The first directories of wholesalers, manufacturers and drop-shippers were Worldwide Brands and Salehoo, but now many more have set up shop, like Ali Express and DH Gate.  Are any of them worth joining though – and can Worldwide Brands and Salehoo possibly justify their high membership fees when free alternatives like are available?

Supplier Directories – The Benefits

Directories like Worldwide Brands and Salehoo have two huge advantages over other sources of wholesalers and also when compared to looking manually for individual suppliers on search engines:

1. All of the suppliers in these directories are in one place, and so are not only easier to find, but as they are competing for customers the prices are often lower

2. All of the suppliers in Salehoo and World Wide Brands are fully certified as legitimate and reliable, so buying from them is risk free

These really are significant advantages – and reasons that a directory can justify charging as much as $300 for membership.  You could easily save that much with one bulk order due to the lower prices, or even simply because of risk free nature of buying from directory listed wholesalers or drop shippers instead of potential scams.

There are so many fake wholesalers that you could come across without the help of a directory, that even with the high membership costs, not using one could be far more expensive.

The cheapest option is Salehoo, which has an entry price of only $67 and lists more than 1.5 million products at trade prices from about 8,000 drop shippers and wholesalers around the world.