While there's no shortage of very long and detailed Worldwide Brands reviews all over the Internet, there are not many that explain how easy (or difficult) it can be to find suppliers in the popular directory. In this article I want to explain some of the features of Worldwide Brands and how you can use them to find reliable suppliers with low (or no) minimum order requirements.
Worldwide Brands has over 8,000 suppliers – and more than 70% of them are willing to drop ship, with about 50% being pure play drop shippers. In addition to this, many more suppliers will sell in light bulk, which means they have low minimum orders – usually about $100.
Finding suppliers is easy – you can search by the category or product name/description using the search bar. To filter out the suppliers that do not drop ship (or supply in light bulk) just select these as options on the left of the search results page.
From here you can view the contact details of each supplier and contact them all directly.
This is less convenient than sites like DHGate, where you can buy online through the official site from various suppliers at once, but it does give you the opportunity to build a relationship with each supplier and negotiate down prices.
As two of the most popular sources of suppliers, Worldwide Brands (this Worldwide Brands review explains the directory in more detail) and Ali Express are close competitors – but the services they offer are very different when looked at in detail.
Worldwide Brands is a basic directory of certified suppliers – it's not very functional but it does have a very large amount of contacts. This, along with the fact that all their suppliers are certified, are it's key advantages – there are more than 7,000 verified wholesalers and drop shippers and more than ten million curated products available to buy from Worldwide Brands.
Worldwide Brands membership costs $299, but there are discounts available – and it comes with extras including forum membership and 'how to sell on eBay' tutorials.
Ali Express is different to Worldwide Brands in two ways – first of all none of the suppliers are researched or certified and so there is no guarantee that they are safe to buy from.
Secondly, you are able to buy from any seller through the Ali Express site. That makes buying through Ali Express much easier than Worldwide Brands.
Although Ali Express is much easier to use and has more products to buy than Worldwide Brands – it lacks two key things that make Worldwide Brands popular.
With Worldwide Brands all the suppliers are verified as safe to deal with and as they are mostly based in the USA, shipping is much faster with WWB than Ali Express.
Worldwide Brands is the original directory – founded by an eBay 'Power Seller' in Florida in 1999, it has the strongest links with the popular online marketplace, being the only directory that's fully certified by eBay and by far the largest in terms of products. Worldwide Brands lists about 8,600 suppliers and more than sixteen million wholesale products, the largest of any directory by far.
Salehoo, by comparison, has a similar number of wholesalers and drop-shippers, but significantly fewer products – only about 1-2 million at any one time.
Both Salehoo and Worldwide Brands check all of their suppliers before listing them. Salehoo's team refer to this process as "screening" and Worldwide Brands as "certification" but it's the same thing in practice – all of the suppliers in both directories are legitimate and guaranteed to be reliable to buy from.
The cost of joining Salehoo and Worldwide Brands varies a lot though – while Salehoo costs only $67, Worldwide Brands costs nearly $300. However, Salehoo's $67 is an annual fee while Worldwide Brands is a one off membership fee, so in the long term Salehoo works out to be more expensive – but only if you remain a member for 5 or more years.
Which offers the best value for money though? Well, although Worldwide Brands is more expensive at first, in the long term it's cheaper – and per product listed it's much cheaper even from the start.
People need clothes for everyday use and they buy new ones every other few months for a couple of reasons. First is that as an additional to their wardrobe specially when an occasion has come up or they loved the design of those they found. Another as replacement for older ones specially when they grow taller or bigger and the previous shirts do not fit.
This is why having a clothing business is a good investment as long as you have the patience and passion in doing this. Buying stocks for your venture is essential, so when you do, buy wholesale brand name apparel instead of purchasing them individually. This allows you to save some money because their prices are lower.
So first, you must find a wholesaler where you can make these purchases for your retail stores that you will be establishing. Do this through searching the internet of those that are selling clothes in wholesale and find out which ones could deliver on your area. This is important since some are only doing business to certain areas.
Another way to find them is through the suggestions from your friends and relatives who happen to know a company that does this. They might have their own retails store and are willing to help you set yours up by providing their source. Or they have found that information in different ways or just randomly.
Other ways in finding them include attending trade shows, checking out trade magazines and talking to brand manufacturers. Wholesalers may attend these trade shows making them a great venue for your search and there are useful apps which could help you in locating the nearest one for you. While magazines have advertisements posted on them.
Talking with brand manufacturers directly is possible though they only sell in high volumes normally and you might not need that much yet. But they could suggest a wholesaler to you or distributors which will sell in wholesale still. These entities are selling to small businesses after they have bought the clothes from the manufacturers.
Check these companies out and learn more about them as much as you could so you would know how trustworthy and reputable these are. Find out what others stores are getting their supplies from them to have an idea on their trustworthiness. This is because these shops will not continue to buy from them without trusting them.
Another is to know what others are saying about them which is possible by reading the reviews written by their clients. These are available in websites dedicated to these stuffs and most of them have a rating system for easier ranking. Higher ratings are usually those with more satisfied clients and are normally the better choice.
Ask the potential supplier that you have found for their order processing time, return policies and volume discounts. Be prepared in negotiating delivery schedules, pricing terms and minimum order quantities before you sign the contract with them. Make sure to add these revisions on your agreement and let your attorney review them before signing.