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Doba Review - Is Doba worth joining?

Doba Review - Is Doba worth joining?

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...

First Impressions

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.

How to Use Doba Successfully

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

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Thank you for all your comments and help. This has been very insightful and saved me, as well as educated me. Reply
Honestly I am someone in desperate need of this dropship business but have been very careful not to continue with Doba. Although I have not really started official registration with them, the review i have read so far suggests that I cannot trust them as a beginner. What do I do because I don't presently have any source of income and would be happy if I can be directed. Reply
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@Bridget: SaleHoo provides substantial training resources on topics such as product sourcing, importing and what types of products to sell. You can actually read some of our education materials for free by clicking the Education tab. Once you join SaleHoo, you will also be able to download our highly detailed PDF guides to selling DVDs, using suppliers, drop shipping and much more. We also publish weekly blog posts with sourcing and selling tips and our community is a great place to get specific help with things you aren't sure about. If you would like to purchase SaleHoo today and access this options, please just click the link below: http://www.salehoo.com/join-now Reply
Doba is a very unreliable drop shipper. After trying to use them for over 2 yrs, I decided I had enough of their randomly filling orders. I had a customer that really wanted a particular bedding set. I had just listed the set and there were 15 in stock. I placed the order and a few days later I was notifed it had sold out. Ok, I had been selling on the internet for years using nothing but drop shipped items to stock our online store. After several emails to Doba I found out that they were going to be restocked. My customer decided they would wait an undetermined amount of time to get this bedding set. 3-4 months later after checking back with Doba daily, I found they had gotten in 5 sets. I had just been to the website a little earlier, and these were not showing up as being in stock. I know they had to have been just listed. I placed the order and notified the customer that they had been restocked and one was to be shipped out to them.. I did keep checking back thinking that maybe I needed to order one more set for my personal stock in case they sold out again. Stock count was showing as 4 left as it should have been since I had already ordered one set .. 5-6 days later Doba notified me that they could not fill the order since they were sold out again.. Ok now I knew something weird was going on.. *My order was placed about they time they showed them being restocked on the website. *I was checking back several times daily and saw where my order was the only one that had been placed. *It took doba almost a week to notified me they were sold out again? I had noticed that many time Overstock would come up with some items after Doba showed they were sold out, so I started checking with OS daily. 5-6 days later, OS had restocked them.. "They had gotten in 5 sets".. Mad, hostile, upset, and plain down right disgusted over this and and the fact that I had been notified of over 20 products, in about a 2 months time, that had been sold out I decided to contact Doba.. What it boiled down to is we pay their high fees, and never know if we are going to get the products we order or not. As far as what happened to the 5 sets I saw in stock they day they posted them, apparently OS wanted a wholesale bulk order, so they cancelled my order in preference to selling 5 sets to OS. Mind you my order was placed days before OS placed theirs. Doba claimed to be a dropship company, but they did not care about the little sellers on the market when they can sell a larger quanity to a larger company.. I dropped DOBA that day and placed the order with OS just to get the item for my customer. If you don't care about paying their high fees, only getting a few of the orders you place with them, and the fact that if they will sell a larger bulk order, and cancel any orders from the smaller companies, or being treated like a nobody, then my all means spend your money to join. Personally I will never order from Doba again. Reply
Just for kicks I thought I would choose a random item from DOBA's 'preview products' page and Google it to compare the pricing.. the very first result was the item listed on Amazon for $.40 cents cheaper than DOBA's wholesale listed price!! Their suggested retail price has a 34% markup (which is the sellers supposed profit margin). What a complete joke!! Follow the links to see for yourself. http://www.doba.com/dropshippers-catalog/Electronics%20%26%20computer/cat/8336 *Item: GARMIN 010-00782-20 N;VI 1350 Wholesale Price: $132.69 Suggested Retail Price: $201.90 Profit Margin: 34% Profit: $69.21 http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-4-3-Inch-Widescreen-Portable-Navigator/dp/B001U0O7SA Price: $132.29 Reply
