Review of SaleHoo.com

I think I’ve found a very good wholesale source for many of you readers! SaleHoo.com is similar to Liquidation.com or GlobalSources in that they list many other wholesale sources. However, SaleHoo.com is built on a community of users that comment on and review all of the wholesalers. Actually, the moderators at SaleHoo.com even secretly purchase from the suppliers so they can write their own reviews. **Update: Information added about the SaleHoo Research Labs below. This is a new feature that you’re going to love!

1. What is SaleHoo.com?
SaleHoo.com is a members-only directory of wholesale sources. They have thousands of wholesalers, drop shippers, liquidation companies, and manufacturers that you can purchase from directly.

2. Member’s Forum
A great feature of being a SaleHoo member is that you can ask the community for advice before you make a purchase from any of the suppliers. You can ask questions about suppliers, products, or even the quality of products coming from various countries. With this safety net, you can be more confident that you won’t get scammed or ripped off. And as always, if you have any other questions, you could always leave it in the comments here. I love to help out other small business owners. (And those hoping to get into online business.)

Update: What is the SaleHoo.com Research Labs?
The Research Labs section is a great new addition to SaleHoo, because it helps take some of the guesswork out of choosing a product to sell. You can enter a keyword and the research labs will give you a ton of great information about that product. The information is geard toward selling on ebay, and they give you information such as Average Sale Price, Sell-Through Rate, Best day to end your auction, most common auction duration, and a rating of how much competition you’ll face. They also have charts where you can compare sales numbers of different products against each other. This tool is a great start for any of your product research.

I’d like to include more information in this review of SaleHoo.com, but they have a sales page that really lays it out for you. After you’ve skimmed the sales page and testimonials, I highly recommend the 3-minute tour. They have blue links every so often on their sales page. Just click one of those to review the highlights of the site.

(In case you missed the links, click here to check out SaleHoo.com)

Wholesale Cell Phones and Accessories

I’ve had many requests for information on wholesale cell phones and cell phone accessories.? While it might be tough to compete with the major cell phone providers, you still might be able to find a great deal on cell phones or accessories.

The first source I found was LightInTheBox.com.? I’ve had a few people ask whether LightInTheBox.com was a scam, but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to verify them one way or the other.? If anyone has had an experience with LightInTheBox, please leave us a comment about your experience.

LightInTheBox.com is a wholesaler of products made in China.? The nice thing is that they offer a wide range of unique products.? The drawback is that most of the products aren’t name-brand.? Another good thing is that their minimum order for some products starts as low as 1 item.? Unfortunately, their prices are nearly as high as retail.? Honestly, as I review more of their products, I’m becoming much less impressed.? Specifically, they offer the “HiPhone” which is an iPhone knockoff.? This phone is clearly a total ripoff of the iPhone, so I have to question if there’s copyright infringement going on here.? The screenshots are either pictures of an actual iPhone, or they copied the design so perfectly (and used the same graphics on the phone), that you can’t tell the difference.? I didn’t mean to spend so much time on this product, but this product alone makes me question the legality of the entire site.? I would be very interested to hear if anyone has experience with this site.

Another source for cell phone accessories is CellularOutfitter.com.? They seem to actually have partnerships with the major cell phone brands.? The prices for their accessories seem reasonable, but still on the high side to be calling them “wholesale”.

If you’re looking for Micro SD cards or adapters, this is NOT the place to get them.? Their wholesale prices are over $20 for most cards.? You can find 2GB Micro SD cards with multiple adapters for less than $10 on TigerDirect.com or NewEgg.com.? Please do not patronize the major cell phone companies that are selling these things for $30 or $50.? That’s ridiculous!

After this bit of research, I’m going to go with what I expected to say in the first place.? If you want to buy cell phones at prices cheap enough to resell, you’ll have to strike a deal with the manufacturer or one of their authorized distributors.? All of the prices I’ve seen are ok if you want to get yourself an unlocked cell phone at a decent price.? However, if you’re really looking to sell cell phones, don’t expect to easily find a source online.

The moral of the story is that you absolutely must not buy accessories at the cell phone provider’s store.? (ie, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T…)? The markup is absolutely outrageous and you’d just be throwing your money away on an impulse purchase.? If you want cell phone accessories on the cheap, the sites above should be enough to get you started.

Wholesale Halloween Costumes

With halloween right around the corner, many merchants need to restock their halloween costume inventory.? Unfortunately, it might be a little late for this post.? Halloween is less than a month away, and any wholesale orders probably won’t be fulfilled for a few weeks.? Unless you have a retail location and you’re running out of costumes, you may want to bookmark this post to get ready for next year.

I found a list of halloween costume suppliers at GlobalSources.com.? The two main suppliers seem to be HuaMin and Leadtex Clothing.? In total, there are just over 100 halloween costume items available for sale.? There’s a good mix of full costumes, small masks, and latex masks.? You won’t find the “brand-name” costumes, but there is a nice selection of generic costumes and masks available.? If you’re looking to get started selling halloween costumes, this may be a good place to start.