The Best Way To Find Wholesale Suppliers, Vendors And Products For Your Online Store

If you want to start an online store, you have to know where to find small business wholesale suppliers.

  • Should you search on Google?
  • Should you attend a tradeshow?
  • Should you import from China?

Where can you find drop ship suppliers, wholesalers or factories to manufacture your products?

When my wife and I first started our online business, we had these exact same questions.

The correct approach for finding a small business wholesale supplier or factory is highly dependent on your ecommerce business model.

For example, the methodology for finding a dropship supplier is completely different than finding a private label manufacturer.

As a result, this post will discuss the best wholesale suppliers depending on whether you…

  • Sell Dropshipped Products
  • Sell Wholesale Products
  • Sell Private Label Products

Having sourced products using all 3 methods above for my 7 figure ecommerce store, here’s my take on the best way to find small business wholesale suppliers for your online business.

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Selling Dropshipped Products

drop shipping
Most people fall into the trap of wanting to dropship when they start their first online store. Dropshipping seems appealing for several reasons.

For one thing, you don’t have to stock any items. Whenever an order comes in, you simply place the exact same order to the drop shipper and collect the profit based on the difference in selling price.

There is no inventory, no fulfillment obligations and all you have to do is take orders.

While dropshipping sounds like a dream come true, what most people don’t realize is that the profit margins are terrible and you have to provide customer support for problems that are completely out of your hands.

For example, sometimes your drop ship wholesale supplier will mess up your order or ship your product late. Sometimes your drop shipper will send defective merchandise. As the online store owner, you have to deal with all of these issues even though they aren’t your fault.

When you add the fact that your profit margins are extremely small (between 10-25%), you have a situation where you are sacrificing your mental health over problems beyond your control for very little money.

Even if you manage to find a reliable drop shipper, customer issues will still pop up and it will be much harder to deal with them when you don’t have control over your fulfillment.

In a nutshell, you are staking the reputation of your business on a 3rd party who may not have your interests in mind.

In most cases, it’s easier to become an affiliate rather than drop ship. This way, you take your cut and you’re done. There are no hassles.

How To Find A Small Business Wholesale Supplier That Dropships


That being said, drop shipping is an excellent way to fill in gaps in your overall product line. For example, let’s say I sell handkerchiefs but I only have 3 private label styles of my own to sell.

Instead of launching a store with only 3 products, I can fill out my selection with drop shipped goods. Most people aren’t aware that you can mix and match dropshipping with your own inventory but you can!

For those who are apprehensive about starting a small business, dropshipping is also a good way to dip your toes in ecommerce without risking a lot of money.

While I would never base my online store solely on drop shipping, an easy way to find companies willing to drop ship is via a service called Worldwide Brands.

We’ve used Worldwide Brands in the past to quickly find small business wholesale suppliers to fill out our inventory for sparse categories.

That being said, most wholesale suppliers will not want to drop ship for you unless you can demonstrate that you are a legit business that can drive sales.

And while many vendors don’t openly advertise that they’ll drop ship, you can sometimes negotiate a dropship arrangement if you just ask.

For information on how to start a dropshipped business and approach a dropship vendor, read the following posts

Where To Find Print On Demand Suppliers

Best Print On Demand Companies

Print on demand is a form of dropshipping where you work with a supplier to print your own custom designs on white label products like a t-shirts, mugs, pillows etc…

No money is required upfront. When your customer makes a purchase, the print on demand company builds your product with your design on the fly and ships it to your customer.

You don’t have to pay for the cost of your product until after it’s been sold which allows you to start a print on demand dropshipping store for very little money.

Here are my top 3 print on demand companies to work with.

  • Printful – Printful is my favorite print on demand company and they probably offer the largest selection of products to choose from. They print all of their goods in house with fast turnaround times.
  • Printify – Printify is Printful’s main competitor. But unlike Printful, Printify partners with different print providers to offer a wide range of customizable products.
  • Custom Cat – CustomCat isn’t as large or as polished as Printful or Printify but their wholesale price is lower.

How To Find Domestic Wholesale Suppliers

Buying Wholesale
The term “wholesale” gets thrown around a lot.

Whenever anyone asks me about wholesale goods and where to find a wholesale distributor, I always emphasize that the word “wholesale” can be misleading.

“Wholesale pricing” seems to imply that the price is the lowest that you can find. But that’s rarely the case.

When I was looking for a wholesale vendor in the US for our online store, all of the small business “wholesale” suppliers quoted extremely high prices that were comparable to Walmart.

Sure, they were cheaper than MSRP (MSRP is just a made up number anyway), but the wholesale prices were sufficiently high that the profit margins would have been on the low end for the products we wanted to sell.

To make things worse, there were already a large number of competitors selling the exact same products at close to the wholesale price.

While sourcing your products from the US (or your home country) is generally going to be more expensive, it does have its advantages.

Because many products are not made in the United States anymore, wholesale suppliers take care of all the hassle of importing and warehousing the goods from the manufacturer.

You don’t have to travel to a foreign country. You don’t have to deal with shipping or customs. You just place your order and the merchandise appears at your doorstep.

Finding domestic wholesale suppliers also saves you time from having to perform extensive quality control checks on your merchandise because presumably the wholesale supplier has gone through it all already.

The simplest way to find a small business wholesale supplier in the US is by Googling the company of the product you want to sell, going on their website, and finding out who their wholesale distributors are.

Smaller companies most likely won’t have distributors and will sell to you directly. Typical wholesale discounts are on the order of 30-50% off MSRP. And depending on the item and the brand, the minimum order can be as low as a hundred dollars.

