What are the Best Drop Shipping Companies for Ecommerce (March 2017)

The world of dropshipping is often considered the easiest way to sell products online, and Oberlo is seen as one of the easiest ways to get start with this. Although drop shipping comes with various difficulties, it is a viable way to start an online business without much upfront capital.

The basic idea behind drop shipping companies (aka dropshippers) is that you contact a manufacturer or wholesaler who might be willing to partner with you. After that, you build an ecommerce shop and start selling some items that fall in a niche, like electronics or glow in the dark items. The more niche the categories the better.

One of the toughest parts of dropshipping is to find a company that would provide products. So, we put together a list of killer places to find products to dropship and sell on your store. Enjoy!

Oberlo

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The primary feature you get from Oberlo is the importing from AliExpress. Since so many dropshippers use AliExpress to find and sell products, it’s a wonder as to why a tool like this hasn’t come around sooner. Not only do you gain access to thousands of suppliers on AliExpress, but the product images, details, and prices are all situated right there for you.

Update: Now Oberlo is offered as an embedded app for New Shopify users.

Drop Shipping Companies: Doba

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Doba is one of the more comprehensive dropshipping companies, since it not only provides a detailed directory of manufacturers and wholesalers, but offers an interface for simply grabbing the products you want without having to partner with multiple dropshippers.

Generally, you may have to partner with and communicate with ten or twenty dropshippers. With Doba, you simply find a product you want to sell, list it on your website and process the sale with Doba. The Doba company contacts the dropshipper and sends the product to the customer, cutting out the tedious dropshipper management process.

Salehoo

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Salehoo is similar to Doba, but it has more of a focus on presenting a detailed directory for companies you can partner with for your business. The website has beautiful category tools for you to filter and search based on the products you're trying to sell, along with a market research lab to decide on the most popular products to sell on your store. The best part is that Salehoo manages a consistent blog and forum so you can learn and chat with others who are in the same boat as you.

Alibaba

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Alibaba is one of the largest websites in the world, and one of the best parts of the site is that you can find manufacturers for your products, at relatively low costs. Keep in mind that you shouldn't just type in the product you want to sell and contact the manufacturer. You must go to the search bar, type in “dropshipper,” then filter down to the desired product.

The Alibaba platform has thousands of manufacturers, and many of them don't offer dropshipping.

World Wide Brands

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When you complete a Google search for finding dropshippers, you may notice that many of the directories are filled with spam or non-existent companies. This is a huge problem since you don't want to waste time and money finding a viable dropshipping partner.

With World Wide Brands, every dropshipper in the directory is certified, so you can expect a response from each one. The World Wide Brands site sets you up with the manufacturer's contact info after you find a suitable match. After that, you can contact them whenever you want and build a relationship.

WholeSale Central

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The WholeSale Central company doesn't have the best website, but it's a decent tool for filtering through categories like apparel, electronics, and leather. The dropshippers are then listed with details for you to click on and view. When you click through to one of the dropshippers it sends you to the manufacturer's website, meaning there are no middlemen to work though.

Feel free to contact certain dropshippers, and use the WholeSale Central page to find options that are closer to you geographically. Traditionally, this can lead to a more reliable business partnership.

Dropship Direct

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Dropship Direct lets you create a free account, giving you access to its huge inventory of products. This solution works similar to Doba, in that you choose your product first, then you can request to have that item shipped to your customer. This way, you don't necessarily have to be in contact with the dropshipper. However, that option is available if needed.

Sunrise Wholesale

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Sunrise Wholesale is a service that dropships products directly to your customers. You gain access to over 15,000 brand name products, and you can search for these products through the Sunrise Wholesale site. Profit from the site by selling through places like Amazon and eBay, or consider setting up your own website for a better online presence. Not to mention, this solution also helps you connect with ecommerce platforms like Shopify and Bigcommerce.

Wholesale 2b

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Wholesale 2b requires you to sign up for a plan, but you don't get charged a dime for simply browsing the product database. Search for certain items and categories, and when you find something to sell, post it on your site for people to buy from you. After that, the Wholesale 2b site takes a commission, but it also sends out the product to your customer.

Contact Relevant Businesses and Go to Trade Shows

Quite often the best way to find a long-term partner for you dropshipping business is to start locating businesses in your area, or around the world, with a simple Google search. Cold call the companies and ask for someone who might be able to help you with dropshipping. The goal is to locate manufacturers who may be willing to take orders from you and ship upon request.

You can also check out trade shows, which puts in some face time with the wholesalers, improving your chances of building a relationship with them.

The key with dropshipping is that you don't carry any inventory. The wholesaler makes the products for you, stores them in their warehouses and ships them to the customers when you submit the orders. So, in a sense, you don't even have to see the items in order to make money. Downsides to dropshipping include less product control, less shipping control, trouble with returns, slower deliveries, and smaller margins.

However, if you're on a tight budget and you generate a quality strategy, dropshipping might just work well for you.

