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How To Buy From Alibaba - Getting Started With Alibaba For Beginners

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Ever wonder how to navigate Alibaba and Made In China to safely work with overseas manufacturers and significantly decrease your production costs? Find out everything you need to know from how to narrow down one vendor from thousands of results and learn what a Freight Forwarder is for receiving your items at your door. How To Get Started Buying Wholesale, Amazon FBA Plus Alibaba Equals Huge Profits. This process works great if you do the process right. In this video we talk about using alibaba.com to buy wholesale or private label products and sell them on amazon fba or other e-commerce platforms. This is Part 1 of 2 Bonus Videos from the course: Premium Planner Design & Production. Part 2: How To Sell Your Planners on Amazon using FBA - Fulfillment by Amazon is available in the course only so enroll now at https://rebrand.ly/201 00:09 Welcome + Introduction 00:25 1 | Tell everyone about you & your experiences selling 1:06 2 | Why did you choose Alibaba 2:05 3 | How do you choose among the 1000’s of potential vendors? 3:33 4 | What if their minimum order is too large of a #? 4:22 5 | What would you say to people worried about purchasing from overseas? 6:10 6 | When you need to return things to China, how does that work & is that even feasible? 6:47 7 | How much should people be willing to lose in order to work with Alibaba’s vendors? 7:43 8 | How does shipping work & what are the options? 9:02 9 | What happens if you don’t use a freight forwarder? 9:49 10 | Are there any options for insurance? 10:20 11 | Will Alibaba guarantee or refund you if you have a bad experience? 11:02 12 | Is the Alibaba Chat function the best way to communicate & does time zone make a difference? 12:05 13 | Is language a problem? 12:39 14 | Is the biggest problem when Americans use idioms? 12:58 15 | Are there any Chinese customs we should be aware of? 13:43 16 | Stop to take out time for pleasantries even if you have a burning question?
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Text Comments (150)
Latreece (1 day ago)
Do you look at the response rate before trusting them?
db db (7 days ago)
Heard don't get stuff from this site
Andy Webber (7 days ago)
What can you say about Import Tax
No One (10 days ago)
Do you need to own a business to order and how does the delivery process work ?
Goldlynn Goldlynn (13 days ago)
I needed this because I’m starting my business soon❤️🥰
Fuck You (13 days ago)
I don't understand why people still want to do business with china
Jack Kraken (13 days ago)
Because most things are actually made in China? Including the iPhone. Also they are damn cheap.
Tech Solution 24 (14 days ago)
Thanks a lot...
Dennis Okumu (14 days ago)
Pain in the butt huh?
abbeezzz (15 days ago)
thank you so much, really helped me a lot, was wondering if part 2 was already uploaded?
Fuck You (13 days ago)
abbeezzz when you thank them you are thanking china.
Exilify (19 days ago)
get yo drawn on eyebrow havin ass out of here
QueenWeezy™ (23 days ago)
Thanks but the audio is really distracting
Happy Sam (27 days ago)
How ..will buy from uk to china
Sertilya Campbell (1 month ago)
Yea but what you buy float all over the internet via Facebook for everyone to see...its hard for business owners
Jhonatan Gomero (1 month ago)
If you get it ship it by sea , they charge more at the port ! Right ? 🤔🤔
Juliette Anuashineh (1 month ago)
Hi Must you Have A website Before Buying From Alibaba.
BruceSchultzAu (1 month ago)
Thanks Wow you are easy to watch Cheers Bruce
Jamie Yayme (1 month ago)
I'm just not sure where to start? What should I sell? I mean all I see is scooters and purses. I take it I have to get creative? How can I find the real deals?
LNSS- TOY (1 month ago)
I have a question I am living in Mississauga , Canada but when I adding my shipping address I only see my board it is Peel Religion Municipal. Can you try to do it and research answer for me please. Thanks
Dominic Kimotho (1 month ago)
hi i need micro melting kiln whre do i order one
Yuri Carbajal (1 month ago)
Can they sent samples ?
Saad Sohail (1 month ago)
Well my first experience with Alibaba didn’t go well never use other ways of bringing stuff use trade assurance I got low quality product and they aren’t changing
Saad Sohail (1 month ago)
Pretty Fabulous Designs They were gold star ,the yearly turn over was quite high more than hundred million $ but once I received and gave them video of the product through wechat they were like next time use trade assurance we can not help you ..This was so bad my product is wasted
Hi Saad: Sorry to hear that. But Alibab is simply a storefront, just like amazon. the quality and service vary drastically from vendor to vendor. Maybe try going with gold star certified vendors. XOXO Lisa
Kashif Azmat (1 month ago)
Hallo I am from Germany And I am wholesaler of mobile accessories if anyone interested contact with me
Zay C (1 month ago)
I’m very new to all this and just starting a business. I have ordered a sample of the product I’m interested in but I’m confused about payment. Once I’m happy with my sample and go to place my first order of 100 units should I pay all at once or pay half after shipment?
