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"The Art of Finding Winning Products"
If you’re considering dropshipping as a new venture, doing some groundwork first is essential.
One of the cornerstones of your dropshipping business will be the quality of your suppliers - which is where working with a trusty dropshipping supplier platform comes in handy.
Fortunately, there are tons to choose from. However, this can make pinpointing the right option for your brand tricky. So, to help cut through the noise, we're comparing two industry leaders: Spocket and DSers
Hopefully, by the close of this review, you'll have a clearer picture of which (if either) platform best suits your needs.
There's lots to sink our teeth into, so let's get straight into it:
DSers launched in 2018 and bills itself as the “AliExpress official eCommerce solution,” which is apt considering the platform is actually owned by China-based AliExpress.
So, if you haven’t guessed already, DSers is a solution for entrepreneurs looking to source dropshipping products from online retail giant AliExpress. In fact, Dsers’s website states that because it has AliExpress’s “official API authorization,” it can reduce ordering time by up to 97%!
For those unfamiliar with AliExpress, its millions of products are organized into a selection of categories, including consumer electronics, clothing, bags and shoes, home, pet, and appliances, and many more.
Products can either be shipped from China or from AliExpress warehouses in the US, EU, or China. It’s also worth noting that DSers integrates with popular eCommerce platforms like Shopify, Wix, and WooCommerce.
However, it only has a Trustpilot rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars from 12 reviewers.
Lastly, DSers also has a selection of partner apps that support its users in their dropshipping ventures. However, these come at an additional cost and fall outside the scope of today's blog post. That said, we wanted to quickly highlight their existence!
Spocket is a Canadian company that’s also been around since 2018. But, unlike DSers, Spocket predominantly provides access to EU and US-based suppliers (of which there are thousands, and all are heavily vetted before accessing Spocket’s network).
Spocket’s product catalog is divided into various categories, including clothing, jewelry, tech accessories, baby items, sports and outdoors, and many more.
However, suppose you wish to expand your reach further afield. In that case, Spocket also works seamlessly with AliExpress, allowing you to access millions of other products from China and other parts of the world.
Spocket also integrates with popular eCommerce platforms and online marketplaces, including Wix, Shopify, WooCommerce, and Amazon.
It’s also worth noting that at the time of writing, Spocket boasts 3,381 reviews on Trustpilot, gaining an impressive 4.7 out of 5-star rating.
You can browse products via the AliExpress website or app without commitment.
As mentioned above, AiExpress’s products are organized into many categories. Once you’ve selected the product category and sub-category you’re interested in, to the left of the page, you can filter products for:
Click on individual products to see their price, shipping options, product images and sizes, and shipping prices and times. You can also see the percentage of positive feedback the product’s supplier has.
For Spocket users, it’s free to sign up and browse its extensive product catalog.
Once you’ve created an account, you’re taken to your Spocket dashboard. Straight away, you’ll see product categories to explore, including apparel, toys, sports and outdoors, seasonal products, bags, home, and many more.
When searching for products, you can filter for:
When you click on a product, you’ll see:
You can import products from AliExpress with just a click using the DSers Chrome Extension. This ensures an “Add to DSers” button appears when browsing AliExpress products. When you click this button, the product is added to your ‘import list.’
You can access your import list from within your DSers dashboard. Here, you can manage, edit, tag, group, and organize products conveniently from one centralized place.
Then, when you’re ready, you can import these products to one or multiple stores in one go.
Spocket makes importing products to your online store simple; everything is managed from your Spocket dashboard.
Simply find products you like. Then, on the individual product page, click the “add to import list” button.
Once you’ve finished compiling the products you want to add to your store, click ‘import list’ on the left-hand menu.
Then, when you’re ready to import the products onto your store, click ‘Push All.’
It’s also worth highlighting that you can tweak the product details before publishing Spocket’s products to your store. That way, they’ll appear precisely how you want on your e-shop.
For example, you can edit the product’s:
Spocket also works alongside ‘AI Pro: AI Blog/SEO Optimizer,’ allowing you to auto-generate product titles and descriptions (should you wish).
As mentioned throughout this comparison review, DSers is owned by AliExpress, a China-based company. As such, that’s where the majority of its suppliers are based.
That said, AliExpress also has warehouses in other parts of the world to help speed up otherwise lengthy shipping times - for instance, the US, the UK, Europe, and Turkey.
