- 1 What is dropshipping?
- 2 How do dropshipping directory sites work?
- 3 SaleHoo
- 4 Alibaba
- 5 Jungle Scout suppliers database
- 6 Oberlo
- 7 DH Gate
- 8 Spocket
- 9 Wolrd Wide Brands
- 10 Doba
- 11 Made-in-China
- 12 Inventory Source
- 13 Wholesale2B
- 14 AliExpress
- 15 How do I find dropshipping suppliers?
- 16 Tips for dropshipping success
When you decide to get started with e-commerce, dropshipping is an attractive option as suppliers can fulfill your orders without having to stock, package, and ship stock. However, difficulties arise when trying to make it profitable because there are so many people doing business with dropshipping and so there is little to compete on other than price.
To compete and make decent profits the key is to choose the best place to source products from, so having a good dropshipper that delivers on time, is competitively priced and that you can trust will drastically change your chances of success.
Below is an overview of the different ways you can get dropshipping suppliers and some of the best dropshipping directories.
What is dropshipping?
Essentially, it is a method of purchasing and fulfillment where the online seller does not have to store, package or ship their products, they purchase products from suppliers only when a transaction takes place. This eliminates the risk of buying products that cannot be exchanged.
How do dropshipping directory sites work?
Dropshipping directories are databases that allow you to search for suppliers and/or products. Some offer monthly research reports, others create listings automatically on marketplaces, and others allow you to integrate your suppliers into their system.
Within the directory, you can view details about each supplier to help you make comparisons and get a high-level overview.
Presents users with a detailed directory of over 8,000 dropshipping suppliers and over 1.6 million products, all of which are pre-verified.
Features a searchable supplier database that allows you to quickly compare and contrast by accessing the platform’s market research labs.
It has an excellent customer support and a thriving community around the blog and forum.
On the downside, it doesn’t have a free trial and the training can be overwhelming for new drop shippers. But they do offer a 60-day money-back guarantee.Go to Salehoo
Pay an annual fee of $67 to access the SaleHoo directory, and if you want SaleHoo to create an online store for you, pay an additional $27 per month.
A classic when it comes to sourcing from China. Alibaba has a huge directory of manufaturers and suppliers classified and sortable by their reviews, pricing, minimum order quantity.
If you are sourcing from Amazon, you have two great tools to search for suppliers on Alibaba:
- Aliprice: a free Chrome Extension empowering you to search by images and find the product on Alibaba, Taobao, Tmall, Aliexpress, 1688, Made-In-China.com…
- Helium 10 X-Ray tool: you can search for any product on the Alibaba database from the free Chrome Extension
The charges are on the seller, so you don’t have to worry, the account is free
Jungle Scout suppliers database has a lot of manufacturers classified by Country of origin and searchable per ASIN, company, supplier or product name.
To me, is a must to determine wether a manufacturer is trustable or not, because you can see all the orders placed by another Jungle Scout users. Which leads me to the next step on the way: be careful if you find a manufacturer with lots of orders, that’d mean that lots of competitors are sourcing from the same factory.Go to JS Supplier Database
The Suppliers Database is included both on Suite ($49/month) and Professional ($84/month) plans
Oberlo is another great alternative if you want to dropship directly from your Shopify store whenever an order is placed.
Works like Salehoo, you just connect Oberlo to your Shopify sotre (Oberlo was acquired by Shopify years ago) and source the products. Then you can import the products directly to your Shopify store and mofidy the names, descriptions and, of course, pricings.
Whenever an order is placed, you just order the product back from Alibaba or Aliexpress and the manufacturer will send it to your customer.Go to Oberlo
Oberlo has 2 pricing tiers
- 500 products
- Chrome extension to add products from AliExpress
- Unlimited orders
- Variant mapping
Boss Plan $29,90 / month
- 30,000 products
- Unlimited monthly orders
- Oberlo Chrome extension
- Variant mapping
- Bulk orders
- Shipment tracking
- Multiple staff accounts
- Affiliate program
- CAPTCHA solver
Another great China site to find manufacturers and suppliers especially if you are looking for technology products but, of course, you can find more categories:
- Cell Phones
- Health & Beauty
- Shoes & Accessories
- Home & Garden
- Toys & Gifts
- Baby & Kids
- Local Warehouse
- Jewelry & Watches
- Formal Events
- Hair & Styling
- Fashion Accessories
If you are a buyer, the account is free, the charges and fees are for the seller.
Spocket is a web based dropshipping service you can connect to your Shopify, Bigcommerce, Wix, SquareSpace and other storefronts. Just like Oberlo, you can upload your catalogue to the shop to sell directly there or even upload it to Amazon (manually).
Spocket is trusted by +60.000 dropshippers world wide and features exclusive products, some of them manufactured on the UK or Australia, so you don’t just have Chinese or Indian manufactured products. The fact that they have exclusive products is also a win, because you are not just selling what everyone can find on Alibaba.
The product’s quality is also better than what you can usually find on similar services such as VidaXL or BestBuy so, to me, this is one of the best places to source unique products.Go to Spocket
There are 4 pricing tiers, from forever free to the Empire Plan ($99,99 / month), including access to 10,000 unique products, 10,000 premium products, Branded invoicing and Chat support. There’s a 14 day free trial available. No credit card needed.
The oldest directory for dropdshipping. It has more than 8,000 suppliers, all of whom are vetted before being added to the site. Its vetting process involves meeting suppliers face-to-face at trade shows and visiting their factories to find out if they are legitimate.
Although he only charges a one-time lifetime membership, the $299 price tag may be too expensive for new drop shippers.
