Has AliExpress.com Replaced Worldwide Brands?

If you are into e-commerce and drop shipping, then you'll have heard of Worldwide Brands and AliExpress.com – two of the leading sources of drop shippers for new online businesses.

Worldwide Brands has been around for nearly 20 years – it was founded in Florida in 1999 By Chris Malta, an established eBay power seller – and has carved out a niche for certified drop shippers over the years.  Ali Express, however, is much newer and has some key advantages over Worldwide Brands – but has it really replaced the established directory, or does it just offer an alternative?

Worldwide Brands vs Ali Express

Worldwide Brands is the world's largest source of certified drop shippers – that means that all 8,000 suppliers they list are fully researched before being added, and therefore are guaranteed to be both legitimate and reliable to trade with.  This really is an advantage if you are concerned about being scammed by unchecked drop shippers.

Ali Express does not perform any checks on suppliers before adding them to their site – but they are very cheap, as nearly all of them are based in China.  Ali Express also integrates directly with Shopify through an app called Oberlo.

Which is Better?

It's difficult to say, because both are good at what they do.  Worldwide Brands provides access to top quality drop shippers, while Ali Express has the edge when it comes to cheap wholesale goods.

If you're looking to save money then Ali Express is probably the best for you, but if you're looking for high quality suppliers I'd recommend Worldwide Brands.