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Getting Started With Alibaba Is It Safe | Tips Before Ordering Wholesale

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In this video we discuss if Alibaba is safe to make your products and clothing line. Buying wholesale clothing at a great price helps grow your brand quickly but there are a few things to keep in mind before outsourcing manufacturing to suppliers overseas. Get the inside scoop by joining the official newsletter: http://bit.ly/Apparel-Download Never forget the term too good to be true. Although Alibaba has some very reputable suppliers, in the mix of it all are people looking to make a quick buck. But aside from all of that, in this video we discuss tips and things to look out for and more importantly how to navigate the wholesale buying process online. Resources mentioned in video: Start your website easily with Shopify: http://bit.ly/Get-Shopify Focus on designs and marketing and let Printful make your products: http://bit.ly/Try-Printful If you enjoyed this video and want to make a one time or recurring donation please visit my Patreon Page at: http://bit.ly/Support-The-Channel All funds raised will be used to create additional videos and help reach people who need this content. Start A Brand ASAP- Connecting entrepreneurs with the resources and content they need to start their business ASAP. Download the free manufacturer and supplier guide and also receive the 10 Step Program right to your inbox. http://bit.ly/Apparel-Download John Santos on Social: https://www.instagram.com/johnxsantos/ https://twitter.com/johnxsantos SC: @revivejohnny LINKS TO BUSINESS RESOURCES AND INFO. **** RESOURCE LINKS******** ***Shopify- Website Platform, 14 Day Risk Free Trial http://bit.ly/Get-Shopify ***Bluehost- Web hosting package, 30 Day Money Back Guarantee http://www.bluehost.com/track/bluejay90 *** Design Package- Photoshop, Illustrator & More http://bit.ly/Creative-Cloud1 ***Fiverr- Logo Design and Graphics http://tracking.fiverr.com/SH1rz *AFFILIATE DISCLAIMER: The description may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the links, I may receive a small commission (at no added cost to you). This helps me create new videos to support your journey. If you could reference back to this description when you are ready to use a service, I’d greatly appreciate it.
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Text Comments (176)
Chinwag Live (3 days ago)
I shop @ Wish
LNSS- TOY (8 days ago)
I have a question I am living in Mississauga, Canada. When I adding my shipping address I do not see city Mississauga but I only see my board Peel Regionally Municipal. Please can you try and answer for me thanks
Eric Ash (19 days ago)
Is all alibaba just cheap chinese fakes....i imagine some little asians just laughing their butts off as americans send them money, thinking they are a legitimate business?
Moji Siri (30 days ago)
Hi, Is it still be the same until now? I used to work with Chinese manufacturing before just wondering is it still be the same nowadays.
Hey man, big thanks for sharing.
erik jones (1 month ago)
Andy Hu (1 month ago)
I'm a supplier of e-cigarette vape cartridge and vape  pen with good quality from China Guangdong. And if anyone wants to know more about china. Free to Talk to me!
Layne Scott (2 months ago)
I told them straight up my 1st order Not to Rip me off. I own a Custom Cycle Shop and said, looking for a reliable Vendor to work with. Now I have a Great Contact and making Shit loads off them
You think that now 2019 have got better?
Alexander Kennedy (2 months ago)
Hey John, I'm a craftsperson who makes a niche product-- a leather wrist strap with a specialized loop that allows you to hold a bicycle- flashlight on your hand-- I'm desperately trying to figure out how I can make an order of quality USB chargeable flashlights. Before (And I know this is a terrible business practice) I would literally buy these USB flashlights from the local sporting goods place at $14 and sell them at cost because the main issue was just selling the custom leather straps. But now I need to really get serious about finding quality USB chargeable flashlights. I see Alibaba is a minefield for someone like me with no experience in wholesale... Is there some sort of "Middle-man" who already has a good relationship with a quality manufacturer who I could reach out to? How might I find such a middle-man? It doesn't matter if the product is made in China or America, I just need a quality product that my customers will be satisfied by.
Arahorn (1 month ago)
Have you found much demand for your leather bicycle wrist straps, making any income off it? And have you made any headway with finding a flashlight producer? As a bike enthusiast I really wish you success in this venture.
WarToms Toms (3 months ago)
Have you already purchase on alibaba to say that ?
Sabine Oh (2 months ago)
WarToms Toms he talks about his experience in the video.
Anthony Richards (3 months ago)
Thank you sir
Judge TK (3 months ago)
I agree with you 100% and have items here right now that was not what I ordered. After some fighting and arguing and with the help of my bank I got my money back on a couple items. You want to know the strange thing? They would not give me a return address to send the item back. I wonder why?Very informative and glad I seen your video.
alavina glenn (4 months ago)
Thank you for your advice.