Another great way to find wholesale merchandise is by attending local trade shows.

For example, Wholesale Central is a wholesale directory that contains a list of wholesale companies and wholesale trade shows in the US.

All supplier information is sorted by product category and you can easily find a niche specific convention to attend.

The best wholesale suppliers can be found at trade shows because they go through a vetting process and have the funds to invest in a booth.

If you live near a major city, you should definitely go and check out a trade show if you have the time. All you need is a sellers permit and admission is free for most shows.

Outside of Wholesale Central, you can also find many niche specific online wholesale directories by using Google.

How To Buy Factory Direct From Overseas Manufacturers

chinese factory
Buying direct from the manufacturer is the holy grail of merchandising, but it also takes the most amount of work, dedication and time.

These days, almost everything is manufactured overseas because the labor costs are much cheaper.

My general rule of thumb(for textiles at least) is that if you are buying from a vendor in the United States, you aren’t going to get the best pricing for your products.

Buying direct from the manufacturer or from overseas vendors is the best way to obtain the lowest prices, but it also presents the greatest upfront headaches.

Here’s a list of obstacles that we had to overcome when finding suppliers in Asia.

  • Communication can be an issue – Most Chinese vendors don’t speak english very well so you often have to rely on written communication like email.
  • Product definition is a slow process – Factories in Asia have really poor websites and it’s often hard to get an idea of their merchandise quality online. As a result, you have to get samples made and sent across the country which takes a long time.
  • The minimum order quantity is higher – Since you are dealing with factories, you have to order in larger quantities than you may be comfortable with
  • Importing from a foreign country requires more work – The logistics of international shipping in addition to dealing with customs is an extra hassle you have to deal with.
  • You have to manage quality control – Whenever you are producing a product in quantity, maintaining consistent quality is always a challenge.
  • The lead times are long – Getting products made from scratch often takes months and international shipping adds to the delay so you have to plan your inventory requirements carefully.

Is Buying Direct From Overseas Worth It?

Despite the hassles of importing from China, it is definitely worth it. The wholesale prices are unbeatable and the upfront investment pays for itself in the long run.

Once you’ve established a good relationship with your supplier, the process becomes much smoother. You will be able to competitively price your products.

You will be able to out price the larger chains and you will be able to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Once you have confidence in your manufacturers, you can design your own custom products and that is where the big money starts to kick in.

If you can fabricate your own designs or make small improvements to existing ones, you have the potential to sell products that no other store can offer.

How To Find Small Business Wholesale Suppliers Overseas


A great place to start is online. There are a variety of online directories for overseas manufacturers. For example, or are good places to start for a wide variety of items.

Both Alibaba and Global Sources vet all of their factories and provide you with useful information so you can quickly find the best suppliers.


In addition, with a click of a button, you can easily contact a Chinese supplier directly and ask for quotes, minimum order quantities and lead times.

In general, both Alibaba and Global Sources allow you to quickly access thousands of vendors without having to travel to Asia.

Further reading: How To Buy From Alibaba Safely (Without Getting Ripped Off)

How To Find Wholesale Suppliers With The US Customs Database

Jungle Scout Supplier Database

Even though the vendor reviews on Alibaba and Global Sources are helpful for evaluating potential suppliers, an even faster way to vet great suppliers is to spy on who your competitors are using.

In fact, you can easily steal wholesale suppliers from your competition by leveraging the Jungle Scout supplier database.

What is a supplier database?

Every sea shipping container that enters the United States must clear customs before it is allowed to cross the border. And during this process, every shipment is carefully documented in the US customs database.

All of this information is freely available to the public and a supplier database tool allows you to quickly browse the shipments for every company that imports into the United States by sea.

For example, here is a sample shipping document(bill of lading) for The North Face.

bill of lading

From this document, you can easily find North Face’s supplier and the size and weight of their shipment. This information is extremely powerful!

My favorite supplier database tool is called the Jungle Scout Supplier Database

For a small fee, you can quickly find the best suppliers your competition is using!

Below is a video demo I created on how to use the Jungle Scout supplier database tool to find your suppliers.

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How To Contact Your Supplier

Once you’ve found some potential vendors, send them an email or give them a call. Get a feel for whether they truly carry or manufacture the products that you’re interested in.

Once you’ve narrowed down potential vendors, it helps to have a Skype or WeChat conversation. And if you can, hop on a plane and visit them directly.

Especially if you are dealing with Asian vendors, face to face communication is strongly preferred in order to establish a good relationship.

By speaking to your vendor face to face, you are accomplishing three main things.

One, you are showing them that you are serious about purchasing from them.

Two, you will get to see their entire inventory of products in person to judge their quality.

And three, you will be able to place a face with a name and get to know them on a personal level.

Before meeting our first vendor face to face, I remember picturing him as a sleazy Asian dude wearing a wife beater and smoking a cigarette.

Much to my surprise, our supplier was actually clean cut and a pleasant, honest looking fellow. After meeting him face to face, I had much more confidence in ordering from him.

Because face to face communication is so important, my wife and I travel to China and Hong Kong every other year to visit our vendors.

For more information on how to find vendors in China, check out my post on How And Where To Buy Wholesale Direct From Chinese Factories

Attending Tradeshows In Hong Kong And China

Canton Fair Map
While finding and contacting vendors via Alibaba and Global Sources is fairly straightforward, it is a very slow and cumbersome process.

Not only do you have to get individual samples sent back and forth from Asia, but there’s also a major communication slowdown because exchanging emails is highly inefficient.

Add in the time difference and you only have a small window of time everyday to communicate.

