There are more than just a few alternatives to Worldwide Brands, from Salehoo to Doba, but are they actually better value for money – or is Worldwide Brands the original and best directory?
Worldwide Brands is certainly the largest directory of certified manufacturers, wholesalers and drop shippers, with more than 15 million products available at trade prices, and membership costs a rather hefty $299.
Salehoo is smaller and cheaper, but may still be worth looking into. With membership set at $67 per year it has a low entry barrier compared to Worldwide Brands, but has significantly fewer products – only 2.5 million instead of 15 million as of 2018. Salehoo comes with similar extras to Worldwide Brands, including forum access and support. It has more basic training than Worldwide Brands, but for the more in depth tutorials you will need to pay extra.
Finally, Doba is another alternative and is the most expensive at $29 a month. Unlike Worldwide Brands and Salehoo, Doba is not a directory – it's a drop shipping service. You can sign up, search for goods, then buy them and have them shipped direct to your customers. The only downside is that it only allows you to have goods drop shipped to US addresses, and costs a lot at $29 a month for membership.
Both Worldwide Brands and Salehoo are popular directories, and there are detailed Salehoo reviews all over the Internet. In this short post I'm just going to compare the key features of each – and hopefully offer some advice for anyone looking to join either directory.
Salehoo is a directory of about 6,800 certified drop-shippers and wholesalers with about one and a half million products available at trade prices to search through and buy directly from each supplier.
Membership to Salehoo costs $67 a year and for that you also get access to the forums and tools for market research.
Worldwide Brands is a similar directory to Salehoo, but with more suppliers (8,000+) and many more products (over 16 million) than Salehoo. Like Salehoo, all of the suppliers in Worldwide Brands are researched and certified as legitimate and it comes with the same extras.
Membership to the Worldwide Brands directory costs $299 (although there are $50 discounts) and that's for lifetime membership – there are no annual fees.
Value for Money
While Salehoo is initially the cheapest of the two, Worldwide Brands is cheaper in the long term as it has no recurring fees for membership.
Moreover, if you divide the price of membership by the number of products in each directory, Worldwide Brands works out to be much cheaper per wholesale product.