Established in 2005, SaleHoo is an online wholesale directory and community for eCommerce traders as well as traditional retailers.
There are over 8,000 directory entries which will allow you to find wholesale, drop ship and manufacturers for nearly every product that exists. Whilst the website is based in New Zealand, most of the suppliers in the directory are located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and China.
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SaleHoo employs over 29 staff in four different countries with the head office being in beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand.
Doubledot media, which owns the SaleHoo brand was recently ranked the 44th fastest growing company in New Zealand.
The key features of the SaleHoo service are:
- A directory of over 8,000 verified suppliers located in more than 100 different countries.
- SaleHoo stores, an eCommerce website builder that allows you to quickly build an eCommerce website
- Product Research
- Video Training Course
- Market Research Software
SaleHoo is essentially a verified wholesale directory that will enable you to find suppliers for your product much quicker than trying to wade through 200 pages of Google results.They provide fantastic customer support and they go above and beyond to give you the solutions you need to make your business a success.
To make contact with any supplier in the SaleHoo database you'll need to pay the $67 yearly subscription fee. That fee is ridiculously low because of the amount of time it saves you finding reputable suppliers. There is also a 60-day refund policy.
The key benefit of using SaleHoo is that there are many suppliers in the directory who will drop ship one-off items and so you can quality control your products before scaling up a drop shipping business. Customer returns are undoubtedly the killer of any drop shipping business.
Finding reputable suppliers, or at the very least suppliers who won't take your money and run, is a huge part of the eCommerce battle and SaleHoo is another weapon in your armoury.
You might think that services like Oberlo are the future of eCommerce drop shipping but I think that sourcing quality products at the right price and building a brand is the way to go.
Technology is making it easier for sellers and distributors to connect but there is no substitute for quality at the right price. Drop shipping is a stepping stone to building a sustainable income, not a way to take the money and run.