When it comes to dropshipping, the sheer idea of it makes it sound like any business man’s paradise. Minimal investment, no handling of inventory, simply selling and collecting money.
But that’s not always the case. As much as the market is full of dropshipping suppliers, services and platforms — the bulk of research that goes into finding reliable suppliers, products that yield positive profit margins, and meet the high-quality standards of any seller falls on you, the dropshipper.
And this is where Doba comes in, with its middleman capabilities. It’s a platform that connects online sellers with vetted and quality-tested wholesale and dropshipping suppliers.
Not only that, but it also makes it easy for sellers to find products to sell, at reasonable prices, thanks to monthly Doba Deals newsletters, curated product lists and excellent suppliers.
In this Doba review, we set out to highlight its dropshipping features, with a focus on products, pricing, and suppliers to find out if Doba is truly a dropshippers paradise.
In This Article
- 1 What is Doba?
- 2 Doba Review: Features
- 3 Doba Review: Products
- 4 Doba Elite Seller List
- 5 Doba Products
- 6 Doba Suppliers Scorecard
- 7 Doba Deals and Discounts
- 8 Doba Inventory Management
- 9 Integration with 100+ Shopping Carts
- 10 Does Doba Work with Amazon?
- 11 What’s Made-In-China.com?
- 12 Doba Reporting
- 13 Doba Wholesale
- 14 Does Doba Ship Internationally?
- 15 Doba Shipping Rates and Times
- 16 Doba Pricing
- 17 Oberlo vs. Doba
- 18 Salehoo vs. Doba
- 19 Products, Shipping, and Pricing
- 20 Doba, Shopify, WooCommerce — which is the best?
- 21 Is Doba a Good Dropshipper?
- 22 Is Doba Legit?
- 23 Want to Learn More?
What is Doba?Doba is a U.S. based dropshipping service, which acts like a middleman that connects online entrepreneurs and retailers with suppliers and products that they can sell. They have over 2 million products on their website, ranging from apparel to books. It’s more than just a supplier directory though, Doba also provides the tools to find products, export them into your online stores, and make sure the suppliers ship them to your customers as soon as the order comes in. Hell you even can get a virtual assistant to help you. This is how it works:
- Browse the Doba marketplace to find products you want to sell.
- Create an import list with all the products you wish to sell.
- Import your chosen products to your online store or marketplace.
- Make a sale and then pay Doba for the product.
- Supplier receives your order and dispatches your item to your customer.
- Profits are deposited into your account.
Doba Review: FeaturesSince the moment Doba entered the dropshipping scene in 2002, the company has steadily gathered momentum and praise for its many features. The company offers over 2 million products, and partners with suppliers from around the world, many of which are based in the U.S. What this means, sellers can provide customers with faster shipping times than other dropshipping providers, which is one of its main selling points. Doba’s marketplace is full of products which you can try out for your store. From automotive, to sports, to books — there are countless of items in different categories at great prices. Some are low enough that you can compete with marketplaces like Amazon, and still make a profit or offer your customers a better price. All in all, it’s a powerhouse built on vetted suppliers and quality products. But here are some of the main features that make Doba a dropshipper’s paradise:
Doba Review: ProductsAs we mentioned above, the products available on Doba is a significant benefit. But when you’re looking for that golden ticket, a best seller for your store, it may feel like looking for a needle in the haystack on Doba. Instead of spending all your time looking for the perfect product that will fit your brand, Doba can do it for you, by providing you a curated list of high-margin products. All you need to do is contact the in-house sourcing team, and their experts will create a list of every product and supplier that will yield you the biggest profit in the niche that you sell. However, this features is only available with the “Advanced” or “Pro” subscription plans.
Doba Elite Seller ListThe list arrives in your inbox every month and houses the top 30 products in each category (270 products in total). It’s got all the information you need to know about any deals, trends, and offers on Doba. You can find a list of products that will yield the most profit, and directly access supplier scorecards to decide if you wish to add those products to your store. A newsletter that helps you spend more time making sales, and less time looking for products.
Doba ProductsAnother great way to quickly sift through the millions of products, is by using Doba’s advanced search and filtering system. Although it may sound like a pretty simple feature, it’s one that’s often missed by other dropshipping platforms. Doba makes it easy to find the product you’re looking for by allowing sellers to apply and layer filters such as price, shipping times, shipping fees, quantity available and others to find products that fit your brand image and business type.
Doba Suppliers ScorecardFinding trustworthy and reliable suppliers can take time. However, Doba has already done all the legwork for you, as it scores each supplier on their past performance. The supplier’s scorecard is visible to all merchants, and you can check fulfillment rates, processing times, returns policies, shipping origin, and more. This way, you can avoid disappointing customers because of unreliable suppliers and grow your brand love faster.
Doba Deals and DiscountsAs a member of Doba, you are being kept in the loop about your suppliers and any discounts they may be running through email. The newsletters often highlight new suppliers in the category that matters to you most and shows any trending products, seasonal discounts and more. You can add new products, or replace products for cheaper options in minutes.
