Can Salehoo Really Help You Succeed?
It's now time for Salehoo Review V3, the 2019 Version.
In this Salehoo review, we are going to cover a few topics, mainly the features of Salehoo, the good parts, the not so good parts (there are always some) and what alternatives there are because there are a few. We will also cover the main question, can Salehoo really help you succeed and is it the best source of DropShipping products.
One of the greatest difficulties I had when learning how to run an e-commerce site, from selling on Amazon to eBay and eventually DropShipping was trying to find decent suppliers.
I would spend hours, or sometimes days trying to a supplier who would be decent, or who could actually sell the items that I was after. It was harder than you’d think.
When I moved towards DropShipping, I had to find more consistent suppliers, rather than relying on eBay sellers who were flogging their stuff off.
One of the main aches for eCommerce entrepreneurs who DropShip or sell on Amazon and eBay is trying to find that wholesaler or supplier who isn't going to dupe you out of your inventory or send you fake products.
For most entrepreneurs, or at least most DropShippers will get their items from sites such as AlIExpress or even Wish these days. They are great but come with a whole host of problems.
I eventually found a host of wholesale directories such as Salehoo, WordWideBrands and Doba, more on those two later.
And for me, Salehoo was the site that helped me find the supplier (and eventually wholesaler) who I ended up working with to supply one of my main sites. They could deliver a high-quality product, fulfil it within a decent time, but also a decent price that we could both make money on.
So, this Salehoo review will look just how good they are at finding good quality products, finding products within certain countries, what tools they have available and what their price ranges are.
So, it’s time to get on with this Salehoo review. Be sure to use the quick navigation to jump around, as this whole article is around 4,000 words long!
What Is Salehoo?
Salehoo is not actually a wholesaler, as many people wrongly believe, they are a wholesale list provider, and platform.
When Salehoo first launched back in 2005, they were primarily focused on providing it's customers with a list of wholesalers, growing this list in 2018 to 2.5million products and 8,000+ manufacturers, DropShippers, liquidators and wholesalers.
The 8,000+ suppliers list is made of companies from around the world, with many of them being found in; USA, UK, parts of Europe, Australia, obviously China and their home country New Zealand. That’s a pretty diverse set of countries, and means you can essentially find a UK Dropshipper using the UK Salehoo list.
These days, Salehoo is a lot different, along with a wholesale directory, they now also provide their members with additional tools and training that has made it stand out from the crowd, and has easily made it one of the must-have apps to help with DropShipping or e-commerce.
They also recently introduced a hot trends research lab, which helps members find up and coming products that have started to gain traction and they also have a thriving forum community, which is boasting over 101,000 members (which is pretty sweet!)
How Does Salehoo Work?
Salehoo is an ever-growing platform full of a number of different tools, supplier lists and training aimed at helping you succeed within the world of e-commerce.
The platform can be split into a number of different areas, I will try to explain each one in a bit more detail as well, to give you an idea of how it might help you.
Salehoo is split up into;
Salehoo Feature List
The Supplier List
This is obviously Salehoo’s biggest draw, their 8,000+ listing of suppliers.
One of the big frustrations when it comes to sourcing products, either DropShip or e-commerce is finding that reputable supplier. Be that from your country, or another country. .
Either finding one that provides you with decent products, or one that doesn't try to rip you off and not send you the ordered product (yes, that has happened to me). For me, the supplier list provided exactly what I needed for more than one of the sidelines.
That list can be used differently by different entrepreneurs.
And can usually be split into;
- Salehoo For DropShipping
- Salehoo for Wholesale or eCommerce
Salehoo for DropShippers (Buying goods to be DropShipped)
For those not familiar with DropShipping, it’s a type of fulfilment service, whereby someone else handles the product, including shipping, packaging and in some cases returns.
For this, you can use the Salehoo Suppliers list to find yourself a a DropShip supplier, who then provide you with a product, you then decide on a price that you want to sell that product for./
You list that item on your chosen platform of choice, popular choices include Salehoo, AliDropShip or even sites such as Amazon & eBay.
Once the item has been sold (for say $10), you log in to Salehoo, find the supplier you have chosen and purchase the item from them.
The supplier will then charge you $2.50 and ship it straight to your customer.
After fees, you make a profit of $5.
One of the good things about the Salehoo Supplier list is that it allows you to find suppliers, not only that may be cheaper, but also might be in the same country.
One of the problems faced by DropShippers is the long wait times from China, typically you face 20+ days for an item to appear from China.