CAPRICORN WOLF (4 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?
Nicho Morrison (4 months ago)
I just want to buy a guitar😎
Muyhour Lee (4 months ago)
can you teach me for buy from alibaba ?
Osama Faisal (4 months ago)
Guys heeelp This company is selling in alibaba ((shenzhen baisili electronics co. ltd)) They sell a very cheap gaming pc. So please guys is it safe to buy from them??! *excuse my language
Ladonna Caldwell (4 months ago)
Great store
Kamer Willams (5 months ago)
I got scam form alibaba.
John Santos (4 months ago)
Proceed with caution. 🛑
Anthony Reyes (5 months ago)
Don't lie to people
SUNRISE DELUX (5 months ago)
Alibaba mean thief man The service this company is bad i m tried 2 time they didn't make right with me
Samantha Joy (6 months ago)
Hi John, so what about suppliers for apparel ? I just launched my online bikini website and I'm looking for reliable suppliers. Is Alibaba a good resource to use to search for quality suppliers ?
calvin mcdonald (6 months ago)
Video summary - you suck and I can't help you
mathangi samson (6 months ago)
I want only one power bank it is possible
Shalaby PharmD (6 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!
petey twofinger (6 months ago)
dont use alibaba unless you are good with not getting your stuff then getting zero refund and riped off and then jerked along , with many emails and excuses . they will pretend to refund , make you wait weeks , then you contact them they stall you more , claiming bad info , stall tactics , in the mean time you paid and didnt get your stuff . alibaba , never again .
shelleypoo76 (5 months ago)
Dispute it with your credit card company since you have proof
18matts (6 months ago)
1000th like
John Santos (6 months ago)
Thank You, I am starting out with Alibaba and found that their racing Karts can not be shipped to USA due to EPA? I was trying to find out about their tractors and farming equipment for I am a homesteader. I was wondering if you knew if their tractor equipment or mechanical equipment is all not importable? I also find that people complain about things being made overseas cheaply and I am a bad person for desiring to get the best deal out there for my money. The corporations, manufacturers do not care about me or my bottomline. I will trade worldwide and feel insulted when folks put the blame for economic wows off shore. I feel when we stop the ability for me to import whatever I desire to purchase some how is wrong and will be outlawed???????
Adnan A (7 months ago)
So i need a lot more capital :(
A Google User (7 months ago)
Do u really expect me to trust a site named after a terrorist?
Arahorn (1 month ago)
@Ahmed abdulrahman "Please start learning ASAP". LOL that's funny in an earnest sort of way XD
Ahmed abdulrahman (4 months ago)
May you please learn about who u r talking before saying anything. If u mean the religion Islam then u r an ignorant person. PLEASE start learning ASAP u seem lost
John Santos (7 months ago)
Nope! 😂
Kevin Venegas (7 months ago)
Can i just order one of them
Thank you.
Alfred Rudolf (8 months ago)
what about order of rarest bike electric and gas bike is t safe for our money and value of money
Corey Johnson (8 months ago)
Good morning I have a womens clothing line I'm trying to purchase t-shirts, jeans, bangs, leggings etc....Thank you!!!
Vanilla Yuri (8 months ago)
I want to start an online shop, please I need your honest advice on doing wholesale punches from Alibaba. Thanks
Markeia Gordon (2 months ago)
Don’t do it!
PAPERGATORZ TV (7 months ago)
Vanilla Yuri don’t!!!
Anh Thi (8 months ago)
Don’t ever never order anything or listers to them. I ordered and receive doesn’t work machine from alibaba. I email and text to them they told me send video to show the machine doesn’t to them after that they didn’t answer or do anything. I ask return label but they did respond .Alibaba is a liars and poorly customer service.
• Psychø • (9 months ago)
Anyone here, Recommend a supplier? If so, who ... and what he can supply?
iibgf1 (9 months ago)
True people here in the US request $15/hr but unfortunately they only get the minimum wage $7.25/hr or less depending on the state they live in
Dave Tattz (9 months ago)
Do you know if theres a reason why sellers on alibaba ask if i am buying for trading business or personal use?
Hebael el (10 months ago)
Stuff is so cheaap i can not believe
coke li (10 months ago)
I am from China, I specialize in wholesale fashion storage clothes.
