Hi Len, and welcome to the site.
It may be that we don't have any suppliers in our directory currently, however we have new suppliers being added to the directory weekly, so trading opportunities are constantly being generated.
You will also find members here from Phil, and you could always see if they were interested in doing a joint venture with you. I do know of a couple in the past that were looking for that kind of arrangement, or even setting themselves as an approved supplier.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org direct with some specifics as to the type of products you want to source, and they will do their best to find you suppliers from the area you wish.
Putting all that aside, SaleHoo is a lot more than just a Supplier Directory, I hope you will take the time to read through the forum some, and that will become very obvious. So in answer to your question, was this a waste of money?
Sixty odd dollars for a LIFETIME membership to what SaleHoo provides is about the best value on the planet in my opinion. So no, I can't personally see how anyone serious about making a business out of trading could consider it a waste of money, short or long term.