Some time last year I wrote are fairly long and detailed DHGate review, but since then the site has become more popular and added more features – and most importantly it has been discovered by some of the people who drop ship on their own e-commerce 'Shopify' sites.
The trend for people to set up their own Shopify stores and sell goods that are drop shipped directly from Chinese manufacturers and wholesalers (found on sites like DHGate and Ali Express) has not gone away – indeed it's stronger now than ever.
DHGate was discovered later than Ali Express by these re-sellers, mainly because the popular app for importing products and automating fulfilment (Oberlo) did not work with any site other than Ali Express at first.
However, there are more apps now, and as the market has become more competitive as well, re-sellers are looking for additional unique products and more sources that are still cheap and reliable – so DHGate has becomes more popular this year.
DHGate has some good features – namely a wide range of products, low prices and an effective rating system for sellers. However, there's still one really big negative – and this applies to Ali Express as well. Delviery from China is far too slow – that was true in 2017 and remains so in 2018 as well.