A wholesale directory is a site that you can visit to find out information on wholesale suppliers, deals and products. Just like the yellow pages, directories can offer up lots of information including thousands of listings of wholesale suppliers. And whilst some do charge for access to their directory, many resellers use this resource as part of their everyday business.
If you’ve already started your product search you’ll know that the internet is a big place and it can take a very long time to use Google and yield search results. It may take you weeks to find a supplier’s information and even then you need to spend time researching the supplier and finding out reviews to ensure they are legitimate.
The reason directories are so popular with resellers is because they do all this for you. No hours spent searching on the web, no need to check the integrity of the wholesaler you are contacting and using directories usually means you can access some of the latest product deals. So what information can you find on a directory?
The main source of information on wholesale directories is wholesale suppliers. Wholesale directories will list contact information of wholesale suppliers specialising in a variety of markets. Some directories charge a small fee to access this information but once you are into the directory you can search for contact information of wholesale suppliers and dropshipping ones too.
Most wholesale directories will have a variety of products listed – from electronics to clothing – you’ll usually be able to find a variety of wholesalers specialising in different markets. Most directories will also label these into product categories, making it very easy for you to find and pick out the products you are looking for. If you’re not sure what product you want to resell and just want to see what deals you could get you could always choose a category within a directory, like sportswear, and browse the products until you find a competitive deal. But if you are looking for a specific product directories usually have a search box so you can use keywords to find the item you are looking for. Each directory works differently but usually when you find a product you can find out the model, condition, a quote and an idea as to whether the supplier is offering them on a single purchase (quite rare) or as a wholesale pallet or bulk buy.
If you aren’t sure how to negotiate with wholesale suppliers or need information on how to start a dropshipping business then directories are usually full of this information. As well as listing supplier details and product deals, directories will usually have a dedicated advice section. Directory owners know that the people using them might be new to the wholesale buying business or they might need some extra buying guidance. So if you are not sure about topics like a product trend or how to resell products online, these directories can usually help alongside other advice resources like the wholesale forums.
Perhaps one of the best things about a wholesale directory is the ability to conduct bespoke searches. Not every directory does this but some do and it can be valuable if you are looking for a specific item.
Let’s imagine you’re looking for Oakley sunglasses at trade price. After searching a directory you find a few wholesale suppliers offering various Oakley models and you can see the deals they have on offer. But if you’re looking for a specific model, the best way to find it at the most competitive price is to use the bespoke search within a wholesale directory. If a directory offers this it means someone working for the directory will hunt down suppliers of the specific item you are looking for, do research on the most competitive prices and then deliver you the best information – usually a handful of the best deals on the product. Using a service like that not only saves you a lot of time but it ensures you get the exact information you need. Once you receive the information you can start making calls to the suppliers and negotiating some purchases – most of these searches will provide details on bulk purchases too so if it’s a product you know will resell well, it could be worth investing in a pallet to resell throughout the year.
As with any process in the wholesale industry, you should ensure you do some research on the directory before you sign up. Ask industry contacts about their knowledge of the directory and consider approaching the directory personally to find out more details of the products and suppliers you are likely to find. This will help you pick the right one. We recommend a site like Wholesaler Source. The design of the site is fresh and modern and very easy to use – so if you’re not that tech savvy you don’t need to worry. The site has a variety of wholesalers in a variety of sectors too and their search category is pretty easy to navigate. They also have some great home page deals – with some deals offering up to 80% off their RRP.