Ricky Conti (1 month ago)
Anyone notice how they said Americans use idioms too much and then she Said its best that we use “straight up” English lol
fla5hYM (1 month ago)
This video was very helpful and better than all those "free" but not really free Amazon tutorials. Thanks!
Vadim Tomashevsky (1 month ago)
Good tips) I can watch this video non-stop, she is very charming)
Sonia Brown (1 month ago)
Do Ali baba suppliers pre package so I could easily just put my label on it
Feyo Lopez (2 months ago)
Will you please recommend who I should watch or get the correct information from. Thanks you very much. And great video!!!🖒👏👏
Pretty Fabulous Designs (2 months ago)
Hi Feyo: That's a very broad question - I do have some channels that I recommend if you go to my YouTube Channel Homepage. You'll see some other channels on the right. XOXO Lisa
JoeAceJR (2 months ago)
Hi, how is the quality from alibaba? Do they sell to regular people or do I need a business? Are there any catches or anything like that?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (2 months ago)
Hi Joe: The quality varies since Alibaba is simply a platform like Amazon so you'll need to do your research before ordering. You can order as yourself or as a business - there are . no wholesaler requirements. XOXO Lisa
phamdoug (2 months ago)
The last comment was for Katelyn i think she has alot of experience doing this
phamdoug (2 months ago)
Pretty fabulous design . you need to give us and take us through the step by step example. Ths is such a good video. i like to get into business. I think others have requested the same. You should be the main source of how to do this and help others like me get the products. You can create many business partnerships by doing that. Your very knowledgeable.
No Profile Pic (2 months ago)
I am planning on buying a smart bed by pieces does it mean each bed I just want 1 but it says for 2 it's 500
jake germann (2 months ago)
If I order different products from different vendors is it possible to have them all put into one shipping container so I can make sure I fill the whole container?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (2 months ago)
Hi Jake: I doubt it. Alibaba is just a platform like Etsy - they're all independent of each other, in different locations and completely different companies. Lisa
erik jones (2 months ago)
YOU WILL LOOSE YOUR MONEY.
JoeAceJR (2 months ago)
You could charge back your credit card...
Pretty Fabulous Designs (2 months ago)
Hi Erik: Did you have a bad experience with Alibaba? Lisa
Older Women Rock (3 months ago)
I’ve never been able to get any supplier I have contacted to agree to sell smaller quantities eg 30 pieces . If they agree their price is so high it’s not worth it . I have bought thousands of pieces mostly fashion from Ali Express only because I can buy small quantities but I’d love to buy from Ali Baba.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (3 months ago)
​@Older Women Rock Great - you know best!
Older Women Rock (3 months ago)
Pretty Fabulous Designs agree . What am I missing here ? I don’t think many people would outlay money for 500 pieces on a maybe ? I owned many retail stores for a long time . To test a garment I would buy just a few and my stores were high turn over .
Pretty Fabulous Designs (3 months ago)
@Older Women Rock You should do what makes sense for your business. :-)
Older Women Rock (3 months ago)
Pretty Fabulous Designs I get that but for me selling is about giving your customers what they want . I think you need to test your market first , makes sense right ?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (3 months ago)
@Older Women Rock Yes, that's right! You'd have to be very confident in your ability to sell. XOXO Lisa
Denis Obrien (3 months ago)
mmm the perfect making for a 3 some lol love ya girls haha
Saad Sohail (3 months ago)
Ordered first time ever from Alibaba worth $1500 hoping to get the order as I wanted though i was in contact with the vendor all the time saw the pictures everything 20 days it ll reach to me
Saad Sohail (1 month ago)
No Profile Pic Mesh balls
No Profile Pic (2 months ago)
@Saad Sohail what did you order though?
Saad Sohail (2 months ago)
No Profile Pic Not yet🙁
No Profile Pic (2 months ago)
You got it yet?
Sunil Kumar (3 months ago)
You are very cute & beautiful 😘
joe marple (3 months ago)
Stop being thirsty and appreciate the video dipshit
mosako ainu1146236 (3 months ago)
Alibaba is scam coin. Ali baba coin is not from Alibaba groub
michael james (3 months ago)
Im still yet to understand the rudiment in handling a buy order from alibaba platform... Anyone here to put me through?