But what if you could contact and see sample products for thousands of Chinese vendors all at once in a single location?

What if you could see and touch all of the merchandise without having to wait several weeks?

That’s what you get if you attend a major trade show like the Canton Fair or the Global Sources Expo.

Because so many different vendors congregate at these fairs and bring their merchandise with them, you can easily cover hundreds of vendors in the span of just a few days.

There’s no back and forth or delay in communication. You don’t have to get samples made and sent overseas. Everything is right there at your fingertips.

I’ve written about the Canton Fair extensively in the past. Check out this post!

GlobalSources Vs Alibaba

alibaba global sources

If you are finding your Asian vendors via Global Sources and Alibaba, keep in mind that these two services have different strengths.

If you are sourcing electronics, then Global Sources is by far the better service. In fact, the vendors you’ll find on Global Sources will tend to be higher quality because they vet their companies more closely.

But on the flip side, the vendors on Global Sources are more established and prefer to work with companies with greater purchasing power. As a result, the minimum order quantities tend to be higher.

Alibaba has a much larger selection of vendors but it’s going to be a mixed bag in terms of quality and legitimacy.

Some companies on Alibaba are trading companies. Some listings are individuals doing wholesale arbitrage online.

Make sure you do your due diligence on every company before you make a large purchase.

When To Source Product From Asia Vs the United States Or Your Home Country

us vs china
While the wholesale price for your goods will tend to be cheaper if purchased from China, importing from Asia will not always be the right answer for everyone.

There are many factors that you need to take into account. First off, the main advantage of importing from China is that the labor costs are significantly cheaper.

Therefore if you want to sell products that are labor intensive to create, going with China will almost always be cheaper. So textiles, clothing and anything that needs to be handmade are ideal candidates for importing.

But let’s say you manufacture plastic toys and you already own the molds. The cost of plastic between the US and Asia will probably not differ enough to warrant manufacturing in China.

The other thing you need to consider are the minimum order quantities and the cost of shipping and customs.

Note: I created a true landed cost of goods shipping calculator that you should check out if you plan on importing from overseas. Click here to check it out

Where To Find Wholesale Clothing Suppliers In The US


A lot of people come to me and ask if China is the right answer when manufacturing t shirts and dresses. If you are doing huge volumes, then the answer is yes.

But for most small business owners, making clothing in China is overkill. You’re much better off buying fabric in the US and finding a local seamstress to make your goods for you.

Only once you have the patterns down and know that you can sell in sufficient volume should you import a large quantity.

If you want to manufacture your own products in the US, there are many ways to find a reliable supplier.

For textiles and clothing, you can visit the local garment district in your area.

If you want to manufacture your own goods in the US, check out my post on 4 Ways To Find USA Wholesale Suppliers

You can also use Google and look for local manufacturers, wholesale companies and product designers.

If you are specifically looking to sell ready made wholesale clothing, you can try the following companies in the US.

Wholesale Fashion Square is a wholesale clothing marketplace of manufacturers and importers from Los Angeles, CA. Most of their items are sold in bundles of 6 and they offer very reasonable pricing on their items.

Overall, they have one of the largest selections of wholesale clothing in the United States spanning accessories, jewelry scarves, makeup accessories and clothing for all seasons and occasions.

LA Show Room

Similar to Wholesale Fashion Square, also offers a huge selection of clothing from designers, manufacturers, and wholesale distributors from around the world.

New products are added every week and they carry mens, womens and children’s clothing from a variety of brands.

Where To Find Wholesale Clothing Suppliers In China


Once you are ready for larger scale manufacturing, then finding wholesale suppliers in China makes the most economic sense.

Just to give you an idea of pricing, you can buy a blank t-shirt in China for as little as 50 cents depending on quality.

But the downside is that the Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) for clothing is on the order of 300-500 pieces per design. In many cases, you have to order 300-500 pieces per size as well.

As a result, manufacturing clothing in China carries a large upfront investment. In general, you should only order designs from China that you know you can sell in volume.

In addition to finding clothing manufacturers on Alibaba and Global Sources, you can also look at and as well for clothing suppliers.

For more information, check out my post on How To Find China Wholesale Suppliers And Import Direct From Chinese Factories

Finding Wholesale Suppliers Summary

How you prefer to obtain your goods from your suppliers is up to you, but buying direct is a no brainer in my book. The more work that you are willing to put into your small business, the more profits that you will make.

No one said that opening an online store was going to be easy. By placing a larger investment of your time upfront, you will pave the way to greater rewards in the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Wholesale Suppliers

How Do I Find Wholesale Suppliers?

The easiest way to find a wholesale supplier is by reaching out to the product distributor directly. If you are looking to import from China, you can use a supplier directory like Alibaba or Global Sources. If you are looking for resources in the US, then you can turn to a service called Reference USA. In addition, there are many services out there where you can lookup exactly which factory a seller is using to fabricate their goods.

What Are Wholesale Suppliers?

Buying wholesale is when a seller buys goods in large quantities directly from the manufacturer or distributor at a significant discount. The seller then resells these items directly to the consumer. Buying in bulk allows the seller to maintain attractive pricing and make a profit

What Are The Best Wholesale Sites To Buy From?

The answer depends. If you are looking to source from China, then use Alibaba or Global Sources. If you are in the US, then use Reference USA or Wholesale Central. In general, wholesale directories are less attractive than if you do your own legwork and find the distributor directly.

Can You Buy Wholesale Without A Business License?

You can definitely buy wholesale without a business. However, you may be charged sales tax which can affect your margins. In general, there's nothing magical about the word wholesale. As long as you can make a profit, that's what matters.

