How to: Buying on Alibaba and NOT getting Scammed

May 18, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

So I have seen various posts/blogs/forums on this subject and through all of the reading I put together a helper document for myself that highlights some key points on finding suppliers on Alibaba. Note that this would be something I reference once I already have one or more product ideas. For reference purposes, I will …

3 Quick Tips on Choosing China Suppliers

April 3, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

The process of selecting suppliers for any business is something that requires a lot of time and analysis to get right. While you can narrow down your shortlist based on factors such as the cost and quality of the goods or services provided, you’ll also want to vet potential suppliers to assess their viability as …

The Top 5 China Importing & Product Sourcing Blogs

March 19, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

Importing from China sounds simple enough, find a supplier, negotiate a price, pay the money, they send the goods, what is there that could possibly go wrong? LOTS With that in mind, here’s a collection of some of the top blogs and resources on the topic of importing. So, chuck your glasses on and get …

China Sourcing: The Top Trending Products in 18 Key Product Categories

March 9, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

What are 2016’s most searched for items at the key China sourcing global supplier and manufacturer databases? We have the answers for you. The 2016 Top Trending Product Report provides a fantastic insight into the collective thinking of the top product sourcing agents and major retailers as to whats hot now and into the near future. It’s …

Understanding Chinese Factories: the 4 Types

March 2, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

In China it is possible to lump most factories in one of four categories: Level 1: the recently-created and unstructured workshop; Level 2: the semi-organized factory that got out of level 1 but that is still struggling to keep quality & timing under control; Level 3: the factory that made big efforts to get organized, with …

China Manufacturing by Province

February 18, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

  If you have ever been to China you will notice something special, and also quite logical, which is the culture of clustering. For example, if I want to buy clothes, go to any city and you will find the clothing stores all clustered together on one street or area if it’s a large city. …

Dropshipping: This is the story of how I got $7k in sales in my first month (and growing) at 20% net

February 18, 2016,   has blogged 5  posts

My (second) ecommerce site is www.foundry35.com which sells new age tech like drones & 3D printers as well as outdoor gear. Ecommerce has been a good way for me to get my foot through the door in the world of entrepreneurship & owning a business, and I’ve been doing it full time since I left …

The Essentials of Buying Safely on Alibaba: Inspection Services

February 17, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

With Alibaba.com’s Inspection Service, you can order services from professional 3rd-party inspectors and inspection companies directly on at http://inspection.alibaba.com. The inspector will visit the manufacturing and/or port facilities anywhere in China and make reports, including pictures, to certify that the goods being produced and shipped meet quality standards. It can certainly provide a big saving over travelling to China …

The Essentials of Buying Safely on Alibaba: Choosing Reliable Suppliers

February 17, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

The best way to reduce fraud when trading either online or offline, is for buyers and suppliers to conduct proper due-diligence before entering into any transaction. None of the suppliers on Alibaba.com are guaranteed to be honest, so it is important to conduct proper research before commencing business. Tips on verifying your supplier: 1. Verify …

The Essentials of Buying Safely on Alibaba: What Is Onsite Check?

February 17, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

Onsite Check is a verification process launched by Alibaba.com to check Gold Suppliers in China (Mainland). To find suppliers which have undergone an Onsite Check simply look for the following icon: The supplier’s company premises has been checked by Alibaba.com’s staff to ensure onsite operations exist there.. A third-party verification company has confirmed the legal …

The Essentials of Buying Safely on Alibaba: Supplier Verification

February 16, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

So you are looking to source products from China? Before you rush in and buy from Alibaba, it’s vitally important to understand the systems they have in place to verify suppliers, whats involved in those processes, and the differing levels that suppliers can achieve. Alibaba.com’s Supplier Verification Services The verification of sellers on Alibaba.com serves to …

China Product Sourcing: 3 Key Steps in Negotiating a Deal

February 16, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

  Many buyers have experienced the headaches, the delays or the sheer frustration of discussing pricing and commercial terms with suppliers. While this can be viewed as just a normal phase in developing a relationship in order to get to that elusive equilibrium called “doing a deal,” there are some fundamental things you can think …