ALEX TI (3 months ago)
Omg she is so beautiful. ❤️. I just had to say it. If I Could I would show at her door 😂. With the product.
ℛɛᴛʀᴏ ℛɛᴅ (3 months ago)
Useless video. Useless info. No details on navigation of the app. Trash video. Next
Gladys Estiverne (3 months ago)
How do you make payment to them? Alot of manufacturers I spoke with what to take PayPal is that safe?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (3 months ago)
Hi Gladys: I would go for a vendor that has gold certification on Alibaba to be safe but yes, Paypal will also cover your purchase for you in case something happens XOXO Lisa
Gladys Estiverne (3 months ago)
@ℛɛᴛʀᴏ ℛɛᴅ how about alipay?
ℛɛᴛʀᴏ ℛɛᴅ (3 months ago)
Yes, PayPal is safe. It's preferred because you're not using your real bank info
Syed Joynul Abedin (3 months ago)
love pink cheek bones..
Vlad Kh (4 months ago)
bla
Sunny Amber (4 months ago)
BEWARE! Fraudsters - yilinart.en.alibaba.com One of bad Sellers on Alibaba, that makes this website to loose reputation. If you want to get defrauded and loose your money - you are welcome to contact Ruthy and place an order (yilinart.en.alibaba.com). She will send you some unknown material (not marble, as they promised), there will be missing parts and Ruthy will keep repeating " it's real marble" and they won't return your money for missing parts. Very dishonest company! Alibaba won't resolve the problem. Avoid them.
rippedray (4 months ago)
is it worth buying from alibaba if im buying just 1 gaming chair?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (3 months ago)
Hi there: you could purchase from AliExpress for that. XOXO Lisa
peter phoenix (4 months ago)
does caitlin need an assistant?
Akylbek Tolebai (4 months ago)
I am starting to buy from aibaba and I have question with a shipping
Robert Harris (5 months ago)
I've literally never been able to do anything on this site either security continued to tell me about site or no one ever ever returned my emails was a total joke I honestly believe it's a wish scam
CAPRICORN WOLF (5 months ago)
So I asked a provider how I can find them on Alibaba, through my partners account. They gave me a code like this: cn1519848604ctte I pasted it into search , but nothing cane up. Can someone tell me how to find provider using these codes?
Chris Lwaba (4 months ago)
Please this code is an ID on Alibaba for that seller so from that code you can just try to use the number by starting with +86 then phone her/him or adding on WhatsApp
Pretty Fabulous Designs (5 months ago)
Hi There: You can ask them for their URL - that would make more sense. XOXO Lisa
please watch (5 months ago)
u need a company to buy from them?
Austin Smith (2 months ago)
please watch i just put my name
Santiago Nicolas Borje (3 months ago)
@Pretty Fabulous Designs Hello, how about picking up at port, do you need to show any company paperwork? or you just can showed up with your I.D. and take you items?
please watch (5 months ago)
When I try to make an account with them they asking company name
Pretty Fabulous Designs (5 months ago)
Hi There: You do not need to be a company. Individuals can make purchases on Alibaba. XOXO Lisa
OLGA NOCHTCHIK (5 months ago)
We can help you to order from Alibaba, contact us [email protected]
Shane jeffers (5 months ago)
Is there a way yall can do a video like a walk through on actually placing an order. Like explain the check out process?
Fuck You (13 days ago)
Shane jeffers why? Do you really want to buy from china?
lostintime86 (3 months ago)
Nope, Shane. They just love to hear themselves talk.
Shane jeffers (5 months ago)
@Pretty Fabulous Designs actually thats exactly what im doing now, thank you so mich for yalls video
Ladonna Caldwell (6 months ago)
How to order
OLGA NOCHTCHIK (5 months ago)
We can help you to order, contact us [email protected]
Pretty Fabulous Designs (5 months ago)
Hi there Ladonna: We go through exactly how to order planners and notebooks and supplies via Alibaba in Planner Academy. https://planneracademy.com/ I also have templates in there on how to submit quote requests with overseas vendors. XOXO Lisa
PRINCEBULLIONICCE GOD (6 months ago)
Good info
Pretty Fabulous Designs (5 months ago)
Hi there: Glad you found it helpful! XOXO Lisa
Island girl (6 months ago)
Can you buy just One item on Alibaba?
