So, you've set up your Shopify store but think Worldwide Brands and Salehoo are too expensive to use as sources of suppliers? Well, don't worry – although they are the only sources of fully certified wholesalers and drop shippers there are other free ways to find good suppliers online.
One way is to use a site called DHGate, a marketplace for Chinese wholesalers and drop shippers to sell their goods to the rest of the world. Shipping may be slow, but the prices are even lower and the quality of products form most sellers is surprisingly good.
The problem with DHGate is it does not integrate directly with Shopify through an app called Oberlo – but a rival Chinese marketplace called Ali Express does.
Ali Express has millions of products too, and although they are not from verified sellers, the internal rating system allows you to filter out the unreliable suppliers. The best thing is that with Oberlo you can import products, automatically set prices and even fulfil and track drop shipped orders direct to your customers homes.
Unlike Worldwide Brands and Salehoo, which have high membership fees, Ali Express and DHGate are both free to join and have no monthly or annual membership costs – but they do not come with extras like tutorials or product research tools.