This is because customers live in the world of next day delivery, so even if the price is 30 - 70% cheaper, they still expect it fast.
So Salehoo actually giving you the details of companies in the US or Europe who can ship products straight away is a huge bonus.
Using Salehoo you could get an item shipped out of the UK and onto a doormat within 5 days or so.
Their pricing can little higher, around 5 - 10% than their counterparts in China, but I could get items sent to customers in a matter of days, maybe a week at most. Again, a huge bonus when it comes to customer satisfaction.
Salehoo for eBay, Amazon or local selling pages (Buying products in bulk)
The other side of the supplier list is for those who run what most people would call traditional e-commerce stores.
Salehoo provides you with suppliers who run wholesale, liquidation and manufacturers directly.
Because the list does contain liquidation firms, it can be great for finding small or unique products for sale. You may get a set of 40 chairs one week, and then two weeks later 190 lamps.
This second half to the Salehoo Wholesale List can be great for those running an Amazon FBA store or even general eBay store and have access to a warehouse or somewhere to store the items.
You can usually get a much better price than the DropShipping counterparts, but you run the risk of having to store products that may not be best sellers.
Again as with the DropShipping suppliers, it can save both time and money by getting access too companies who may constantly sell a certain type of product at a cheaper price.
For example, they may sell desk chairs and can provide you with wholesale or discounted prices, for as long as they have access themselves
No Fakes, Full Guarantee
Another good part about using the Salehoo Directory is that they provide with the contact details to suppliers and liquidators who hold real brand stock.
Not knockoffs, fakes or poor quality imitations, the real deal.
This is great for those who like to run general stores, or run limited time offer stores, whereby your customers can get a great deal, for a limited time.
If you tried to do the same with unbranded, or even fake products you would start to face all kinds of trouble, including possible takedowns from legitimate brands who don't want knock-offs or fakes being sold online.
The second part to this is that Salehoo offers a guarantee, ensuring that they have vetted and checked suppliers and products, so if you face issues or find fake products, you can contact Salehoo who will then help you to resolve the issue.
For me, that is worth its weight in gold, let alone the $67 a year fee.
Contact & Negotiate Pricing
Once you have found a product(s) that you believe is going to be great for your store, you can use Salehoo to contact them.
Salehoo will provide you with templates to help you contact these suppliers, as well as giving you multiple suppliers per product.
Having multiple suppliers means you can find the best one for your needs.
It also means you have a standard platform whereby you can speak to these different vendors, and essentially have a safe environment that is essentially audited and ‘watched’ over.
The Research Lab
Next up on this feature list, is the Salehoo Research Lab.
The Research Lab is what other sites like to call ‘a hot product list’.
It works the same way as stand-alone services such as DropShip Spy or Ecom Hunt do (both of which cost around $20+ a month to use on their own)
If you are new to e-commerce or even if you are trying to find 'hot products' then the Salehoo Research Labs is something you need to get on board with.
The Salehoo guys track trends, the number of sales, changes in pricing and also profitability on a huge number of items on eBay and Amazon.
They then provide it in an easy to read format, allowing you to make informed decisions on the items.
This takes out guess work and the manual labour that comes with trawling Facebook, Amazon or eBay trying to find best sellers or up and coming products.
It's a great addition to the main list of suppliers and products that you are given.
You can use the data and information found on the Salehoo Research Lab with the Salehoo Directory to find the products to then decide if they are something you want to add to your store.
Essentially another string to your bow when it comes to finding good products to sell.
Be sure to check out the video below to help you understand how it could potentially help you.
The Salehoo Forum & Support
This part again is more of an additional extra, a 'nice to have' part of Salehoo.
The online forum, much like other forums, except this, is actually active.
I recently went on a wholesale forum that I used to use around 3 - 4 years ago, it was huge, one of the biggest with thousands of active users, these days?
Salehoo actually has an active community built around the products that they offer, as such it's always got new faces appearing and old usernames sticking around offering a helping hand.
If you have a question and you don't fancy speaking to one of Salehoo's 24hr support staff, drop a question in the forum, you will get a flood of answers and some probably some help extra tips!
I can't really fault the Salehoo support staff either, I have only needed to speak to them on a few occasions over the last few years, and they have always been polite and quick to reply.
Some customers have spoken about lengthy or useless replies, but I feel that's the same with any company these days, you do sometimes just get a bad day!
The latest edition to Salehoo's arsenal is the new Salehoo Stores feature.
