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.

How Much Cheaper is Salehoo than Worldwide Brands?

This is another 'salehoo vs worldwidebrands' post, but this time I want to focus on a very specific issue – the price difference between the two directories of wholesalers and dropshippers, as that's one of the key factors to take into account when choosing which one to join.

Both Salehoo and Worldwide Brands are directories of about 8,000 suppliers, all of which have been checked and certified as legitimate before being added to their databases.  Although they both list a similar number of wholesalers and dropshippers, while Salehoo has about 1.6 million products in their database from those suppliers, Worldwide Brands lists over 15 million products as of 2017 – nearly ten times the number of Salehoo, or any other competitor.

Salehoo costs $67 per year to be a member, and there are some additional fees for other add on products as well, but for access to the directory of suppliers it's only $67 per year.

Worldwide Brands usually costs $299 for lifetime membership, but often there are discounts available – and occasionally the price is reduced down to $269 or even $249.  This initially is much more expensive than Salehoo, but the fee for Worldwide Brands is for unlimited lifetime membership – and after about 5 years works out as the cheapest option.

Taking into account as well the number of products Worldwide Brands lists compared to Salehoo, per product it is much, much cheaper to join Worldwide Brands.