I learned about Doba at an eBay live conference a few years ago and could not believe their high prices. It is a total waste of time. Their wholesale prices are so high that there is no room for any profit. As mentioned in other posts, you are better off finding the suppliers on your own. I don't know how they remain in business, Reply
Signed up and quit due to their high prices. Plus after you dump them, they will call your phone number a billion times. Very rude place. Reply
Hi All From day one, I've been searching to find dropshippers. I have an all ready and idle website but NO STOCK!! Now you may wonder why, well its because I can't find drop shipping service through our wholesale suppliers out here in Canada. I've done hours upon hours of research to find wholesale suppliers who will dropship. I found one, and as you should all know, when you setup up with a wholesale supplier (in Canada) you need to setup an account (free of charge) and you need a business name and business number. If they don't ask for this, your not really getting a wholesale supplier. Anyways, this wholesale supplier did ask for this information. But guess what!! there prices were so high, that when I compared their prices at Wholesale to prices out there in various selling site, there was a difference of 1 or 2 dollars. Then I realized that there is wholesale suppliers out there that have setup shopping carts of their own. So I cancelled my account..and just praying that the credit information I sent and credit card info won't be stolen or used. What did I learn from this -- before every filling out an application, you should ask for a list price of their products before filling an account, but if you must fill out an account, do not provide any credit card info until you see the price list. It also help to search them on 411 directory to see where they are, call them and ask questions without revealing yourself. Anyways, I'm still stockless and still haven't found any dropshippers. One thing I would do though, if I found a good drop shipper in Canada with General merchandise, I wouldn't have a problem sharing with others. :) Reply
I tried Doba free Trial, what a .waste. I was a beginner and it was a nightmare. Sure they answered the phone when you had a complaint but for real how as a beginner to online selling gone make a profit when Doba fees are extremely high. I too feel like they just want your money. They called me to give it a go again I said no! Bye bye Doba you're too high for me. Reply
A very old school marketing/sales company. You get into a free trial, they say just for administrative purposes they need your credit-card. Then you don 't paid to the term of use or to their emails and you end up paying as you should ( nobody said) have cancelled it. Watch out for this company: there request by Chick ( $7 per hour) You should have read the terms, it is your own fault, you should have read. Hope this kind of sales tricks will be soon over. Stay away from it. Reply
Hi There! I agree with the majority here. I joined DOBA last month and cancelled within 3 weeks. I called and asked for a refund of almost 400 dollars which was charged to my account and they told me I had to wait until January 2013 and they had to see that I had made an effort to sell on DOBA before they would refund me my money....I informed the person how there was nothing on their site I wanted to use and thought they were ripping off people. Since then they have called me a few times to try and get me to rejoin....Save your money. They just rip people off. Reply
Don't get scammed by Doba. They don't deliver half of your items, and you will not be able to get a refund. It is a scam. Reply
I wish I saw this website before signing up with Doba. Over a year ago I signed up with Doba after which they refuse to cancel my trail and convince me to get my money back if I don`t make it selling their product. Guess what their product costs very high that I didn`t sell a single thing on eBay. I called to cancel before they renew my account. The person was very rude, and refused to give me my money back because according to her I had to log in every month to get the special (Money back), then hung up on me. Please learn from this and don`t sign up with a scam company like Doba. Reply
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I made the same mistake of signing up with Doba. I still have until August to attempt to get my money back. I am trying to make it work though. I research through their items and try to come up with a few items to list. Their prices are high and if you do find one that you think you might be able to sell, watch out for the shipping costs. An example is a baby stroller that was priced at $69.95 but had a shipping cost of $150. I have been with them five months now and have actually sold a couple things, I made a whopping $35 all together. I'm anxious to see what kind of excuse I get when I try to cancel my membership. If you don't make at least what you spent they say they will refund your membership costs. I will be shocked if they give me my money back $420.00. My advise is stay clear and don't waste your money on Doba. Reply
