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Worldwide Brands Review

On the eve of the new millennium, a wholesale directory was born. And that wholesale directory was Worldwide Brands.

Since 1999, Worldwide Brands has made itself known as the place to find top-level wholesale suppliers. So is it?

If you've made your way here, you're either selling online already or looking to do so and exploring your options.

Maybe you're simply looking to find good deals and avoid scams. Maybe you're looking to switch over into wholesale selling from another avenue such as affiliate marketing. Maybe you're interested in wholesale sourcing, or dropshipping, or even both. 

Whatever the reason, you need to know if Worldwide Brands will work for you. This review has everything you need to make an informed decision. 
 

What You'll Get in This Review

To help you figure out whether or not Worldwide Brands is for you, we'll be looking at:

  • What exactly Worldwide Brands is
  • How it works
  • The pros and cons of Worldwide Brands
  • A collection of other sellers' experiences and opinions about it, compiled from online communities and forums
  • An outline of who Worldwide Brands is best suited to
  • ​Advice for using Worldwide Brands if you  decide to go ahead

So let's get started!
 

What is Worldwide Brands?

Worldwide Brands is an upper-market wholesale directory for sellers looking to find suppliers. A high-quality but high-cost option. 

WWB homepage

Basically, if you're looking to sell products on the likes of eBay or other online stores, then it goes without saying that you'll need some inventory to sell. Finding suppliers for this is the hard part, as there are a lot of scams or over-priced options out there. 

This is where wholesale directories like Worldwide Brands come in. Worldwide Brands is forever adding to its expansive list of suppliers, and sellers can search within the directory to find products without the risks found elsewhere. 

You might think, that sounds great! What's the catch? Well, nothing good comes for free, and that's definitely the case with Worldwide Brands. The directory charges $299 for a lifetime membership, which is definitely up there as far as wholesale directory pricing goes. This of course isn't actually a problem if the return is going to be worth it, but the question has to be asked: is Worldwide Brands worth the steep fees? We'll will explore this in more detail throughout the review.  
 

How does Worldwide Brands work?

Worldwide Brands makes it easy to browse a comprehensive directory for viable supplier options.

 

Once you've logged into the Worldwide Brands site, you'll search for suppliers in the directory by entering a brand name, the type of product you're after, or a state or city for finding local options. You'll then be able to see wholesale providers that match your search.

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The results are pulled from a regularly updated and strictly monitored database of genuine suppliers, and the range is impressive.

If you click on any of those suppliers, you'll get the company name, full address, website, contact details, and any details about doing business with the firm, such as payment terms or ordering methods. It'll also give you a list of product types available through that supplier. 

Worldwide Brands has a "quick analysis" tool for market research on product types, but it's very basic. I don’t feel it is nearly as beneficial as eBay’s own completed listings. The final sale price and the percentage of items actually sold are some of the most important metrics. For this reason I recommend the SaleHoo Market Research Lab as an alternative, specifically for this kind of information. But as for the quality of the directory, Worldwide Brands gets full marks. 
 

The Pros and Cons of Worldwide Brands

Worldwide Brands has a great directory with a lot of wholesale suppliers to choose from, but it's somewhat lacking in other features, especially for the price. 
 

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Comments from Other Sellers to Consider

Opinions on Worldwide Brands vary by where you look. Some love it, while others find it to be much too expensive and not worth it. 

 

After evaluating the opinions I’ve found on various forums and online communities, I’ve extracted what I believe to be the main consensus about Worldwide Brands. After all, a lot of opinions paint a much larger picture than any one person can generate on their own! 
 

General Opinion #1: It's a great directory that will save you time and prevent you from getting scammed.

Many who have used Worldwide Brands as a directory have found that it meets their needs perfectly. An example of this is a comment by Warrior Forum member TheRankedReview: 

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Also, a comment on Reviewopedia by Elizabeth responded to a few negative reviews by saying, "I completely disagree with what everyone has said. This company has been a godsend for me. I signed up with fake wholesalers in the past and lost over $30,000 as a result! I signed up with worldwide brands and haven't had any problems working with the listed suppliers or selling the products."

 

General Opinion #2: Many positive reviews and recommendations for Worldwide Brands come from affiliate reviews.

On the Warrior Forum, member lotsofsnow mentions that "WorldWide Brands gets recommended a lot because they pay a nice commission." I found this mentioned in a few other places too, like this comment on Reviewopedia:

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This is a somewhat scathing view of this process. It's true that this is what affiliates will earn for convincing people to buy Worldwide Brands. In fact, here's the information from the Worldwide Brands affiliate page:

This might mean that some of the reviews you'll find will have a bias to them, but it doesn't mean that all the positive points or comments are suddenly false. A lot of companies — retail and otherwise — use affiliate marketing. 

If you want to be sure the information you're reading is accurate, look at website/review comments and forums to find seller opinions, read reviews that don't contain affiliate links (like this one), or see how good the affiliate is about disclosure. The more visible the disclosure, the more honest the affiliate. 

