In dropshipping, you need a plug-in from where you would source your items for sale and fulfill the orders, too. There are many plug-ins or apps out there, and two of the fiercest competitors are Modalyst and Dropified.
Between these two, what should you choose? At the end of this tutorial, you would know the price and benefits of each, and you will have enough information to help you decide.
What is Dropified?
Dropified is an app that you integrate with your e-commerce store. After building your Shopify dropshipping website, you need to integrate the app so you can find suppliers, and then display their products in your store.
With Dropified, you can find suppliers from both AliExpress and eBay. Once a customer purchases from your store, the next step is to go to the Dropified dashboard and fulfill that order. After that, the supplier will get notified, and then he would ship the item to your customer.
Here are the main features of Dropified:
- 14-day free trial
- Easy integration
- Thousands of products
- 80+ product catalogs
- Order fulfilment in seconds
- Captcha solver
- Photo background removal
- Order tracking
- Custom order notes
- Integrates with eBay, AliExpress, and Zapier
Dropified has a 1-click feature which can save you tons of hours of work. It is packed with automation features, automatic price updates, 1-click product importing, and product customization.
The tool also allows you to create flash sales, discounts, and bulk product editing. And since Dropified can source products in eBay, your store is not limited to selling items from China.
You can find items that are in your country, from eBay so that you can offer local items and faster shipping times.
With Dropified, you can hunt for videos on YouTube that are related to your product. For example, you may be selling a particular toy. If there is a video on YouTube about that toy, you can embed that video on your product page.
Or, you can advertise on that video. Anybody who is watching that video will be shown your ad. If they want what they see on the video, they will click on your ad, they will be taken to your store, and then they would buy from you.
What is Modalyst?
Like Dropified, Modalyst is an app that you integrate with your e-commerce store. Modalyst offers dropshipping and wholesale so that you can do business with any of these two models.
It can also integrate with Shopify. Once this is done, you can visit the Modalyst dashboard and look for items to sell. If a customer buys from your store, the “Brand” or supplier is notified, but he will not ship the items until you complete the payment.
In the dashboard, you have to pay for the order, plus the shipping, and then the supplier would ship the product to your customer.
Here are the main features of Modalyst:
- Syncing of inventory
- Price conversion
- Thousands of retailers
- Direct payment
- Manage orders
- 40+ product categories
- Branded items
- 650+ indie suppliers
- Private label dropshipping
- Free to install
- Free shipping
- Tracking numbers
With Modalyst, you can ask some suppliers to put your brand name on the items. This comes at an extra cost, but it is worth it if you want the products to carry your store’s name.
Modalyst vs Dropified: Pricing
Now, let us take a look at the different price points for each. Each price point opens up new opportunities for you, and you would also see the limitations of the app at each plan.
Modalyst comes in three plans called Hobby, Start-up, and Pro.
- Hobby – free to install
- Start-up – $35 per month
- Pro – $90 per month
The Hobby plan allows you to put up to 25 products on your store from the app. You can process an unlimited number of orders, and also have access to the private label suppliers. At the Hobby plan, you have to pay a transaction fee of 5% for every item that you sell.
With the Start-up plan, you can save on cost if you pay the bill annually. If you choose the annual billing, you will only pay $30 per month instead of $35.
Like the Hobby plan, there is a transaction fee of 5%. However, your product upload limit is increased to 250. You can also enjoy unlimited product orders. If you want to contact private label companies, you can do so, but you cannot have access to the branded items.
In the Pro plan, you can save on cost if you pay $804 per year. This annual plan reduces the monthly cost to $67 from $90 per month.
There is also a transaction fee of 5%, but you can now upload unlimited products to your store. At this plan, you have all the benefits of the other two plans, and you also have access to branded items.
Dropified has four plans. The company does not offer a free one, but it does have a 14-day free trial.
The plans are:
- Builder – $7 per month
- Premier – $127 per month
- Builder Annual – $39 per month billed for one year
- Premier Annual – $97 per month billed for one year
Upon closer look, the features of the Builder plan are the same as the Builder Annual. The same goes for the Premier plan. The only difference for each type of plan is the price. You will save a lot of money if you pay the annual fee instead of the monthly fee.
