If you have been a long time reader of the blog, you might recall that an Shopster Review had been done already. Well, it’s been over 2 years since then, and lots have changed, so here’s an update. In this review I’m going to give you a little insight on my perspective of it’s pricing, products, usability, and service.
First and foremost, the membership pricing is completely different. They no longer offer a 14 day free-trial that they used to have; instead they give you a free membership with limited features. With the free membership you will only be able to list up to 25 products on your shop, however I believe this is enough for you to get an idea of what you are getting into, and that’s pretty much the point. In my opinion, the free membership is much better than the 14 day-trial that they used to offer. For the paid membership plans, they now have 2 packages: Power Merchant(Starter) & Power Merchant(Pro) which are $19.95/month & $69.95/month respectively. They also got an annual subscription for the Pro package($549.95). The difference between the packages is basically lower transaction fee and higher inventory limit as you move up. Quite the price hike compared to the $329.99/yr in the past. Then again, I guess you can’t expect the price to be exactly the same, considering the improvements they have made since then.
They now have over 1 million products available up from 900,000 since the first Shopster review article. Sadly though, they still got issues sometimes when it comes to product availability, so just like before I highly do not recommend you sell on Ebay regardless of what they say about being an Ebay Certified Provider. Just don’t do it, because chances is that you will eventually damage your feedback score. Improvements in the near future regarding inventory reliably is highly unlikely in my opinion. I just don’t see it happening anytime soon, so my recommendation is really just to stay away from it all together.
With regards to product pricing, unfortunately it isn’t much better either. Do not expect Shopster product pricing to be wholesale prices, because for most products they are not! They are only slightly cheaper than the retail prices you find elsewhere on the internet and some products are even more expensive than retail prices. This is however, not to say that you can’t find some good products with good prices, just a heads up on what to expect.
The usability aspect of Shopster is where they improved the most. Like before Shopster usability is great, for both beginners and experienced users. You can pick from a variety of nicely designed templates. In addition, the templates are also quite customizable. And of course they still got the cool coupon creater feature, newsletter and other marketing tools. But the best of all, they now give you the ability to sell your own products! This means that you can sell products from other dropshippers and wholesalers in your Shopster store. On top of that you can also list items for other Shopster users to sell. So in if anything, Shopster is a great E-Commerce solution for you to build a turn-key E-Commerce website.
In terms of service & support, Shopster is on top of it’s game. I have submitted an inquiry and it took 14hrs for me to get my response which is pretty good. However, the forum which they used to have for members is now gone. I wonder why they decided to remove the forum. It was a great place for people to hang around and learn things from other members.
That’s about it for this update review. Ironically, my opinion of Shopster is pretty much the same as it was 2 years ago. Yes, you definitely can make money here and it is a legit dropshipper. However, the likelihood you are going to see the big bucks coming in? Not very likely. To be successful, you will have to put a lot of effort in it. Make sure you do research into what you choose to sell before building your store. It is a great place for people that are new to dropshipping, because you can learn a lot, not because you will make a lot of money. My guess is that most people, don’t make money with Shopster but it’s possibly the one best place for you to get your feet wet.
But don’t take my word for it, give it a try!
Update: Shopster has since cease it’s operations.