I agree with storeonlineshop, need more high end drop shippers , so we can have more choices. Reply
I would not recommend anybody to use DOBA. First, look at their merchandise prices it is at retail value and how you going to make a profit. Secondly, their customer service, if they do have one is terrible. They are not a good patnership for business. Reply
I am so glad to have found this site. I, too, was looking at Doba. But that little voice in the back of my head said to check it out good. I don't need anymore rip-offs to do business with. I have in the past. I will continue to do my research to find what I am looking for. Thank you again for this blog. It has surely saved me hundreds$. Reply
I just joined Doba and prices are crazy. I won't be able to make any profit. I was comparing prices in eBay and this is terrible but I had waste my time with this people. I will cancel my trial right away! GRrR im so mad, mad, and mad. I only want a way to make some money. :( Reply
Well I'm glad I read this blog because I was intrigued about their persistence in calling me to get my business. They called me almost everyday for a week but I never answered their call. Always, be prudent and cautious, however, for every misfortune there is a hidden fortune. Learn from your mistakes and move on to greater things. Reply
Please stay away from this company, I so agree with so many of the comments above, I did the trial and lost money because their products did not sell and I missed canceling my trial by less then a day and they charged me for another month and refused to credit me back !! Warning stay away !!! tThey are out to make money for themselves, not to help you. Worst drop ship site on the web. Now I'm in a hole already and have not even sold one product, PLEASE read all the posts above and see how many people agree.....all i can say is STAY AWAY, DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THEM !!! Reply
Gosh- I should have read this before signing off the trial account. Hope they don't charge me now, I will cancel my trial the first thing tomorrow morning. I should do a thorough research in any online stuff....This is so crazy. Reply
Wow! I received a phone call from MaxEbiz, they were running a special to build a website and get 3 months free doba trial. I'm just getting started and had heard of doba on webinars through my coaching department. So I thought I'ld give it a try. I told the sales rep on the phone what my niche was going to be for the site I was building my self. He said no problem Doba has them. NOT!!! not a one. So up went my site in two days and then I went into panic mode trying to find something to put on my store. I was excited; spent everyday I had off, 14 hours a day non stop, searching Doba's catalog for a different niche. Posted 800 items, priced them, and THEN researched my prices more thoroughly. What a joke! So I sent emails to Doba questioning just what everyone here has been saying...HOW CAN YOU MAKE MONEY WHEN THE WHOLESALE PRICE IS HIGHER THAN WHAT THE PRODUCT IS SELLING IN OTHER STORES, ON-LINE AND OFF!!! The response was not even close to the question. They talk around the problem too many times. After reading this site I'm done wasting my time searching for that one and only product that MAY make me a profit. I'm going back to my original niche and contact the wholesalers I was working with when Doba rudely interrupted me! Thanks for all the info everyone you save me a lot of money. Good Luck to us all. Reply
I have never tried Doba, but as I read your blog about this I guess this is not worth joining for a newbie like me. I usually use eBay cause it has equality maybe. Reply
Hi I got a call from Doba Rep with MaxEBiz and he talked me into signing up for the trial and to use their website builder. I got a confirmation email but the charge hasn't showed up on my credit card. The email also said to pick a template for my website which I haven't got the time to do so. This was 9 days ago. Now seeing so many negative posts about Doba's bad prices and shady customer service, I want to cancel. My question is, technically my trial has not started due to me not picking out a template. Do I need to call and cancel? Reply
Thanks for all the reviews. I started looking at Doba because some affiliate presented a mostly positive thinly veiled review pointing the user to the free trial. The rest of the internet is FULL of bad Doba reviews too. The consensus is good enough to make an informed decision. I will not be trialing Doba. I am completely new to drop shipping and don't want to start off badly. It doesn't take much brains in order to smell a rat which stinks as much as this one. Reply
Thank you all so much for all the comment. You save me the money and the time. I was about to sign up for their services but I Google their review and then I came across this site. Good luck all. Reply
