Doba is easy to use, but very expensive when compared to Worldwide Brands and Salehoo – so is it worth the extra money, or should you save that to invest elsewhere?
First of all, I want to start by saying that it’s not as easy as many people make it out to be – setting up an online store and making a success of it. There are a lot of things you’ll need to invest in – fees for Shopify, payment processing, cash flow, stock, etc. So it’s in your interest to spend as little as possible on things like membership fees to a directory like Doba or Worldwide Brands.
That said, Doba is a great tool – it’s really easy to use and unlike other directories of wholesalers and drop shippers you can use it to find, buy and fulfil all your orders easily. Unlike Ali Express and DHGate, which are set up similarly, all of the suppliers in Doba are guaranteed to be legitimate. That makes it much safer to use as well, but there is a downside – it’s more expensive.
Membership to Doba costs between $29 and $249 every month. Compared to Salehoo and Worldwide Brands, which cost $67 per year and $249 (one off fee) respectively, that’s really expensive.
Doba is only worth the extra money because it saves you time – if you can handle managing the store and fulfilment yourself then you might as well go with another tool like Salehoo or Worldwide Brands because they are much cheaper.