Where Can You Find Drop Shipping Suppliers?

The best way to find dropship suppliers is by finding and reaching out to the distributor directly. However, there are directories like Worldwide Brands which aggregate a bunch of dropshipping suppliers all in one place for your convenience.

Do You Need A Tax ID To Buy Wholesale?

A business tax wholesale number allows you to buy goods wholesale without paying sales tax. While it is not explicitly required, some suppliers may not be willing to sell to you unless you have a business license and tax ID

Is It Legal To Buy Products And Resell Them?

It is completely legal to buy products and resell them. However, you must register for a sellers permit in order to pay sales tax to your governing entity.

What Are The Best Wholesale Suppliers In China

Most suppliers that you'll find in China are manufacturers and factories. As a result, when you source from China, you are buying straight from the source. The best way to find suppliers in China is through Alibaba, Global Sources or by using the Jungle Scout Supplier Database

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162 thoughts on “The Best Way To Find Wholesale Suppliers, Vendors And Products For Your Online Store”

  1. Carla says:

    I drop ship with two of my vendors and it can be a PITA. I haven’t had any problems, but I do track the packages meticulously to make sure my customers do receive them!

    The good news is, I have a close relationships with both vendors (both smaller companies) so I communicate with them on a regular basis.

    1. Steve says:

      Hi Carla,

      That’s interesting. Have you had to deal with returns yet? What about irate customers?

    2. Andrews says:


      My pleasure to know you are doing drop shipping business.
      we also have collect more than 800,000 products embracing 15 main categories on our site.

      We would like to cooperate with you in dropshipping and wholesale business.
      Let us talk more about the detail.

      Best Regards

      1. Sandy says:

        Hello Andrews,

        I was wondering if we can work together. I have online store too.

        Thank You,

      2. rajesh says:

        May I know more about your website.

      3. Emmanuel Gyan-Amoah says:

        Hello I just started an online shop in Czech Republic and want to do the drop shipping is there any way you can help me fill the categories on my website with products and I want to do business with you.

    3. Matt says:

      Hey Carla, how is the dropshipping working for you?. Do you know any good trustworthy shippers?

    4. katrina says:

      How did you go about finding your vendors?

    5. DGarcia says:

      We are a full service wholesale company in the heart of California, You can shop directly online with us or come into our showroom we have a variety of great items ! Call us of email if you have any questions

      1. Tiny Moatlhaping says:

        Please send me more info about your wholesale services.

      2. Bianca says:

        Whata your website

      3. Elroy says:

        how can I reach you out?

      4. Lacey says:

        Hi I’m currently looking for a wholesale company to buy from could you please give me some info on your company?

    6. Natasha Ewing says:

      Hi 👋🏽 I’m trying to find vendors in the United States to get quality merchandise with speedy delivery for my online store. Do you have any suggestions?

    7. Ebony says:

      Hello Carla I am trying to start up my only store I was wondering if you would be able to help me out give me some pointers and point me in the right direction? I would really appreciate it

  2. Carla says:

    Hi Steve,

    I never had any returns or irate customers. In fact, I never had any communication with customers aside any minor emails. Knock on wood!

    1. Steve says:

      Wow Carla,

      Consider yourself lucky then. Either that or your customers just love your product all the way through.

  3. Michele says:

    What a fabulous and thorough article! I always wondered about the drop shipping thing, too. I guess I like controlling stuff too much to ever go for the drop ship option. 😉

    I really enjoyed learning from you wisdom!


    1. Steve says:

      Thanks Michele!

      Yeah, I’m too much of a control freak as well. In general, I at least want to be aware of everything that is going on even if I don’t have complete control.

      1. Emmanuel says:

        Hello Steve, nice article, your article has relieved my headache. I just started an online shop in Czech Republic and I am trying to find my way into the market. Currently I am looking for products to fill in categories of the site and want to do drop shipping as well. I am a foreign student there though. Any help any suggestions? I will appreciate that. Thank you

  4. Carla says:

    Well, I started drop shipping after I started selling products I purchased wholesale. I wanted to get used to all of this first before jumping into drop shipping right away.

    I wasn’t even going to drop ship but I needed to add more products to my site on a limited budget. I don’t like giving up the control either, but ‘them the breaks’ for the time being.

    1. Steve says:

      Hey Carla,

      I didn’t mean to imply that drop shipping is a bad idea In fact I have a few friends that have been successful doing it. But you need a very high traffic and conversion ratio in order to make a living out of it. Power to you for getting it right for your store!

    2. Emmanuel says:

      Hi Clara, where can I get companies do drop shipping in Europe and also get products to fill my online store.Thank you

      1. Jonalyn Rosal says:

        I am manufacturer/producer of Banana chips..Manila,Philippines

      2. Bhadra Sengupta says:

        Hi Emmanuel

        I am a manufacturer.
        If you are interested, do get in touch.

  5. brian says:

    Outstanding article. I can definitely vouch for the headaches of drop shipping, all it takes is one supplier screw up and you really have mess on your hands, thanks for the tips on wholesaling!


    1. Steve says:

      Thanks for stopping by Brian!

      Finding the right supplier is definitely the key. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  6. Wayne Liew says:

    Thanks for the article, I have been looking for this quite some time now. I have visited but never contact one of the vendors there which I might try out soon. How about some other importing issues like dealing with customs and so on?

    1. Steve says:

      Hey Wayne,

      I’m not sure that dealing with customs warrants an entire article but I’ll try and cover it in a future post.

