It may be the largest wholesaler directory, but Worldwide Brands isn't the only source of certified wholesalers and drop shippers on the Internet - there are many more and some are cheaper, at least in the short term.
Worldwide Brands is the oldest directory of certified wholesalers, drop shippers and manufacturers. It was founded in Florida in 1999 and is still based there to this day. With more than 16 million products from about 9,000 suppliers, Worldwide Brands is the largest directory - but with a membership fee of $299 it's also the most expensive.
One of the alternatives - and potentially the cheapest - is Salehoo. Salehoo is a directory of certified wholesalers and drop shippers as well, but it has fewer products on offer - only about 2.5 million as of 2018. Salehoo does have about the same number of suppliers though, so you may find more products by contacting them directly. Salehoo is much cheaper than Worldwide Brands - membership costs only $67.
Another alternative to Worldwide Brands is Doba, but although it's cheaper at first, Doba adds up to be the most expensive at $29 a month. It's really easy to use though - unlike Worldwide Brands, Doba is a fully integrated system for getting goods drop shipped to your customers.
Although I've already written a more detailed Worldwide Brands review on Medium.com, I often get questions about why Worldwide Brands has been operating since 1999 and how they can get away with charging as much as $299 for membership to their old fashioned wholesaler directory.
Essentially there are two key reasons:
1. Worldwide Brands has more wholesale products from certified suppliers than anywhere else on the Internet, by a long way.
2. The $299 membership fee actually works out to be cheaper than some alternatives in the long term.
Worldwide Brands has about 16 million products from the 9,000+ certified wholesalers and drop shippers in their directory. That's ten times the number of Salehoo (which has about 1.6 million) and eight times as many as Doba (2 million). This huge scale means lower prices and much more items to choose from - both key advantages for a supplier directory.
There are also a number of exclusive contacts that Worldwide Brands has - suppliers that are not found in other directories.
Secondly, while $299 is a large initial investment - it's actually cheaper in the long term compared to the alternatives. Doba costs at least $30 a month and Salehoo $67 per year.
The biggest reason though is the size of the Worldwide Brands directory - no other directory comes close, that's why WWB is still popular.