@Samuel Sylvia I'm still looking myself people are selfish with their information
Samuel Sylvia (6 months ago)
@Corey Johnson plz can u help me cuz am trying to purchase ladies cloth but no good manufacturer is coming by
Corey Johnson (8 months ago)
Hello coke i'm trying to purchase women s clothing wholesale can you point mt in the right direction? Thank you
Feel The Music (9 months ago)
Heelo Coke li,kindly share your email address so we talk some more
John Maiketso (10 months ago)
This could be more helpful if John does a video where he tells us the good manufacturers in china...I WANT TO BUY LOW QUALITY JEANS THERE TO MAKE MORE PROFIT but now I have fear of being schemed, where do I get jeans guys with few dollars?
John Maiketso (10 months ago)
I am in Africa
Athena Smith (10 months ago)
Are those cars selling in alibaba are legit?
Angel Z (10 months ago)
Hi there, thanks for all the info. I am sure there are tons of great manufacturer on Alibaba too.. but as I am new to all this, I was just wondering how I can do a research and find the best ones on Alibaba.. or what factors I should have in my mind when choosing one?
Mystic Art (5 months ago)
Angel Z do you still purchase product from alibaba?
george saucedo (10 months ago)
John, Were would I go to buy some product in the USA
Jack Middleton (10 months ago)
Can you explain how it could be so bad if they have a rating system?
Marjorie L (11 months ago)
Thanks for the tips.
Moskov Twilight Dragon (11 months ago)
forrealgirl 42 (11 months ago)
Alibaba is good only for buying ready made products only, anything you need to scale or specific you need to got here or get someone to help you.
Chinwag Live (3 days ago)
That's how I'm looking at them for our business (not to have products made).
John Maiketso (10 months ago)
hello WHAt do you mean by ready made products?
Leo Navarrete (1 year ago)
Great content. Do you have your products shipped to your home or a warehouse in the U.S.?
Daniel F (1 year ago)
Brener Walichowski (1 year ago)
Literally just click the Assessment Verification. It means Alibaba has been to the actual facility and has the paperwork etc. Nearly impossible to be scammed that way. I never have and I have a good relationship with a few suppliers. You just have to do a little research that's it.
Talisa Rabb (1 year ago)
Brener Walichowski would you please be kind and share the names of those companies plz because I'm in need of a reliable supplier. Especially a supplier good with labeling.
Ruben Ramirez (1 year ago)
How do you find a good cheap supplier within the US?
Sami Qawasmeh (1 year ago)
Has anyone bought a gaming laptop from Alibaba?
Zongtao Zhang (1 year ago)
you are ugly
fideliowz (1 year ago)
i ordered from Alibaba once it was a battery for my mi drone. what they sent me was a rag to clean cell phones . i sent pics of item they sent and they totally ignored all my messages
Slice Tube (1 year ago)
underrated video. great work.
Making mistakes allows you to learn.
Michael Cantu (1 year ago)
Okay Alibaba no bueno for sourcing if that's the case can you suggest a company that has good sourcing in your next video?
Queen B Cosmetics (1 year ago)
Hi so I have a question. I started a cosmetic business and I need empty pallets. I found plenty of suppliers on alibaba. I just need the pallets I can do all the labels and stuff to it myself. Would you still not recommend me using them?
BYRON CORTEZ MUSIC (3 months ago)
Jacy Vert I highly recommend that whatever merchandise you’re planning to purchase, make sure to request a sample first before you order a whole sale. You wanna make sure it’s something you really are happy with before a major purchase... also look research thru Alibaba manufacturers as much as possible for their number of years in business, reviews, product details, etc. There’s good & bad & I’ve learned my lessons the hard way dealing with from the worst suppliers to the best.
Jacy Vert (3 months ago)
Hi I want to do the same do u have an update on your purchase from alibaba
BYRON CORTEZ MUSIC (5 months ago)
Queen B Cosmetics absolutely go for it!!!
Michael Mathen K (1 year ago)
Alibaba is the last thing the us need to fuck up it's echonomy .also I could go back and fourth to China till the order s arrives..
NPC-100,000,374 (10 months ago)
Learn to spell economy you ignorant fool
Marc Peris (1 year ago)
What is a good website to out-source for electronics? Such as phone cases, laptop cases, ear buds, ext ext. Thanks!
AVO Trading Company (1 year ago)
Hi John, this video has a great content. I definitely agree with you with vetting suppliers before placing an order and always be wary about the way you use Alibaba. Especially that about reusing pictures (that was very funny, because it is true!) so thanks for the sharing
LOGIC (1 year ago)
Food? I'm in grocery retail...
