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Shopify is shutting down its dropshipping extension

Users who already have an account for the app can still access it until June 15

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Shopify is shutting down its dropshipping extension. Source: shutterstock.com

Ecommerce News have found that Shopify is shutting down its dropshipping plugin, Oberlo.

Sellers who want to use the app to fulfil their dropshipping business via AliExpress can no longer find it in the App Store. Shopify is transitioning to another dropshipping solution developed by DSers.

For online sellers using e-commerce software from Shopify, Oberlo has been a popular dropshipping plugin for years. Users could import products to their store and sell them directly from the inventory of thousands of Chinese suppliers. The app offered a gigantic range of products at low prices.

Oberlo was created by a Lithuanian startup and acquired by Shopify in 2017, for around 14.3 million euros (15 million dollars). However, sellers can no longer find it in the App Store or install it from other sources.

After June 15th, the app will be uninstalled and historical data will be lost.

Why the app is being shut down is unclear, but a blog post from Oberlo says:

“This product deprecation, which is a routine occurrence, is in pursuit of providing merchants with the best solutions to reach their customers wherever they are.”

Shopify suggests using a dropshipping solution developed by another partner called DSers. Oberlo users can now migrate their historical data, settings, products and import list data automatically to the DSers app with a few clicks. The e-commerce software provider also offers many other apps for dropshipping suppliers. Sellers that don’t want to use this app, can look for an alternative dropshipping app and migrate their data manually.

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