricing markup for all products
  • Integration with Shopify and other Shopify alternatives
  • Customizable product import lists
  • Helpful resources and customer support

Spocket Cons

  • Suppliers emanates only from the US and EU
  • Lacking tax reduction functionality
  • Limited information on the dropshipping supplier’s inventory

Oberlo Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Free plan
  • Automatic product import process
  • Chrome browser extension
  • Automated product sync
  • Reliable order tracking
  • Quick product and supplier search
  • You can find suppliers from all around the globe
  • Standard customer service

Oberlo Cons

  • Integration with only Shopify CMS
  • Slow shipping times
  • No live chat

Similarities

  • With either Oberlo or Spocket, you can effortlessly start your dropshipping business
  • Both Spocket and Oberlo integrates with Shopify
  • They both facilitate automated order fulfillment
  • Both apps facilitate one-click product import
  • You can make quick product customization with both dropshipping apps
  • Both apps allows you to search for products or suppliers
  • They have reliable tracking functionality

Differences

  • Unlike Oberlo which has global suppliers, Spocket have dropshipping that originates from the US and Europe.
  • Spocket faciliates faster shipping than Oberlo.
  • Spocket has limited product ranges, unlike Oberlo.
  • Although they both have a responsive customer service, Spocket’s support team can be reached via email.

Spocket vs Oberlo – Which Is Better?

At the end of the day, these are both fantastic platforms with a lot of powerful features.

Oberlo’s pricing plan seems a bit lower than Spocket’s, but Spocket has a free plan. That likely means it makes sense to play around with Spocket before making a decision.

After that, you can try Oberlo’s Explorer Plan and see if that works for you.

Looking beyond just pricing, Spocket makes it easier to ship products at a faster speed to customers. This makes them somewhat unique in the drop shipping world.

Additionally, their suppliers appear to be more reliable as they’ve all been verified by the company itself. That helps mitigate a lot of the risk that comes with drop shipping.

Indeed, Spocket has largely taken care of many of the pain points that online retailers encountered when operating their drop shipping businesses through Shopify. It has also managed to create a smooth and user-friendly experience.

With drop shipping becoming an increasingly big business, and with no sign of it slowing down, we can’t really afford to waste time dealing with suppliers.

We need our products to get to where they’re going quickly, be of a high quality, and not cause any other issues. That way we can ensure that customers keep coming back.