I joined Doba in 10/2011. I setup a website using 3XP Website builder. I also setup a Merchant account with FDIS. After 9 months on my wesbite, posting to Ebay, Webstore and marketing my site using various advertising site both free and paid I wasn't able to sell one thing. LMAO. Don't waste your time and $$$ because the long and short of it is Doba doesn't offer price discounts to you that allow you to be competitive. Each and every item I tried to sell I was able to find the same products much cheaper online by doing a simple search and not much effort. I liken Doba to opening 20 Walmarts on the same street. They are all selling the same products but they are now competing agains each other. Just browse Ebay and you'll see many people selling the same brands.But then again eBay and PayPal have their own scam going but that's another story all together. So trust me don't waste your time. Reply
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We are developing a drop ship site for our business right now. As this is our first real venture into this method of selling, we would ask that if you have any words of wisdom, or knowledge of the drop shipping game, please do share with us at support@southwestbargains.net. We are currently creating a site that can only be accessed by members. We are not sure what the fee will be (or even if it will be annual or monthly), or whether or not we will be charging a drop shipping fee. Some good news is, we offer FREE shipping on a majority of our products, and this may be included in our vendors orders too! For the initial phase, we will be offering all of OUR products at discounted prices so that our "drop ship members" will receive fair pricing, and still make a profit. All of the products that we list will be available, in our warehouse. We will ship using a generic packing slip until we can figure out how to incorporate each vendors packing slip. Prices will probably be at least 25% below our retail prices. It may even be lower, depending upon the product. For anybody interested in this program, please do feel FREE to contact me at jmeyn@southwestbargains.net. I will try to answer your questions as clearly as possible. We don't want to deceive you into working with us. We want open, mutually beneficial relationships with our resellers. We don't currently have a time line on this project, but the more responses we receive, the faster we will work to complete the site. Reply
Thanks for all those warnings about DOBA, I was planning to start a dropship business, due to unemployment. I did read some articles about how good DOBA is and I was going to sign up with them, but I wanted to do more research, thank you all for all these posts. Reply
I signed up with them like an idiot then realized I shouldn't have. Their prices suck and their customers service is horrible. I had to tell one girl off. And as soon as I start getting into their prices and that I'm not happy they hang up on me. So rude. I so wish I didn't sign up. And oh boy I wish I read the reviews before signing up. I'm trying to dispute the charges now. Lets see if it works. They suck. Reply
Worst customer service ever. Do not even bother with trial. !00% service satisfaction is literally a joke. The customer service they offer you is hanging up your call and not returning your calls and making it impossible for any refunds. Not to mention automatic billing for trial members. And if you are in disagreement, know that you are "never right" and that you should read every line of every Terms of Use. Reply
Don't use Doba ! Their prices are not wholesale at all. You could do the same thing by drop shipping from a Sears, J.C.Penny, Wal Mart, ect. catalog. Don't waste your money with Doba. Reply
Doba is shit - paid $690 for the package and paid subscriptions on Amazon, eBay, Sears. Wasted a shit load of money on this only to find Doba's prices are complete shit - you can purchase products on Amazon cheaper than you can on Doba. When somehow you do sell on Doba, more often you find the products they have listed are incorrectly listed in stock, so you have to cancel order, damage company reputation. customer service is shit. DO NOT sign up - it's not worth the trouble. Reply
Thank you for all the comments, you just saved me, not only money but aggravation too. Reply
Doba is a scam - I signed up and paid the annual membership and posted almost 50 items on eBay and haven't sold anything. The prices Doba charges for their products after you pay eBay's insertion fee, selling fee, paypal fee, dropshipper fee there is no profit to be made, you are working for them. All the items Doba has listed for sell all the other people who were suckered into this are selling the same items as cheap as they can on eBay. Now they offered to setup my own website to push their products, the cheapest web site setup fee is $895.00. They must be smoking some good stuff... Reply
I can't thank for to everyone who have taken his/her time to write in here. I want you to know your contribution is fortunate to those like you and me who try so hard with entrepreneur spirit. I was looking in to sign up and even called the Doba telephone line to schedule an online introduction to their services, then I went to the beautiful wonder of Google and started to do my research and found these valuable comments. Again thanks to all of you for your contributions, they are priceless. These really are eye openers and we should do our home work before we jump on this. I almost bit the bullet and thanks to you guys I did not. I am going to continue and won't give it but sometimes I think is maybe better to get a $1000 on a credit card and do things littler by litter. You buy you ship and make your brand slowly but surely, there will always be something to sell out there. Never give up. Reply
