If you are running a drop-shipping business one of the fundamental issues to overcome is finding the right supplier. They need to stock the products that you want to promote and a price that will end up for a profit for you.
Not only that, the dropship supplier needs to be reliable, offer fast shipping, and be able to deal with returns in a timely, no-nonsense manner.
In fact, the supplier you use can make or break your business. So much so, before I launched my own Shopify store offering drop-shipped products, I looked around for several months for suppliers.
It was until I signed up and started using Dropified, that the process became a lot easier, and I was confident enough to begin.
After working with Dropified for almost a year (one that has been extremely profitable for me despite the Coronavirus outbreak), here’s an in-depth review of my experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- Dropified Review Summary
- Who are Dropified?
- How it Works
- Features of the Dropified App
- Dropified Service Plans
- Supported (paid) Add-Ons
- Dropified vs The Competition (Wholesale2B, Inventory Source & More)
- Pros & Cons of Using Dropified
Who are Dropified?
Dropified is a dropshipping automation software for creating and managing an (online) e-commerce store. This means that it supports the creation of a webstore, as well as allows the user to run the webstore operations.
This transforms the user into a virtual retailer (or drop ship merchant) running a virtual retailing business. A virtual retail store is an internet-based business that can be run from home as an income-generating project.
This virtual retail business needs an efficient automated drop-shipping system for managing business transactions.
It was started as a dropship automation software that worked only with Shopify, and it was aptly called the Shopified App.
So far, it has served over 44,700 dropship merchants.
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How it Works
Dropified is software that serves as a dropship management system for automating the dropshipping process, and it also supports transaction initiation through integrated third-party apps.
It requires one to open an account and choose a plan so as to use the service. Acquisition of an account turns one into a subscriber. Needless to say, the subscriber is the dropship merchant.
After acquiring a Dropified account, the subscriber is given access to multiple fulfillment entities, which are mainly fulfillment houses. This allows for back-ordering of orders made in the webstore.
Relatedly, Dropified gives the merchant access to reputable fulfillment entities which ship their products, either directly to the customer, or to the address of the dropship merchant who then transships the products to his/her customers.
Therefore, the customer is assured to receive his or her products.
The subscriber chooses his/her fulfillment entities of choice from the available options. Afterward, (s)he just needs to add products to the webstore from the inventory of the chosen fulfillment entities.
Dropified provides a one-click feature for data import and export allows for one to add or remove a product from the webstore with just a single click.
Data importation allows the merchant to add a product to his/her webstore, along with the product image, a short description of the product, and some existing product reviews.
Among the key fulfillment entities that Dropified supports are AliExpress for importing China-made goods, and eBay (along with Amazon and Costco) for sourcing products in the US.
There are about 100 fulfillment entities that Dropified provides access to. Data import allows the merchant to populate the webstore with products from the chosen fulfillment entities, and this, in turn, allows him/her to start selling the goods.
A key advantage of Dropified is automatic back-ordering. Automatic back-ordering means that once a customer places an order in the webstore, this order is immediately and automatically transferred to the fulfillment entity, which serves as the supplier of the product.
After receiving the order, the supplier packages the required goods and ships them to the customer according to the customer details provided in the order placement form.
For back-ordering to be profitable, the dropship merchant is expected to set a markup price that is slightly higher than the purchase price of the item, and the cumulative costs of shipping and packaging.
For this reason, the merchant should consider where the customer lives and where the fulfillment entity is located, as shipping costs are determined by how far the customer is from the fulfillment entity.
This also means that the markup price for a product increases the further the customer is from the fulfillment entity.
Dropified integrates well with Shopify and allows a merchant to easily add his/her Shopify account to the Dropified dashboard.
Another important app that Dropified can seamlessly integrate with is Zapier, a task automation app that allows Dropified to be integrated with cloud accounting apps among other business apps.
Features of the Dropified App
Let’s take a look at some of the main features of the Dropified app and how the extension could help your dropshipping business.
Web Browser Extension for Google Chrome
Chrome is the most popular web browser to date, and the use of an extension to quickly log in and log out of the Dropified account is an advantage to dropship merchants using this web browser.
