I've seen a lot of questions online, so I've started to put together what I hope will the be the most comprehensive and helpful FAQ about the Salehoo wholesaler/drop-shipper/supplier directory here. It's a work in progress, so if you have any questions that I've missed, please leave a comment below and I'll try my best to answer it as fast as I can.
**** Please note I've written a review of Salehoo above, which covers many questions. ****
What is Salehoo?
Salehoo is a directory of wholesalers, drop shippers and liquidators. It's members only and all the suppliers listed have been screened by the staff at Salehoo to prevent scams getting into the directory.
It's useful for self employed people, business owners, re-sellers, etc. looking for a searchable (by product, category, name, etc.) database of low priced wholesalers. There are a number of tools to help finding the right supplier, I've written more about this here in my review of Salehoo.
How many wholesalers are included in the directory?
As of 2016 there are currently over 8,300 wholesalers, drop shippers and liquidators in Salehoo's database of screened suppliers.
Are there any drop shipping spellers listed in Salehoo as well?
Yes, sale hoo is a directory of wholesalers, liquidators and drop-shippers. There are many suppliers that offer drop-shipping and although some wholesalers have minimum orders there are also a lot who don't or that have very low minimums (under 5 units, many minimums are only 1 unit).
How suppliers many are there in each country - e.h. the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, etc?
Salehoo is based in New Zealand and it has a very international base of suppliers. Of course, the USA is the main country that the suppliers work with, as it's so large, but there are good numbers in other major economies around the world too - such as the UK, Canada, Australia and of course New Zealand.
Many suppliers are based in China (which helps them to have low prices), but ship internationally.
I'm new to selling online, is Salehoo a good starting point?
Yes - their directory of suppliers could save you a lot of time and their support service give good advice.
There are also video (and written) tutorials all about how to set up an online retail business.
Are they all safe to buy from?
Salehoo screens suppliers to prevent scammers getting into the database, that's one of the reasons that while large their list isn't as big as what you might find on free unmoderated sites. It does mean that the quality of the suppliers is higher though
In addition to this there is a rating system (like on eBay) for each supplier, so if you are worried about scams then you can just trade with suppliers who have good customer feedback.
How much does Sale Hoo cost?
Salehoo membership comes with an annual fee of $67. For this you get full access to the wholesaler/dropshipper database, market research tools, forums, support and tutorials.
Is there a monthly fee?
No - $67 is the annul fee and there are no monthly membership fees for access to the directory. You can also cancel at any time - there is no long-term contract.
What's included for the $67 membership fee?
Access to the whole database of 8,000+ (also regularly updated) suppliers, access to the members forum, tutorial series, customer support and product research tools. I've written more about this in my review here.
Is there a refund policy?
Yes - you can request a refund for any reason within the first 60 days after purchasing.
Are there any free trials?
Not currently, but with a 60 day money back guarantee you can join and if you're not satisfied get your money back at any point in the first two months.
Are the prices low enough to re-sell online, or on eBay?
In many cases yes - but it depends on the product and supplier. There are a lot of profitable items that you can buy through the SH directory and sell online, even on eBay. Some products, e.g. electronics, will be competitive though so you may need to negotiate with the supplier more to get a lower price (can be done) or if you are looking for larger margins, pick a less competitive niche.
Salehoo is part of the eBay developers program, and offers guides and tutorials about how to successfully sell on eBay - so it's very much a product for eBay sellers.
Is the Salehoo directory useful for offline business too?
Yes of course! It all depends on the product, but the directory is extensive. The margins may even be much higher when selling offline.
Do I need a Tax ID?
No - salehoo is a directory that connects you to sellers and does not require a business name or tax ID to use. Some sellers may requite a business name, etc. to register but these are in the minority - most of the people who buy through Salehoo are small/self-employed people selling online.
If Salehoo is so popular, wont all the profitable nice be saturated?
Some will be competitive, especially popular line like electronics and computer games on eBay, but there are over 8,000 suppliers in the directory, each selling hundreds or even thousands of products - so there are still opportunities to make a profit re-selling goods online or offline.
If you want to get an edge on the competition, then I'd recommend joining 'Online Selling Tactics' which is a complete training course and resource for selling online, made for newbie online sellers by the founders of Salehoo.
How established is Sale Hoo?
Salehoo was founded in New Zealand in 2005 - over 10 years ago - and I first started working with them as an affiliate in 2008. It's been around a long time.
Are there any alternatives to Salehoo?
Yes - their main competitor is WorldWide Brands, which has a larger database of suppliers but costs such more to join (over $200 more). It is also a good directory as well though.
Salehoo is nearly as big and much cheaper than most of it's competitors.
Would you recommend joining Salehoo?
Yes - it is one of the largest and most diverse directories of wholesalers, drop shippers, etc. online. I've written a more in depth salehoo review here.