Dropship Spy is a SaaS (software as a service) tool that helps intermediate, and beginner dropshippers research the best products with the help of Facebook ads and Instagram Influencers. This also means it may be a hit or miss for advertising the researched products using Google ads.
Disclosure: This Dropship Spy review post contains affiliate links in the form of text and images. If you click through them and make a purchase, I’ll earn a commission at no additional cost to you, which will support this blog.
Hi, I am Varun Kwatra, and in this article, I am reviewing the Dropship Spy – Shopify Product Research Tool.
I am sure you’ll agree that the most significant variable behind the success and failure of a dropshipping store is the PRODUCT.
Yes, your marketing strategy plays a significant role in it, but some products will not sell regardless of whatever you do. It’s just the nature of how this business works.
If you stumbled upon this page, then pretty sure either because you heard about this software on a YouTube video or maybe you accidentally clicked on the Dropship Spy website itself and asked yourself:
>> What if this doesn’t work for me?
>> What if it’s just another hyped tool?
>> Will it help me get rich by tomorrow morning?
If you have any such questions, keep reading till the end because I’ll tell you about my personal experience with it… and if it will even work for you not?
MY DROPSHIP SPY REVIEW: Here are My Thoughts and Opinions on Dropship Spy
Like some of you, I also came across this software through a YouTube video in early April 2018. At that time, Dropship Spy had lesser features and lesser products.
Although they had a FREE section then… in which, every week, they would show 1-3 winning products and all of their details required for you to sell them.
However, because those were free products, they were promoted by a ton load of dropshippers, most of which eventually failed.
Needless to say, only those dropshippers succeeded who either had lots of money… or who tried different marketing angles.
So, considering the limited features and products provided by Dropship Spy at that time, obviously, I didn’t like it. At that time, Pexda [review here] and Ecomhunt [review here] were famous tools. But sadly, they weren’t enough either.
But what could I do… I just had to take whatever I could get from them combined to find my promising dropshipping products.
In mid-September 2018, I found Niche Scraper [review here]. And to my delight, it was much better than anything else in the market at that time for researching the winning products for Shopify dropshipping business.
So, I immediately bought its subscription and started using it for researching products to sell on my own dropshipping stores. Yes, I own both a general store and niche store.
As you can imagine, Like many other Shopify dropshippers… I was also seeing some success now!
But I always felt like things could be improved. These software developers could make them more compact and feature-rich to even further reduce the efforts and the time of us dropshippers.
But what could I do… Most companies rarely bother about customer requests, even if the masses request the same thing.
In early May 2019, I heard about Dropship Spy again in the dropshipping world.
And my first thought was…
WHY?… After all this time, what could be a possible reason for so many successful dropshippers dropping the current Shopify product research tools they were promoting and started talking about it again?
So Out of Curiosity, I rechecked the Dropship Spy website again, and this is what I found out…
Dropship Spy Tool has been REVAMPED
I was astonished at how much was now included in this Product Spy Tool.
- Winning Products
- Promising Products
- Store Spy
- Product Spy
- Shopify Integration
- Approved Influencers
- Influencer Search
- Reviews Downloader
- Special Requests
- Affiliate Marketing
- Facebook Engagement Calculator
- Facebook Audience Builder
- Dropship Spy Forum
Detailed Overview of Dropship Spy Features:
As the name suggests… In this section of Dropship Spy, you will get many products that are already winning on other Shopify dropshipping stores recently.
Here, you also get the Feature To Sort these products by Date, Likes, Shares, etc… and then you can also sort them in ascending or descending order… like:
- Sorting by most likes to least likes
- Sorting by least shares to the maximum shares
- Sorting by the oldest added products to the latest added products, etc… as you can see at the top right corner.
The Filter button at the extreme top right corner lets you select which exact category or niche products you want to see.
If you click any of these products, you will see all the details and data you need to promote and sell that product. Alongside this, you also see some related products in the same niche category. Look at this example:
In a nutshell, these are the data points you get for each product:
- Product Name and Description
- Product Prices in both USD and GBP, along with the estimated profit margins.
- Engagement Rate of an existing Facebook ad
- Links to Amazon US and Amazon UK pages of that product.
- Spy Links to 1 Facebook ad, Shopify product page, and Facebook page currently promoting it.
- A Graph showing the product’s Sales Trend in the last 7 days.
- 2 Working Facebook ad copies for split testing purposes.
- Links to 3 Aliexpress Suppliers. This way, you won’t have to intensively search for new suppliers if your current supplier runs out of stock.
