Doba.com - has anyone dealt with them?

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24 Sep 09 02:09:40 pm
Hi Forum,

Thank you for your questions because they also provide access to answers and solutions for others of us with some of the same questions.

I am still searching for good wholesaler/dropshipper for 'Baby Bedding' and thankful for Salehoo staff that have been supplying me with some prospective wholesalers/dropshippers.

In my quest I have come in contact with 'Doba.com' or ProductSourcing.com. Their site markets over 30,000 different wholesale products and over 250 wholesalers/dropshippers for a 'Basic' monthly membership fee. And of course they offer additional products and wholesalers/dropshippers if you want to upgrade at a 'Premium' monthly membership rate.

Have any of you out there heard of Doba.com or ProductSourcing.com and have perhaps utilize them as your supplier/wholesaler/dropshipper?
I am earger to hear your views/comments/recommendations?

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24 Sep 09 05:19:23 pm
Doba.com and ProductSourcing.com are basically the same company. If you look at their domain registration through whois.sc, they registered under same company. I've used Doba.com in the past - was not success at all - I lost over $500. It seems like they have a lot of products to sell but the price does not give you good returns. After all the fees (ebay, paypal, shipping), you probably earn couple pennies for selling something over $50. On top, you pay for their membership and I have experienced really bad customer service. The phone always business and they don't give you any advice. When you first sign up, they call you like IMMEDIATELY to tell you all about it. After you become a PAID member, all that stopped EXCEPT when they try to advertise to get MORE money FROM you.

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24 Sep 09 09:27:39 pm
Aznvcboi, Thanks for the information and your detailed reviews. Even though I only got one reply so far, I will keep looking out for more truly welcomed and appreciated reviews and comments regarding Doba.com.
Thanks again.

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24 Sep 09 10:54:44 pm
Hi discountprices&buys,

In addition to what Aznvcboi said, Doba is a good drop shipping service and easy to integrate with eBay, but it is expensive. Not only does it cost $49.95/month or $59.95/month (depending on the type of membership), drop shipping also requires you to pay a small fee on top of the wholesale cost of the product to cover the drop shipper's time spent packaging and posting the item. This additional cost can make significant inroads into your profit margins and it is not always the best way to make money in the long term.

But that's not to say that drop shipping is a bad idea altogether. It is a simple way to start a business, and in the long term, having some of your inventory drop shipped allows you to offer a broader range of items to your customers without the risk of holding stock. However, the online retail market is very competitive and business owners usually need to buy a significant proportion of their inventory in bulk from liquidators and wholesalers to ensure that they get maximum profit margins on each item. As Doba is simply a drop shipper, you don't get to pick and choose that combination that will give your business maximum competitive advantage.

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25 Sep 09 12:17:45 am
Yeah, not much to be added to this conversation, may only be a couple of replies for you DBP, but spot on and tell you everything you really need to know about them.


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5 Nov 09 12:36:46 pm
Good day, I've deal with DOBA in the past, to be honest, for me it was the worse experience with a dropshipper I ever had, their prices is WAY up the market, I try to sell their items on ebay and other auction sites, and Bad Idea, and they only ship to US, they told me even if I'm a non-us resident that I still can deal with them, and I was totally scammed and back then I had to pay over $350 for subscription and I request a refund within 7 days after, and they never respond to me, so for me IF ANYONE DEAL WITH DOBA, please make sure you ask all the question, and If you live outside the USA, make sure they can ship to your country or anywhere else before paying, PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THE FINE PRINTS, because they RELY on that...

Just be careful...

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5 Nov 09 10:21:48 pm
Hi chavs75,

Thanks for the heads-up! Though I must say, that must have been horrible. Sorry to hear about your experience. I'm sure our members would find your post very insightful.

Thanks again. Cheers!


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17 Nov 09 07:39:26 am
I've used doba for about 6 months now and would give 2 stars out of 5.

There are about a hundred suppliers on doba.
But you cant contact them directly, doba acts as the liaison.
so if an order goes wrong, which theyve done about 10% of the time. It takes several days and even up to a month to settle the matter. Your customers will complain, and you cant do anything about it.

If youre an online retailer, you will spend about 1-2 hrs a day putting out fires and complaints from your customers.

Doba is expensive.
You can find things on amazon for cheaper.
I've found a lot of the products from suppliers here for a lot cheaper.
Once in a while you can find a supplier that sells things for cheap on doba. But its rare, im probably going to close my account soon now that i've found salehoo.

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17 Nov 09 09:51:11 am
Avoid DOBA! They charge high monthly fees and their price points can't compete with other wholesalers. I was a member for 2 days and I canceled. They didn't even refund my money. They mark up their products then try to have you sell them for half the profit.

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1 Apr 13 07:57:47 pm
Doba was the worse company I have ever worked with. Entirely too expensive to use for dropshipping.
Plus they sell out so quickly that by the time you create a lising, and have it run a few days, they can't fill the order.
Worse experience was I had a customer that was set to have a specific bed set. Doba had 3 showing in stock. I placed the order and was notified a few days later that hit was sold out but more was on the way. I let the customer know and they chose to wait for the restocking.
I check back several times a day for about 3 weeks, to make sure I was one of the first to place an order when it was restocked.
I had just checked one day and it was sill showing as sold out. I then browsed around the site for a few minutes to see if there was anything else that I might want to list. After about 10 minutes I decided to check on the set again. Whoa... There were 5 showing in stock. I placed the order and then let the customer know it had been restocked and was ordered.
I check back later that day and it showed that the one I had placed the order for was removed from the inventory .
After 3 days I contacted Doba to see why I had not received the shipping info. and they were now showing the set as being sold out. I was told they were just behind a little and that they would soon ship it out.

After the 5th day, the customer was wanting to know tracking info, I went back to Doba and the rep I spoke with said that they were sold out and that I was not getting one for my customer.
Ok now I know I was one the very first to place an order after they were restocked, and one rep had told me that they were just processing my order so by this time I was very confused..
I tried to explain to the rep that I know I had placed the first order after it was restocked..The rep assured me at this point that I was not going to get one.
In desperation I went out looking at other sites to see if I could even find one for the customer. I think it was about 2-3 days later that I rem that OS also purchased from Doba so I went to their site to see if they had it.. no they were sold out as well. The next day I resumed my search trying to locate a set. I checked OS and wow they had 5 in. I really don't think it was a fluke that Doba got in 5 and OS received 5.
What they had done is they took my order when OS contacted them 3 days later and gave it to OS since they were making a bulk purchase..
This was the lesson I learned with Doba.
They are rude, they don't care about the little companies, the cater to the larger companies, and if one of those companies wants your order they will give it to them regardless of whom make the first purchase. Just prior to this mess, I had placed 16 orders for bedding and they were all sold out even if at the time I placed the order they were showing as being in stock..


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1 Apr 13 09:41:59 pm
Wow, I've heard a lot of bad about Doba, but that has to be the worst I've heard. It shows them lacking in some many different processes, but worse than that, their complete contempt of you as a customer!


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6 Apr 13 02:45:41 am
I used the 7 day free trial with Doba. I found out that they are just a middle man. I found that they get products from one of my current suppliers and charge way more than the price from the manufacturer or wholesaler. Example: a product could cost me lets say 1$ from a company. Doba will charge 3.50$ for the same product FROM THE SAME SUPPLIER!

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