I dont think you can join Salehoo flick through a few pages, find some bogus 'middlemen' websites and call it a waste of money. I have not been a Salehoo member for long, but by using Salehoo i have found alot of information extremly useful for my business, tips of the trade, other peoples experiences, buyer bewares, wholesale referrals, are all things you cant find by simply searching on google. You really can learn alot just by reading what other people have done, and mistakes they have made that you don't have to.
I have found quite a few legit wholesalers by searching on Salehoo. Many are not, but Salehoo is not created to spoon feed you, its created as a tool.
If you look like a wholesaler and sound like a wholesaler then people will think you are a wholesaler, so of course they could end up being listed on Salehoo. Its up to you to do the homework on them and decide if you want to use them or not.
Read the Salehoo forums, you will learn what to look for in a wholesaler and how to detect the real from the fake. 'REAL' wholesalers and manufacturers dont have flashy websites, you dont pay any fees to join, you need to verify who you are, tax id etc, processing takes time. If it were not for salehoo i wouldnt have known this.
Take Salehoo for what it is. A useful tool to point you in the right direction to successfully sell online. Its working for me so far anyway !!
Everyones views and thoughts are different, some people will use salehoo to its max, some think its another money making gimmick. I call it an investment.