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...and we know that for a fact, because we've been watching it for many years.

People like you, who work so hard to start an ECommerce Business and build a better future for yourself or your family, getting scammed online over and over and over again.

There is an entire industry out here on the Internet that is dedicated to doing nothing more than getting as much money out of you as they possibly can. When they find out that you're looking for ECommerce products, like Web Site Builders, Auction Educators, eBay Consultants, Wholesale Product Sourcing companies and more, they start going after your bank account with a vengeance.

Their web sites look very convincing. They make incredible promises. They've gotten very good at looking and sounding legitimate. You'd be surprised at some of the names of these companies; we'll bet you know of and probably trust many of them already.

The TRUTH is that these people are sickening. They have no morals. They deserve no respect, and they have not the slightest conscience or common decency. And guess what?

They are ALL OVER the Internet. Literally eight out of every ten Search Engine Results in these categories and more will lead you to someone who is hell-bent on selling you as much garbage as your bank account can stand to pay for.

Sale Lead Generators posing
as Wholesale Directories

There are several so-called "Wholesale Directories" and "Wholesale Product Sources" that advertise heavily at the top of the Search Engine results for Drop Ship, Wholesale, etc. Their prices are low, they look very legitimate, they make wonderful promises, and there's something they DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW.

Their "Directories" are either pure junk, or in some cases information pirated from other places, but never updated. They don't care, because selling and properly maintaining a real Directory or Wholesale Source is not what they're interested in.

THEY WANT YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION. These low-cost "Directories" are simply a way for them to get ahold of your Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Home Address and your Credit Card Number.

THEN THEY SELL YOUR INFORMATION to hundreds of other INTERNET MARKETERS. Pretty soon, you start getting emails and phone calls from people trying to sell you thousands of dollars worth of business systems, training CDs, expensive coaching programs and more.

IF YOU BUY any of these other programs, the seller of the original junk Directory gets a COMMISSION on that sale. That's why these people are called "Lead Generators". Your Personal Information is the "Lead" they really want.

The product they sell means nothing to them; they don't care whether it's any good, or whether you succeed with it, no matter how much they appear to care. All they care about is getting your personal information, so they can sell it and make their REAL money by doing that.

"Wholesale Review" Sites
with Hidden Agendas

This is something new that began happening in 2006. One company put up a web site that claimed to "independently review" different Wholesale Product Sources. Of course, that company was a Wholesale Product Sourcing company themselves, and gave their own company the best review. Looking at the Review web site, though, you'd never know that it was actually owned by the company that gave themselves the top review. It was built to look like an independently owned review web site.

That opened the floodgates! Internet Marketing Affiliates, which are people who make money by advertising other companies' products, caught on to that idea. So-called "Independent Review" sites began popping up like canker sores all over the Search Engines. The majority of these sites are not independent, and do not give accurate Reviews.

The Products that get the "Top Reviews" on these sites are sometimes the products that pay the "Review Site" owner the highest commission! It doesn't matter that the products getting the "Top Review" are junk products, and most of the time the "Reviewer" hasn't even seen the product. There are a very FEW trusted, reliable reviews sites where the owners actually purchase the products and conduct independent reviews of the products. They even use the product in their own businesses. Watch out for the "Review Site" owners that are only in it for the money, and their Reviews are not accurate and truly based on independent reviews. Don't fall for it!

Broker Networks

In order to earn the most possible profits on the products you sell online, you must work directly with genuine wholesalers. Anyone who gets in between you and a real, factory-authorized Wholesaler is simply turning your order around to someone else, and taking a profit from it. That profit should be yours, not theirs!

Broker Networks that you'll see advertising as Drop Shippers and Bulk Wholesalers are not illegal, and are not scams, but in our educated opinion they are not what they want you to think they are.