Sometimes affiliates promote certain products because they really do believe in them, and are open about the commission they earn for doing so, like this one on Wholesale and Dropshipper Reviews

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Basically, my advice is to take reviews that are clearly by affiliates with a grain of salt, but don't discount them instantly for that reason alone. 
 

General Opinion #3: Some believe it's really not worth the membership fee.

Unfortunately, I found quite a few negative comments across a variety of platforms, such as Reviewopedia, Warrior Forum, and comments in the comments section under blog posts like this one by The College CEO

Here are a couple of snippets for you:

not worth it

SH better

 

Who is Worldwide Brands For?

Worldwide Brands is for experienced sellers who know what they're looking for and are sure of their ongoing directory needs. 


The way I see it, Worldwide Brands is like a gym membership. Is it worth it? It can be, but you've really gotta be sure you'll continue to use it. Otherwise, it'll just become something you spent a lot of money on that collects dust.

Worldwide Brands is for you if you're looking for a way to cut out the scams and find suppliers with low prices, and that's basically all you need. It probably also helps if you have a bit of experience under your belt already, and don't need much in the way of market research. Worldwide Brands does have market research options, but they're not exactly the strongest. The directory is the big winner!

On the other hand, Worldwide Brands is probably not for you if you're fairly new to online selling and you don't know if you're ready to commit to the big fee. Paying $299 for a lifetime membership really is a long-term option. Perhaps it'd be an option to try after you've found your feet (and some money to spare!) and connected with a few suppliers through cheaper options. 

But if you do have the time, effort, experience, and money to spare to justify the Worldwide Brands fee, then it's well worth considering. 
 

What Do I Do now?

Decide whether or not Worldwide Brands appeals to you, and act accordingly!


You've got 2 options here. If you'd like to go forward with Worldwide Brands, I'm going to share the best way to succeed with the directory. If you decide otherwise, there are plenty of other options out there. Keep doing your research. 

Keep in mind that if you like, you can even use a variety of directories to find suppliers and build your e-commerce empire. You're not limited to just one! If you'd like to see how two (or more) stack up against each other at the same time, there's nothing stopping you — except maybe the cost. 

How to Succeed if You Choose Worldwide Brands

If you go ahead with Worldwide Brands, don't let your investment go to waste. Get involved in the forum, make use of the support team and research the products you'd like to sell to make sure you're choosing the best options.

Once you've found a promising market, get some listings up quickly to start bringing that money back in.

You can sell on eBay (great for the huge amount of buyer traffic it brings in, but also quite competitive), or any of the many promising alternatives

The best way to get yourself a solid profit margin is via your own online store. That way you eliminate the competition you'd typically find on mega platforms such as eBay. You can learn about the pros and cons of setting up your own online store here
 

What to Do if You Don't Choose Worldwide Brands

If you find the price a little steep or you've decided that Worldwide Brands is not for you, there are definitely other options out there. Some say that you can find wholesalers and dropshippers with simple Google searches, and perhaps if you're very search-savvy then you can find the gems between the scams, but it's definitely not the safest option.

If you want to find suppliers safely but are looking for a cheaper option, then most other directories you'll find online will be cheaper than Worldwide Brands. It's just about finding the best quality for the best value. 

I'd do a Google search for "wholesale directories" and take a look at all the options available before settling on one or another. Look at what others are saying about each option, and decide for yourself where the best value lies. 

If you're hesitant because you're new or only have a little experience, I suggest you get some experience by selling some stuff from around the house before you launch into bigger strategies. This will just give you a better feel for the process of listing items and selling, and then you can find the best directory to go forward with when you're ready. 

 

Let us know your comments or reviews on World Wide Brands by posting below. Questions? Ask away!