Your website is great and is a great source for entrepreneurs like me and others. Thanks!!! Reply
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Two months ago I bought a 10,000 product package from Doba and MaxEbiz charged me $2,000.00 for equipment and webpage design. I have not turned a profit since then. They suggest selling on Ebay and Amazon. It is not working out very well at all. Right now I'm paying for the equipment, leasing, and other charges. I am TOTALLY screwed because I signed contracts that sounded so good I just went along for the ride. Now I'm paying dearly without making any money. I will have to payoff the 2,000.00 somehow. My contract is for four years for the equipment that I cannot get out of. Do not join DOBA or MAXEBIZ, They will rip you a new one for sure. Reply
I signed up because I was redirected by the other site.Ii am new to all these, because I want to see the company I was targetting to order from. I had to upgrade for 6months. Of course on the free trial, there was nothing on there, otherwise they won't make money because people won't upgrade. When i tried to cancel that membership 3days after, they wouldn't refund me the money so i was tied up to them and i never even used the site once! how ridiculous. Reply
Thank you! Your comments/input just saved my family a lot of time, money and discouragement! Reply
DOBA is the biggest scam ever. I went to cancel on the 14th day and they will not refund me. Wasted $60 for nothing. They will not refund my money. Scam artists / damn joke of a business. Thanks for stealing from me. Reply
WOW..I have been trying to start my own business for a couple of years now. I was online looking for wholesale copmanies so I can purchase produce and resale it. I came accross Doba and thought my prayers have been answered. But I make sure I do my research before I dive into something. I am so glad I have read everyone post on this company. I will continue to search for a profitable business of my own Reply
I have had great success with Doba and recommend it to anyone. Ha, I think some of the comments on here are funny though like Ryan's and George's. You cant expect to make money by only posting 50 things. That would be a "Get rich quick" kinda thing if it worked that way, which it isnt. As for people who are charged after the trial, its because they are too stupid to remember to cancel if they are not interested. I highly recommend Doba to anyone, as long as they don't think they can get rich without work. Reply
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I am still in the trial, but after reading the comments, I am concerned about the company. Do you sell on ebay? Do you pay cash for your products? Do you only buy from the wholesalers? How do you make it work?I understand their prices cna be high. Reply
Looked for dvds and blu rays on doba to sell on ebay, the "wholesale" prices of these are more then best buy. How do you make money reselling on ebay when the amount charged is more then the price at any local store. $60 for boardwalk empire first season, less then $40 at best buy. I have yet to find one good deal on this site. Reply
Doba has no customer service, and therefor will kill your business in the long term. I've been with Doba for some time but had to drop them, i had 20% of the time where they would cancel orders on you or just not replying or help you when an order was received damaged. Many suppliers there are scams and would send the wrong stuff, but the bottom line fact that Doba has no customer service will always keep you in the dark and many customers upset at you. Reply
I would have read this page before signing up.. please do not waste your..valuable time, money,etc
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DO NOT WASTE your money or time with Doba. Total ripoff. They charge $400 to $900 every year for a membership to access their directory. You won't make any money to even pay for the membership. You can't compete as their products are expensive because they add their own margin. Products are NOT wholesale as they claim. Go directly to the distributor or the wholesaler to get a better price. Reply
I read a lot of bad reviews about doba.com. I'm sure things are not quite good. I suggest you to research very carefully before choosing a program. I'm using http://www.cellz.com/drop-shipping.html and they are very professional. They require No upfront expenses or signup fees. Plus, they take care of the shipping.
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DOBA is a Fraud. I did the "free trail" and they charged the first month. I contact the customer services and were so rude and I did not get my money back. Stay away of DOBA. Reply
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