This video tutorial will teach you how to find a supplier on Alibaba & find a Chinese manufacturer.
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Here are our step-by-step instructions on how to find a supplier on Alibaba:
Step 1: Go to Alibaba and find the search bar. Type in the name of a product that you are interested in selling. In this video I used vitamin pills as an example.
Step 2: Because a lot of suppliers have duplicate listings on Alibaba for the same item (because it increases their presence in the Alibaba search engine) you will need to filter the results by clicking on “browse by suppliers.”
Step 3: To filter the results down further, search by “Gold Suppliers.” Most suppliers will do this because it has become basically a prerequisite for having new buyers contact them. It doesn’t cost them much money to do this, so the results will only be filtered by a small amount.
Step 4 (OPTIONAL): If the list of suppliers is still too long, then click to filter the results by “assessed supplier.” This is only necessary in very popular niches where you have a large number of suppliers that you need to filter down to a manageable amount.
Step 5: Contact 10-20 suppliers at least. If you have time, then contact more. The more you contact, the better.
Here is the email template referenced in our video tutorial on how to find a supplier on Alibaba:
"My name is [INSERT NAME] from [INSERT BUSINESS NAME]. Our company director asked me to contact your company about working together on a lucrative, long-term venture. We are a company that sells products related to [INSERT NICHE HERE] and we do over 2 million dollars in sales each year. We’re looking to expand our product range and create a profitable partnership between your company and ours.
We are planning to purchase [INSERT ITEM] to our product line. It would need to meet these specifications:
* Specification (e.g size)
* Specification (e.g. quantity)
* Specification (e.g. colour)
We have been researching different companies in China that manufacture [INSERT ITEM] and we think that your company could be a great supplier for it. We would like to get some more information and have a few questions that we would like you to please answer:
* Can we please get a sample of the product as soon as possible. Can you please let us know how much you will charge for the sample, including Express shipping to [INSERT COUNTRY], zip code [INSERT ZIP CODE]? We would like to pay with PayPal.
* How long will it take to receive the sample?
* What types of packaging do you usually use for this product?
* How long does it take to manufacture once an order has been placed?
* What is the product-per-unit cost including shipping via Air Express to the United States, ZIP code 85043?
* Do you accept PayPal for the full-order?"
We would be very grateful if you would contact us with answers to the above questions as well as any additional policies that we may need to know. We would also like to discuss with you further about doing a sample order for the product.
We are hopeful that we can start a mutually beneficial relationship.
Please add me on Skype and talk to me, as this is my ideal form of communication: [INSERT ID]
Alternatively you can email me back at this address: [INSERT ADDRESS]
Here are some final tips to keep in mind when you are looking to find a supplier on Alibaba to manufacture your Amazon FBA private label products:
Tip #1 on how to find a supplier on Alibaba: Don’t judge the supplier/manufacture by their Alibaba response rate.
The Alibaba response rate only takes into account how fast they respond within Alibaba’s email system, and it doesn’t take into account how fast they reply to personal emails. This is not a good indicator of how responsive they will be to private communication, which is all you should care about.
Tip #2 on how to find a supplier on Alibaba: Avoid manufacturers that try to vet your business.
If a manufacturer comes back and starts asking questions about your business, clearly skeptical of the size of your company, it is best to move on. Manufacturers that do this will usually decline to work with you as they are only to work with other large companies, so you don’t want to waste your time.
Tip #3 on how to find a supplier on Alibaba: It is OK to work directly with a sales rep - if they offer you a better deal.
When you are looking to find a supplier on Alibaba, you’ll discover that sales reps often have inflated prices (due to commission cuts). But occasionally, a sales rep will have a better relationship with a factory and so are able to negotiate lower prices. They will also often have good english, making communication easier. Vet sales reps and treat them as equals during the process of picking and choosing the right supplier.
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Does anyone know how I should go about presenting designs to vendors on Alibaba? I’m no designer or artist.
I’m interested in purchasing lingerie and sleep wear but but a lot of vendors have been telling me that they need a design of the product first
Hi Sara, thanks for your suggestions about how to choose a good supplier from Alibaba.I am one of Alibaba suppliers and agree with your points. But here I also want to share some points. Some buyers are always in chase of lower price and even ignore the quality itself, so I want to remind somen of buyers that please concern more on quality, price always can be negotiated. We never sold lower price products to our customers, we directly said to them we don't have that even we have , lower price products must connected with bad quality, so we don't want our customers have an experience that they bought a trush product. So I am always here to help all of buyers if you need any purchase guide.
