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The 10 Best Dropshipping Suppliers for Your Business

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Dropshipping is estimated to grow into a $558B market by 2025. With the rise of eCommerce, platforms like Magento Commerce and the low cost of marketing to consumers on social media, it’s easier than ever for aspiring entrepreneurs to start selling products to consumers. However, there are a number of trade-offs in doing so. It’s important that any new seller understands these and works to find a supplier that can make their business succeed.

What is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a business model where retailers use suppliers to ship products directly to the end customer rather than managing stocking and shipping themselves. Unlike traditional retail, the dropshipping retailers do not keep physical inventory and only pay for the product when a customer first places an order.

The primary benefit of dropshipping is it lets retailers sell products without committing the large amounts of working capital required to buy, stock, and ship wholesale products. This can be valuable for new companies or those experimenting with a new product before they commit the resources to purchase large amounts of inventory.

Tips for Finding Dropshipping Suppliers

Since finding a quality supplier is crucially important for a successful dropshipping operation, there are some steps to ensure you find the right one:

  • Read the reviews
    If the supplier has customer reviews, see what people are saying about their products and customer service. This will give insights into how customers will perceive your own quality when you sell those products yourself.
  • Review policies
    Since supplier policies will effectively flow down to your customers, you’ll need to understand how they handle broken products, missing packages, returns, and more. If the policies are not available on the supplier’s website, contact them directly to ask.
  • Try the products yourself
    If there’s a product you’re thinking about selling, order it yourself to see the product quality and the shipping speed. Based on these results, you can develop an accurate estimate of how the customer will perceive the level of service – for better or for worse.
  • Understand the fees
    Dropshipping often includes hidden fees and costs. You will want a firm understanding of the different shipping rates, monthly subscription costs, stocking fees, and more to understand how these will cumulatively impact your overhead.
  • Look for automation
    As your business scales, manually managing inventory levels, placing orders, and tracking shipments may not be feasible. Ideally, the supplier should have integrations with your eCommerce platform to automate these workflows, allowing you to focus on growing revenue streams.

10 Best Dropshipping Suppliers

There are many different services and marketplaces which help you find great suppliers to align with your business with.

1. AliExpress

AliExpress is an online marketplace owned by the Chinese eCommerce company Alibaba. AliExpress has millions of products and is typically the go-to for many dropshippers. Unlike many suppliers on the Alibaba wholesale services, AliExpress allows you to order single units of items. This eliminates the need to store dedicated inventory off site, letting you ship directly to customers.

  • Pros
    Retailers can sign up for free and find millions of products at affordable prices. You can order directly through the website without speaking directly to any suppliers which is a plus if there’s a language barrier. AliExpress also handles all shipment tracking and notifications. There are also a number of very reliable automation tools for popular eCommerce platforms, such as Magento Commerce, which automate order fulfillment.
  • Cons
    The majority of AliExpress suppliers are in China. While this means cheaper prices and often worldwide shipping options, it can be slow to get products directly to customers in countries like the United States. The ePacket option makes this affordable, but customers often have to wait weeks to receive products..
  • Summary
    AliExpress is affordable, easy to use, and has great product selection. Because of this, it’s often where dropshippers go to test out new products. However, given the slow shipping times for many products, it’s not always the best for a large or fast growing eCommerce business which needs prompt and transparent shipping to avoid customer service issues.

2. SaleHoo

SaleHoo is a wholesale and dropshipping directory. Based in New Zealand, SaleHoo provides one of the largest international directories of buyers and suppliers.

  • Pros
    Given the size of its directory, SaleHoo provides a great way for buyers to find different types of suppliers from around the world for both dropshipping and traditional wholesale. Their $67 yearly subscription is also very reasonable relative to the competition.
  • Cons
    SaleHoo does not allow retail orders like other sites, such as AliExpress. Its process is a bit more formal and requires direct communication with the suppliers. Therefore, you’ll have to build relationships and create communication channels with other businesses.
  • Summary
    SaleHoo has a very large directory of suppliers around the world and offers services at a reasonable rate. However, given the formalities and direct contacts with suppliers, it’s a bit harder to get started and test new products. Therefore, this may be a better option for dropshippers with some experience with a particular industry or product.

3. Worldwide Brands

Worldwide Brands provides a directory of verified dropshippers, large and small volume wholesalers, and importers. The company is based in Florida and has over 20 years of experience in vetting their suppliers.

  • Pros
    Worldwide Brands provides a simple way to find vetted suppliers. It also provides training material geared towards finding the right supplier and running online businesses. For US-based sellers, their Florida home base may allow for a bit more hands-on customer service.
  • Cons
    Worldwide Brands is primarily a directory, so you’ll still have to make your own relationships and payment structures with suppliers. They also require a one-time lifetime subscription fee of $299 so it’s a bit harder to test out the service to determine a good fit.
  • Summary
    Worldwide Brands has a vetted list of quality suppliers, along with US-based employees who can help you find the right supplier for your business. However, the upfront cost is high and you will still have to build your own business relationships.

4. Megagoods

Megagoods is a distributor of consumer electronics. Unlike other services, the California-based company actually owns and warehouses their own products, enabling fast shipping in the U.S.

  • Pros
    Megagoods is great for dropshippers selling electronics to US-based customers as the warehouse and fulfillment operations are all domestic, meaning you don’t have to worry about international shipping times. They’re also fairly affordable at only $14.99 per month.
  • Cons
    Megagoods is focused on consumer electronics so their product offering is a bit more limited relative to the larger wholesale directories and marketplace. They also lack research tools or integrations with eCommerce platforms.
  • Summary
    Megagoods is great for US-based electronics dropshipping. However, their products are a bit more limited and since Megagoods is not currently integrated with any eCommerce platforms, you’ll have to build out a fulfillment process from scratch.