  7. Rick Answer Analyst says:

    I have been a retailer in the US for the last 30 years. I branched into mail order in the early 90s. What I found then was that in my industries the best sellers were big name brand items.

    I have imported some furniture from Indonesia and it didn’t go very well. The cost of storage after you get semi loads of product hurts too.

    A good customs broker can help a lot.

    It usually takes a lot of capital to purchase in container sized lots.


    1. Steve says:

      Hey Rick,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences on the blog. I guess success importing depends on the product. I couldn’t even imagine shipping furniture from overseas. I guess our inventory is on the smaller end so everything works out well.

  8. Irene | Light Beckons says:

    Hiya Steve,

    I’m back from Bermuda Triangle, hahaha! This post brings me back to the time when I was helping a friend with his online retail clothing business. All the issues you face and the benefits you reap in the United States are pretty much valid here in Asia as well. I had to chuckle when you said English speaking vendors come with a higher price tag … it’s true!

    1. Steve says:

      Hi Irene,
      Wow, it has been a long time and I’m glad you are back! Hopefully for good this time. Yeah, it’s somewhat curious how there’s a direct relationship between cost and English speaking capability. If I call on a vendor and they speak perfect English, I tell them that I accidentally dialed the wrong number. Saves us both time!

  9. Carla says:

    Thanks Steve! I guess time will tell if I can generate the traffic I need.

    1. Steve says:

      Hey Carla,

      You know that I’m always rooting for you! You’ll have to share some of your experiences with me in the future. Are you up for a guest post maybe?

  10. Carla says:

    Hi Steve – I would be honored! 😀

  11. Vincent says:

    Hi Steve,

    Your articles are always filled with so much of your personal experience which make it much more interesting and authentic. This article had taught me something that I would need to know if I were to open an online store and thanks for the article. 🙂

    Personal Development Blogger

    1. Steve says:

      Thanks Vincent,

      I really appreciate the comment!

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  15. VANYA says:

    Hi Steve,

    You mentioned in a previous article that you had problems with your suppliers at first regarding quality.

    Did you visit them often, although its overseas, to check the order and quality as your orders got bigger or was it just based on trust?

    1. Steve says:

      Hi Vanya

      We visited them in order to establish trust and rapport. As orders got bigger, we simply let them know which products were not up to par. Usually they would allow us to return the defective merchandise. Then in subsequent orders, they would fix the quality issues. It’s an iterative process.

  16. Naomi says:

    Hi Steve,
    I must say your articles have been pretty insightful. I have been so lazy about starting my own online store. Each time i get to a stage, I am just overwhelmed by some fear and I stopped.
    I have hosted a website but got stuck with where to find my products. I just abandoned the whole idea for about a year now.
    My worries are getting the right suppliers and quality.
    I hate my job so much and life was becoming a drag. I need help with starting up urgently.

  17. Micaela says:

    Did you have to obtain a work or travel Visa in order to interact with suppliers in Asia? What issues did you encounter or how did you prepare for the administrative side of getting in to view suppliers’ operations?

    1. Steve says:

      Unless you are visiting them in China, you don’t need a Visa. In terms of what issues we had when dealing with Asian vendors, I’ve written several posts about that already. Do a search for “vendors” and you’ll see a bunch of posts come up.

      1. daw wij says:

        we provide elegant collections at reasonable prices
        you can contact us for more information.

  18. lartiste says:

    i was with you until you said i had to go to china.. i have major fear of planes(like full blown panic anxiety and passing out) .. so much for that

  19. Ashley john says:

    This is really very informative article. Do you know any other website than aliibaba for searching?


  20. Steve says:

    You can also try

  21. buythiscomputer says:

    I usually buy from the Personal shopper bangkok company in Thailand if it helps.

      1. nataliaf says:

        Thank you I will try them, seems good.

    1. Ayok says:

      Hello… I have paid for their service and have sent ’em pictures of apparels to buy for me and its been 12 days now and they haven’t replied a single mail i sent….. Did it take you long to hear back from ’em when you started using their service?? Your response will be much appreciated….

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  23. Ihezie John Arinze says:

    Good morning Mr. Steve, Pls i am an Average worker living in Nigeria,and i would like to ask if you know any type of shipment or business to go into. Thanks.

  24. Catrina says:

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the info. I’m having a difficult time deciding on a niche market for my online store. I just became informed about Canton Fair. Do you believe that it is a good idea or a bad idea to attend the fair without a definite product niche in mind? Or is it ok to attend the fair in order to see some options and get some ideas from there?


    1. Steve C says:

      Hi Catrina,

      I would probably not attend the Canton Fair without having some sort of idea what you want to sell. The show is gigantic! And probably bigger than anything you’ve ever seen. Unless you have focus, I doubt that you’d be able to cover the entire show floor.

  25. Anna Wilson says:

    Have you ever heard of a trade show in the US that you could visit to see products?

  26. kevin says:

    This article is very useful, it helped a lot of viewers to get insight knowledge. Am currently living in china and been doing export business for quiet a long time. My advice would be not to trust easily some online companies when it comes to suppliers as you can find lot of small companies in Alibaba with fake accounts and ripping off newbies.

    1. Do not focus only on price as they provide some fancy price and once the deposit is been placed, the shipment wont be processed as stated.

    2. When searching for suppliers make sure they have direct contact with factories and provide you with adequate certificates and other international standards.

    3. Some small suppliers will tend to produce very low quality product for extremely low price, when it comes for shipment you will end up in misery as for few countries it is easier but most western countries have certain standards.

    If you need any assistance or help write to me at, I can provide you help in finding some suitable supplier and can suggest you some good ideas about finding a good supplier. Please be aware before finding a supplier from Alibaba.