Hey, we are a chinese manufacturer of consumer electronic products, we mainly have smart phone cases, cables, we can also do custom case, any guys are interested? we can do drop shipping, we have no MOQ.
HI...Thankyou for your fabulous videos
when I search ALIBABA all products seem to be generic
so can I sell generic (no apparent brand) without worrying about Trademark or Patent infringement
I an hesitant to order due to the supplier not disclosing if a particular product is okay to sell "as is"
Thanking You Mez
Your videos are absolutely brilliant, thank you. I would like to add thought that I am brand new to buying anything from China to import to the UK. I've contacted several suppliers there being completely honest with them, telling them I am new, have a small budget and cannot afford to buy huge quantities. All of them replied to me and offered me the best pricing they offer. I can buy 20 small items at the prices they list for 1000 qty orders. So, in my experience honesty is definitely the best policy. If you are honest with the supplier form the start you are much more likely to find a truly honest supplier willing to help you out.
Hi Sarah, I’m ordering from Alibaba supplier the first time, and noted she has added “Alibaba Commisio” fee on the quotation. Is this normal? I have read that it is the supplier who bear the cost of Alibaba. Is this correct? Help...
Hey I'm barely starting to try clothing brand and as me as the founder of my own clothing brand is it a good idea to say that my director asked me to contact you even though if I'm like the founder of the company
Hello! I love the video. Quick question though: I want to start my own branded ecommerce website but I don't want to register it legally yet. That means I can't have inventory of stock because i would need a local commercial registeration here in BH (and i cant do that because i have a full time job already). How would you suggest I go about it? Fullfilement centers? Dropshipping? Or what exactly?
Hi Sarah thank you for this video ,, but you said it better to pay with paypal but you now alibaba they don't have paypal on the method of payment ,, so if I pay with paypal it wil be without trade insurance
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Hi I am wondering if you can help me source clothing suppliers on Alibaba
I am from Toronto Canada trying to choose suppliers for my clothing idea!
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Hi, enjoy your videos as always, you talk about 'diamond' supplier but i noticed in aliexpress the option to filter them DO NOT exist. I also notice in the above video you are using alibaba, is this because it was a year back ? Thank you
if you received the items you ordered ,nothing incorrect you have no right to ask for return ,cause all the cost happened ,if nothing quality or any other problems ,you are not supposed to ask for a return,
Well done and professional. You really need to get to the subject of manufacturing in the USA, because the cost is many times the same with a ton more guarantees and less headaches. The days of everything being a huge deal coming from China are gone in several industries. Items need to be costed out from both sources.
I dont know what to make of it I just tried to get your The Drop Shipping Club for 67 amonth well it was a disaster I didnt get the login info and when I reached for support well lets sasy there was no support in less then 15 mins I joined and cancelled ?.. buyers beware clikcbank is difficult and rude supprt did nothing but piss me off and get me to cancel when a person purchases anything they want immediate access if not sooner this is a plug n play world get your act together I could have done anything with anyone but I choose you shabby beware buyers seem scammish to me all this took place today a few minutes ago I was gunho the email were wrong no login info how would you feel time is priceless
Hi Kenneth. You did get your details sent to you, but you didn't finish making your account (the link to do so is in the ClickBank receipt). If you ever do want to join again just let us know at [email protected] and we will help you complete your account - thanks!
Well Steve, I do wash my hair, and just because you pronounce words in a different way, doesn't mean that in New Zealand we pronounce them wrong. I think most people would agree that saying that your form of pronunciation is the correct form of pronunciation is quite rude!
Hi I wanted to import hijab from China to Bangladesh but scarf cost 30 dollar and shipping cost is 36$ if this is so when it will come to Bangladesh with duty and everything I won't be able to sell those products on such high price how can be the shipping cost reduced can anyone help
you can try the German sourcing company called matchory. you just have to tell them what you want and they will send you a list of the most qualified manufactures with contact info. they even show you the client names of those manufactures. i used them to find supplier for me yoga pants. you will have to pay 250 euro for the list if i remember right.