- By clicking that Blue button, You can even Push the product from any of the 3 provided Aliexpress suppliers directly to Your Shopify store if you want. No need to use the Oberlo app anymore.
- Facebook ad Targeting List, which I’ll talk about later down below.
- One Facebook Ad Video.
The layout of this Promising Products Section is almost the same as that of the Winning Products Section. Still, the difference between the 2 is that this section shows you the products that are getting good sales on platforms like eBay and Amazon, yet these aren’t being actively sold on any other Shopify store.
All the products in this section contain the following details (as you can see in the example image below):
- Product Name & Description
- Product Cost, Selling Price & Profit Margins in both USD and GBP.
- Customer Review Ratings on both Amazon US & UK.
- Aliexpress Customer Review Rating
- The Number of product Sales on eBay US & UK.
- 2 Working Facebook Ad Copies
- 6 Aliexpress Suppliers
- Aliexpress Product Reviews and Amazon US Product Reviews are available to download and use on your Shopify product page.
- 1 FREE Facebook Ad Video (created by the Dropship Spy team) to use as your own ads.
- Facebook Ad Targeting Lists (Again, I’ll talk about this later down below).
You can spy on other Shopify stores in the Store Spy Section of the Dropship Spy software. And there are 2 ways to do it.
The First method is by going to the “Store Search” option in the “Tools” menu.
You can type the complete URL of the Shopify store you want to spy on… in the right side box… and Hit Search.
For the Second Method, go to the “Store Spy” option in the “Tools” menu.
Here, you can select the niche category in which you want to find and then spy on those Shopify stores.
On clicking any of the above categories, you will see the list of Shopify stores and the number of page likes they got. Look at this example below:
Of course, I have hidden the store names here. Because the list is already limited, it would be unfair to show it to everyone for free.
If you click any of these stores, then you will see all the data on this store collected by the Dropship Spy Tool.
At the moment, this feature is not working correctly. Right now, you can only see the Facebook ads that have been or are being run by that Shopify store.
So, for spying on their bestselling products… what you can instead do is… Open these store websites in a new tab and type or copy & paste /collections/all?sort_by=best-selling in the URL box at the end of their website URL. For example:
Some stores like the above one keep this page hidden, but most of the time, you can see their Best Selling products by using this method.
In this section of Dropship Spy software, you actually get to see the Aliexpress products. So, I think they should have named it something like “Aliexpress Product Spy” to understand better.
This section doesn’t give you much of the details on the products, as you can see in the image below. But it still saves you lots of hassle of going to separate pages to collect all this data to decide whether to sell that product on your Shopify dropshipping store.
Dropship Spy also allows you to push the products directly to your Shopify dropshipping store and lets you manage orders on your store.
By this, you can order products with just one click instead of putting all the customer details in Aliexpress for every single order.
To take advantage of this feature, all you have to do is install the Hucksta Google chrome extension… and then connect your Shopify store in the “Store” option in the Hucksta Connect section, as you can see in the image below:
In this section of the Dropship Spy tool, you get to see an extensive list of Instagram influencers approved by the Dropship Spy team. This means that these influencers are safe to use for your product promotions on Instagram.
And you can even filter them based on which niche category you want to find the influencers to maximize your sales potential.
If you click the icon of any of these Instagram influencers, you will also be able to check their stats and prices. Look at this example below:
In this section of the Dropship Spy tool, you can search for any Instagram page you feel like and check their stats to figure out whether you want to use them or not for your dropshipping product promotions.
Needless to say, I am a fan of THE Man. But you can see how useful this feature would be if you had to research for the best Instagram influencers for your Shopify product promotions and high sales.
Dropship Spy lets you download product reviews from:
- Amazon US
- Amazon UK
This way, you can upload the best-looking and correctly readable English language product reviews for your Shopify product pages.
To download the product reviews, open the product page on any of the above 4 websites. Copy the URL link and paste it into the empty box that you see in the image above.
However, if you are targeting any other language audience, then, unfortunately, this feature won’t be of any use to you.
Dropship Spy, or any Shopify product research tool, can’t have data about every niche and product.
That’s why the Dropship Spy team provides you the option to request them to provide you with the necessary data for your particular niche and products at No Extra Cost.
Once you get the desired data, you can start using it to generate sales for your Shopify dropshipping store.
This is a superb way many companies use to promote their services without extra costs.
In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is when you promote a product to someone, and if they buy the product from your link (in an online environment), you get a percentage of the sale price as a thank you commission from the product seller.
