Most sellers I know did not open their online businesses with a planned wholesale dropshipping strategy to follow. Most of them open and scout for their products on their own. If you are like most sellers I know, I am sure that you are now in search of something that will take your online business to a higher level of profitability. First thing you need to look out for is a comprehensive listing of legitimate wholesale dropshipping companies such as SaleHoo.
One directory requirement is finding a wide variety of available products to sell, do not bank on the quantity of the offered products, they may be able to offer tons of worthless products as compared to a shorter list of top-quality products. See through all available product categories as opposed to just checking out the number of available items in their list.
Next to check is the available suppliers who offer dropshipping services. Most newbie sellers commit the mistake of ending up with a regular wholesaler, not a wholesale dropshipper. They run a product search first rather than running the type of service offered, thus filtering the suppliers who may be able to provide you the right product but who will be unable to dropship them for your customers.
A legitimate directory should always have a sample listing made available to those who want to try it out first. This will also give potential members an idea of the information and the format they will be provided with. Although the real names of the suppliers may not be provided in a sample, for security reasons, but at least, one will have an understanding of what they will be paying for. If you are totally in the loop what to expect from a certain directory due to lack of a sample list, scrap it off from your list of options.
Another sign of a legitimate directory is the fact that each supplier should be able to display the price for the products they are selling. This automatically protects the buyers against ridiculous pricing. It is definitely an advantage if the directory also comes with a custom search. Say, you want to just search for all products for dropshipping, there should be a way to do it with a custom search onsite. These legitimate directories should also be accessibly reached via a toll free number. This creates a way for the members to contact them at no cost. One of the most important thing I look out for a directory is the money-back guarantee. Should a member not be satisfied with the service they are getting, they should be able to change their minds and get their hard earned money back.