It also makes the process of adding products to the webstore as there is only a one-click step to login into the Dropship dashboard to start the process of populating the webstore with more products.
Easy Customization of Product Image
Dropified allows the merchant to upload the product image into his/her webstore.
After the image has been uploaded, there are photo editing tools provided by Dropified to help one edit the uploaded image so as to customize it for his/her webstore.
This also allows the merchant to watermark the image to prevent the illegal use of the customized image.
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Automated Markup Pricing
This is a key advantage that Dropified offers to new users. It allows the data import to be synced with the supplier price so that the software can calculate a profitable markup price for the webstore.
Moreover, for experienced drop-ship merchants, this automated markup pricing allows the product price in the webstore to be increased automatically when the supplier raises the price of the item.
This prevents the merchant from processing an order that will lead to a loss.
Simple Availability Synchronization
This feature is designed to ensure that the webstore only displays products that the supplier has in stock.
This means that if the supplier updates its inventory to show that a product is out of stock, the same product on the webstore is immediately listed as out of stock.
As expected, this feature allows for automatic updating of the webstore inventory based on the inventory of the supplier.
Automated Profit Margin
This feature is dependent on automated markup pricing, which allows the merchant to set a fixed profit percentage when instructing the software to determine the markup price based on the supplier price.
This feature that automatically sets the profit margin is useful for selling bulk quantities of products.
Shipping and Returns
Dropified allows the merchant to set down the return policy that will be displayed to the consumer so as to minimize the number of product returns.
The shipping process is handled by the ePacket system of Dropified which allows the supplier to know what address to ship the product to, and what to write in the product receipt.
Relatedly, as expected with dropshipping, the merchant cannot vouch for product quality and does not have any control over the shipping plans of the fulfillment entity, nor its product storage or inventory management.
Dropified Service Plans
Dropified provides a number of service plans, but it does not offer any free plans. Instead, it offers a 14-day trial period. There is also training provided once you sign-up.
1. Import Plan
This was previously known as the Builder Plan and is available for $24 a month (plus 3% of the product cost).
It is the most basic plan on Dropified and allows you to quickly import product details from fulfillment entities into your webstore.
Sourcing products from vendors on Aliexpress, eBay as well as US-based suppliers is made very simple on this plan, and up to 10,000 products can be uploaded to your store at any one time
As with all the Dropified plans, this plan can be billed monthly or annually.
If the fulfillment entity is a fulfillment center, then the packing slip and receipt attached to the product feature the brand name, logo, and contact details of the fulfillment center.
This can be unsuitable, or disadvantageous, for virtual retailers who have not identified themselves as dropship merchants. To avoid this, one should choose the private label plan.
2. RECOMMENDED PLAN: Private Label on Demand Plan
The Private Label plan is available and starts at $59 a month (plus a 3% wholesale transaction fee). It is the plan that I subscribe to and I highly recommend it. It allows you to dropship up to 500 products a month, with 5 custom label requests per month too.
I and many webstore owners appreciate the option of creating a brand image, and the private label approach allows this.
If you are not sure what private labeling is, let’s take a quick look…
A drop ship transaction requires the dropship merchant to send over the customer details to the fulfillment entity.
If the merchant instructs the fulfillment entity to package and label the products to appear as if they have originated from the virtual retailer, and then ship off the packaged product directly to the customer using the provided customer address, then the merchant is said to be engaged in private label shipping.
In other words, the product can be sent to your customer directly from the supplier, but have your branding incorporated into the shipping.
This is the essence of the private label plan, and as expected, this plan allows the merchant to work with fulfillment entities that support private label shipping.
On this plan, the packing slip and receipt attached to the product will feature the brand name, logo, and contact details of the dropship merchant.
A word about White Labeling…
Additionally, this plan is well-suited for dropshipping white label products. A white label product is a product, usually made in China, that is not branded and the trader allows the buyer to brand, i.e give the product his/her tradename (also called brand name) and logo.
