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Dropshipping Business Earthquake, after one of the dropshipping tools Shopmaster shut down. Oberlo is shutting down too. Dropshippers have to find alternatives.

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Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
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May 17, 2022
Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
What should dropshippers do?
What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
2. CJ Dropshipping
3. NicheDropshipping
4. Spocket
5. Printify
Today we got breaking news for dropshippers. Oberlo, one of the most well-known apps on Shopify will officially close its entry on June 15th, 2022.

Oberlo has been a successful dropshipping app. It provides a convenient method for store owners to fulfill orders with AliExpress.

Among all the various dropshipping apps on the market, Orberlo has got a great reputation in the community. It has helped countless people become successful entrepreneurs.

However, the sites will officially shut down on June 15th. For the people who are currently on a paid Oberlo subscription plan, they can cancel it now and get a refund.

What should dropshippers do?
There are many possibilities for Oberlo to make such a decision. And shutting down the Oberlo app doesn’t mean the Oberlo company is going to shut down.

We will talk about this topic in our latest articles and share some insights about the dropshipping industry in the short future.

For now, Oberlo will shut down soon. If you are one of the entrepreneurs who have been using Oberlo, you need to think about what to do next and find a solution for the incoming event as soon as possible.

In this article, we will present some best dropshipping sites as alternatives for Oberlo. If you wish to take this challenge as an opportunity with a new service provider, this is the chance.

If you are not using Oberlo, the event may also lead you to some deep thoughts about the industry. In case your current supplier or service provider got the same situation in the future, preparing in advance is always a good choice.

What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
On the official Oberlo FAQ page, Oberlo has suggested the users migrate to a trusted Shopify partner, DSers.

DSers is a dropshipping app that provides multistore management. You can use it to manage most dropshipping platforms such as Shopify, Wix, and Woocommerce.

Just like Oberlo, DSers allows you to sync orders from your store to AliExpress and then fulfill the orders in a more convenient way.

Also, you can use DSers to source the products on AliExpress. Instead of sourcing products on your own, using DSers will save you a lot of time to locate the specific product you want among the massive category.

In addition, DSers is also available for data transferring from Oberlo. If you wish to migrate your Oberlo account data to DSers, you can do it directly on the Oberlo admin home page.

What makes DSers unique?
Good Chrome extension
Multiple store order manage
Optimizing sourcing time
Allow data migration from Oberlo
Good chrome extension
Still, DSers is not the best choice if you wish to save your budget and justify the cost. This is because if you want to fully use the functions of DSers to manage more than 3 stores, you will need to subscribe to the paid plan first.

2. CJ Dropshipping
CJ Dropshipping is a one-stop dropshipping platform that provides a complete Dropshipping service.

The service of CJ dropshipping covers sourcing, shipping, order management and even filming ad videos.

CJ Dropshipping has both features of Oberlo and AliExpress, you can find products that come from various international suppliers at cheap prices on the site. By using this sourcing feature, you can easily find better suppliers different from AliExpress.

If you need some information about the recent trendy products or best-selling products, you can also explore the trendy products recommendation columns on the CJ Dropshipping site. Every season there will be brand new innovative products for you to choose from.

Besides, the overall shipping time of CJ Dropshipping is faster than AliExpress suppliers. This is because many suppliers on CJ Dropshipping got their own international warehouses.

Also, if your business volume is big, you can actually have your own private inventory in CJ warehouses. Then your orders can be shipped out within 1 to 2 days.

If you are not only looking for a store integration service provider but also suppliers with better prices, CJ Dropshipping will be a good choice for you. Unlike other paid-to-use platforms, most functions on CJ Dropshipping are completely free to use.

What makes CJ Dropshipping unique?
Free sourcing for better suppliers
Trendy products recommendation
Faster shipping time than AliExpress
International warehouses
Bulk order management
Various extended services (POD, Photography)
3. NicheDropshipping
Niche dropshipping is a site that combines sourcing agents and dropshipping suppliers. You can find various product collections on their site just like searching for products on AliExpress.

When you want to search for any products with better quality or price, you can directly consult the agents of NicheDropshipping to find the product you want.

If some products got higher prices than you expected, you can also negotiate with the agents. Agents of Niche dropship are also professional in getting the best quotation from the suppliers.

Besides, Niche Dropshipping got international warehouses in both China and the USA. So if your market is in the US and you wish to optimize the processing time of the products, you can also choose to bulk purchase the products to stock in their USA warehouse. Once products are stocked in the USA, shipping and processing time can be amazingly fast.

In addition, the photography service is available if you wish to see the actual quality of the products. You can also request photos or videos for advertisement usage. But keep in mind this service is paid, the cost will depend on your request content.