The search function, allows you to get detailed supplier information. There are more than 1.8 million products listed under global brands in all kinds of niches and its interface is really simple. On top of that, some listed suppliers have high minimum orders which can reduce profits if you don’t buy many products at once.Go to WW Brands
One of the largest directories in the world, it acts as an intermediary between you and suppliers. It has over two million products listed in the directory that are shipped by around 200 different suppliers and integrates with all major e-commerce platforms.
You can access reports to compare supplier costs and shipping processes, and it lets you know when a supplier is running out of a specific product or if a product description has changed in any way.Go to Doba
Doba’s basic plan costs $29 per month. More expensive plans provide access to features such as Amazon data export and batch order uploading, and its customer service is a big selling point.
Yet another China site where you can find suppliers and manufacturers and great pricings. TO be honest, I haven’t placed an order there, so I can’t judge, but they’ve been around since forever, so I guess the service is great.Go to Made in China
As you will see, their categories are based on the B2B side, not on the B2C:
- Processing Machinery
- Consumer Electronics
- Industrial Equipment
- Electrical & Electronics
- Construction & Decoration
- Light Industry & Daily Use
- Auto, Motorcycle Parts & Accessories
- Apparel & Accessories
- Lights & Lighting
- Sporting Goods & Recreation
- Arts & Crafts
- Health & Medicine
- Packaging & Printing
- Computer Products
If you are a buyer, the account is free, the charges and fees are for the seller.
Allows you to browse over a million products from more than 180+ suppliers and can integrate with major e-commerce sites.
You can export product descriptions and images directly to your site or, if you don’t have a site, you can create one for yourself. If you have multiple suppliers and you can link them all into one feed, and the backend is specifically configured to help make sales.
You can access the directory for free in the Directory Plan, you will be able to view suppliers, preview product feeds, access supplier contact information, and search for individual products.Go to Inventory Source
If you want full access, you will need to subscribe to the Inventory Automation plan for $50 per month or the Full Automation package for $150 per month.
Provides access to over a million products from over 100 suppliers, with an integrated system that works with most major e-commerce marketplaces. You can browse a niche-filtered directory, the platform will automatically sync stock information with your store to keep inventory levels and product details up to date.
Wholesale2B pricing plans differ depending on the e-commerce platform you are using. For example, using Wholesale2B with eBay or Amazon costs $37.99 per month, while Shopify, BigCommerce, and WooCommerce cost $29.99 per month.
On the downside, it’s very difficult to contact the platform by phone or email, and it also doesn’t offer particularly advanced performance analytics.Go to Wholesale2B
AliExpress is not a dropshipping directory, but drop shippers often use it to search for suppliers and buy products. It is a marketplace with a wide range of products at competitive prices.
Using AliExpress has more of an online arbitrage approach than true dropshipping. Listings generally include high-quality photos as well as up-to-date product descriptions.
When a customer orders a product from you, you simply order the product on AliExpress and put the customer’s address in the delivery details. This wildcard makes the process easier for new dropshippers who are on tight budgets and want to test the waters.
The downside is that since items are often shipped from overseas, shipping times can be much longer than other drop shipping sources.
If you are a buyer, the account is free, the charges and fees are for the seller.Go to Aliexpress
How do I find dropshipping suppliers?
There are several ways to obtain suppliers depending on what you want to sell and how you want to sell it.
1. Contact the manufacturer
Talking on the phone directly with the manufacturer helps separate legitimate dropshipping suppliers from those who are just in it for the quick buck.
If you already know what products you want to sell, you can request a list of wholesale suppliers that you can then contact to find out if they ship direct. Then all that’s left is to set up an account with your chosen supplier.
Another advantage of this is that you can quickly get a selection of relevant products in your area.
2. Use Google
You can try doing targeted searches to find the best dropshipping suppliers. Use words like “resellers”, “mass” and “distributor” instead of just “[product] wholesaler” to refine your results, but it may take some time to go through all your options.
Wholesalers are notoriously bad at marketing their business, which means you may need to sift through a few pages of results to find a specific wholesaler’s website.
3. Go to trade shows
These events allow you to connect with key suppliers in a specific market, allowing you to network and do your research in one place.
This is best suited to vendors who have already decided on a niche or product, but if you have the resources to attend, it can take a lot of the hassle out of the research process.
4. Stalk your competition
Chances are you’re not the only drop shipper in your market, but this gives you the advantage of discovering the best suppliers in your industry.
Your rivals are unlikely to tell you who they use, so you can start by finding a dropshipping competitor and placing a small order with them. This will allow you to Google the return address which will reveal the company that shipped the product. You will then be able to quickly find a dropshipping supplier that you can contact.
5. Find a directory site
Directory sites are one of the easiest ways to analyze hundreds (or even thousands) of dropshipping suppliers in one place. They are databases that are organized by market, niche or product, and usually apply some sort of screening process to make sure they only include legitimate dropshipping suppliers. Only, usually, these directories charge a fee to access the database.
Tips for dropshipping success
- Know your niche: so you can focus on high selling, high profitability items and dominate certain markets.
- Test your product: if the product is not good enough, customers will not come back, so it is important to make sure your product is of high quality and exactly as your store describes it.
- Don’t limit your suppliers: different suppliers offer different advantages. Test different options to see which ones fit best with your business model.
- Add value: to make your store stand out, write your product descriptions and present them in a different way than other stores.
- Automate the process: When you start receiving bulk orders, it can be a chore to manually place orders with your suppliers. To make it easier, automate the process.
Dropshipping gives e-commerce sellers the flexibility they need to build a business from scratch. There’s no need to stock products, buy packaging, or even ship products.
It can be the perfect way to dive into the world of e-commerce and for this, there are many ways to succeed, the common denominator is choosing the right suppliers!