Doba Reviews: What is Doba and Should You Join?
Doba is a leading dropshipping service, but is it the best option if you’re looking for low priced dropshippers to re-sell on eBay or your own site? This is my Doba review.
Last updated on May 1, 2018
In this Doba review I’m going to talk about:
1. What Doba is
2. What’s good about it
3. What’s not so good about it
4. The potential alternatives to Doba
5. Overview: should you join Doba?
Doba Reviews: What is Doba?
Doba is a dropshipping service — it acts as a middleman between dropshippers and you (an online retailer, eBay reseller, etc.).
Doba is very easy to use. You can search for products by keyword or category and place orders to be drop-shipped to your customers directly in the Doba members area.
There are about 2 million products available to buy at trade prices in most of the major categories — including clothing, electronics, toys, appliances, office furniture, etc.
Doba only does drop shipping, there is no option to buy in bulk — only one unit at a time, directly delivered to your customer.
It has the option of exporting product data (names, descriptions, images, etc.) to your own site or major online retailing platforms like Amazon and eBay.
Once you’ve placed an order on Doba you can check the status of it on the Doba website, but you never make contact directly with the drop-shipper that handles your order.
Doba deals with the drop-shipper supplying your product and they dispatch it directly to your customer.
Doba is a good service if you’re looking for an easy way to drop-ship goods to your customers, but it’s not always the cheapest option and there are alternatives that I talk about later in this Doba review.
Membership to Doba starts at $29 a month for the most basic and limited membership, and goes up to $249 for the top level members, which makes it by far the most expensive source of dropshippers.
Also, Doba only drop ship to customers in the United States, so if you are planning to sell internationally I suggest you look into alternatives like Worldwide Brands.
Doba Reviews: Is It The Best Option?
First of all, Doba only does dropshipping — that is they dispatch individual orders to your customers. There is no option to buy more than one unit from a supplier at a time and no option to buy any stock from a wholesaler that you can hold.
That can be a good and a bad thing. Good because it means you don’t have to manage or invest in any stock, but bad in that there is no option to even if you wanted to — for example, buying 10 of an item to get a discount per unit. Doba only does drop-shipping, no wholesale offers.
The second difference is that Doba is a middleman and you buy directly from Doba not a wholesaler or drop-shipper. Again this is good and bad — good because it’s easy, bad because you never get to make contact with who you’re buying from and build a relationship with them (again you could miss out on offers and discounts this way). There is also no option to compare prices or offers between different suppliers, you have to rely on Doba to have the lowest price.
Because you do not build a relationship with any suppliers directly, if you want to continue buying a product and selling it to your customers through Doba, you must remain a member of Doba — at up to $249 a month.
Doba reviews: The Good Points
- Very easy to use, good if you’re just starting out
- Can track status of all orders in one place
- Has around two million products listed ready to drop ship to your customers
- Can download product catalogue and upload to your e-commerce site
- Reliable service — you deal directly with Doba not individual suppliers
Doba reviews: The Negatives
- Not always the cheapest option to buy items — some will be cheaper on sites like eBay than you’ll find on Doba which leaves no profit margin — and you cannot compare prices between different sellers or negotiate.
- Can only do drop-shipping, no option to buy from wholesalers
- You never make contact with who you are buying from and never get to build a relationship with your suppliers directly
- By far the most expensive option — from $29-$249 a month
- Only supplies to customers in the United States- does not handle international orders or non-US customers
- You must remain a member to continue buying, as you do not deal directly with any suppliers and therefore do not build any of your own supplier relationships.
What Are The Alternatives to Doba?
Doba is the only ‘drop-shipping middleman’ service that I’m aware of, but there are other potentially better options — drop-shipper/wholesaler directories.
Supplier directories are sites that list dropshippers, wholesalers and manufacturers that have been verified as reliable by the directory editor — and millions of products from these suppliers to search through and compare prices.
Instead of buying directly through the directory, you search for a product, find suppliers for that product, compare their prices and contact them directly. It’s a bit more work but the good part is that you could get products for much lower prices.
Like Doba directories are easy to use, but have two key advantages:
1. You have the option of buying more than one source and can compare prices. Because there are so many suppliers in directories like Worldwide Brands the competition between then is quite intense and that drives down prices.
2. You can build relationships with suppliers you deal with directly and negotiate better prices with them
Worldwide Brands is the top directory of drop-shippers and wholesalers in the USA (I a long Worldwide Brands review last year). It was founded by eBay power seller Chris Malta in 1999 in Florida and is still based there today.