Island girl (6 months ago)
@Pretty Fabulous Designs O.k thank you
Pretty Fabulous Designs (6 months ago)
Hi there: I don't think so but it's a HUGE marketplace so each vendor will vary on their minimum order requirements. You'll want to contact the vendor you're interested in and see. XOXO Lisa
Marie b (6 months ago)
I was looking to make a purchase from that site for personal use only not for any business, when i did find sellers that would sell individual items it was to complicated to simply place the order. To many different sellers contacting me and to much back and fourth, it was worse than buying a house.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (6 months ago)
Hi Marie: I've never made a personal individual purchase from Alibaba. That's not really their forte so that's probably why you're running into some frustration with that. I know the prices are cheap but it's just not worth it if you're only buying a quantity of one. For those, you're better off sticking with DHGate or sites like that, they accommodate and cater to individual consumer purchases. Hope that helps. XOXO Lisa
Armando Castro (7 months ago)
Make her do a tutorial. Please.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
@Armando Castro Super - thanks for subscribing! XOXO Lisa
Armando Castro (7 months ago)
@Pretty Fabulous Designs Thank you for answering. New sub.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
Hi Armando: Thanks for the request - I'll see what I can do but no promises. Caitlin is pretty busy - she's actually a professional NFL Cheerleader. XOXO Lisa
Shalaby PharmD (7 months ago)
Thank you for your video. I was asked by one of the Alibaba supplier to fill out ISF form. Any idea? Have you had to fill it when you import/purchase from Alibaba ? Thank you!
Pretty Fabulous Designs (3 months ago)
Hi Shalaby: The alibaba vendor has always filled those out for me. Just ask. XOXO lisa
I've been thinking about doing this but I can't get past supporting china. I'm a huge animal activist ad what they do and allow to happen to animals is absolutely horrible. The dogmeat trade is disgusting and the laws they have for saving or helping them is so bad
JoeAceJR (2 months ago)
Iv been thinking about storing my American money in tax havens because I am a huge animal activist and dont want to support the free money that we just give to giant farming polluters... Not to mention the inhumane slaughter of cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, etc. The animal agriculture industry is disgusting and the laws we have for protecting those poor animals is horrible. The farm industry has alot of money in congress and the senate as well to tell us lie after lie...
greengreensio (6 months ago)
Go suck your dads dick. Just because you love dogs, you called China disgusting and horrible. Not every country are the same. Who are you to tell people which food to eat and not to eat.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
Hi Annie: Alibaba has other non-Chinese vendors in Thailand, India, the Philippines, etc. You just have to look a little harder to find them. Alternatively, you can always use US based vendors as well! XOXO Lisa
Carina Christensen (7 months ago)
Hi... I am interested in how you pay for your product?
Sunnyside Up (2 months ago)
@Ava marquis That sounds a little iffy. For Europeans, they don't generally pay by credit card the way North Americans do, so you give in the Bank details for money transfer. I wouldn't do anything outside the Alibaba platform.
Ava marquis (5 months ago)
Hi, the seller has asked that I pay via bank details. Is this safe? They said Alibaba charge 80usd to pay via quote on Alibaba
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
Hi Carina: Depending on the vendor, you can pay via credit card, escrow or letter of credit. XOXO Lisa
Chad Pru (7 months ago)
I made an order through alibaba and never got my products. They said it was in customs. Is there anyway to keep that form happenig? Thanks
Destinee (4 months ago)
Did you get your product?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
Hi Chad: Sorry to hear that happened - Not sure what you ordered but I've had custom delays but never just not received my products at all. You'll want to work with your alibaba vendor to get a refund or for them to help you with customs clearance. Good luck! Lisa
Daryl Whitt (7 months ago)
I've been dealing with DHGate for almost a year now. One of the problems I have found is that many suppliers regularly short me on quantity. It is not much, 1 to 5%, but I find it very frustrating and unprofessional. have you found this to be a problem with Alibaba suppliers?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
@Daryl Whitt Awesome!