Doba Inventory ManagementThe obvious benefit is that there is no need to store or manage any physical products. All you need to do is browse the catalog, pick and your items, publish on your site, and make sales. All the storing, packaging and shipping is taken care of by the suppliers. But to make the importing of these products to your store easier, Doba allows sellers to create and customize their inventory lists. Sellers can also set up Proactive Inventory Alerts, which prevent sellers from selling a product that’s out of stock. Merchants can create alerts for low inventory, and when the supplier’s stock hits your threshold, Doba lets you know so that you can remove those items from your store. In addition to keeping your inventory tidy, Doba also makes it easy to export your inventory in bulk to a marketplace or your online store.
Integration with 100+ Shopping CartsAnyone hoping to make money with Doba, really can — the platform integrates with all major ecommerce platforms, including Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce and more. The integration process itself is seamless, and you can import single products to your store with a few clicks while you’re browsing the Doba catalog. All the product information like descriptions, photos, price and more automatically upload to your store. So all you need to do is tweak it to make sure it fits your brand. If you wish to bulk import or export your items, you can do that too, which makes it far easier and faster to get your products up for sale.
Does Doba Work with Amazon?Among the 100+ integrations, sellers will find the ability to integrate with eBay, Etsy, and Amazon. Doba provides a Custom Data Export list for the Amazon Inventory Loader, which makes the import of your product list on Doba to Amazon seamless. There are two ways to get your products up for sale on Amazon, depending on what Amazon account you hold.
What’s Made-In-China.com?Recently Doba partnered with made-in-china.com, another marketplace for dropshipping suppliers to give its customers even more access to budget-friendly products. Each supplier is vetted by Doba, to ensure they pass their high fulfillment and delivery standards, so sellers can rest assured they are getting great services for a superb price.
Doba ReportingAll the sales data and reports are stored on Doba’s dashboard. Unlike other dropshipping providers, unfortunately, the reporting doesn’t sync automatically with ecommerce platforms. However, you can export all the data and generate reports to manually upload to your online store.
Doba WholesaleIn addition to all the great features for sellers looking for dropshipping suppliers, Doba is equally as generous to its suppliers. Doba functions as the liaison officer between sellers and suppliers, so the features put in place need to be worth the wholesalers time. Doba wholesale features are designed in a way that all seller’s needs are met, and here are some that really stand out:
- Decide who you want to sell to: keep your business restricted to registered businesses only, out of marketplaces and auctions.
- Feature in Doba newsletter: get your products featured in the monthly newsletter to attract more customers
- Sell single or bulk products: choose how you want to sell your products, individuals, multipack, or bulk
- Enjoy in-house order management, fraud prevention, and customer support.
Does Doba Ship Internationally?At the moment, Doba doesn’t ship internationally. They ship to about 48 states, not including Alaska, and only to valid street addresses that a delivery person can find and access (no P.O. boxes, FPO or APO addresses).
Doba Shipping Rates and TimesThe suppliers predetermine all the shipping rates. The costs are usually estimated flat rates, regardless where in the U.S. the items are being shipped. Some suppliers offer free shipping, which will show as $0.00. You can check to see if that’s the case by adding the ZIP/Post code and clicking Update Shipping button, which should remain as $0.00 if the shipping is free. Doba shipping times also depend on the suppliers. However, the standard shipping times are as follows: once an order is placed, the item will be fulfilled within five working days. Then it can take a further 5 to 7 business working days for the item to arrive. Of course, these shipping times will vary depending on the supplier and where the item is going, but on average it takes about a week to get the item from the warehouse to the customer’s door.
Doba PricingDoba users are in a better position to make a bigger profit, because the costs of products are low. The platform promises to keep product prices as close to wholesale prices as possible. So becoming a Doba member has obvious benefits, but how much does the membership cost? The cheapest plan is $29 per month and goes all the way up to custom pricing for enterprise size business. Of course the more you pay, the more features you unlock. There’s a free 14-day trial, which is enough to give the platform a trial run. Basic $29 – unlimited products, hundreds of suppliers, email support, community Q&A, Doba Deals monthly email, and $0.99 per transaction fee. Advanced $69 – all the features in basic and, eBay data export, Elite sellers report, live chat. Pro $249 – all the features in basic and advanced, plus Amazon data export, all data custom export reports, Doba prepay, batch order upload, phone support. Enterprise $custom price – all of the above, plus merchandising services, unlimited exports, lower pre-order fee and more.
Oberlo vs. Doba
Oberlo is the superstar dropshipping provider for an ecommerce store on Shopify. It makes the product import and order fulfillment a breeze, and it’s super user-friendly. Oberlo offers great customer support, CRM integrations, and order tracking. It’s got awesome features, great customer support, and direct access to AliExpress. What’s not to like?
Oberlo offers a 30-day free trial and then a starter plan is free for up to 500 products. Paid plans cost between US $29.90 and US $79.90 per month.
- Find and import products
- Order fulfilment and automation
- Product customisation
- 24/7 support
- Product inventory management