If you are an eBay seller like I am, then you are probably always looking for new products to sell, right? I know I am. My store and auctions mainly feature camping and outdoor items such as tents, stoves, fire starters, and other items. However, I have been trying to find new places to find products and wholesalers of goods to expand my inventory, and also to expand my income from eBay.
Finding wholesalers and dropshippers can be a HUGE pain in the rear. There is so much false information out there and different companies who call themselves “wholesalers” but all they really did is buy from a true wholesaler, mark up the items a small percentage, and then sell to people like you and me who think we are getting a great deal.
Until recently, I have had to sift through all the false information out there to find some real suppliers or take chances trying websites like Alibab.com to find reliable suppliers.
Now, with the discovery of SaleHoo.com, things have become a bit better. SaleHoo.com is similar to the other websites out there that provide you with a listing of different wholesalers and dropshippers in different industries, but they take it a few steps further! Their business model focuses on multiple areas besides just providing basic listings: product sourcing, software and researching tools, education, a community base, and providing excellent customer service.
SaleHoo.com is owned and operated by SaleHoo Group Limited, based in New Zealand. SaleHoo is one of the largest wholesale directors on the Internet and one of the first to offer international wholesale contacts to its member base. SaleHoo Group was started in 2005 by Simon Slade and Mark Ling, both entrepreneurs, and now services over 50,000 retailers and eBay sellers.
A Sneak Peak Inside The Members Area
SaleHoo has a very nicely designed members area that allows you to easily access your information and get down to business by searching wholesalers and doing your research.
From the members area you can easily:
- Look for suppliers
- Research new products
- Look at your favorite suppliers
- Look at your favorite searches
- Get instant news and supplier updates
- Visit/Search the Forum
Searching SaleHoo is very easy. They have broken down their suppliers into 18 different categories and then broken them down even further. You can either search by category and sift through the different pages or you can just enter your keyword and look through the different suppliers that pop up. One of the neat features that SaleHoo offers, which I feel sets it apart from its competition, is a “Market Research Lab”. This area lets you enter a search term such as DVD Player and will provide you with information on: current eBay prices, current advertisements, eBay competition, and the demand. Although the research and analysis lab is in Beta, it is still putting out good and relevant information to the eBay seller.
The Learning and Training Center is a great resource for the new eBay seller or the young entrepreneur that is just starting to get into the business of wholesaling and dropshipping. They have a lot of different information on finding and sourcing products, importing and exporting, preventing scams, setting up a business, eBay selling, and some of the top tools to use.
So, how many people are using SaleHoo you ask? They provide live stats within the members area, which at the time of this posting, read: 46,883 members, 11,955 category listings, 644 supplier reviews, and 26,904 member comments. Not too shabby for launching in 2007!
Now, you are probably wondering how much it costs. Well, that’s a good question. And here is the answer – $67.00 for a lifetime membership.
Now, I am usually not a fan of paying for information that could be found on the internet for free, however, SaleHoo provides a great service to quickly connect you with a ton of possible suppliers for any item category you may be searching for. Even if it takes you a little while to find the right supplier and get your products selling, once you start turning a profit, it all becomes worth it. This is an investment that I would recommend making if you are wanting to get serious about selling on eBay or through your own website.
Any readers out there had experiences using SaleHoo? I would love to hear about them.