Shopify is a popular e-commerce platform and Worldwide Brands is one of the leading sources of wholesalers and drop shippers in the United States – it is, in fact, the largest source of wholesale products from certified suppliers anywhere.
Setting up a store using both Shopify and Worldwide Brands, instead of Ali Express, is not easy though – certainly not as easy as importing and fulfilling through an app like Dropified or Oberlo. If you want to find products on Worldwide Brands, after paying the $299 membership fee, you can search their database of 16 million products really easily.
However, you need to contact each supplier individually on the telephone, email or their own web sites if you want to buy anything from them. That means managing all of you inventory and fulfilment manually – very manually.
But sometimes it can be worth the extra effort. The suppliers listed in Worldwide Brands are much more reliable than those that may be found on Ali Express – or other Chinese marketplaces like DHGate. They are all researched, certified and guaranteed to be reliable.
As there are so many products from suppliers that the team at Worldwide Brands have gone out looking for, there will be many items not available on other sites. Perhaps most importantly of all, many of the suppliers in Worldwide Brands are based in the USA too – which means delivery will be much faster.
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.