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 …

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. …

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 …

Product Sourcing via Alibaba: What You Need to Know for Success

February 16, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

Alibaba is now considered to be the Giant behemoth of B2B portals on the web,and we can safely and accurately assume that over 80% of Importers worldwide use Alibaba for their Importing needs. The huge success behind Alibaba’s dominance among B2B portals is their streamlined process of identifying relevant suppliers for your product importing needs, …

3 China Product Sourcing Traps to Avoid

February 15, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

China industrial sourcing has its many challenges. Most of them are a result of the Chinese business environment and the fast pace of the country. But some problems are self-inflicted by buyers and are not related to suppliers. The three main traps I have seen buyers fall into are: Buyer improvises a project and launches …

China Sourcing: 4 Steps to Success

February 15, 2016,   has blogged 29  posts

Sourcing from China is a daunting task, especially for small businesses and first-timers who might not have the means and global resources to establish full-scale overseas operations the way big businesses do. That’s where other sourcing tools come into play. Here is a step-by-step guide that can help businesses like yours get an idea about …