    1. kgat says:

      Thank you that was really helpful

  27. pyna says:

    Hi. I want to find a supplier or vendors. Please help me find them 🙁 i want to sell shoes and clothes or inspired items

  28. Omar Abukar says:

    Hi everyone, If your interested in having oversea Vendors we as a EMC company can help you find the right vendors and the right products. We can get you almost anything you want give Us a shot!!

    Warm Regards
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  29. Efrain Serna says:

    Hello, I am 17 and really excited to learn about online selling. If any one needs help and is willing to take me under their wing. I would more than gladly be open to pay you as a tutor and help you out. If anyone is interested in helping me please contact me.

  30. Anilkumar says:

    Hi steve , I am starting a website that will showcase indigenously made stuff from india and available to indians and the world . This means my vendors are small and medium indian manufacturers and my buyers will be people across the globe looking for indian products . Steve a few words of advise from you and other experienced friends here will be a great help .


  31. Sulfen says:

    How much money would it be recommended to have on hand before attempting to start an online shop?

  32. Gerry says:

    Hey Family. I am in the process of starting a online business where I will be selling church clothing. I am seeking wholesalers that are dropshipers of ladies dresses, hats, etc. and men suits, shoes, etc that can be worn to church services, church events and work. Thank you in advance.

  33. Chloe says:

    Hi Steve,

    I’m also considering to start a new business in apparel, could you please inform me about the process of custom clearance in US? Is there any information source or service that can help us?


  34. Nancy Maclen says:

    I was also looking for a wholesale supplier during the initial stages of my online store development. However I found the best supplier from a very popular directory. I would suggest to do a detail research in directory sites as well.

    1. Myaika says:

      Hi. I’m looking to start an online store selling jewelry and clothes. I’m looking for good vendors. Please help

    2. Bhadra Sengupta says:

      Hi Nancy,
      As I am a manufacturer and wish to deal in wholesale supply would like to know, what kind of products are you dealing!

  35. Marla says:

    I have the hardest time finding vendor that use American sizing versus “Asian sizes”. I do not like ordering “plus sized” products just to fit an American size 6 in a 3X… that is beyond ridiculous. Do you have any insight on that?

    Thank you,

  36. David says:


    My name is David and I wanted to open a online store on esoteric and pagan products, however, I have no experience and I can’t find suppliers for any products of my interest in selling. Can anyone help me, please?


  37. vesta wleh says:

    i want to opening a online store. This course will be a great help to me.

  38. planetbookshop says:

    Thank you that was really helpful

  39. Chantel says:

    I am also looking to start up an online store for womens clothing and was struggling to find the right supplier. this has helped me out alot, it seems i have a lot more research to do before I buy. i will be attending Pure London tomorrow just to get some ideas. I never even heard of drop selling until I read this article thanks steve.

    1. Janet Wanjiru says:

      hey,im janet cloth making searching for orders to supply cloth

  40. janice doreen says:

    Try for trendy and cheap.
    I have two boutiques of my own, the key is to find a few great suppliers and develop relationships with them to where you can get good discounts and special offers.

    1. Tiffany says:

      I want to start my online business and I would love for you to help me please.

    2. Amy Allen says:

      How did you get wholesalers to sale to you? I’m just starting my business and they all want invoices with $1,000-$3,000 in purchases. How to I obtain that when they will not sale without previous purchases?

  41. Mahima mehra says:

    Hi. Have to start with a new western clothing outfit business. So would like to link up

  42. seema jain says:

    I m a reseller. I want ur products at wholesale price.

  43. seema jain says:

    I m a reseller. I want ur products at wholesale price. 9873713271

  44. Mohammad says:

    Hi everyone my name is Mohammad, I’m in the import/export industry of textiles. I work very closely with variety of garment factories in Bangladesh, primarily owned by close family members. I am able to provide affordable rates for any type of garments required. The companies/ factories in relations with me, are able to supply high quality garments for the lowest price available. Please feel free to contact me, if you are interested in branching out.

    T-shirt – $3 to $7
    Pants – $4 to $14
    Shirts – $4 to $9

    I’m located in New York City if anyone wants to meet up and discuss it further my contact information is by email or phone

    1. Bros Toch says:

      I’m really interesting to but the lowest price clothes to open a new shop.
      Can you give me a sample of your clothes.

      Thank you.

  45. GAUTAM says:


    I am planning start a online store for printed t-shirts and planning to ship them from overseas. So my question that if i ship them from a supplier who prints t-shirts with famous cartoon(Disney etc) or super hero(Marvels etc) can i just buy and sell them as usual or do i need a copyright permission for selling these t shirts in my country.

  46. james loren says:

    Hello Sales,
    Greetings from Loren Lee D.J Shop INC. My name is James Loren. I will
    like to place an order to, Mississippi however i would like to know if you
    accept private pickup and let me know the credit card type you
    accept(Master,Visa Card) as form of payment.
    It will be appreciated if you return my email with your latest updated
    website or attached price sheets of your products.


    James Loren

  47. Arielle says:

    Hi! I just opened an online trendy women’s boutique back in May. So far, it’s been slow going and has taken a lot of faith. I’ve been looking at and was wondering if you knew of any other sites like it or if anyone had ever had any experience with this particular site? This is all new to me, so any tips are helpful 🙂

    1. Amy Allen says:

      How did you get started purchasing when most wholesalers require proof of previous purchases before they will sale to you?