When you click on a product listing toward the top, you’ll see a link to the supplier’s page. When you hover over this link, you’ll see the following:
The DSers Help Center also has a guide on finding reliable suppliers. It recommends going with one with at least a 4.5 out of 5-star rating.
To increase the likelihood of working with reputable AliExpress suppliers, DSers recommends using its Supplier Optimizer. This is how it works:
Once you’ve found a product you want to sell on AliExpress, copy and paste the product URL into the optimizer. The tool then shows suppliers with the best ratings and prices.
The way Spocket partners with its suppliers is very different for DSers.
Firstly, as we’ve already mentioned, most of its suppliers are based in the US and EU, and all suppliers on Spocket’s network are stringently vetted.
When sourcing supplier information, there’s a supplier filter option when searching for products. Alternatively, each product page carries details about the supplier - for instance, their name and the country they’re based in. Click on the supplier’s name to be taken to their page. From here, you’ll see:
It’s also worth noting that you can contact suppliers directly if you’re on the Pro, Empire, or Unicorn plans (we’ll discuss pricing in more detail below).
As we’ve already said, Spocket has a vetting process when choosing its suppliers. I.e., for a vendor to work with Spocket, it has to:
From what we can tell, DSers doesn’t vet their suppliers at all.
When looking for a dropshipping app to work with, it has to integrate seamlessly with your chosen eCommerce platform. So, let’s see what DSers and Spocket offer in this regard:
DSers integrates with Shopify, WooCommerce, and Wix.
In contrast, Spocket integrates with the following eCommerce solutions:
Both apps also integrate with marketplaces, which leads us to our next section nicely…
If you prefer selling via online marketplaces, this is what DSers and Spocket have to offer:
DSers didn’t integrate with any online marketplaces.
You can also advertise Spocket products on Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
However, at the time of writing, Spocket doesn’t permit you to sell on Google Shopping, Wish, Facebook Marketplace, Groupon, and Etsy. Anyone who does so risks having their Spocket account canceled.
Executing tasks in ‘bulk’ is vital to running any business efficiently. So, let’s see what actions you can perform in bulk with DSers and Spocket:
DSers detects price changes from AliExpress suppliers and notifies you accordingly. You can change prices manually or set up automatic updates that synchronize with your store. With the latter, you can set pricing rules depending on different situations - for example:
Where inventory changes are concerned, you can opt to receive notifications about them. As with price updates, you can activate inventory auto-updates to avoid manually making changes in your store.
Please note: All paid subscribers have access to these features.
When a Spocket supplier changes its pricing, you’ll receive a notification in your dashboard.
Similarly, when a supplier’s inventory numbers change, they’re automatically updated in your Spocket dashboard. For Shopify users, inventory is auto-synced with Spocket, and you can see color-coded inventory levels in your Spocket dashboard.
How are products packaged when they're sent out to customers? Let's see what DSers and Spocket offer:
Click on a product you’re interested in, then the supplier’s name at the top of the page. Then click the “contact now” button to generate a query as to whether the supplier offers private label branding or not.
All Spocket products arrive in neutral packages. However, a product might be labeled if, say, it’s clothing and it comes with manufacturer tags to show the product is new and unworn.
Before we bring this DSers vs. Spocket review to a close, let’s see how the two compare on price:
DSers has four plans and a 14-day free trial on its paid plans:
For a detailed breakdown of what you get with each package, please refer to DSers pricing page.
Spocket has four plans and also has a free 14-day trial on its paid plans. You can pay monthly or annually for the Pro, Empire, and Unicorn plans.
Prices are as follows:
Now that we’re at the close of our analysis, hopefully, you have a clearer idea of which dropshipping app best suits your business.
Here’s our final verdict:
We think Spocket is the all-out winner because not only do you get access to thoroughly vetted EU and US-based suppliers, but thanks to its AliScraper tool, you can source AliExpress products too- so you get the best of both worlds.
Not to mention, at the time of writing, Spocket also trumps DSers’s Trustpilot rating by some considerable distance!
If you’re still unsure, why not sign up for both for free and try them out yourself? Whatever you decide, we wish you the best of luck with your dropshipping venture!
Gemma has a passion for writing, an enthusiasm for eCommerce, and a flair for creating informative content that drives others to follow their dreams. Her work foundations are built on thorough research to allow you to find all the need-to-know info in one place.