Ali2Woo or AliDropship? They certainly appear similar…and, well, you’re not wrong. They are really similar. But which is better?
In this article we go deep and extensively investigate what each plugin has on offer, because they definitely have differences, they just aren’t the most apparent. Both offer you the ability to import products from AliExpress to Wordpress, but it doesn’t come for free.
We do an in-depth side-by-side comparison, then we compare the advantages and disadvantages of each with the key objective of concluding which is better.
By the end of the article you should have a good idea about which is best for your business, or maybe you will want to look at other tools entirely.
Heads up: Other articles on this topic refer to out of date versions of Ali2Woo and AliDropship with variations in pricing and features. This article has been written to reflect the most recent versions of these two plugins as of March 2024.
Dropshipping is an enormously popular business model which involves listing products to sell on your online store and getting your suppliers to directly fulfill orders, meaning you never have to hold your own inventory. You list items to sell at a higher price than they cost you, get orders, and your supplier will ship them to your customer on behalf of your business.
The advantages of dropshipping are huge, especially the time and money it saves you from having to pick and pack your own orders, pay for storage, manage shipping and forecast demand.
Before you get into the exciting part, we should probably mention that these two tools work exclusively with WordPress’s eCommerce product, WooCommerce.
WooCommerce works with WordPress to turn your site into an eCommerce store that is capable of handling purchases.
Unfortunately that means if you aren’t sure about whether you want to use WooCommerce for dropshipping, or if you already have a store that’s not built on WooCommerce, then these tools may not be right for you.
Of course, we typically suggest taking a look at dropshipping on Shopify if you’re still deciding and want to learn more about this alternative.
What is the Difference between Ali2Woo and AliDropship?
We thoroughly investigated what Ali2Woo and AliDropship have on offer. While these platforms share the same core features as a plugin for WooCommerce that will allow you to easily import AliExpress products into your online store and manage orders, AliDropship has a more extensive list of additional features, which is reflected in its higher price.
The major disadvantage of each is that there is no product vetting process, since both plugins work directly with AliExpress to import products into your store. This means you will need to be cautious about selecting products to dropship under your business name to avoid customer dissatisfaction with low product quality or long shipping times. We recommend ordering product samples from AliExpress suppliers before importing them to sell in your store.
There are, however, dropshipping tools out there that do offer a vetting feature to ensure your products aren’t going to be duds, which we look at in the Top Alternatives section below.
Tip: Don’t want to use WooCommerce? Check out some dropshipping tools that can be used with Shopify instead.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Ali2Woo
|Less features than AliDropship
|Great customer support
|No marketing tools
|Good customer reviews
|No product vetting feature
Ali2Woo’s key advantage is that it is the cheaper option by far, but you do miss out on marketing tools such as abandoned cart recovery automations and discount codes, both which are useful for boosting revenue.
Because the plugin works directly with AliExpress, you’re going to need to be confident in finding and selecting your own products to import, as none of them are pre-vetted by Ali2Woo. We recommend treading cautiously by looking at AliExpress supplier ratings, customer product reviews and then ordering product samples before you start selling them under your own business name.
Advantages and Disadvantages of AliDropship
|Comes with online store theme templates
|No product vetting feature
|Great customer support
|Best customer reviews
AliDropship is the more expensive option, but this corresponds with more features and marketing tools which can be used to boost revenue. AliDropship also receives sparkling customer reviews and exhibits a high level of customer service.
Because the AliDropship plugin works directly with AliExpress, there is no product vetting process, as with Ali2Woo. This is probably the major disadvantage of the two plugins. We recommend you order product samples before you begin selling them, but this can be a time consuming process to arrange and wait for them to be delivered to you.
Is Ali2Woo or AliDropship Better?
Based on our findings, both appear to have very similar features that look incredibly helpful for running a dropshipping store on WooCommerce.
At the end of the day it comes down to what type of features you are after. While AliDropship offers more, especially a range of marketing tools that do not exist on Ali2Woo, you will need to pay a higher price for it.
If you don’t need the additional tools that AliDropship offers then your best bet is probably to save money and go with Ali2Woo.
Of course, if you are uncertain about using WooCommerce to dropship then you may want to investigate other platforms first and discover some other dropshipping tools out there, which we look at in the next section.