Worldwide Brands has about 8,000 drop-shippers and wholesalers in their directory, and from these about 16 million products as of 2018. That makes it the largest directory of drop-ship/wholesale products by a long way — Doba has only 2 million and Salehoo about 1.6 million products.
All of the suppliers in the Worldwide Brands directory have been researched by the WWB staff before being added to their site — that involves someone visiting their warehouse and placing anonymous orders to check reliability. WWB also guarantees the reliability of their suppliers.
Ordering from a supplier on Worldwide Brands is just as safe as through Doba, and both are very friendly to l and new businesses— including individuals selling online to make extra income.
You could find products on Worldwide Brands much cheaper than elsewhere — because their directory is so large and because you can cut out the middleman and deal direct with your drop-shippers.
Salehoo is a good alternative too, and is very similar to Worldwide Brands (it’s a directory of 8,000+ suppliers) but the number of products that Salehoo lists is much smaller than Worldwide Brands. Salehoo also costs more in the long term — at $67 per year while Worldwide Brands has just one fee for lifetime membership.
Worldwide Brands is also the only directory that’s fully certified by eBay — that in my opinion indicates that they are the best option of you are looking for products cheap enough to re-sell on sites like eBay or Amazon.
Whole Doba costs up to $249 a month, Worldwide Brands comes with a one off fee of $299 for lifetime membership.
Doba Reviews Conclusion: Should You Join Worldwide Brands Instead?
If you are looking for a really simple and easy to use way to get a wide range of products drop shipped to your customers then Doba is a good option. It’s good at what it does and it’s easy to use.
However, I would recommend checking out Worldwide Brands if you are looking for anything more than a simple and relatively expensive drop-shipping service.
Worldwide Brands has 16 million products listed compared to Doba’s 2 million.
That makes a big difference when you are looking for the lowest price as you can compare the same product from different sellers — and as you get the contact details for each seller with WWB you can negotiate prices down, not just with bulk orders but with drop shipped ones too.
With Doba you just have to accept their prices.
Also unlike Doba, WWB also supply internationally — most of their suppliers are in the United States, but they are willing to deliver to most countries including the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
**Update: there’s an offer online right now that give you a $50 discount on WWB membership, making it $249 instead of $299.
Although Worldwide Brands costs $299 ($249 with this discount), that’s nearly as much as the most expensive monthly membership to Doba, so WWB is by far the best value option.
All of the drop shippers and wholesalers in WWB are fully checked by the directory editors — which includes visiting their warehouses and placing test orders —and Worldwide Brands fully guarantees that 100% of them are reliable. There is no more risk buying through WWB than Doba — they are equally safe and reliable.
There’s also a 60 day money back guarantee with Worldwide Brands, so trying it instead is low risk.
Here’s a video preview of WWB too:
Doba Reviews: FAQ Section
My Doba review is above — this is just a section where I post answers to commonly asked questions about it, WWB and some other alternatives.
There are positive and negative doba reviews online — which are right?
Doba is a good service, the main points that I think people speak about negatively are the price (between $29 and $249 a month) and that not all products are cheap enough to sell on eBay for a profit.
Doba is expensive — there are other ways to find reliable drop shippers much cheaper (for example, Salehoo or Worldwide Brands are good places to look).
The other sites with Doba reviews on are reliable though — people just have different opinions and experiences.
As I say in my review above though, I found Worldwide Brands to be the best source for drop shippers, but that’s just in my experience.
Are there any discounts available for Doba?
There are none that I’m aware of or have seen in any other Doba reviews online, but there is a 14 day free trial.
Does Doba integrate with Shopify like Oberlo?
Oberlo is an app for Shopify, not a drop shipping service like Doba. Oberlo lets you import products from AliExpress.com, a marketplace of wholesalers and drop shippers from China that’s quite similar to Doba but with a few key differences.
Doba does allow you to import products directly into your store though — so in practice it’s similar. Doba does a lot more than Oberlo though, as it’s a fully integrated drop shipping solution rather than an App just for Shopify.
Doba allows you to import products directly into other e-commerce platforms too — not just Shopify. There are some other Doba reviews online that over this in more detail too.
Doba Reviews: Is Worldwide Brands as good at dropshipping?
Doba only does drop shipping, and they do it well — the problem is they are not the lowest priced or most versatile.
If you are willing to contact suppliers directly, Worldwide Brands offers much more choice that Doba — whether toy are looking for wholesalers or drop shippers.