  48. Naaz says:

    Hi. We want to find a supplier or vendors. Our online business is in India and we are dealing in Women’s & Men’s Dresses ,Mobile, Mobile Accessories , Shoes ,Toys. Please help for same.

  49. Jenna says:

    I want to sell kids brand nameclothing like roxy, bench, quicksilver where would I find cheap vendors for this???

  50. david packer says:

    I would like to make an inquiry about some products. But before i proceed,
    Please inform me on:

    – Shipping to Belize, Central America (if possible) ?
    – Minimum order quantity ?
    – If credit card is accepted ?
    – Delivery lead time ?

    I would be awaiting to receive the reply as soon as possible.

    david packer {MD}
    david packer Ventures
    47Z Sandased Drive,
    Belize City, Belize Central America.
    Telephone Number: +13092705992

    order enquiries

  51. Laura Morrow says:

    I am fairly new to selling. However, I joined an app where the took 20% and paid the shipping and the rest you cleared was yours. This has really help me decide what I would like to do dor a living. I would like to open my own online boutique. However I dumb to the entire process from building the website to finding suppliers to fill my store. If any one who has been there done that and succeeded and can point me in a good direction to start please email me

    1. Olivia V Harrell says:

      Hi Laura! Whats the App you used?

    2. Sabrina says:

      Laura did you get your question above answered? I am looking for this info too.

    3. Bil says:

      What’s the app you’re using, im waiting for your answer…Thanks

  52. Henrik says:

    China is difficult to deal with sometimes. Finding a good manufacturer that is not looking to scam you or take no responsibilities for mistakes is tricky. For many Chinese, getting rich fast is nr. 1 priority.

    Vietnam is a bit more service minded. I work for OEM – FOB Clothes & Trims manufacturer Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and we rely more on building longer business relationships

    1. Zeeshan says:

      You also can find many Suppliers in Sialkot Pakistan. Who can be willing to work on lower Moqs like 20-50 Pcs per Article.

      1. Marika Browne says:

        Hi Zeeshan,

        What`s the quality like in Pakistan? I’m looking at purchasing women and mens clothing and I want my own branding. Could you provide a couple of companies that I could look into.



    2. Marika Browne says:

      Hello Henrik,

      I am interested in opening a clothing store and am starting to research where I could my merchandise from. I’m a little intimated about shopping in Asia, China in particular. Does your company sell wholesale women’s and men’s clothing and do you allow me to have my company name on the label? What do the minimum quantities look like? Any information you can send me would be great and if you have a website where I can see the type of merchandise you carry.



      1. Bhadra Sengupta says:

        Hi Marika
        Would like to know where are you located. I am a manufacturer . Interested to communicate .

    3. Thuy le gnam says:

      I agree, vietnam is very good for clothing supply, we are a manufacturer in vietnam and we supply many businesses in usa and France…

  53. Cheong says:

    I am going to get some snack food from foreign country.
    What should I take note when dealing with the manufacturer in the starting?
    Thank you!

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  55. Karen Fredrick says:

    I am very much wanting to start up my own on line clothing store. Selling baby, childrens, teens, adult, boys and men’s clothing. I don’t have a name set up yet. But I have friends who have their own stores and they tell me about how they have suppliers. How do I get suppliers so I can look at the items and be able to present them to my customers?

    1. Shanta says:

      Iam in The Same Situation it’s a process, but there is no reason to give up

    2. Mannan says:

      Hi Karen, We are sourcing agency from India and can help you find suppliers and catalogs. Let me know if interested.

  56. David Kojo says:

    dear Sir/Madam

    We are willing and ready to purchase T Shirt in a bulk quantity, so
    please we request you send us your product offer and price and please
    contact me


    Mr David Kojo

    1. k v subbarao says:

      Dear David Kojo,

      i am subbarao from vietnam,
      i having many types t-shirts can you contact to me,
      my contact +84919840241,

  57. judge wilson says:


    We extend our kind interest to make purchase on some items in your facility.Before we proceed kindly let us know if you accept credit card payment and do you allow private pickup by freight forwarders,and will be appreciated if you return to us by email with your Website or attached wholesale price sheets.

    Awaiting for your reply

    Best Regards,

  58. abhinit singh says:


    i want to purchase bulk quantity of branded mens t.shirts..shirts..jeans..trouser..n casual sport shoes .

    so please revert so that we start our bussines deal.

    thanks ..


    1. k v subbarao says:

      Dear Abhinit singh,

      i am subbarao from vietnam,
      i having many types t-shirts can you contact to me,
      my contact +84919840241,

  59. jeannette says:

    I am looking to open an online store but I haven’t found a product to sell all I see online is how to pick a product and how to sell them I have been looking in videos and web pages and haven’t found out what and how to sell on my new online store ? any information will help thank you

    1. Becky hoffman says:


      I am in the same situation. Maybe we can help each other out. Becky 816-877-5299

      1. Mannan says:

        If you know what category or Niche you are interested in, I can help you with finding good suppliers.
        I am a sourcing agent from India and deal in many categories. We make the process easy for you . Please message me for more information.

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  62. Abraham Marcurley says:

    Hello Sir/Ma,

    My name is Abraham Marcurley from AM Store Ltd .I will like to place order on some products, but i would like to know if you accept Visa or Master card as method of payment?

    Kindly get back to me so that we can proceed. Please do not forget to include your web page in your replying back to my mail. I will await your prompt response as soon as you receive this mail.

    Thank you….
    Yours Sincerely,
    TEL:(661) 480-6436

  63. Akhil says:

    thanks for sharing those informative knowledge with us.