Broker Networks can best be described as something similar to the Multi-level Marketing business model. In order to use this "Network", and take advantage of the "millions of products" they claim you can have drop shipped, you must first BUY thousands of dollars worth of products yourself (many times from large retail stores). Then you BECOME a "Broker" yourself, trying to sell those products to other "Brokers" within the "Network". You and those other "Brokers" in the "Network" (people just like you) actually become the "wholesale suppliers" these sites want you to think you're signing up with.

Many times operations like these will not even complete your "application" unless you can prove that you have several thousand dollars to use in order to start buying products, so you can become a "Broker". Be VERY careful with your credit card information, and ask a LOT of questions!

Not what you expected from the advertising on their front page, is it! If you're okay with that kind of business model, fine. Again, it's not illegal, or a scam. Just remember that this is NOT direct wholesale supply in any traditional fashion whatsoever.

There are some Broker Networks that claim to be wholesale suppliers of tens of millions of products. To the best of our knowledge, there is no single wholesale supplier anywhere on the planet that is anywhere near that large.

There are some Broker Networks that claim to be wholesalers of a huge variety of Brand Name products. They are simply passing your orders on to the real sellers (other "Brokers" just like you, and even retailers, in some cases!) of those Brand Names, and taking part of your profits.

If you want the best possible profit margins, the transactions you make when you buy products to sell online should be between you and a Factory Authorized Wholesale Supplier ONLY.

TV Infomercials

The late night "Home Internet Business in a Box" TV Infomercial.

The ones that show you "Amazing Systems" that will make you "Thousands of Dollars a Week", with little effort on your part. They offer you "Easy, Step-by-Step Instructions". They want to sell you "Interactive CD ROMS that Teach You ECommerce in No Time". They offer to reveal "Amazing Secrets of the Pros" that will make you rich. They promise "Instant Web Sites"" and "Access to Thousands of Products That You Can Sell right Now!" They show you beautiful people lounging around pools, swimming in crystal-clear Caribbean waters, and sitting under palm trees while their "Businesses" magically make them all the money it takes to afford those things.

C'mon, folks! You and I both know better!

It's extremely tempting to buy into the fantasy that there are "Secret Formulas", "Hidden Methods of the Pros", and "Businesses in a Box" that will make us rich with very little effort.

Common Sense tells us it's NOT TRUE. That it never has been true. In our minds, we all know this. However, in our hearts, we long for it to be so. That's what the disreputables among these people prey on...our hearts and our dreams.

We at Worldwide Brands know these people. We've been in this business a long time. We're very good at it, and we're very highly regarded on the Internet.

Different infomercial people have approached us over the years, wanting us to endorse them and let them include our information and our Product Sourcing Directories in their half-hour trips to Fantasyland. We've had multiple conference calls with the owners of many of these companies. We've had conference calls with the people who handle their advertising, and produce their infomercials. We have turned them down, every time.

We will not allow our name and our reputation to be ruined by being associated with people who claim that getting 'rich' on the Internet is easy. Don't let your chance at a real business be ruined by them.

We know the 'get rich quick' Infomercials. We actually do stay up late at night and watch them. In our experienced opinion, they are selling a white-washed fantasy that has little to do with the real business world.

They start out by telling you that their "Amazing System" costs only a small amount of money. Then, when they have you hooked, they tell you that you need to spend hundreds more on an "Upgrade". Then they tell you that you need to spend hundreds more on "Advertising and Email Campaigns". Eventually, they'll end up telling you bit by bit that you need to invest thousands of dollars with them if you want to be successful. We have heard from a tremendous number of people who have lost a lot of money to these operations. Don't let them fool you!

Drop Shippers of
"More Than 3500 Products"

There are literally THOUSANDS of companies out there who are acting as MIDDLEMEN for ONE real drop shipping company. All of those thousands of so-called drop shippers lead back to the same supplier.

I'm talking about a big supplier of imported off-brand merchandise that does drop ship directly from their warehouse. They sell some nice products; I actually worked with them a few years ago. You won't find any well-known brand names there. Their line consists of about 3,500 widely varying products, mostly decorative figurines, home accents and giftware. Again, you won't recognize any of the brand's all imported merchandise, probably mostly from China and the Pacific Rim. We'll call this company "XYZ Wholesalers", for the purpose of this discussion. That's not their real name, of course.

