Doba and Salehoo Compared

Doba and Salehoo are both resources for new online stores (this Salehoo review explains the latter in more detail) and they both appeal to the same sort of buyer, but how do they compare and which is better?

Doba – A Service

Doba is a drop shipping service with more than two million products that are ready to be bought and delivered to your customers (as long as they are in the USA).

Doba membership costs between $20 and $250 a month and from the members area you can buy products, download inventory lists and track the shipment of goods to your customers.

Salehoo – A Directory

Salehoo is different – they do not supply products directly, but list wholesalers and drop shippers that you will need to contact individually.

There are benefits to this – first of all membership to Salehoo is cheaper at $67 per year, but also you can also buy in bulk with Salehoo and negotiate down prices as you are in direct contact with your suppliers.

Doba only ships to addresses in the United States, while Salehoo is truly international – with suppliers from the USA, UK, Europe, Australia and China.

Comparison

Both are good at what they do, but Doba is quite limited in the type of suppliers it lists and where they will ship to.  If you have an international business then Salehoo will probably be the best option for you.

Finding Wholesalers on the Internet

If you're setting up a business and looking for low priced suppliers, then you've probably come across sites like Salehoo or Worldwide Brands.  These are directories of wholesalers and drop shippers – suppliers that sell at trade prices either in large quantities (wholesalers) or dispatch individual items to your customers directly (drop shippers) and there are many places to find them online.

One of the main problems though is finding reliable suppliers.  Like with many online businesses around the world, not all of them are reliable – or even legitimate.  Some may sell fake goods passed off as top brands, while others just offer a poor service.

The easiest way to avoid scam wholesalers and dropshippers is to find them in an established directory – a database of suppliers that have all been checked, or at least 'screened' to prevent scams from getting through.  Worldwide Brands, one of the leading directories, do a full check on suppliers before adding them to their database – even placing test orders and visiting the warehouses of new suppliers.

Buying through a directory like Salehoo or WWB is easy and safe, but it comes with a price.  The membership fee for WWB is nearly $300 and Salehoo costs over $60 per year.