Worldwide Brands (Dropshipper & Wholesale Directory publisher) was founded by Chris Malta. The company’s first claims to fame was being the only dropship and wholesale directory publisher certified by eBay.
Worldwide Brands Inc. states that they contact thousands of wholesale suppliers and dropshippers directly verifying their willingness to provide services to homebased internet business owners. They provide sourcing research by attending wholesale trade shows to establish relationships thus providing a source of pre-qualified wholesale suppliers willing to work directly with you.
Not only do they have the largest list of drop shippers (9,000 plus or minus), but they also have the most extensive database of over three million products from light bulk suppliers, liquidators, and direct importers.
With such a large inventory it’s important to again point out that they have a good reputation for pre-qualifying the wholesalers.
Although more expensive than other directories, Worldwide Brands unsurpassed source of suppliers and attention to quality may make it the best deal around.
OneSource tool: Since reinventing itself in early 2007, Worldwide Brands’ OneSource product sourcing and research tool for sourcing physical products online makes it even harder for the competition to catch up. The new and improved navigation and product marketing analysis tools puts Worldwide Brands in a class all of their own.
I think the best chance for a product sourcing competitor to succeed in this market is to forget about competing head-to-head with Worldwide Brands. Instead they should focus on a niche. Perhaps providing dropshipping services for single items such as iPods and other electronics, a gap that Worldwide doesn’t appear to be interested in serving.
In my opinion Worldwide Brands Inc. is a company worth considering. It’s got a good reputation for delivering what they promise and is well respected in the Internet marketing world. As with any business decision, make sure to do your own homework. Do your own investigation and make your own decisions.