Wholesale directories (or wholesale sourcing services) are pretty similar to the Yellow Pages, or any other directory for that matter. And for wholesale buyers looking to spot deals they can be an invaluable tool during a product search.
A wholesale directory is normally hosted online (as that’s how most businesses sell their products today) and some charge a small fee for resellers to access their directory. Once a member of a directory, you can find product information and supplier details on just about anything. Whatever you can buy at trade price, you can normally find it within a directory. So whether your business is buying and reselling electronics or buying and reselling clothes – wholesale directories are worth a visit.
Just like when sourcing wholesale suppliers independently or when finding a business to help with your website development, you should ensure you do your research before you join a directory. Many wholesale suppliers that can be found on the internet are not legitimate – many advertise products that they simply can’t deliver and some have awkward returns policies. If you are sourcing suppliers independently then you have probably done your research on the suppliers you are dealing with to ensure you are getting the best deal possible and you should do the same with directories. Research is valuable in helping you decide the right move for your business and in helping you to find a trustworthy directory. But once you have found one, you’ll have access to a host of reliable suppliers and this is the main reason wholesale buyers look to use them.
The vast majority of resellers operating in the wholesale industry use wholesale directories to assist them in finding suppliers. Finding a wholesale supplier that specialises in a product field and provides goods at very low wholesale prices (and reliably) can be tough! Which is why many resellers turn to wholesale directories. Directories usually have teams of people working for them, all searching for the best deals across a variety of sectors.
If you’re unsure of how to use a directory or how to progress your wholesale business with one, then here’s a guide on how to use directories:
Step One: Find One
The first part of finding a wholesale directory to use is searching for it. Using the web, industry contacts and by reading reviews you should be able to whittle down a list of wholesale directories that could be worth approaching. Next you need to do your research. Check the directory website – there will usually be an FAQ section. Find out about their membership tiers and if there are any costs involved. You should also try to find out what kind of products they have available – these might not be easily accessible as you’ll probably need to be a member to access these however you should be able to see the latest deals and best buys on their website. By finding out what kind of products you can source on the directory you’ll be able to check whether this matches with your own wholesale business – if you’re looking to resell home furniture there is little point signing up for a directory that doesn’t have access to these items. One directory we recommend is Delboy’s Wholesale. It has been running for several years and there are a lot of different deals both on the homepage and the directory. They are well known for being reliable too and their details are kept up to date so this is one wholesale directory worth visiting.
Search for Deals
Once you are a member of a directory you can start searching for deals – which is the main advantage of joining a directory! Most directories will have a team of staff updating their products regularly. So there’s no need for you to start searching the web for the latest deals – you should be able to find them all within the directory.
Depending on the directory you use, you will probably have sections to browse through – including product sections, supplier sections and dropshipping information. Decide what works best for your business and get searching.
Some wholesale directories offer a bespoke product search service and this depends on the directory you use. But you should be able to see in the ‘about us’ or ‘FAQ’ section whether this is something that the website offers. If it is, you should utilise it as it can be very valuable. So let’s say you want to look for tents at wholesale prices. You don’t want to spend hours on the web searching for suppliers only to contact an unreliable supplier so instead you sign up to a reliable wholesale directory. You use their website to search for tents and camping equipment and there aren’t many results. This is when a bespoke product search comes in. You can (if the website offers it) contact the site and ask them to carry out a search on your behalf. This will usually mean a team of people looking for the best wholesalers offering tents at the best wholesale prices. Whether it’s a deal to buy in bulk or a singular product bargain, if you request it the directory team should help you find supplier details.
Once you have accessed the wholesaler information within the directory you can now start contacting wholesalers and buying products at wholesale prices!