London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 01, 2011 -- WholesaleWeb is a site that has recently decided to offer a series of hints on how people can spot a legitimate wholesale directory. This was decided after the company noticed that many buyers were having trouble sourcing suppliers. Many were being taken in by scams or middlemen, while others simply couldn't connect with the right kind of suppliers for their business. On the other end of the spectrum, many suppliers were finding it difficult to reach out and connect with legitimate buyers. WholesaleWeb hopes that by teaching people how to spot a good directory, they will be able to find and connect with the right suppliers for their business.
Fee Or Free?
After extensive research within the industry and among its users, WholesaleWeb discovered that the lure of a free wholesale directory and lists has often led people to make bad business decisions. "With free supplier lists and directories, it's always important to remember that you get what you pay for," explained a company official.
"Companies invest a lot of time and money in creating and maintaining their supplier lists so if someone is going to give you that kind of information for free, ask why. The truth is that most free lists are just populated with middlemen posing as wholesale trade suppliers. In other cases, the contact information is either wrong or out-dated. Either case, it ends up wasting your valuable time and money.
While there certainly are a number of fraudulent lists and directories, the company has also found a number of legitimate and useful resources. "We found that there are a number of reliable fee-based
directories available," said a company official. "These directories basically do the hard work when it comes to wholesale directory creation and maintenance. They verify the suppliers prior to including them in their list and delete them if any complaints are lodged against them. In these instances, you are definitely getting what you pay for. Instead of investing the time to create a list of your own, these directories allow you to start connecting with suppliers right away."
Other Things To Watch For
WholesaleWeb has a number of other tips that buyers can use when looking for eBay suppliers in a wholesale directory. "It's always important to look at the contact information," said a company official.