Many of us may have came across it before, one of the most popular international wholesaler’s directories. As an active user for over 2 years I decided to write this Salehoo review and share with you my experience with this company. As a seller on eBay and Amazon for over 5 years I’ve been always on a look for new products to sell, find new suppliers and discover new niches to make some money online. The market is constantly changing, new trends appear and at some point what was once profitable is no longer worth selling.
Eventually I ended up, like many others, using Google to help me with this quest. Among others, one of the sites on top of the list that caught my attention was Salehoo. As I always do before making a purchasing decision I did a bit of research and found many reviews about this company, both positive and negative. Ultimately I decided to give it a try since it was cheaper than the other sites selling similar services. That was more than 2 years ago, a time when eBay policies were changing and sellers were more and more pressed to provide a better service to their customers. Below I describe my opinion about this service after using their services. I hope that Salehoo review will help you in making a decision in whether to give it a try or not.
Salehoo is a company founded in 2005 by New Zealand- born entrepreneurs Simon Slade and Mark Link that offers a global trading platform between wholesalers and retailers. Salehoo has of the largest directories of wholesalers, dropshippers and liquidators from all over the world that makes it so much valuable for those looking to work with companies from the same country or continent. Salehoo Group Limited has offices both in New Zealand and USA. It is estimated that over 90 000 retailers and eBay sellers are using their services.
Upon checking their website their main they promise access to over 8000 genuine suppliers and 1600000 million products at genuine wholesale prices. Beside the main wholesalers directory you will notice a few other features their website offers, some for free and others available upon paying to become a user. You can get an idea about what they offer by browsing thru their Sellers Training Center, eCommerce Blog or the Community Forum, all being available to read without having to pay any fees. Below you can read my honest Salehoo review about the features available after I joined their site, a decision that I never came regret.
Salehoo Wholesalers’ Directory
Once I was given full access I went straight for the main feature, the wholesalers directory. As with most of the other directories available on the Internet, they are structured on various categories, from antiques and collectibles to baby gear, fashion products, Video Gaming and much more. These suppliers are a mix of companies offering one or more of these services: wholesale, drop shipping, liquidations, close outs or customer returns. What you will notice is that all these companies have their own website and you will have contact them directly, create an account and provide all the info they need from you to start being in business with them.
That being said I remember coming across some Salehoo review on a forum where a user considered Salehoo a “scam” because they list suppliers that you can basically find on Google. This is quite absurd from my point of view since the value of getting a Salehoo membership stands in getting all these verified suppliers in one place without spending hours finding them and ask around if they are good or not. There are over seven million search results on Google when searching for “wholesaler’s directories”. On the other hand any serious supplier will have a website, it is a basic need for any business nowadays.
The initial individual presentation of the suppliers on Salehoo includes, among others, where are they based, international selling availability, minimum amount available to purchase, the supplier type, if you need a reseller /Tax ID or not, how many years they have been around and how many on Salehoo’s directory. I found all this info quite useful to be structured aside of the in depth review of the supplier as I could move on to the ones who fit my initial requirements.
A big part of the value Salehoo is providing and it makes is distinct from other directories is the extended individual presentation of each company and the in-depth review given by someone from their staff (usually a power seller on eBay) from dealing directly with that wholesaler. These reviews of the suppliers seem quite honest as you’ll find both pros and cons about each one, things to expect when you may be dealing with them. You will have to open account and provide them with your business information for most of these suppliers in order to work with them.
One of the extra bonuses that come with a membership is the possibility of posting on their forum. This is available to check out to some extent without joining so you can do that to get an idea about the support the staff at Salehoo provides. That’s is because the community forum looks like a place where members ask a question and mainly the staff answers the questions with little input from other members. I guess this is normal since good suppliers are hard to find and very few are willing to share their findings. The good thing is that Salehoo members always answer questions and they guide you to make the next move. When I opened a topic one of their guys responded to my question the next day, good enough for me. There are thousands of posts and topics, a lot of info to absorb.
Market Research Lab
This is a simple tool available to members only to help get an idea on how successful or competitive certain niches or products are. The market research lab uses Terapeak results. The information given by this feature is quite limited, to make an in-depth and more comprehensive analysis you will need to get full access from Terpeak which has a 1 week trial period, definitely worth to check out.
Seller training center and the eCommerce Blog
Other free features that you can check out without any membership are the Seller Training Center and the eCommerce Blog, both with a series of articles with a lot of valuable information, especially for those that are the beginning of their road of dealing with wholesalers or dropshippers, start selling on eBay or Amazon or getting their new website started. There are a few bonus articles for members in the Training Center but I found little new information for me here as I was on eBay and had my own website for a while at the time when I signed up. Personally I have been following the blog, I found over the years interesting tips that helped me change my perspective on certain aspects of the eCommerce world. Since trends come and go every year is good to hear the thoughts of some established eBay power sellers once in a while.
Is Salehoo Worth It?
It’s important to understand that you get with a Salehoo membership. Many expect to find immediately wholesalers or drop shippers that offer super low prices to be sold on eBay, Amazon or other sites. The reality is that there is a lot of research needed to get to the point where you will be successful as a reseller.
Salehoo is useful when you identified your niche and you have a good understanding of what you are looking for. Their insights on the over 8000 suppliers provided is the true value that I found on this site, it helped me save some time in dealing with bad companies.
In my opinion, at the price of $67, Salehoo is the best deal for a trustworthy wholesalers directory available today. They offer 60 days money back guaranteed so if you are not happy with what you find on their site you can ask for your money back.
Salehoo Review Conclusion
Salehoo helped me find some great partners for my online business venture. You will not get rich right after getting their membership but you will certainly get one step closer to be a successful reseller. If you are ready to do your research and be persuasive in approaching the best suppliers you can be one of the successful members from all over the world that made it work for them. I hope my Salehoo review helped you get a better idea about their services. Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have, I am an active member and I am willing to help as mush as I can.