Marian (1 year ago)
So it is safe or no i ve found a gaming laptop "msi gt83vr with gtx 1070 sli and i7 cpu" for 400$...should i buy it or no??ty guys
daniel anokam (10 months ago)
Bhautik Khunt did you buy it
daniel anokam (10 months ago)
kazimir 1 did you get the laptop
Bhautik Khunt (1 year ago)
kazimir 1 same laptop I wanna to buy !! I found it tol
j brew (1 year ago)
Nooiicce this really did help.
James Taylor (1 year ago)
OK - so Alibaba isn't that great. But where do you find products? I have yet to see any "guru" share strategies about sourcing in the U.S. Is it really that hard to do?
dennis sedillo (1 year ago)
hello guys if you want a great supplier for clothing business (t-shirt,shorts,pants,streetwear hoddies) all are customized with very cheap price you can search ironbunny clothing in US we provide all there materials i am here to help you..I'm from Philippines Thank you all..
TheBomber eRoTeX (1 year ago)
Perfect video at the perfect time!!!! I've been in contact with a vendor and he seems high quality with videos and everything and partnership companies that they are working with (good companies) but I am not really sure! Their name ist Dongguan City Hui Lin Apparel Co. What do you guys think of them? Please please please help me!
Lisa Awad (1 year ago)
What was your experience with them? Update please
Miguel Vargas (1 year ago)
Has anyone order iPhone from that site ?
Arahorn (1 month ago)
@Chet Machen By "refurbished", does that mean a second hand product?
Chet Machen (1 year ago)
ALL legitimate iPhones are made SPECIFICALLY and ONLY for Apple.  You CAN'T get original factory manufactured iPhones from ANYONE else than Apple. The only things you can get in China are 1)refurbished legitimate iPhones, 2)knockoff newly manufactured iPhones, or 3)refurbished knockoff iPhones.  Android phones is a completely different topic, but is largely the same issues...
AAA AAA (1 year ago)
Miguel Vargas do not do that. No apple products on Alibaba. They are all fake
700rwhp (1 year ago)
I really hate to spend any money in China because they are increasingly putting out businesses here in the US by undercutting and producing very low quality products that do not last. We need manufactures to get back in the competition even if we pay OK higher in price, we can feel good that we contributed to the economy in our own country and would receive a product that would be better quality and last longer. 👍🏼
patricia A murray (9 months ago)
I feel as if I’m being forced to order from China. I’m well aware of the savings when ordering from China, and I’m willing to pay more by purchasing similar products from the USA. Problem is, I have yet to have a USA company to return my queries. Now I’m stuck having to find a company via Alibaba.
Disconnected Roamer (1 year ago)
people outside of china can buy the products and sell them for double, triple etc the price so everyone benefits
King M&M (1 year ago)
We need to stop Making China rich.
Howard Dixon (4 months ago)
@2uze you are a fucking moron.
2uze (4 months ago)
What we really need to do is stop making US rich
Howard Dixon (7 months ago)
An ignorant comment. China can not get rich without the USA getting rich. Learn some economics
e d (9 months ago)
King MM You can start with them then switch to USA product when your money right
Jupiter Skies (1 year ago)
Who is we? If your talking about America then America needs to make it easier to buy wholesale products, otherwise this will never change.
King M&M (1 year ago)
They are very unprofessional.
Honshu Wolf (1 year ago)
Is there any websites like Alibaba in America? I don't want to order from China, normally there products are fake. lol
mike brown (1 year ago)
Hokkaido Wolf, don't coment here like someone who is not educated or an uncivilized person.There are always original things in china,depends on your money.If u want original,u will spend money and china will do it for u.If u want fake which is low qualit type ,u will pay just a little money and china will do it for u quantity and not quality.
Michael White (1 year ago)
from what I know, the only companies to sell "fake" stuff are the wholesale priced companies like aliexpress etc. (Trading companies). Alibaba has original design manufacturers (ODM) that can create your product from scratch with your own design and put your logo. Alibaba has listed manufacturers from the united states as well. The most important thing is to make sure you don't get scammed and you like your product. You can do it bro, give it a try!
Ten Buck Traveler (1 year ago)
Sourcing takes a long time. I fly to Shenzhen, China 5 times a year and even when you have a meeting set up, fly all the way there, and show up, the factories are not prepared for you. This may have to do with the thousands of flakes that contact them a day for cheap quotes. China is still the wild west, and is VERY relationship driven. I bring bottles of very nice scotch to my favorite factory owners every time I come. Spending $100-200 on a gift for them will pay off in thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars for you. Paying them a bonus for hitting deadlines and reaching AQL levels is important as well. You have to incentivize their commitment to you!
Andy Hu (2 months ago)
@Natasha Bey For sure, china is the very safe country.