You can sign up with "XYZ Wholesalers" directly and sell their merchandise on your web site, for a hefty account maintenance fee. I did that a few years ago, as I said. However, I no longer work with them. I found the products difficult to sell, for one very good reason. As I said above, they have signed up THOUSANDS of people, who are all trying to sell this exact same merchandise on the Internet. That kind of competition, plus the fact that there are so many more people (millions of people!) already trying to sell giftware in general on the 'Net, made it impossible for me to make any real money.

Now, here's the problem: along comes Joe Reseller. He signs up with "XYZ Wholesalers" as a retailer, and has the right to sell their products on the Internet. Then he advertises himself as the WHOLESALER. He tells you that he IS a company like "XYZ Wholesalers", and tells you to sign up with his web site. He'll drop ship all those products to your customers and make you rich. What he's really doing is sitting in his bedroom in front of his computer, re-sending your orders to the REAL "XYZ Wholesalers", and making a profit from you that you should not have to pay.

Cheap Lists of Drop Shippers
and Bulk Wholesalers

Ever see an ad like that on an auction site? So have we. We buy them. OK, we KNOW we're getting ripped off, but we just have to see them. A few days after paying for them, we get two Xeroxed pages in the mail containing the most worthless information we've ever seen. Or, we get an Email that's supposed to be a Product Sourcing list. (An EMAIL!) Or we get a $15 CD chock full of the same garbage the guy who charged us $3 was peddling. If I thought I could make money on the Internet selling wooden birdhouses made in somebody's garage, I'd go into business with my neighbor.

These lists sell for anywhere from $2.50 to about $59. Why do you think they're so cheap? Because nobody had to put any EFFORT into them! It's easy to hit a search engine, type the word "wholesale", throw the first 20 responses on a piece of paper, and sell it for a few bucks.

Will it help you earn money? NO!

Unconfirmed Drop Ship and
Bulk Wholesale Directories

We're the other 2%. :o)

Yes, we bought them. ALL of them. They call themselves "Ultimate", "Essential", "Connection", "Directory Pro", "Global", "Millennium", "Central", "," and "Incredible" lists and sites of Drop Shippers and Bulk Wholesalers. Some of them even have names that sound like the names of famous, well known web companies, in a sad attempt to associate themselves with legitimacy.

Again, we knew we were getting substandard information. I've seen these things floating around for YEARS, and have tried to use them before. But just for the sake of doing our research before telling you what they are really like, we bought them.

These printed lists and "directories" of Drop Shippers and Bulk Wholesalers have been circulating the same, tired old listings around and around among themselves for years. If you think you can make money selling customized return mailing labels, or novelties like fake vomit and dribble glasses, or used books from some dingy old warehouse, then by all means, give it a try.

They all claim to contain "hundreds", or "thousands" of companies who will drop ship for you. Some of them contain hundreds of listings, but that's easy. Once again, just go to a search engine, type in "wholesale" and copy the first 500 responses you get. Then slap them in a rag-print magazine and call it a "Directory". Same result.

Our Research Manager actually spent a month trying to contact ALL of the 202 "drop ship" listings in one of the oldest and most well known of these (don't ask which one; you know you've seen the ads!) Only 18 of them responded, and only 3 of them (THREE out of 202!) were real drop shippers. The 18 companies who did respond didn't know they were even listed in this "directory".

When we research wholesale suppliers, we contact EACH AND EVERY COMPANY WE LIST. Then we ASK THEIR PERMISSION to list them. After we verify that they are a REAL Wholesaler Supplier, we enter them in the wholesale database and list their products, their brand names, their email addresses, phone numbers, physical address, contact person, credit information, ordering procedure, etc., etc., etc. NONE of these other so-called "directories" do anything remotely like what we do. We're constantly amazed that they get away with it.

