Both Salehoo and Worldwide Brands are directories of suppliers (many Worldwide Brands reviews on the Internet will explain the details and differences), but how well do they work compared to one another – and new tools like DHGate and Ali Express, which are designed to make ordering from drop shippers and wholesalers around the world easier?
Worldwide Brands and Salehoo
Worldwide Brands is a large directory of certified suppliers – both drop shippers and wholesalers – all of which are researched and guaranteed to be reliable. Many are based in the United States, and offer fast shipping at a low cost and easy returns.
There is a membership fee for both though – and they are quite expensive, although they do come with tools for market research and support, which can be useful.
DHGate and Ali Express
These are marketplaces for Chinese wholesalers to sell their goods internationally. You can buy in bulk and there are no minimum orders (many suppliers will drop ship – but beware of the long shipping times) or membership fees.
The problem with these sites is that the suppliers are not verified in any way, and there are no guarantees that they will be reliable – you just have to rely on the reviews of other users and try them out. Both Worldwide Brands and Salehoo offer access to certified suppliers – something that free resources cannot afford to match.