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Our Directory features fully verified suppliers from multiple supply methods, Wholesale, Dropship, Liquidation. Use the Link hidden: Login to view.

Our directory is extensive and of course constantly being added to as new applications are being approved on a daily basis. However, there are of course times when we may not yet have what someone is looking for. As an added service to our members, you can Link hidden: Login to view with the specifics of what you're looking for and the support team there will do their best to find a resource for you to follow up with, then verify them to ensure they are safe for you to trade with.

Please note, that's not an excuse to get lazy and ask us to do a search of our directory for you. The team is busy and have plenty on our plate and this service is only for those who are unable to find the resource in our directory as a last chance option.

Good luck with the searching!


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Hi Mark,

I am new to Salehoo and is having a hard time finding a supplier that actually supply the products shown on Market Research Lab. For example, Market Research Lab will show a certain jewelry item with low competition. Great, let me click on the link "suppliers." But once I am there, the list of suppliers don't actually have that certain type of jewelry shown in Market Research Lab, but rather just a list of general jewelry suppliers. How am I suppose to find suppliers for that specific product, if the list of suppliers is not accurate? Am I doing this wrong? Any advice or tip will help. Thank you!

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Hi GM and welcome to the forum,

There is no correlation between the research lab and the directory. The research lab generates results based on raw data provided to us directly from eBay.com. We provide that data for our members to use as a guide if they are unsure where to start in regards to products and we use eBay data because most want to start by selling on eBay.

Our directory features suppliers that have been fully verified by SaleHoo which sell a range of products from various countries, but are not in anyway specific to results provided by the eBay data. So while you may find a verified supplier in the directory that matches a lab result, there is of course no assurance that you will.

Just bare in mind that raw eBay data is fluid, so we could never possibly keep up with the changing data if we were trying to match suppliers to specific lab results. Our verification process can take weeks, so by the time we had verified a supplier to match lab data the data would then be out dated and we would need to be finding new suppliers.

It's just a scenario that couldn't work.

If you are interested in any product that you are unable to find in the directory, just email Link hidden: Login to view with the specifics and the support team will then try their best to find you some supplier leads for you to follow up with.

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gia.moy wrote:Hi Mark,

I am new to Salehoo and is having a hard time finding a supplier that actually supply the products shown on Market Research Lab. For example, Market Research Lab will show a certain jewelry item with low competition. Great, let me click on the link "suppliers." But once I am there, the list of suppliers don't actually have that certain type of jewelry shown in Market Research Lab, but rather just a list of general jewelry suppliers. How am I suppose to find suppliers for that specific product, if the list of suppliers is not accurate? Am I doing this wrong? Any advice or tip will help. Thank you!

GM


Hello GM/Mark: I am new to Salehoo as well, and I understood Mark's explanation. However, isn't there a better way to find a product than emailing support? How do others find a product? Maybe I am not understanding? Please help. Thank you.

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Hi DP,

To search the directory, enter a product name or supplier name into the search bar in the directory and you can narrow down your results by choosing the filters in the menu. I'm only suggesting that you are able to contact support for further assistance if you find that we don't currently have what you are searching for in the directory.

Just bare in mind that the directory constantly changes with new suppliers coming online with us after passing their verification process. So if we don't have a verified supplier for what you're looking for today, we may well have one or more in the verification process, hence it's always an idea to just check with support if you feel the need.

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Thank you. DP


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Greetings,

I'm another newb, I have just joined two days ago. I have been applying with distributors (which I wish they would let me see their prices ahead of time to save me the wasted time of applying) and scouring their websites and I cannot find a product worth selling. When I do find a good product usually their prices are higher than the going rate on eBay/Amazon. I think salehoo should add a price rating to the distributors profile kind of like yelp. It is becoming quite frustrating, any tips for a rookie?


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Hi Chris and welcome to the forum,

Couple of points to cover there for you, but I'll start with the supplier hidden prices one firstly. This one is one of my pet hates, I don't have any explanation as to why suppliers do it, I really don't, to me it is nothing more than a waste of everyone's time. I don't see the point of making someone complete the application, then have someone process the application, only for nothing in many cases.

I know it's frustrating and something SaleHoo is very conscious of, however trying to convince suppliers to be more open with members up front is akin to having teeth pulled in many cases. Despite us suggesting it would streamline business for everyone involved, that advice is simply ignored in many cases.

So we can keep suggesting it, but in reality it is really down to the supplier to create their own terms and conditions.

To your point regarding a price rating, this is something we've also looked at quite closely, but is far more complicated than you may expect. Here are some issues we face, not everyone uses suppliers to sell on eBay, some for example will buy product to sell at market stalls where profit margin is usually much better than on a site like eBay.

So for those sellers, they would rate the price as good. Then you have an eBay seller trying to compete in a hot market, lets say nobile phones for example. On eBay, this market is full of some very big hitters spending lots of cash to buy in stock at the cheapest possible price and then selling at drastically reduced margins to create market domination.

So someone wanting to deal in that market will look at some of the eBay prices and decide that the supplier is too expensive and rate them lowly. Throw into that mix the possibility of loss leaders playing a roll effecting the market, as well as supplier changing their prices at any given time and it's impossible to get an accurate rating in place.