This is Salehoo's own way of trying to fight the big boys such as Shopify, WooCommerce or even BigCommerce.
The Salehoo stores currently come in 15 different flavours and require zero coding or technical skills, which can be a relief for a lot of online store owners.
Especially those who don't have the time or the skills to do this.
Each store comes with its own professional logo, and an AdWords voucher, as well as being Search Engine optimized to get you off to a flying start, massively useful for when you are trying to rank for product keywords.
They can also be set up in just a few minutes and if you are currently an eBay turbo lister, than you can actually import the eBay listings.
At the moment, the stores are currently lacking the many tools and features that other platforms offer.
I'd stick to the core features of Salehoo for now!
And finally, the Salehoo resource section.
This is more of a bonus, rather than a core feature of Salehoo, but it's still quite nice.
This ever-growing library of training manuals, eBooks and guides can really provide some much needed brain food for those who want to take their online selling to the next level.
One of their most popular books is their free eBook on selling on eBay (I would recommend giving it a read)They also provide you with a really useful webinar that I would recommend checking out - Watch it here.
So Is Salehoo Actually Good?
With over 2.5million products and 8,000 suppliers, I would definitely say using Salehoo is worth it if you are really serious about finding high quality and valuable products.
With all the data and information that they provide, as well as access to all those suppliers, you would be pretty unlucky not to find a great product to add to your store.
The Good (Salehoo Pros)
The Bad (Salehoo Cons)
Is Salehoo Worth It?
The simple answer is Yes, if you are in the market for finding new products or want to find higher quality ones.
Salehoo is great for those who might be starting out in the world of DropShipping or eCommerce, or for those who want to find new lines or products, without having to go down more traditional routes.
If you fall into one of these categories, then I would consider looking into Salehoo;
- You are new too the scene and want to find your first product to sell online
- You are not accustomed to finding suppliers or products and do not know where to find them
- You are finding it difficult to find a new item to sell, and may be struggling to find a 'best seller'
- You want to get into DropShipping without the hassle of being scammed or getting low quality products
- You want to buy genuine products from genuine suppliers
It's worth noting, you will need to have a level of knowledge on how to do market research and product research to get the full experience from Salehoo.
Now that DropShipping has become the number one fun thing to try and do in 2018 / 2019 many of the markets are becoming a bit saturated, or flooded with poor quality or fake items.
Salehoo reduces and at points eliminates this risk by offering you new trending products, vetted suppliers and genuine products for you to sell.
If you are someone who falls into the below categories, then Salehoo may just not be for you;
- You have a successful business with contacts and suppliers already
- You want to sell more niche products, that only specialist sellers may stock
- You are not comfortable doing market research
- You are not comfortable running an eCommerce store
If you are someone who already has contacts in China, or have already gone through the process of setting up a wholesale business, then something like Salehoo may not be for you, though for such a low price a year, it could always open up new opportunities and relationships. With a 60 day money back guarantee, it may be worth exploring to see if Salehoo can expand or help your business.
How Much Does Salehoo Cost?
You can get access too their directory on a 7 day trial for just $1.
After that initial $1 trial, it costs $67 per year. When compared to other wholesale list providers or competitors, this is massively cheap.
Some of these other services nearly cost $67 a month!
With all the information that you get access too, including the tools, up and coming products, trends and even the training, it's worth more than the $67 they charge for this service.
You can also get a 60-day money back guarantee, that means if you try it for 2 months and don't get on with it, they will refund you your payment. That means they are that confident you will love Salehoo they are willing to wait 2 months to prove it.
Are There Any Salehoo Alternatives?
Yes, there are a number of Salehoo Alternatives on the market today, offering similar services.
One of the most popular is one called WorldWide Brands, and has quite a cult following these days, due to just how long it's been around and the other is Doba.
Salehoo VS WorldWideBrands
This is actually a difficult one to determine, as they cater for slightly different crowds.
But for the people I deal with and talk too, usually startups or young entrepreneurs looking to dip their toes in the water, Salehoo still wins this round and here's why;
The $299 upfront cost is a huge hit for someone who is trying to find a niche they can work with, or who are finding the products that they can start to supply.
A $1 free trial, and then only $67 a year is much more entrepreneur friendly and you can easily find your feet or niche with such a low price. If you haven't paid back that $68 in a year, then DropShipping might not be for you!
Tools / Extras
WorldWideBrands really only provides you with a VERY large list of suppliers, they don't provide you with extras such as Hot Products, up and coming trends, eBay Top Sellers or anything in that realm. They do offer training and ways to stop yourself from being scammed online, but Salehoo also provides free articles or training on similar issues.
