Doba has gained a good reputation and has some great reviews on the web for providing a sourcing directory specializing in drop shippers. But does the reality live up to the hype? I decided to find out and review Doba to save you risking the time and money involved with finding out yourself. Here's what I found...
For first impressions, Doba gets full marks. It’s an attractive, well-laid out website and easily draws you in with the comforting promise of fraud protection and reimbursement of fraudulent orders for qualifying sellers - very reassuring for new sellers wary of being ripped off!
Doba claims an impressive 1.4 million products to choose from that can be drop shipped. This is certainly an appealing number. However, I would treat this number with caution because although there might be 1.4 million products to choose from, it doesn't mean all of them are actually viable to sell: Some products simple won't have good margins that allow you to make money and products that do have good margins will have many, many sellers drop shipping those items. This could make it difficult to use Doba as a product sourcing option.
Remember that directories are a great booster to begin your selling career. They make it so much easier and faster to get started…and to get some cash in your pocket. But you shouldn’t solely rely on them to make your millions in the long term.
The secret to using Doba well is to use it as a way of getting started, rather than pinning all your hopes on it for the long term. Then, either work on developing good relationships with several of the suppliers you have found – until you get to the point where you can bargain for better prices – or, use the knowledge and confidence you have gained from dealing with these suppliers to branch off on your own research.
Despite Doba’s very tempting offer of allowing you to pay for goods only after you sell them, I recommend purchasing your items in bulk before you list them. Although Doba generally provides a good service, occasionally there are unavoidable hiccups with drop shipping, and it can be very embarrassing when a customer has purchased an item, but the drop shipper is out of stock. Let me be very clear that this is not a problem isolated to Doba – all drop shippers can suddenly run out of stock without warning leaving you in the lurch unless you take precautions.
I was very impressed by Doba’s great selection of free articles. They are interesting, informative, and very focused on Doba’s target audience - anyone interested in taking advantage of drop shipping. These are well worth a read!
Doba also provides a newsletter and regular press releases keeping you informed and up to date.
All in all, Doba is a good product. Although the price is steeper than other directories, members with reasonable expectations feel that it is good value.
Doba compliments SaleHoo fantastically by focusing almost solely on drop shipping, while SaleHoo provides a broad range of trusted wholesale suppliers, drop shippers and bulk wholesalers. Learn more about SaleHoo now.Go Back