Salehoo Review 2018: Is Salehoo The Really Best Source For Drop Shippers and Wholesalers?
In this Salehoo review I’m going to start by explaining — in detail — what Salehoo offers, then what’s good and what’s bad about it and finally the alternatives.
But first, I want to explain why I’m even writing this review.
Last year I started my own e-commerce site, after years of selling on eBay. It’s gone well, especially as my niche (socks) has gone viral.
The hardest part of selling — on my store or eBay — wasn’t finding a niche, getting customers or even managing cash flow.
It was finding drop shippers that were cheap enough to sell on eBay but also reliable — so I didn’t have to deal with angry customers and refunds.
The first supplier I worked with was based in China and made good socks at low prices, but the shipping times to my customers in the USA and UK was so long I was getting 30% of my sales refunded.
Then I started to look at directories like Salehoo and Worldwide Brands, which is where I found the sort of drop shippers and wholesalers I was looking for.
I’ll come back to this later, but for now — back to my Salehoo review.
Salehoo Review: What is Salehoo?
Salehoo is a directory of about 8,000 wholesalers, liquidators, manufacturers and wholesalers and is based in New Zealand.
Salehoo’s staff screen suppliers before adding them to the Salehoo database, which helps to prevent scam suppliers getting in.
From the wholesalers in Salehoo there are about 1.6 million products for sale, at ‘wholesale prices’ — although like with other sites you may find them selling for about the same amount on eBay or Amazon.
Salehoo is not just a directory though — there are some extras as well. Membership costs $67 per year and comes with access to the forums and some basic tutorials about selling online (you need to pay more for the advanced ones).
There’s also a market research tool that might come in handy if you are not sure what niche to start up in.
Membership to Salehoo costs $67 a year — every year that you’re a member. There are additional costs if you want extras like the ‘Online Selling Tactics’ course, etc.
What’s Good About Salehoo?
Salehoo is one of the most popular sources of drop shippers and wholesalers online
There are over 8,000 suppliers and more than 1.6 million products listed in the Salehoo database, and all of them have been screened to weed out scam suppliers.
Salehoo comes with some great upsells too — such as market research tools and a detailed series of tutorials about selling on eBay
Salehoo has a low price to join initially at $67 per year
Salehoo Review: The Bad Points
Salehoo is a good directory, and it comes with some useful tools — but it lacks some key features too:
- Less competition among suppliers could mean higher prices for some products
- Has a lot of big brands, but not as many niche products
- Good customer support, but they don’t offer to go out and find suppliers for products that are not currently listed (only Worldwide Brands offers this)
- Membership fee ads up fast — $67 per year, every year you’re a member
- Lots of up sells that make it much ore expensive
The Top Alternative to Salehoo: Worldwide Brands
Although it has about the same number of suppliers as Salehoo (8,000) Worldwide Brands has nearly ten times as many products from drop shippers and wholesalers — more than 15 million as of 2018, with around 500k added every year.
Salehoo has only 1.6 million, so there are a lot of products that you’ll find in Worldwide Brands but not anywhere else.
Worldwide Brands is almost a ‘trade secret’ among the larger eBay sellers and independent e-commerce stores — and I’ll explain why.
With so many more products from suppliers competing for your business than any other directory, you’re more likely to find lower prices in Worldwide Brands.
It’s also the only directory that’s officially certified by eBay, and was founded in 1999 by an eBay Power seller, Chris Malta, who still owns Worldwide Brands today.
Worldwide Brands also focuses on suppliers in the United States and Canada, where it’s based, more than Salehoo does — although WWB does have many suppliers in the UK, Europe and China too.
Apart from the unmatched number of products, the other key advantage Worldwide Brands has over Salehoo (and others) is the level of research they put into suppliers before adding them to their directory.
Salehoo screen suppliers, but Worldwide Brands go in depth. They visit applicant supplier’s warehouses and make test orders to check they are real and reliable before listing them.
Worldwide Brands offers a full guarantee that all the suppliers in their database are legitimate and reliable to deal with — so buying from them is 100% risk free.
Back to my socks shop — this really was great, as before I’d had to deal with about 30% of my customers asking for refunds due to slow delivery or not receiving what they had ordered.
Since buying from a drop shipper I found on Worldwide Brands I’ve been able to reduce this to only 2%.
Finally, Worldwide Brands specialises in drop shippers and ‘light bulk’ wholesalers — in fact you can select to search only for products from these on their site.
Light bulk wholesalers are suppliers that have low minimum orders — and are especially friendly to new online businesses, which they specifically target as customers.
Buying from these means you can take advantage of the lower prices you get when buying in bulk, with a minimum order of only about $150+.
However, I’ve only bought from US-based drop shippers in Worldwide Brands — which there are many more of than I’ve seen elsewhere.
Just like Salehoo, Worldwide Brands comes with access to forums, market research tools and very responsive customer support — who will help you find suppliers if you don’t have time.
Their customer support even offer to find new suppliers if you can’t find what you’re looking for, which is why there are some very obscure niches covered by Worldwide Brands — again, that’s something you won’t find elsewhere.
The One Problem With Worldwide Brands
Worldwide Brands does sound great — and it’s by far the best directory whether you’re a new eBay seller of established business.
But there’s one problem with it: the cost of membership is $299.
Although that’s a one off fee, unlike Salehoo, and there are no hidden costs, that’s still a lot of money to invest.
However, there are discounts available — of up to $30.
Compared to Salehoo, in the long term Worldwide Brands works out cheaper — as there are no annual fees. And per product it’s much better value for money as it has 10x as many.
If you do decide to join Worldwide Brands instead of Salehoo, them be sure to use a discount code.
Worldwide Brands does have a 60 day money back guarantee — so you could try it and if you’re disappointed get your money back easily.
Salehoo Review: Conclusion
Salehoo is a good directory, but there is a much larger alternative that offers more products, more suppliers, more support and better long term value for money: Worldwide Brands.
With about 10x as many products as Salehoo and a one off membership fee with no extra or hidden costs, Worldwide Brands offers much better value for money than Salehoo in my opinion.
Although initially more expensive at $299, when I joined I Worldwide Brands I thought of it as in investment to get a wider range of socks to sell, lower prices and drop shippers that were local and could ship much faster — and that’s exactly what I found.
Worldwide Brands has many more products available to have drop shipped in the United States and around the world than anywhere else — all from suppliers that are guaranteed to be reliable.
Worldwide Brands is also the only directory to be officially certified by eBay, and was founded by Chris Malta — an eBay power seller as far back as the 90s.
With more products from certified drop shippers and ‘light bulk’ wholesalers than anywhere else, you have a much better chance of finding what you’re looking for at the lowest price in Worldwide Brands.
Search for wholesale products on the WWB site here.
Worldwide Brands has everything that Salehoo offers and more, and there’s a 60 day money back guarantee, so you can try them and just get a refund if you’re disappointed.