Daryl Whitt (7 months ago)
Thank you so much for replying so quickly. Yes, your answer helps. DHGate is so simple to order from and anyone that has anxiety about ordering from China should start out there to get their feet wet. But the prices on Alibaba are so much better if you are willing to buy in quantity it makes me willing to take the plunge. Your video has definitely helped. Thank you.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
Hi Daryl: It's hard to give a blanket reply RE: a site aggregator of suppliers. I and some of my clients have definitely been shorted and it is an issue but when this happens, I don't blame Alibaba, I blame that particular vendor and remove from my Preferred approved list to work with if they do not correct the problem. In general, most of the vendors I've worked with do rectify everything. But if you work with the gold-certified vendors you should be in good shape. Hope that helps. XOXO Lisa
D. Keith Williams (8 months ago)
Thanks for the vid, great info for me I'm thinking about doing it.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (7 months ago)
Hi Keith: Thanks for commenting - you should totally do it!! XOXO Lisa
CHILLY MAN (8 months ago)
I l really this video but I really wish I could apply more to 3rd world country view cause I live in South Africa and I find it a bit hard to relate sometimes.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (8 months ago)
Hi there: That's a good point. I'm sure there is someone else on YouTube who probably does share that information. Personally, I have zero experience working with clients in that demographic so I wouldn't have any information to share. I'd only be guessing and that would be of zero value. But if I ever do have applicable information for that specific situation, I will definitely try to incorporate or share it when possible. XOXO Lisa
CHILLY MAN (8 months ago)
Sorry about the mistakes in comments I ment I wish some go the videos content applied to developing countries.
Angel Pair (9 months ago)
So never use alibaba to pay or type shipping plan through alibaba unless you want to use trade assurance? You mostly do the deal or talk shipping plan through third party messanger like skype wechat. Am i right?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (9 months ago)
Hi There: I'm not sure if that's the message. Sometimes if we really want something and it's new and doesn't have the Trade Assurance, we'll take a chance and still get it. It's all worked out well so far. We secure all of the details on messenger before ordering. XOXO Lisa
Thomas T (9 months ago)
she's beautiful
Aestek (4 months ago)
They both are!
Pretty Fabulous Designs (9 months ago)
Yes, she is!
Quran for everyone (9 months ago)
Can u plz explain Ddp . Door to door delivery duty paid
Quran for everyone (9 months ago)
Pretty Fabulous Designs thankyou so much lisa for reply. Really very helpful God bless u . xx
Pretty Fabulous Designs (9 months ago)
Hi Faiza: It really depends on who you use. To say "they" is an entire country of manufacturers, I have no idea. But all of the vendors on my pre-approved list do that for sure. XOXO Lisa
Quran for everyone (9 months ago)
Pretty Fabulous Designs thankx a lot , 👍🏼 can you please tell if they usually do it easily or not.
Pretty Fabulous Designs (9 months ago)
Hi Faiza: That's basically just saying you're going to get it delivered direct to you instead of having to pick it up from the shipping yard. XOXO Lisa
SleeplessinOC (10 months ago)
I don’t know why it’s so hard to communicate with the suppliers . I click on inquiry or quote on the product page yet what I get back are quotes for different things and one I got a reply back asking me for the picture of the product I am talking about . I don’t get it. How do they not know what product I’m talking about when I made the actual inquiry from the actual product page?? Is this going to feel like pulling teeth for all communication like this with them ?? Someone help me please .
SleeplessinOC (10 months ago)
Pretty Fabulous Designs can you address how to even go about finding them ? Googling the product did not turn up any US manufacturers ...and another question of you don’t mind please. If I purchase the products from the manufacturer and convince a store to carry them and have them buy from me. And let’s say it sells well. What is to keep them from them buying from the manufacturers themselves after they run out ? Since they can get a better price especially with the buying power they have? I appreciate your replies thank you .
Pretty Fabulous Designs (10 months ago)
Hi there - Yes, it can be challenging to work with suppliers overseas. I think the marketing materials used to create their product pages may not always be the most up to date on what they are capable of offering. It might make more sense for you to go with a US supplier or production facility. There are many great options locally as well. This video just addresses Alibaba only.
All Things Nisha (10 months ago)
Thank you for this. I'm just starting my business and this helps a lot!
Fuck You (13 days ago)
All Things Nisha you are going to be helping china.
Adrian (8 months ago)
@Haris Siddique I bought it and liquidated almost everything. Would you like a vibrating alien dildo?
Haris Siddique (8 months ago)
Hey! Hows ur business doing?
Pretty Fabulous Designs (10 months ago)
Awesome Janeene - so glad to hear that!
Zara Devjiani (10 months ago)
Are alibaba stuff good quality??
Calvin Hodgson (10 months ago)
It can or can't be. That is why you should request a few samples that you buy.
Ayan Rahaman (1 year ago)
earn a subscription by telling it in short
Hi Ayan - Thanks for your feedback. I try my best to be short and to the point but this video is an excerpt lesson from a paid course just so potential students could get a feel for the bonus interview content.
Hi Ayan - Thanks for your feedback. I try my best to be short and to the point but this video is an excerpt lesson from a paid course just so potential students could get a feel for the bonus interview content.
Tarot Collectibles (1 year ago)
Awesome video. Very informative :)
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