Whoever believe to find a manufacturer through Alibaba may be disappointed... the entire platform is a big Movie theatre making buyers believe they get straight from the factory the goods... Double check company names, addresses, certifications, you will be disappointed ... Whoever do business through Alibaba, choose products that have less risk on warranty or quality... there is no way you get your money back from any supplier in case something went wrong....
from the catalog and company address information ect, A original manufacture don't produce different catalog items ,and address of the factory should be 1,3,4 floor ,industry park instead of room 4301 ,A building .this is just few for reference by details .the more is to feel ,you can tell when you communicate with the sales
This isnt always true that china suppliers will only contact u if ur selling so much in money etc.
I messaged a few dofferent companies on jewelry I wanted and talked about wantong to know about the quality before I go in to buying loads. One woman who was way more professional imo and quick with responcws answered all my questions and when I get my debt card I'll be testing the products out.
Wholesale Ted is only providing one way of establishing a relationship w/ these Co. while providing a snapshot of what may be required to secure a contract. Use the info if you feel its useful negative comments are counterproductive and wont help any of us make one dollar!
This is taken from alibaba, "Your Trade Assurance order may be at risk if you communicate and order outside of Alibaba.com's platform. To help protect yourself:
Keep a transcript of your communications
Complete your order payment on Alibaba.com"
Keep a transcript.
Private Label is only a name. Alibaba factories are making the same design to everybody. Having your own design should be the magic step. The problem is that China do not respect patents or intellectual rights. To sale in Amazon the same product as many other dreamers is a dangerous game.
Hi Sarah, I have a question about the manufacturer and if you would give me a quick answer I'll be really thankful. I am a complete beginner on amazon. I have an idea about a simple plastic product. And I am looking for a manufacturer. All of the companies I contacted on Alibaba are going to charge me a mold cost to set up their tools which is $1k-$3k.
1) How to be sure they will produce the product after I will send money.
2) What is the best way to send money
3) Any other suggestion
Thank you so much for the info you share with us
Look for this in the USA..there are many manufacturers there that can do it. Not everything has to be imported from China, and the savings for importing from them is highly debatable. It really depends on the product. The US manufacturers just as much and more than China does and the huge savings with China is really questionable. You have to cost it out from start to finish.
Look up molding manufacturers in the USA. And there are also Trade magazines that will help you, and websites. If you are talking about manufacturing something heavy, you will lose your ass in shipping from there, plus insurance and loss. Go American!!
I love the bluffing factor. Because obviously many of these suppliers wouldn't hesitate to bone you...by speaking their language, money, they're waay less likely to try anything that could jeapordize their business
唐瑜 Weird way to communicate, but I just found your comment and would like to get in touch. Email me at [email protected]
I’d like to order hoodies with custom designs and if all goes well, I will be a returning customer.
When you know the cost of courier will be about 35USD and they ask for 75, it's not a free sample. I hate this, too. Small people looking to claw small profits. But it's a good filter. They know you're serious when you laugh and say, no, send the sample to my freight agent. PS have your own freight agent based in China with a DHL account. Much cheaper from China than from the West.
So, any experience getting a way out of the range price from suppliers? Did you negotiate? I found a product that's selling for $18 and the supplier wanted $33 before shipping costs; not to mention they priced a lot for shipping.
I did my estimations and I figured that the seller on Amazon is purchasing for around $5-8 per item and making around 30-40% net. Got any advise?
Thank you wholesale Ted I love the videos.
Love your videos. they have been extremely helpful. How do you know if you're working with a middle man/woman? I was vetting a few companies for a product but I found it weird that when it came to sending money thru PayPal for the samples the account names for 2 different companies and what I thought were 2 different people, were nearly identical. Example...cathy1.com and Cathy2.com. It all worked out in the end but if you give some tips on how to weed out the middle person that would great! Thank you for your time.
Again awesome info... a well-needed boost, so hard on my own but yet it feels so close, all I think about is creating a residual income through multi-level marketing (not a pyramid) using social networking providing essential products only. KEYWORDS: culture, an ongoing successful future business near and far, quality of response, manner and product.... Do you have a workshop in NZ??? id love to share and network.
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I'd like to start a drop ship business with Amazon and Or Shopify but I'd like to private label my products. Is this possible or is that something that is only done with FBA with Amazon and or Shopify? Any help?
Thanks in advance
2 different models. Dropshipping, you sell someone else's product and ask the seller to send the item straight to the customer. Private labeling, you create your own product, have it shipped to Amazon for them to fulfill the customer.