What makes NicheDropshipping unique?
Free product sourcing quote
China & USA warehouses
Automated dropshipping service
Photography service
4. Spocket
Spocket is a high-rated dropshipping platform that allows you to connect with suppliers all over the world.

Most of the suppliers on Spocket are from the USA & the EU. This special feature makes it an excellent tool to search for products within the US and the EU.

The best thing about domestic suppliers is the shipping time. If you buy products from domestic suppliers, shipping will only need takes 2-5 days to deliver. This is why international warehouses are also recommended by other dropshipping platforms

Still, the limitation of domestic suppliers is the product variety. If your wish to expand your business, you will need to explore more international supplier platforms.

If your target market is in the US or in the EU, Spocket is a great choice for you to find the supplier you prefer to work with.

What makes Spocket unique?
Available US & EU suppliers
High-quality products with samples
Winning products recommendation
Support multiple platforms (Shopify, Woocommerce, Wix)
5. Printify
POD (Print on demand) is a special major category among all different kinds of products. When we talk about POD products, Printify must be the top to mention. It is also a dropshipping site that specialized in integrating POD suppliers.

On Printify, you can source a wide range of customizable products including hoodies, accessories, T-shirts, and so on.

Wish to see the effect picture? You can simply upload the picture to the platform then the editor will automatically generate an example picture.

Still, not all the products are customizable and some products are only customizable if you have a large order quantity. Many suppliers require MOQ (minimum order quantity) to provide customization services. And of course, it’s not free.

So if you are running a general store with various product categories, Printify may not be the best option.

If you are looking for customizable products or wish to brand your products with store logos, you check out Printify to make your own products.

What makes Printify unique?
Specialized in POD products
Wide range of customizable products collection
No extra charges except product and POD fee
Simple editor for designers
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  1. Seasonal Storms Continue to Hit the U.S,eBay will Extend the Seller Rating Protection Program

At the end of January this year, due to the impact of severe weather in the East Coast region of the United States, eBay announced that it will protect the performance ratings of sellers in the region.

In this regard, eBay recommends that sellers located in affected areas and unable to ship communicate with buyers in advance and inform them of the facts, if the expected order arrival time is delayed, sellers can extend the processing time of the listing.

If a seller’s business is affected, eBay will automatically protect the seller’s performance metrics, including delayed shipment rate, effective tracking of order upload information, etc.

  1. US Toy Industry Retail Sales to Reach $28.6 Billion in 2021

Research firm NPD noted that the U.S. toy industry retail sales of $28.6 billion in 2021, up 13 percent, or $3.2 billion, from $25.4 billion in 2020; an 8 percent increase in sales compared to 2020; and an average selling price of $12.37, up 4 percent from 2020.

Outdoor and sports toys continue to be the largest category, with sales of $5.9 billion in 2021, and exploration toys and other toys had the largest growth in small monkey volume, at $557 million. Exploration and other toys have the largest CAGR of 24% compared to 2019, followed by games/puzzles at 23%.

  1. Etsy to Invest $50 Million in Customer Support

Following a petition by more than 20,000 sellers asking Etsy to improve its customer support for sellers, Etsy recently announced that it will invest $50 million in 2022 to improve customer support for buyers and sellers and that the company is working to scale support to meet the changing needs of its sellers.

Etsy says it is currently making, including using technology to improve support: such as expanding the seller help center and improving its navigation pages; making it easier for sellers to access articles and content to better manage their accounts and self-service to resolve minor issues that may arise, etc.

  1. Amazon Platform 93% of sellers Due to Supply Chain Problems Revenue Damage

According to a new Jungle Scout survey, 93% of Amazon sellers say supply chain disruptions have caused them to lose revenue, with most businesses experiencing inventory delays of 2 months or more.

Forty-five percent of small businesses predicted their total lost sales due to supply chain issues to be less than $5,000, but 30 percent lost between $5,001 and $25,000 in total.

Although the U.S. supply chain has leveled off this year, there is still a backlog of container ships on the West Coast, a shortage of products and workers, and rising freight costs remain a problem.

  1. The Total Value of U.S. Returns in 2021 Exceeds $760 Billion, with 10% Being Fraudulent Returns

U.S. retail sales reach $458.3 million in 2021. Of this, the value of the merchandise returned to retailers was $761 billion, or about 16.6% of the total value of the merchandise.

And of these returned goods, $778.4 billion (10.3%) were fraudulent returns. This means that for every $100 of returned merchandise accepted, retailers lost $10.30 due to return fraud.

The categories with the worst returns are similar to those in 2020: automotive parts (19.4%), apparel(12.2%), and furniture upholstery and furnishings(11.5%)