With the Builder plan, you can import up to 15,000 products to your store. You can process an unlimited number of orders, and add up to five users. These users are your employees or virtual assistants who can process orders and upload products on your behalf.
The automation for this plan is advanced, and both can be applied to AliExpress and eBay. You will also have access to the Dynamic Facebook Feed function.
On the Premier Plan, you can upload up to 50,000 products to your store, and also add up to 25 users. This is best for dropshippers who have a large enterprise—those who are now receiving hundreds of orders per day.
On top of what you get from the Builder plan, the Premiere plan gives you access to lots of powerful features that you would have otherwise paid for $150.
Pros and Cons of Modalyst
- Has a free plan
- Unlimited orders
- Packed with features
- Has suppliers that offer free shipping
- Has pricing rules
- You can sync tracking numbers
- Has a profit calculator
- You are limited to 25 product uploads in the free plan
- You can only access the branded items with the Pro plan
- Charges 5% transaction fee no matter what plan you buy
Overall, Modalyst has everything you need to run a dropshipping store. With Modalyst, you have a single and centralized dashboard. This dashboard is how you manage to deal with all the suppliers on the platform.
Pros and Cons of Dropified
- You can upload up to 15,000 products in the base plan
- Has 14-day free trial
- Unlimited orders
- No transaction fees
- You can add administrators
- Works with AliExpress and eBay
- No free plan
- Costs at least $47 per month to use
Dropified is great if you already have huge traffic and if your store is already generating sales. What’s good about it is that it is mainly built for medium enterprises where you are expecting a volume of sales for your store.
The Dropified app saves you at least 20 hours of work in a week, and this is due to the automated processes within the tool.
Modalyst vs Dropified: Web Builders
Modalyst can integrate with Shopify, BigCommerce, and Wix. What this means is that you are not limited to opening a store in Shopify only.
If you are a medium-sized business or a large enterprise, chances are you want to be on the Big Commerce platform. If you are just starting out small and you do not want Shopify, then Wix is a great alternative.
Modalyst has two apps, one for Shopify and one for Wix. If you are operating your store in BigCommerce, you would have to involve a computer programmer to integrate the two.
Dropified, on the other hand, integrates with several platforms. Among these are:
As you can see, you can use Dropified on more platforms, which pretty much gives you the liberty to choose where you want to build your store.
Modalyst vs Dropified: Support
Modalyst has a Help Center that works like a search engine; just type your query, and the website is going to show you an answer.
If the answer you are looking for is not in the knowledge base, you can only contact the team via email.
Right now, Modalyst has no chat or customer service hotline. You can send an email to the team. Or you can contact the CEO and co-founders.
Dropified has a training and FAQ page on its website. These are resources you can use to find answers to your questions. If you still need help, you can send the Dropified customer service team an email.
You can also chat with them, or use the Facebook group to find solutions to your problems. Dropified has no contact center for phone calls, even if you are at the Premiere plan.
Modalyst vs Dropified: Which One is Better?
Modalyst and Dropified were both built for dropshipping, but they are not built for the same users. Take a look at our recommendations below.
Use Modalyst if:
- You have a tight budget for your dropshipping store
- You do not mind starting with only 25 products
- You want access to private label suppliers
- You do not mind paying 5% transaction fee
- You are willing to pay extra to be able to sell branded goods
Use Dropified if:
- You are a medium-sized business expecting to have a high sales volume
- You do not mind paying a monthly subscription
- You want more features to improve your marketing
- You want to upload lots of products to your store
- You need to add users in your business
Dropified is made for businesses that are expecting to earn, or for businesses that have the cash to spare or risk even if they are just starting out.
Modalyst is for people who are just about to try dropshipping for the first time and do not have a lot of cash to put up in opening their store.
Choose Dropified if you have the capital to put up a dropshipping store. If you use Dropified, you will be paying a monthly subscription on top of your website costs, even if you are not making a sale.
If you are just starting out, and you have no huge capital, use Modalyst because it has a free plan. You can make do with the 25 products, and then simply reinvest your earnings later to get to a higher plan.
Overall, Dropified is packed with more features than Modalyst, but Dropified is costly.
Modalyst is great for beginners who are not sure if their stores would succeed, but Dropified is great for those who already have experience with dropshipping—those who now know what they are doing.