Over to You…

Have you ever had the chance to take on dropshipping as a business? Share your story, or let us know if you have any questions about getting a dropshipping company up and running.

header image courtesy of George Bokhua

Catalin Zorzini

I'm a web design blogger and started this project after spending a few weeks struggling to find out which is the best ecommerce platform for myself. Check out my current top 10 ecommerce site builders.

36 Responses

  1. Hi
    Whats the difference between drop shipping and E-Commerce?
    I search online but can’t seem to find a straight answer.

    Thanks!

  2. Do you always need oberlo? Or is this only for AliExpress. For example can I use Wix, oberlo, doba and connect the 3?
    Thanks

  3. I’m working on getting my website up and running. What do you look for when deciding on products/vendors and who to trust? I’ve seen and heard of wholesalers and manufacturers taking other companies’ products and making cheaper versions of them and using their images. How can this be avoided? That is my biggest concern. I have not seen many good reviews of places like AliExpress. I would hate to go to all the trouble of getting a business set up and run into quality issues as well as shipping issues.

    1. I ordered samples first of the products I wanted to sell. This way I know the quality in real time. I use ali express and they’re pretty good. I’ve got my website in design, already bought my domains, already found multiple partners, just need to get ads running and finish my logo, aaaaand I’m trying to find another platform like oberlo because I want to import products to my personal website not shopify. If I can’t then I’ll just go through shopify until I can build my cash flow to get bulk shipped to me because the number 1 killer of your dreams/goals, is procrastination and fear. I’ve set a goal and I have to meet it. 😊

  4. Hi,
    The biggest challenge, I cannot yet figure out is, how the orders are consolidated if you work with more than 2 or 3 suppliers? Is the customer going to receive multiple shipments? and if that is the case then the whole price attractiveness is lost, I assume due to multiple shipping charges?
    By the way on average how much commission do suppliers offer to the products sold via an e-commerce?
    Thanks
    Jonathan

    1. Hi Jonathan,

      Yes, if you work with multiple suppliers the customer will receive multiple shipments. You can either multiply or add a fixed markup to the original AliExpress.com price.

  5. Is it possible to dropship from amazon to my shopify store…say I see an item I like on Amazon..can I dropship it to my customers..please reply

  6. Hi there, what do you recommend me to do. i am based in the gulf in the middle east and the market over here is still virgin and has a huge potential for online business but i don’t know where i shall start from. please help me to get in feet and start the business.

    1. Hi Majoa,
      Have you succeeded in starting your busines?. I’m also interested in starting an online business in MENA region and would like to know about your expeiences so far. Thank You!

  7. Hi,
    I am from Malaysia. Im interested to start up a dropshipping busines based in Malaysia. I have gone through all the site above, but I could find one that suit me. Beside to go through all the supplier is quite something. I have gone through most of it but could not find a supplier best for me. I wanted to try Salehoo but they require a payment before I could access to thier data supplier. Well I did not want to pay and regret later on if could find a suitable supplier for me. I am looking in USA/EU Based Brand product most apparel for women and mens, not the high end expensive product. Something affordable but from a reliable brands. Can you point me in a direction I can go forward. Now seem I am still static not sure where to get all the infos. Tried googles, but there just too much site and none is provable to be reliable and beside most of it ask for a payment before hand. So I really hope you can guide me.
    Thank you.

  8. Hi,
    I live in Europe and I am seriously thinking to start a drop-shipping business. Could you please help me to start a successful drop-shipping business? I prefer to take the products from European wholesalers. Can you help me with a valid Wholesale companies in Europe and get start my business???
    I appreciate
    Thank you

  9. I am looking for suppliers in Europe, but it would be way too expensive to try out all the websites like Salehoo, eSources, Doba etc, to see which platform has the most european suppliers. I guess it also depends on the niche and products. Any advice?
    Thanks,
    Paul

    1. Hi Paul,

      You can check zentrada.eu website. It’s the european marketplace for wholesale items.
      If you are interested in mutual advice, or just some exchange of thoughts, ideas, please contact me, I’m interested in dropshipping too.

      Good luck,

      Cosmin

      1. Do you know which wholesaler website has all the most famous luxury brands in Europe?
        I would like to have a luxury reseller e-commerce using the method of dropshipping.

        Please contact me if you can help me somehow!

        Thank you

  10. Hi guys.
    Who would you recommend for someone looking to outsource the establishment and management of an online drop shipping store/business?
    And by that I don’t mean – use Oberlo, or Shopified App, or ZeroUp etc – I mean a complete outsource solution (the services that build the store, fulfill orders, the whole lot).

    Thanks.

    Mindy.

    Thanks.

      1. hello, i was just wondering if it would be somehow possible to launch and operate a dropshipping store from romania adressing us customers, using shopify and aliexpress as a dropshipper?

        1. I am looking to sell eclectic, ‘crafted’ home decor items. And having problems finding a dropshipper.
          I am in Canada. What types of items would you be selling?
          thanks,
          Carol

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