5. Doba

Doba provides an easy-to-use platform for sourcing suppliers, ordering and tracking products, and managing inventory. The company is based in the U.S. and has live customer support which can be useful for brands expecting to provide their own customer service.

  • Pros
    Doba effectively provides an end-to-end solution by managing all of the operations and ordering. They also integrate well with eCommerce platforms and marketplaces, making it easy to get started selling products.
  • Cons
    It can be difficult to contact suppliers directly to form a direct working relationship. For large brands which may have custom demands for their suppliers, this can present a variety of issues. Service tiers can also get expensive, ranging from $29-$249 per month.
  • Summary
    Doba provides a platform which manages the sourcing, fulfillment, and integration needs which let dropshippers of varying experience levels get started quickly. However, they don’t allow you to work with the suppliers directly and they can get quite expensive for their higher tier plans.

6. Wholesale Central

Wholesale Central is a wholesale and dropshipping supplier directory. Based in the US, they have over 25 years of experience matching buyers and suppliers around the world.

  • Pros
    Wholesale Central has suppliers from around the world and their platform is very easy to navigate and explore. Better yet, it’s free for buyers to use.
  • Cons
    Wholesale Central is primarily an online directory and therefore any relationships, communications, or purchasing must be done directly with the supplier. Furthermore, the majority of their suppliers sell traditional bulk wholesale and do not dropship, so it will take a bit more exploring to find the right dropshipping partner.
  • Summary
    Wholesale Central has a solid repository of wholesale suppliers around the world, is easy to use, and is free for buyers. However, it can be a bit harder to find suppliers that support dropshipping and any relationships and processes must be set up directly with them.

7. Wholesale2B

Wholesale2B is an end-to-end dropshipping service which lets customers research products, integrate them with their eCommerce platform, and manage both buying and shipping processes. Based in the US, Wholesale2B is working to automate the dropshipping process with minimal need for communications with suppliers or other logistics providers.

  • Pros
    Wholesale2B provides a quick, automated way to get started dropshipping all different types of products from suppliers around the world. It’s free to browse the service and it comes with numerous integrations with eCommerce platforms and digital marketplaces.
  • Cons
    While browsing Wholesale2B is free, they require separate monthly subscriptions for every service you want to buy from them. For example, if you want to dropship on multiple different platforms, you will pay separately for each of them. They also have limited customer service channels which are only available during business hours.  
  • Summary
    Wholesale2B provides an automated dropshipping platform which makes it easy and inexpensive to get started selling on most eCommerce platforms. However, they charge different subscription fees for their different services which can add up quickly if you’re selling on multiple platforms or using their other services like web analytics.

8. Sunrise Wholesale

Sunrise Wholesale is a dropshipping service offering 15,000 to 30,000 products across various categories to buyers in the U.S. and Canada. The Los Angeles-based company has been around for about 20 years and has numerous integrations with eCommerce platforms.

  • Pros
    Sunrise Wholesale makes it easy to ship to US and Canada based customers. Since Sunrise Wholesale manages the inventory themselves, they can ship to customers in under a week, unlike a majority of international suppliers. They also integrate with eCommerce platforms to make selling products easy.
  • Cons
    Since they manage most of the inventory themselves, Sunrise Wholesale has a relatively limited product selection, which typically ranges from 15,000 to 30,000 products—unlike millions available on other dropshipping services. They also require a monthly subscription fee of $49.  
  • Summary
    Sunrise Wholesale can be a great solution for dropshippers trying to get products to customers fast in the U.S. and Canada. However, they have limited product offerings and you cannot ship internationally outside of these two countries.

9. Inventory Source

Inventory Source provides dropshipping automation software which lets users sync products from various supplier networks, place orders, and track inventory. Based in the US, Inventory Source focuses on offering a flexible platform for managing the dropshipping process start to finish. 

  • Pros
    Inventory Source is flexible in that you can connect to not only their own supplier network, but also create and manage your own suppliers. This makes it a powerful option since you’re not restricted to their curated lists, letting you expand operations over time without moving to a new software provider.
  • Cons
    While Inventory Source has a pretty large directory of suppliers and products, it charges extra for every supplier sellers select. For example, the Basic Plan includes one supplier integration for $99 per month and the Plus Plan includes two integrations for $125 per month. 
  • Summary
    Inventory Source provides flexible dropshipping automation software to manage the entire process and can connect to their large supplier network. However, their billing structure makes it difficult for users wanting to buy from multiple different suppliers, which can be prohibitive if you have a general purpose store or operate multiple brands.

10. National Dropshippers

National Dropshippers is a simple service partnering with manufacturers and distributors around the U.S. to dropship their products. Based in New Hampshire, the service offers fast delivery and provides flexible membership plans.

  • Pros
    National Dropshippers offers fast shipping in the US by partnering with local suppliers. Sellers can browse their catalog before joining. They also have flexible membership plans to fit your operating needs at reasonable rates.
  • Cons
    National Dropshippers only offers a few thousand products to sell. They also only provide limited ability to export certain sets of products to your eCommerce platforms so ongoing maintenance is a bit more manual than other dropshipping services.
  • Summary
    National Dropshippers has some of the fastest shipping in the US by partnering with a network of domestic suppliers. However, their product selection is very limited along with minimal automation and integrations with other platforms.

Integrate your Dropshipping Supplier with your Custom eCommerce Site

Finding the right supplier is essential for building a successful eCommerce business. You’ll also want to make sure they integrate tightly with your eCommerce platform to ensure scalability as operations expand. Magento Commerce integrates with a number of key dropshipping suppliers to make this a fast, seamless process.

Request a free demo of Magento to see how an integrated eCommerce platform can help your dropshipping business succeed.

The 10 Best Dropshipping Suppliers for Your Business