The customer of white label products can be another retail business, and this shows that Dropified supports B2C transactions.
Overall, this is the best plan for a dropshipping merchant that needs private and/or white labeling features. If you opt for the $97/mo plan (billed annually) you will also benefit from up to 2000 orders per month and no transaction fees on top.
This Private Label plan provides all the features of the import plan plus the following:
- Advanced profit dashboard.
- Captcha solver to prevent spammers from wasting internet bandwidth assigned to the webstore.
On all plans, Dropified provides a 60-day eCommerce training to its subscribers to help them build viable webstores that break even at the earliest time possible.
Supported (paid) Add-Ons
These are add-ons that one pays for separately from the paid plans.
The main add-ons are:
- CallFlex for creating custom toll-free numbers for the webstore.
- Google Shopping feeds.
- AliExtractor is an advanced proprietary product research tool that works in AliExpress. It is used to find and collate details of products available in AliExpress.
- Facebook feeds.
Dropified vs The Competition (Wholesale2B, Inventory Source & More)
BEST ALL ROUND
SOURCE OF GOODS
MOST USER FRIENDLY
BEST FOR APPAREL
BEST FOR EU SELLERS
FREE TO VIEW PRODUCTS
(Ship 20 Products/mo Free)
(Free to view, + 14 Day Trial)
17 Platforms Ebay, Amazon, Shopify, Facebook ewCid, XML..
2 Platforms Ebay, Amazon
Platforms inc. Shopify, Ebay, WooCom, AliExpress, GrooveKart
25+ Platforms Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Shopify, Jet
6+ Platforms Shopify, Etsy, Ebay, Wix, WooCom
9 Platforms Amazon, Shopify, Wix, SquareSpace, Ecwid
(Image & Product Descriptions)
(Image & Product Descriptions)
1 Click Import (with 100+ sites)
NA (Print on Demand)
(V50 Best Interface)
US Based Products & Shipping
US & EU
30 Day Returns
Recommends Refund Policy
GUIDES / TRAINING
Website Learning Resource
Free Video Courses
Website Resources & FB Group
Website Learning Resource
Website Resources & Chatbot Guide
(Upon Removal of Integration)
(Monthly Billing Cycle)
(Monthly Billing Cycle)
(Monthly Billing Cycle)
(Monthly Billing Cycle)
(Monthly Billing Cycle)
DEPENDS ON INTEGRATION $27.99 - $38.99/mo
DEPENDS ON VOLUME $5-$99/mo
Starter Plan: Free
Premium (10 Stores):
$24.99/mo Enterprise (Unlimited Stores): CALL
Vault50 recently awarded Dropified the most user-friendly drop-ship platform currently available. This definitely matches my experience using the hub. I loved the easy integration and the learning resources that are available on the website.
That being said, Wholesale2B has been recommended as the best all-around provider for 2021, so they must definitely be doing something right.
The major benefit with Wholesale2B is a large number of platform integration with a transparent pricing structure associated with each one.
Printify has also scored well this year. This print-on-demand dropshipping hub is designed to cater to those looking to drop ship apparel. They offer a remarkable free plan for starter businesses, while also having the capacity to support companies with large-volume sales.
Finally, a relative newcomer on the block is Spocket. They have a very clean interface and take a thoroughly modern approach to the design of the software. The real plus point for Spocket however, is that they have EU-based suppliers as well as US ones.
If you are looking to sell products within the UK or European Union, it really is the best dropship platform in 2021.
Essentially, there are a number of drop-ship services available. Looking into the strengths and weaknesses of each will help you choose the correct one for you.
Pros & Cons of Using Dropified
The Bottom Line
Overall, I am very thankful to have come across the Dropified App. Finding suppliers is so much easier and stress-free when using it.
The fact you can use multiple vendors on one account is also a huge benefit. The learning curve is a bit steep, but there is a lot of help available (both on the official Youtube channel and the 60 days of training that is provided upon signup)
The integration with Shopify is excellent (in fact the app was originally called Shopified). Essentially, If you own or aim to launch a dropshipping store, this app will make it happen.