Ready Built Stores
Again, Salehoo gives you the option of just purchasing a store, filled with products within your niche.
Salehoo VS Doba
If I am honest, the fight between Salehoo VS Doba is pretty one-sided. Here are some of the reasons why I believe Salehoo is just the better out of the two;
The base cost for Doba is $29 a month, Salehoo offers you a number of tools, a huge database of products and all at essentially $6 a month!
You also don't have to pay per transaction, as you aren't really doing transactions here.
Similar Tools / Offerings
Both Doba and Salehoo both offer the same tools when it comes to offering DropShipping 'Hot Products', 'Seller Ratings' and even the ability to see trends. With the number of 'high quality' on items on Doba, but no guarantee other than a seller rating that they will be legitimate, makes me a little worried about Doba and it's offerings.
Doba does offer you the ability to export to other platforms, but if you are using DropShipping fulfilment tools such as Oberlo or AliDropShip then you don't need to export, as you can import from the store situated on AliExpress already.
Number of products/database side
For this, it's a bit of a tiebreaker. Doba has a really impressive list of products available, with over 2million product listings and growing, compared with Salehoo’s 2.5million products, so really there is not much in it!
For this, I would suggest reading the full comparison. Salehoo vs WorldWide Brands Vs Doba - The true Mexican standoff!
What Do Other People Think Of Salehoo
It's always important to see what current customers think about Salehoo, as it gives you a great impression of the level of service.
Having a look at TrustPilot its fairly plain to see that a lot of people love using Salehoo.
With over 200 reviews and the average user classing them as excellent, I think that's pretty good proof that these guys are the real deal.
Final Thoughts & Anything else?
One question that gets asked a lot when it comes to selling online, or even just when it comes to finding helpful apps, is how to really get the best from Salehoo.
If you are already a professional seller, and just want to use Salehoo too find new products or suppliers, then these tips can pretty much be ignored!
A Few Quick Tips
- I would recommend finding something that you enjoy (a hobby or something you know a lot about)
- I would recommend using Salehoo directory to search for products that you may have had issues with in the past.
- Maybe you are a keen fisher, but get annoyed with boring tackle?
- Once you have found the product, it's best to find a number of suppliers and start talking with them.
- Find their prices, timelines and even how supportive they are!
- Just because you get annoyed with boring tackle, it doesn't mean everyone else does
- Use the eBay trend tool as well to see how products are selling and the general pricing for them
- Always check the product before you start shipping too customers
- Doing so will give you realistic times on handling and also the product quality
- Salehoo do guarantee the quality, but it's always best to triple check!
- A lot of people recommend adding a few % on top of your wholesale cost.
- In reality you usually want to be making 30 - 60 markups on the products you sell
- DropShipping actually allows for higher markups, due to longer and cheaper shipping, but don't get too confident, people like quality.
How To Make Money With Salehoo
As with anything online, it's all about how much effort you put into something, and this is no different.
With the popularity of DropShipping or running eCommerce stores these days, it can sometimes feel that every product, supplier or hot trend has been found and stolen, but this is not always the case.
At the end of the day, selling online is all about research, research and a bit more research (and some testing). Many of the suppliers you talk too will provide samples, better rates and even quicker shipping times if you take the effort to engage and speak too them. Don't be afraid to try and negotiate a better price if you feel you can bring them the sales!
Using a tool such as Salehoo can provide you with a much needed advantage over your competitors.
By using their supplier list, or their trending tools, you can start to find products and suppliers, without having to do what every other Tom, Dick and Harry is doing (i.e crawling through AliExpress or Alibaba).
To give you an idea on the types of margins, or even the kind of money you could make with Salehoo check out the image below, that provides you with a few examples of products that they currently list.
For those who want a more in-depth look at how to make money with Salehoo, I would recommend checking out this article.
Are There Any Salehoo Discounts Or Salehoo Trials?
If you are after a Salehoo discount or a Salehoo coupon, the only one I can find is the Salehoo Trial, which gives you 7 days of Salehoo for $1.
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James started The Online Student as a typical blog telling people about his struggles and woes with DropShipping, Amazon FBA and even Affiliate marketing. He then decided that blogging about it all would give people the skills, knowledge and apps to get up and running (while making a little extra on the side). After a few months he realised it was quite lucrative and decided to work his ass off making it a bit more than just a hobby!