Anyone who reads my blog will know that I like obscure niches, and that I've been using Worldwide Brands to find wholesalers and drop shippers of vacuums, carpet washers and various related cleaning products over the past few months – to sell on my new niche e-commerce site.
Well, so far sales have been slow – but it's picking up. I'd never expect a niche site to work from the start, especially one as obscure as carpet cleaners!
I want to use this post to talk about the source of my wholesale goods – Worldwide Brands – and how it can be a useful source of suppliers despite the high fee to join at $299 (although there are discounts available now of up to $50).
What is Worldwide Brands?
Worldwide Brands is a directory of drop shippers, manufacturers and wholesalers – all of them certified as reliable and willing to trade even with new online businesses and eBay sellers.
Many offer low minimum orders, and most also offer to drop ship goods – which is the setup I've been using as I did not want to spend thousands of dollars on vacuum cleaners before making any sales.
As the suppliers are based in the United states, it's easy to get goods (even large ones like electronics) drop shipped directly to my customers.
The only downside is that Worldwide Brands is really expensive to join. It was useful for me, as I've set up a range of small niche stores and usually sell expensive products (the most expensive carpet washer on my site is nearly $1,000!), but it simply won't be worth the investment for every new online store.