Rating a service is one thing, but rating something like a price that has so many different factors that effect that price is a nightmare. There just isn't a system that could deliver a fair and balanced assessment of prices unfortunately and it's important to use to be as supportive and fair to our suppliers just as much as we are to our members.


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Thank you for the info. 1/2 of the supplier that I contacted/applied for haven't even gotten back to me.


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You seem to be hitting on all of my pet hates lol

This one is right at the top, poor customer service. I've heard all sorts of excuses as to why some suppliers offer such poor response times, but to me, any supplier that doesn't consider my inquiry valuable enough to reply to in a timely manner simply isn't worth me doing business with.

We've noticed a growing trend with suppliers across the board where email inquiries over the years are beginning to become treated as second class inquiries and not taken all that seriously by many suppliers. I'm quite sure that the majority of email inquires they get turn out to be a waste of their time responding to, but that's what customer service should be all about, responding to customer inquiries.

We can only recommend phone contact or if they provide online chat support, then that option also gets treated as a priority inquiry, as long as it is within their regular reading hours. Unfortunately, while email, as convenient as it is for customers to use, seems to be no longer treated as a priority inquiry by an ever increasing amount of suppliers.

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Trying to get started drop shipping on ebay. Having a lot of trouble finding a supplier for any niche that has competitive prices on eBay. Seems like all the suppliers you list I would have to cut my price so drastically low and I wouldn't be making any money I don't really see what point is to finding suppliers on salehoo if this is the case. Can Someone please help me understand ? Am I missing something ?


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When you sat "niche" markets, can you give an example of a couple. I find that term used quite a lot, but it's often misunderstood and people aren't actually identifying niche markets at all. So one of two things might be happening here, maybe the market is more general; than niche and competition is firm or if it is a genuine niche market, then it could just be a case of finding the right supplier for that market.

All of that aside, you still have to keep everything in perspective with drop shipping. It's a business model that offers lots of benefits, but it's big drawback is usually margin. Unless you essentially find a niche type supplier, most drop shipping margins are always going to be tight, especially on a multi-seller platform like an eBay simply due to the listing, selling and processing fees involved.

To make the most from Drop Shipping, you need to be using a platform with low fees to increase your margin. That's why it's used a lot with people marketing their own websites, it's a perfect supply model to build up a stock profile on your site and make margin because you don't have all the listing and selling fees involved.

A lot of people underestimate just how much those fees on sites like eBay suck out of a seller's profit margin, leaving it very hard to make much from a Drop Ship model on those platforms with most suppliers.

I've always been a fan of using a bundling technique with Drop Shipping, I think that always gives you a strong point of difference in the marketplace, something you really need in an ultra competitive marketplace like an eBay.


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Makes sense!! Thanks for the reply.


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No problems :)


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I just joined Salehoo tonight. My question is this: Is each supplier going to have an additional fee for using their services?
In essence did I just pay $67 for a list of companies that were going to charge me an additional $50 or $XXX a year fee (basically the ones I have looked at you have to pay additional fees to get started)


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Welcome to the forum,

Not every supplier does charge a fee, but it's certainly something that is becoming more popular for suppliers to do. You'll find most wholesalers usually won't have any account fees, but it's something that we see more and more Drop Shipping suppliers doing.


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chris.cip1 wrote:Greetings,

I'm another newb, I have just joined two days ago. I have been applying with distributors (which I wish they would let me see their prices ahead of time to save me the wasted time of applying) and scouring their websites and I cannot find a product worth selling. When I do find a good product usually their prices are higher than the going rate on eBay/Amazon. I think salehoo should add a price rating to the distributors profile kind of like yelp. It is becoming quite frustrating, any tips for a rookie?


I believe this site is a wate of money. The best prices are not on their website but even when you contact the supplier and give them a high quantity of products the prices are rarely lower then what you could sell them for on Ebay or Amazon. You also need to be careful on what products you buy from here when you sell them on Amazon, especially if the item comes with a warranty. These companies are probably authorized to sell you the product with the warranty but when you sell the item on Amazon the warranty will not be valid for your customer. You would be only able to sell the item "used Like New" I think we are better off finding the products you want to sell and go directly to the manufacturer and try to become an authorized distributor. Good Luck


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Hi Michael,

A manufacturer's warranty is completely valid when either selling via a drop-ship model or wholesale model. So long as you are selling a new product, then the manufacturer's warranty is completely valid.

You do how ever need to be aware of the supplier's returns policy when needing to claim on the warranty.

In regards to your idea about networking to deal direct with manufacturers, that of course is a legit course of action and quite possible to do if you structure yourselves legally. That said, while it would depend on the manufacturer in question, most will require very large orders, much larger than a wholesale supplier because you are now essentially dealing as a wholesalers yourselves in this scenario.

The other problem you would need to resolve is the distribution of labor and profit sharing among your group. Who is going to do what work and does everyone get an even share of the profits and so on. It's a legit idea, but it requires lots of thought to put something like that together and have of work effectively.


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