  64. Roger Sanchez says:

    Steve, I love that you don’t sugarcoat the cons of each sourcing opportunity. I have had great success in the world of overstocks and liquidations domestically. Things like clothing, electronics, general merchandise etc. I think my biggest issue is maintaining a consistent supply so I tend to supplement my inventory with overseas products as well. Do you run into customs issues when importing, if so does it really cut into your bottom line?

  65. casimir Borysow says:

    looking for start-up info & how to build website

  66. SHARANU says:

    I want to start a new supplier business please help me

  67. Danial Pervaiz says:

    Hello Amazing Article. I have one question. I saw a lot of people drop ships and gets a customers complain about the products quality. how to handle this situation?

  68. Mahyar Asl says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I would like to place order urgently for couple of pharmaceutical products?
    Best regards

  69. Surati Fabric says:

    We have so many ladies wear items to sell online vendor. We are wholesale suppliers of Indian Ladies Kurtis, Dress Material.

  70. John wilson says:

    we are ready to buy clothes in large quantities… if you are ready to sell kindly let me know…. here is my mail address

  71. Diana@OasisShirts says:

    Hi, Nice post for the wholesale buyers, One of your point related domestic wholesalers there I think not all the wholesale supplier have same services, many of the clothing suppliers wholesale serve the service overseas with very minimums cost and value.

  72. Najiyyah Imhotep says:

    Hi, I have a body products business which includes me purchasing body oils and essential oils.. My domestic supplier isnt that reasonable and is causing me to not have that much in profit. Any suggestions with a supplier that I can use for this? Thank you in advance

  73. Starry Zhang says:

    Hey ,

    I am from China and I am a kids manufacturer, I am now looking for clients who do this business to cooperation, we have our designs, such as T-shirts, pants, dress etc, and we update our style very quickly, it’s really fashion, I promise you kids will love it. Besides, we also can do the order with your design if you can get our MOQ.
    If you are interested, please write me a email to discuss more, my email is

    1. Tasheena says:

      Do you have a platform that you post your clothing on, Starry Zhang?

  74. David McGraw says:

    What a detailed post. I wish I had this when starting out. Would of saved me hundreds of hours.

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  76. ASOW says:

    If you want find high quality wholesale sites. i think i can help u!

    1. Sharonda says:

      Hi my name is Sharonda I’m from Pennsylvania I’m looking for vendor to start selling women clothing if you can help me out ca you please email me

  77. Holdgood says:

    Hi Sales,

    My name is Holdgood Ventures i want to make an enquiry of your items let me know if you accept the terms below

    1. Do you have POS machine terminal to charge credit card manually.

    2. Let me know the type of Credit card you accept for prepayment

    3. Do you accept private pick up by our forwarder

    4. Can you send me your website to view your products

    5. Can you send me your wholesale price sheet if possible

    I will await your reply Asap,

  78. ahtisham habbib says:

    Hasilpur Ads is the Best Classified ads website for hasilpur. you can buy and sell your every thing on this website. just create your account and Submit your Ads.

  79. Moda says:

    Thanks for this valuable Information Sharing with us your review is very nice.
    Thanks once again for this Wonderful article.
    Keep on posting!

  80. Patricial Berry says:


    I will like to purchase an order from Belize. Do yo accept credit card for payment ? Also do you accept freight forwarder for pick up ?

  81. Daniel says:

    interested in selling bulk name brND CLOTHING

  82. Amy says:

    Hello Steve, I have built a website and created the Ankylosing Spondylitis Center of North website, an organization dedicated to helping people who suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis (a type of arthritis that attacks the spine). I would like to have tools and resources for these patients available in a store on the website, but I have no idea how to find the vendors for each and every product (products are varied and would include mattresses, pillows, massage chairs, supplements and vitamins, therapeutic tools, etc). It will be a huge help to have all these items available on one website for patients. Do I have to contact the manufacturer for each and every product, and ask if they will let me be an Affiliate, or are there other options? I don’t know the easiest way to go about implementing this. Thank you for your help.

  83. Dorian says:

    Hi Steve, I’m Dorian from China. I wonder if you will do businesss about baby clothes & kids clothing. Kiskissing is a wholesale supplier supplying baby clothing and children’s boutique at wholesale prices.

  84. Twisted Wares says:

    Hello there! This is very informative and so nice of you for discussing this! This article will help a lot of readers. Kudos to you!

  85. Hailu wegderes says:

    hi. i want to order capes in bulk from suppliers by whole sell price the design will be mine . any manufacturers or suppliers can contact me on my email,

  86. Claretha says:

    Hello, I want to say thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us. My name is Claretha from Richmond, and I am new to starting up a online fashion store, and needing help with a website. My desire is to sell men and women apparel, and someday open a children clothing store. Can you please advise, is there a trust worthy person I can connect with for drop shipping? Also, I would like to sell items at church conventions or other events, so I need a good wholesale company I can purchase items in bulk. They can email me.

  87. Dana Pelu says:


    We are interested to buy your product. Kindly get back to us for sample of your item pictures you have in stock and your best price.

    Thanks,Dana Member of Board of Trustee Dana Pelu

  88. ojaplace says:

    Thanks for the tips. is your online multivendor marketplace, we will like to drop ship for reliable clients. Vendors can also register and sell on our social marketplace

  89. Lyudmila Prespare says:

    My name is Mila. I`d like to find some people for prepare hand sewing gift product. I am designer and I need talented hand makers for sewing textile Art (NYC area). Is anywhere any site where I can ask for people to call?

  90. Ashawri Grimes says:

    I will like t start me an retail store that sells sports apparel, but I don’t know how to find any vendors. any ideals that may help thank you.

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