After signing up on Dropship Spy, you can use the tracking link they provided and suggest to your friends and fellow dropshippers… to use this software.
If they sign up to Dropship Spy from your link within 60 days of clicking it, then you will earn a 35% share of the amount they will pay to the Dropship Spy company.
Isn’t that a fantastic way to easily make all your money back?
That’s not all! If that friend of yours also gets someone else to signup on to this website, then your friend will earn 35% commission, and you will also earn 5% commission of it without having to do anything.
But remember that all this happens only if you believe in this software… that it will help you generate more sales on your Shopify dropshipping store.
This is because if you don’t believe in it, how would your friend believe in you?
Facebook Engagement Calculator
Similar to the Instagram engagement calculator, you can use the Facebook engagement calculator tool to check the engagement score of a Facebook post and a Facebook Advert.
By using this feature, you’ll be able to make a better decision on whether the advertised dropshipping product is good to sell on your Shopify store or not.
Facebook Audience Builder
In this feature of the Dropship Spy tool, you can select the BEST targetable Facebook audiences according to the niche your Shopify products are in.
If you click on any of the above niches, you’ll see multiple lists of Facebook audiences that you can target together or use to narrow down your potential audience; however, you like it. Look at this example below:
Of course, I’ve hidden the lists because I don’t want to give them out for free as you can that it wouldn’t be fair for those who are actually paying for this service.
Dropship Spy Forum
Those of you who are already a member of some type of forum, then you’d understand their importance.
But if you didn’t know, Forums are the best place to get help from fellow service users. Forums are where you can talk to like-minded people to share and learn new things from each other.
So, if you need any help regarding Dropship Spy, you can go to any of the 4 places that are:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Live Chat Options
- Contact Page
- Dropship Spy Forum
And you’ll get your queries answered within 24 hours most of the time.
Dropship Spy Price – What A Bargain!
Dropship Spy subscription usually costs $49/month, but a limited-time special offer is running right now, claiming that you can get the same Dropship Spy subscription at merely $19/month. On a side note, you can save a little more if you decide to get the annual membership at $200/year.
I’m not 100% sure whether this code works anymore, but check if you can save an extra 10% on this price by using the code SAVE10 over here.
I’m sure you won’t find any other Shopify product research tool with all the features that Dropship Spy has at this fantastic price point.
It’s great that their team decided to replace the earlier features-based 3-tiered pricing plan structure with this 1 simple pricing plan, so you don’t feel confused about what pricing plan to choose.
Isn’t that amazing?
But you should know:
Dropship Spy tool doesn’t have any free trial for you to take a free test drive. But as you can see, this tool is pretty affordable to buy anyway.
Dropship Spy Payment System
Their billing system works according to the UK time (GMT +1). So, if you live outside of the United Kingdom, you may see the recurring payment charged on your card within 24 hours sooner or later than the date and time shown on the billing page inside your Dropship Spy Account.
Their team accepts payments through 3 formats at present:
- Debit Cards
- Credit Cards
Dropship Spy Alternatives
1. Dropship Spy vs ShopInspect
ShopInspect [review here] is something that I would consider a suitable alternative for Dropship Spy. It provides enough data to run Google ads on your dropshipping products. You also get more links and more data to work with on ShopInspect. But that being said, ShopInspect also costs more than twice the Dropship Spy.
2. Dropship Spy vs Ecomhunt
Although Ecomhunt [review here] is the best basic-level tool for beginners, it has its limitations as you rely entirely on their team to provide you with just 2 new products daily to test on your store.
On the other hand, Dropship Spy lets you do personalized research on the products and find as many products as you want there. The Instagram influencers database of Dropship Spy is also much more extensive than that of Ecomhunt.
3. Dropship Spy vs Pexda
Like Ecomhunt (better than Pexda), Pexda [review here] is also a product listing site instead of a complete research tool. In pricing, Dropship Spy is also cheaper than Pexda while providing you with multiple tools to let you research, spy, and analyze your options. This considerably increases your chances of winning.
Dropship Spy – Final Verdict
Overall, I’m really impressed with Dropship Spy, and from my experience till now, I can safely say:
Besides that, I had asked them also to provide an option to pay yearly so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of paying every month. But I don’t feel like they’ll actually do this. Anyways, not that big of a deal.
If you’re new to Shopify dropshipping or haven’t seen success yet, I recommend taking a test drive of this fantastic tool once and starting creating your Shopify store now (check here if they’re still giving away 90 days trial).