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A Quick DHGate Review

Posted by pharmforall on
Business and Management

While there must be simply thousands of long and detailed DHGate reviews out there, I cannot see the harm in adding one more to that number.  In this post I intend to talk mainly about one thing – the slow delivery – which is the main negative to the otherwise very useful DHGate site.

Although DHGate has many positive features, such as low prices and a very wide range of products, the one thing that really puts people off buying through the popular marketplace is the fact that it can take as long as a month (sometimes even longer) to receive the goods.  There have been reports of many small packages going missing as well, in transit from China to the United States and Europe.

Even with 'ePacket' delivery selected, it can often take as many as 20 days to get an item through customs in the USA – and 40 days or more in place like the UK, France and Italy.

This is the main reason that DHGate continues to be less popular than it's rivals – sites like eBay and Amazon – which are able to dispatch products form warehouses around the world, not just in mainland China.

However, once DHGate has this issue fixed, the site could easily be as popular as rivals like eBay – prices are so low and the range of goods supplied is so vast that it's otherwise a great place to buy almost anything online.

Doba vs Ali Express

Posted by pharmforall on
Business and Management

There are two leading sources of drop shipped products online – Ali Express (usually used with Oberlo, a Shopify app) and Doba (read some Doba reviews here for more information), but which is the best solution for a new Shopify store?  In this post, I'm going to talk about each – including the good and bad points.


Doba is a dropshipping service based in the USA and has been around for a long time.  Membership prices range from $29 a month to $249 and upwards, and for that fee, you get access to a fully set up and integrated distribution funnel managed by Doba.

They stock over 2 million products and ship them out to customers anywhere in the United States.  Their prices are good, but bear in mind they are drop-ship prices – not 'bulk wholesale' prices, and they are a US company – not a low-cost Chinese manufacturer.

Ali Express

AliExpress.com is the leading marketplace for Chinese wholesalers and manufacturers to do business around the world.  They list millions of products that are dispatched (on a drop ship or wholesale basis) around the world at very low prices, but delivery can be slow.

Although most of the suppliers are reliable, they are often not as highly rated as Doba is for customer service and quality, but there's significantly more choice and lower prices.  Membership to Ali Express is free.


In summary, they are both good – but Doba is more expensive and reliable while Ali Express is much cheaper but delivery can be very slow.