Lists and "directories" such as this sell for anywhere from $7 to about $59. They look very legitimate. We've even seen a couple of new ones surface in the past few months. Amazingly enough, they're circulating much of the same worthless information that the OLD ones are! Must have taken a lot of research, don't you think? :o)

"Super" Wholesale
Information CDs

You've probably seen these on auction sites as well as web sites. Tell you what, we'll make this one short and sweet. Read the warning above this one, dump all THAT junk on a CD, and sell it for six bucks. Same thing.

"Complete Home Business" Opportunities

Have you ever come across a "Home Business Opportunity" like this: (?)

  • They'll create a storefront for you
  • They'll provide you with THOUSANDS of products that they'll drop ship for your store!
  • They'll provide you with Merchant Services so you can accept credit cards without having to open a bank account!

  • All for a ONE TIME PRICE of just $50! (Or $149, or $300, etc.)

Wow, doesn't that just seem too good to be true?? That's because it IS too good to be true. Oh, sure, they'll do what they say. It's a legal business. But tell me this...just how much money do you think you'll make?

Think about it for a minute. THEY establish accounts with wholesalers. THEY mark those wholesale prices WAY up. Then they get YOU to put in all the time and effort to SELL those products to people, at a VERY slim profit margin for YOU.

Congratulations! You've just become a commissioned salesman for someone else's business!

Um, not quite what you had in mind, was it?

Wholesalers with
Membership Fees

Run across one of these yet? A company who claims to be a "drop ship supplier" or a "bulk wholesaler", but has a "setup" or "membership" fee?

Let me say this very clearly:

A Real Wholesale Supplier does not charge a Fee just to do business with you!

ANY company that wants you to BUY YOUR STORE'S PRODUCTS FROM THEM, and wants you to pay a setup or membership fee, should be AVOIDED at ALL COST! Almost without exception, these companies have raised their so-called "wholesale" product prices so high that you will never be able to compete on the Internet. Your prices will have to be so much higher than anyone else's that you will never make any real money.

And guess what? You don't get to SEE these companies' "wholesale" product prices until AFTER they have your money! See how that works? There will be a NO REFUND policy. Bet on that.

Wholesale Middlemen

There are a LOT of places out there who would have you believe that they are wholesale suppliers, when they are not. We spend a great deal of time sorting these profiteers OUT of our list of Directory candidates. Here's how they operate:

  • They put up a site that contains all kinds of unrelated product lines, and tell you they'll drop ship for your internet business.
  • They may charge a small account setup fee.
  • You sign up with them, thinking that they are an actual distributor, and you place their products for sale on your site.
  • Your customer orders a product from you, and you send the order to this fake "drop shipper".
  • The fake "drop shipper" in turn places the order with the REAL supplier, and has it sent to your customer.
  • You end up paying a lot more than you have to for the product, because the fake "drop shipper" is marking up the price to YOU.
  • You lose profits that should be yours.

Many of these people are very clever. Their sites look legitimate and they present themselves well. All they really are is just another middleman that is sponging off of your hard work. You DON'T need them.

Free Drop Ship or
Wholesale Information

This is an easy one. Once get what you pay for. No exceptions.

We've checked out these sites. Over and over again, we see them listing companies that we've turned down for inclusion in the Worldwide Brands Product Sourcing Tool. Middlemen, companies that charge large "membership" fees and then give you over-inflated price lists in return, companies that require minimum orders in the THOUSANDS of dollars. The producers of these sites are simply hoping to get people to click on them so that they can claim high numbers of visitors, and sell advertising space. We've never seen anything useful on one of these irresponsible excuses for an informational site, no matter how sincere they claim to be, or how many false "testimonials" they list.

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...and more and more people are victimized by these Scammers every day.

Have you come across a Scammer that's found a newer, lower and dirtier way to cheat you out of your money? We'd like to hear about it. We may post your information on this page, in order to prevent them from doing the same thing to others!