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12 Comments Add your comment
Hi. I'm a Salehoo member and have been for a little while now, and couldn't be more satisfied. My only regret is that I haven't been more active in the forum. I came across this article by accident while doing a bit of keyword research, and I was surprised that I hadn't found it earlier while browsing the Salehoo site. My thought here is that it might be helpful to update some of the worldwidebrands information. The price of entry is now between $250 and $300, and it is trying to rebrand itself as onesource. Trivial details, perhaps, but looking at price vs value of listings and forum, Salehoo is an extraordinary bargain resource. For anyone who might happen across this comment, one caveat to be aware of is that both Salehoo and worldwide brands directory resources, and no matter how good the resources, they alone will not make you rich over night. There is no magic solution to clicking yourself rich over night. For better or worse, we still have to go through the "work" it takes to provide ourselves with whatever it is that we consider to be sustainable income. Reply
Worldwide Brands is an amazing tool for all online sellers out there. All they have to do is learn what drop shipping is all about, define their expectations and use Worldwide Brands for a successful online business. Reply
Hi there i am a salehoo member too! I do most marketing on ebay these days... Anyway this worldwide brands tool looks great. Did not know it exists but gonna try it too. Thanx for the info Reply
Hi there I have been using the world wide brands site for 2 weeks now. I can certainly find things that a good sellers in the market place but they mostly American based drop shippers or wholesalers and there is a lot that dont ship internationalI have found difficutly finding suppliers for hot sell goods on word wide brands. There are no real name brands on this site. I am based in Australia. After you pay shipping cost and do the research on the items there is about 2 % profit or non at all. unless you have a lot of capital you can direct import to make money. I am still working on world wide brands to find items that I can make money on and suppliers to supply me I dont expect to see or sell major well know products but did expect to see 2nd and third tier products. Cheers Henry Reply
Full Member
Henry, I am also based in Australia and I sell on eBay.com drop shipping from Amazon. I am having some success with it, but I find quite often I find some items are much much cheaper on eBay than Amazon. If I join WWB, do you think I might be able to find cheaper items to drop ship on eBay?TIA Reply
Getting past the $300 to sign up with Worldwide Brands is the bone cruncher. But it is a lifetime membership. While SaleHoo is $67 for the year it would take around 4 years to match the $300 for Worldwide. I guess one could go for SaleHoo and easily make enough money to purchase your lifetime membership with Worldwide.
My question is who has the better merchandise and who has more sense of community?
I have heard SaleHoo has little to no community and not too sure about their educational videos. Wish somebody would create a decent side by side video comparison without the affiliate sales pitch. Reply
Hi there, I think i am a stranger in this area please any advice can do it for me. I am going to establish an on-line store based on drop-shipping but i have no experience not even a little experience on this work.I have some cash enough to establish the store and accept for a membership in one of directory sites.Based on your exp:
can i walk through this e commerce by my self ?
what steps should i take to make income ?
should i be from the same country that i do drop-shipping in ?
last question, should i establish a financial company to start this work or be legal site or some thing ?
Thanks,
salah Reply
Site Admin
Hi, Salah!

I recommend you take a look at our in-depth dropshipping guide, which should answer all of your questions pretty clearly: http://www.salehoo.com/dropship

Cheers! Reply
Hello, I am pleased that after all of my research I have narrowed it down to Salehoo and/or Worldwide Brands. The only drawback I am seeing is that Worldwide Brands is asking for $300.00 fee or 3 pay payment plan, If it is as good as what I am seeing, then it would not really a drawback. Of course with Salehoo with $67.00 yearly fee, not bad either. So now I am at the point of deciding on which one would be easier for me to use and also the products that would be available for me as a drop shipper, as well as the resources, forums, customer support and the like. Or maybe I will use both. Reply
Site Admin
Hi, Lesa -- we have a large assortment of resources for our members, as well as an active members forum. Have you looked into them? You'll find a lot of really valuable information there.

http://www.salehoo.com/education
http://www.salehoo.com/forum/
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hi

im from west aust and wondering which (saleshoo or WWB) would work best for someone 'down under' ? Reply
Site Admin
Hi Leigh,

Thanks for reaching out! A couple of things to consider here:

WWB is an Florida-based company, whereas SaleHoo has its base in NZ (which I know may not endear you to SaleHoo haha) but what that means is we're very familiar with operating businesses from outside the US.

We have resources specifically about selling in/from Australia: http://www.salehoo.com/search?ie=UTF-8&t=Blog&q=australia
(Those are blog posts but you'll also see tabs for Australia-related content on the forum and in our education center)

Also, the Market Research Lab has just been updated, so that's definitely a plus you should look into using here. :)

WWB is more expensive but a huge directory. In saying that, if there's anything you'd like to source and you can't find it in our directory, you can just let us know and we'll find suppliers for you: http://www.salehoo.com/forum/wanted/

So I might be biased, but I'd say go SaleHoo rather than WWB. The lower cost is lower risk, especially if you're relatively new to selling-online.

Hope that helped!
- Gina :) Reply
Full Member
Hi

I don't speak English, I use Google translator
I take a long time to Salehoo, I like a lot and has good service but my concern is that Salehoo not have many suppliers.
I would like that added dropshipping companies for Video Games, Tablets, Movies and many more .. I thought about buying in worldwidebrands.com because supposedly have many supplliers. Need help!

Thanks
Reply
Site Admin
Hi, Mayra!

If you need help finding dropshippers for these products, contact our support team -- they will help you find what you need!

http://www.salehoo.com/support Reply
Full Member
I am thinking of purchasing WWB membership but, as Matthew Ortega mentioned above that once you purchase WWB membership for $299, they will try to sell you into more services, and then they limit you on the number of supplier searches you can perform. Reply
I have been considering Both WWB and SaleHoo as well. Such a big difference in pricing at sign up! I like the fact the for a start up that SaleHoo is more reasonable. Reply
Full Member
Hi.
I am a newbie in drop shipping. Can anybody guide me that what kind of services are available on WWB, other than suppliers directory. And what are their monthly plans specification.

Also, I registered my own domain and have paid for hosting. Should I use SALEHOO or WWB software plan to make my front shop website.

Many thanks if you guide mHassan Reply
Site Admin
Hi, Hassan!

It doesn't look like WWB offers any sort of services beyond the directory itself. It's also just a one-time fee to join. If you have any questions about SaleHoo, you can contact our support team!

https://www.salehoo.com/support

Good luck! Reply
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