There are many ways to find suppliers online, and one of the most popular is to join a directory of wholesalers and dropshippers – like Salehoo or Worldwide Brands (There are a number of Worldwide Brands reviews online – just search on Google). But I want to talk about the alternative methods first.
The risk of finding wholesalers online
It's not hard to find wholesalers and other suppliers online – but it is more of a challenge to find reliable and legitimate ones. The top result for a search like 'garden furniture wholesaler' will not always be the cheapest or most reliable, and it can be hard to search for and compare the products they offer, as they will not all be listed online.
Are directories better?
Yes. Although it costs quite a lot of money to be a member of a wholesale directory like Salehoo or Doba, which cost $67 per year and $59.95 a month respectively, the cost can be worth it in two ways:
1. All the suppliers in directories are checked and verified by the directory editor before being added, so there are no scams – this can save you a lot of time and money.
2. With so many products and wholesalers to compare side by side there is a lot of competition, which drives prices down. The price of goods sourced from a directory will often be cheaper than a wholesaler you've just found on Google.
So, in summary, I believe that directories like Worldwide Brands and Salehoo are the best places to find all kinds of wholesalers – including those of home and garden products.