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Recent statistics from the US Department of Labour indicating a significant decline in various types of employment, including retail, make it clear that the retail landscape is rapidly changing.
Many entrepreneurs are realizing that dropshipping and eCommerce could be the perfect time to begin a business.
There are many tools and resources available to help you succeed, whether you’re already running a profitable business with daily orders or just starting out with Shopify or another eCommerce store.
Oberlo is a giant in dropshipping and anyone who has a new store should be aware of it. Is there an alternative to Oberlo? If so, which one is best for you?
Let’s first take a quick look at the takeaway so you can quickly decide and get started on your store.
Oberlo vs HyperSKU. Which one is better? Which is the best?
Okay, now that we have the basics down, let’s dive deeper into these heavyweight dropshipping companies and look at their background so you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.
What is Oberlo?
Oberlo, a Shopify-owned tool, has a free starter plan. Oberlo allows you to import products from AliExpress (an internet retail service based out of China) into Shopify and ship directly to your customers.
What are the advantages of Oberlo? Let’s find out more.
Oberlo offers many benefits
- AliExpress allows you to easily add products
- The product inventory is automatically updated
- Automated pricing
- Track and Fulfill Orders Automatically
- Track your sales
- Multiple accounts for multiple users
Let’s take a closer look at HyperSKU and see if it is an acceptable Oberlo replacement.
What is HyperSKU?
HyperSKU was developed by eCommerce veterans and combines extensive resources with cutting-edge technology to create dropshipping shops that are successful.
HyperSKU eliminates the inefficient methods of dropshipping suppliers and sellers, as well as the long shipping times that are common for other resources like AliExpress.
HyperSKU agents have direct access and connections to Chinese suppliers.
HyperSKU can also help increase your sales performance, decrease your costs, and help you build a dropshipping business.
Now that we have an idea of what HyperSKU is, one of Oberlo’s alternatives, let’s look at the main benefits to help you decide between Oberlo and HyperSKU.
- There are fewer competitors Oberlo is a well-known resource for dropshipping. However, it can be hard to compete with other eCommerce stores that offer the same products at the same prices. HyperSKUs will allow you to offer different quality products, and be able compete with other eCommerce stores in terms of shipping times. This is what can make or break a dropshipping shop.
- More choices: Those who use Oberlo will be tied with AliExpress. HyperSKU allows you to have an abundance of top-selling products to enhance your ECommerce store.
- Easy integration with your store:HyperSKU enables dropshipping entrepreneurs browse and add products to their Shopify or other eCommerce shops instantly
- Less price changes: When using Oberlo or other platforms, there are often unexpected surprises such as price changes or products being frequently ‘out-of-stock’. HyperSKU is proud to have a dynamic supplier database that is constantly updated.
We’ve now seen the advantages of Oberlo as well as HyperSKU, which is an alternative to Oberlo. Let’s look at the differences between the two platforms and learn more about their operation so that you can find the best Oberlo alternative.
The main differences between Oberlo und HyperSKU
- Both provide dropshippers an automated experience for order fulfillment
- Oberlo is more an efficiency tool, which streamlines the listing process and orders fulfillment between AliExpress and Shopify.
- HyperSKU is an online dropshipping provider that connects sellers and real suppliers. It also offers faster express shipping options.
Which one is the easiest to use? Let’s move on to the next.
Use it quickly
Oberlo can only be integrated with Shopify. This could mean that Oberlo cannot be used as a resource if your eCommerce platform is not Shopify.
HyperSKU is also integrated with WooCommerce and Shopify. HyperSKU is a great option for people who have multiple stores on different platforms, or who prefer WooCommerce over Shopify.
HyperSKU offers API integration if the seller has a self-coding store.
Oberlo also offers a free version with limited features, as we have mentioned. Below are their three pricing rates:
- Explorer – Free
- Grad – $7.90 per month
- Boss – $29.90 per month
The limitations of the free version make it difficult to compete with dropshippers who are more experienced or have successful businesses. It is likely that you will need to upgrade to a paid version to be able to compete.
HyperSKU is free to sign-up and has no subscription fees. HyperSKU customers can source top-selling, high quality products for no cost.
HyperSKU offers shipping and product margins that are higher than Oberlo. You would not have to pay extra if you wanted to make sales if HyperSKU was available.
Products and sourcing
Oberlo can’t be used to source or customize products. AliExpress is a marketplace that allows you to sell the products available, but this could be outdated.
HyperSKU, on the other hand, has all the resources you need to offer truly unique offerings to customers. This includes offering private label products and sourcing top-selling products for your Shopify or ECommerce store.
Processing of orders
Oberlo allows sellers to place orders to multiple AliExpress sellers simultaneously. Sellers will need to contact each seller individually in the event of an issue. This can be time-consuming and lengthy. It can also be confusing due to language barriers.
Oberlo does not manufacture products or own warehouses. It acts only as a shopfront for a selection of sellers.
HyperSKU will serve as your single point of contact for all store items. This will make communication easier and save you time and money. HyperSKU can also pick and pack products from their own warehouse.
Oberlo uses AliExpress, which ships via ePacket and AliExpress Standard Shipping.
Both are extremely slow. It can take up to 30 days to ship your customers, and even longer during peak seasons.
There is also much anecdotal evidence to suggest that parcels can take months or never get delivered.
YunExpress provides an express shipping solution for HyperSKU.
Dropshipping delivery is more affordable with this service. It takes approximately 10 days to complete and is 100% trackable.
Oberlo can be a problem for dropshippers as they won’t be able to assist with order problems.
If you want to grow your Shopify store and compete with other businesses, it is essential that you are able to quickly respond to customers.
HyperSKU can help you and your customers with any problems. They will refund any order that hasn’t arrived and offer a reshipment option.
We hope you enjoyed our overview of Oberlo as well as HyperSKU, one of the heavyweight alternatives.
Dropshipping is a competitive marketplace that requires you to offer reasonable shipping times to your customers, especially considering the rapid Amazon delivery speeds. Real-time customer support is also essential to ease any delivery problems.
Drop shipping is a great way to grow your business.