By business.com editorial staff, business.com Writer | Updated May 20, 2019
Doba is a dropship service based in Orem, Utah. It does not warehouse products; rather, it aggregates products from the suppliers it works with. In effect, Doba is a middleman that makes it easier for you to find products that can be drop shipped to your customers. It provides you with access to the products and with other tools and resources to help sell them.
This dropshipper is best suited for larger companies with resources to devote to building their eCommerce platforms. It is a high-cost service, so you will need to take that into account when choosing the dropshipper you want to work with.
Doba’s list of suppliers is constantly growing. Since it works with a large number of suppliers, shipping speeds may vary.
In some cases, Doba can use its API to interface directly with your site. This allows Doba to process orders placed on your site directly without you having to go through the extra step of logging into your account to place orders. This requires some technical expertise and may not be an option for small businesses that sell through online marketplaces, but it is a powerful tool that makes Doba stand out. One drawback is Doba’s lack of international shipping.
Doba aggregates over 2 million products from more than 200 suppliers. The products available include apparel, jewelry, electronics, health and beauty, furniture, and many others. This is one of the largest product offerings of the services we reviewed. It uses an online platform that allows you to browse products and add them to your inventory. You can browse by category, brand or supplier. In addition, you can filter by price or shipping option.
Of the services we reviewed, Doba's interface is one of the easiest to use. Be aware, though, that the number of SKUs you can add to your inventory depends on which plan you choose.
Once you've found the products you want, Doba allows you to export products through a variety of formats. The benefit of this exporting is that it you can add a large amount of products to your website or marketplace at one time. This saves you time since you won't have to manually upload products. The exports include the image URLs and product descriptions. You can export products in CSV, XML and over 60 other formats for a variety of marketplaces and shopping carts.
Doba allows you to create inventory notifications when products are close to or run out of stock. There are also some tools that allow you to analyze the performance of products. While Doba does not offer any options to help you make a website, that is the only disadvantage in what is the strongest inventory and back-end management system of the services we reviewed.
Of the dropship services we reviewed, Doba was one of the more expensive options. Doba has several plans you can enroll in, which you can subscribe to at monthly or yearly rates. The yearly rates save you some costs, but plans are still more expensive than other services we reviewed.
The Doba plan allows you to have an inventory of 1,000 products. The Doba Advanced plan allows you to have a 10,000 product inventory and gives you access to the elite-seller report. The Doba Pro plan allows you a 25,000 inventory and the elite seller report.
Doba offers a 30-day free trial, and you don't need a credit card to sign up. The trial gives you access to Doba's basic plan as well as some features from its Advanced plan. It also allows you to evaluate the products and interface as well as Doba's wholesale pricing.
The support offered by a dropship service is an important consideration, and Doba is a standout in that regard. Doba was responsive to our queries through phone, email and live chat. If you sign up for a trial, you will be contacted by an account rep; this personalized contact is a feature we really like.
Doba also offers you access to a host of educational resources when you sign up. These go beyond simple FAQs and include articles about finding the right inventory and how to sell the products you choose. Video tutorials round out these offerings.
Doba is the best dropship company we reviewed. It offers one of the largest inventories and a robust selection of back-end management tools. Doba is also a standout in the support it offers you, which includes a personal account contact that other top dropshippers don't offer.