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 wholesaler/drop-shipper/supplier directories I've researched - namely Salehoo and Worldwide Brands. 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 Salehoo vs Worldwide Brands review above, which covers many questions. ****
What is Worldwide Brands?
Worldwide Brands is one of the largest directories of wholesalers and dropshippers online - there are over two million products listed from about 8,000 suppliers.
It's the only directory that's certified by eBay and before adding a supplier to their database they fully research them, including visiting the supplier's warehouse, and offer a guarantee that there are no scam suppliers.
I've written a comparison of Worldwide Brands and Salehoo above if you are interested in a more in depth analysis.
What is Salehoo?
It's also is a directory of wholesalers, drop shippers and liquidators. It's members only and all the suppliers listed have been screened by 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 above.
How many wholesalers are included in their directories?
As of 2016 there are currently about 8,000 wholesalers, drop shippers and liquidators in both Worldwide Brands and Salehoo's databases. They are a similar size and there will be some suppliers that are listed in both.
Are there any drop shipping spellers listed in Salehoo and Worldwide Brands as well?
Sale hoo is a directory of wholesalers, liquidators and drop-shippers and so is WWB. 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).
Doba, another similar service, lists dropshippers only.
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 an international base of suppliers, many in the US.
WWB is based in Florida and has targets both the US and other countries when adding suppliers.
In short, they both have suppliers from the US and other countries.
I'm new to selling online. Which is best - Salehoo or Worldwide Brands?
Salehoo is cheaper to join initially, at $67 a year, although you have to pay every year that you are a member so it can work out more expensive in the long term. Worldwide Brands is more expensive initially, at nearly $300, but that's for lifetime membership and there are no additional fees.
Both are leading wholesaler and dropshipper directories and both are fully legitimate and easy to use. They both have a similar number of suppliers, although many will be different.
Salehoo 'screens' suppliers before adding them to their database, and worldwide brands offer a guarantee that there are only fully legitimate suppliers in their list and are the only directory to be certified by eBay.
There are also video (and written) tutorials all about how to set up an online retail business in both.
I've written more about them both in my review of worldwide brands and salehoo here.
Are they all safe to buy from?
Salehoo screens suppliers to prevent scammers getting into the database. Worldwide brands research every supplier in depth and visit their facility, place test orders, etc. and guarantee the trustworthiness of all their suppliers.
In addition to this there is a rating system on both (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 compared to worldwide brands?
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.
World Wide Brands costs just under $300 for a lifetime membership.
Is there a monthly fee for either?
No - $67 is the annul fee for SH and $299 is the lifetime membership fee for WWB.
There are no monthly membership fees for access to the directory. You can also cancel either at any time - there is no long-term contract.
What's included for the membership fee?
Access to the whole (regularly updated) database of suppliers, access to the members forum, tutorial series and customer support is included in both. 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 for both.
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 Worldwide Brands is the only directory to be certified by eBay - it's also founded by a guy who is a successful author writing books about how to make money on eBay.
Are the Salehoo and WWB directories 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 - both are directories that connect you to sellers and do not require a business name or tax ID to use. Many of the people who buy through Salehoo and WWB are small/self-employed people selling online.
If these directories are so popular, won't 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 each directory, each selling hundreds or even thousands of products - so there are still opportunities to make a profit re-selling goods online or offline.
How established are Sale Hoo and Worldwide Brands?
Salehoo was founded in New Zealand in 2005 - over 10 years ago - and Worldwide Brands has been around even longer, from 1999. I have worked as an affiliate for both at different times.
Are there any alternatives to Salehoo?
Yes - their main competitor is WorldWide Brands, which has a slightly larger database but costs such more to join (over $200 more). It is also a good directory as well though.
Are there any alternatives to Worldwide Brands?
Yes - WWB's main competitor is Salehoo, which is cheaper to join initially but comes with an annual fee instead of one fee for lifetime membership.
Are there any other alternatives?
Doba is other leading service, and it's very good for dropshippers, but it only lists these - no wholesalers.
Would you recommend joining Salehoo or Worldwide Brands?
Both Salehoo and World Wide Brands are good quality databases of suppliers that provide a good service. Please read my review and comparison of both for more detail.