Natasha Bey (8 months ago)
If I go is it safe for a woman by her self to travel .
Julian O.falcon (9 months ago)
we should talk!
Sarcastic Fool (9 months ago)
Just please dont take your pet🐶🐕 it may be an appetizer and not make it back home🤔
BhiphopJones (1 year ago)
How can we contact you?
r8rsean71 (1 year ago)
maybe put out some reliable manufacturers?
Sally Ironic (1 year ago)
The only way to manufacturer in China is to BE IN CHINA with a stringent quality control assessment procedures..........they will cut corners and use inferior material EVEN if you GIVE them the materials you want to use.............they sell your good material and use rubbish. They post FAKE product photos and many will down right ROB you and send you nothing. It's a totally different culture folks..........get used to it...........they have no vision of building a business and customer relationships............its all about the here and now...........what I can get out of it......I am talking from experience not only of my own but of many other business people I know.........Produce in your own country!! That is what I have decided to do.
Leemire Goldwire (1 year ago)
Plethora of amazing information! Curious to know... now that I've set up my business and wholesale license... How can I personally fulfill my print to order, orders without having Printful take most of my profit? In other words after creating my design through photoshop, creating my own labels - through Cruz, attaching them to my pre purchased whole sale products, and utilizing the postal services flat rate shipping .... how do I have the t shirts printed at an affordable rate?
Sommer Richards (4 months ago)
Did you ever get an answer? I have the same question...
Papameow Moreno (1 year ago)
Hi, can you help me find a manufacturer of gel nail polish in america? Or can you atleast give me some idea how can i find them? Please. Thanks in advance for tour help.
you don't know alibaba i was member with alibaba in 2005 , i use to buy from them but not any more because ; 1- shipment it take 2 month 2-i use to pay with western union ,and they rip me off twice $ 600 3- and they have very low quality 4 -buying 10 items 6 works and 4 don't 5 now go to china to get your money back 6- dont believe me google it alibaba scam
Realest gee (6 months ago)
Pay with Ali pay
Jose R (6 months ago)
Vanilla Yuri Don’t use western union. Pay with Alipay and shippments by DHL 5-7 Days (Paid shipping) Free shipping takes months but products are low so you can still make great profits
esc666painFM (6 months ago)
How about using their paylater program?
Vanilla Yuri (8 months ago)
So what did you do? I need to start an online shop and I need a good site to do wholesale purchase
Damaris Diaz (2 years ago)
i have a question when you buy from alibaba do you need a tax id number
MSW Interview (1 year ago)
Maria Diaz Hey, do you have anymore info about custom fees and tariffs for importing products? That's the only thing I'm not really sure about. I've researched it but I can only find explanations of people who buy is very large quantities but not small ones.
Damaris Diaz (2 years ago)
Killian Duarte now i know the answer . no i donot need tax id number. and you do not pay custom fee if you buy less thatn 800 us . i was talking whit one supplier from alibaba
Killian Duarte (2 years ago)
Maria Diaz i got the same question
Marcello Mori (2 years ago)
Where can I find a good manufacturing company to start with?
ashish shrestha (1 month ago)
I can supply u throug Nepal jus give me the orders,, is 100% gurantted u will get your stuff, and about the quality it depends what u want to buy from Nepal
Samuel Sylvia (6 months ago)
My is +2348158394772
Samuel Sylvia (6 months ago)
Can I can in contact with you plz
Samuel Sylvia (6 months ago)
Plz also me Am from Nigeria and I want to know a good supplier to buy goods from Plz help me on that
Myles Bishop (2 years ago)
Nice to hear some personal experience. I've been watching videos about alibaba and it's all this grandiose trash. If this trend continues people won't popularize it. I'm considering investing in their stock....
ಸುನೀತ M C (1 year ago)
Myles Bishop 4 5xc
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Myles Bishop 76
Mike Gomez (2 years ago)
You couldn't have posted a video at a better time. I've been communicating with a vendor on Alibaba just this week and it's good to know that I should research into their history a bit more before giving my money away. Thanks for posting all this content. Always A-1.
Vvs Diamondz (1 year ago)
Mike Gomez how did it turn out
John Santos (2 years ago)
+Mike Gomez 🙏🏽
John Santos (2 years ago)
Thank you.
Evan Wise (2 years ago)
im just starting out to drop ship products on shopify and my niche is mens street wear. can anyone tell me how much profit i should make per product? Thanks
Simz raG (2 years ago)
so ,why dont u recommend some company who do delivery for worldwide?
Simz raG (2 years ago)
John Santos i had same doubt too brov, thats y im looking for some good whole sale suppliers . that's y i asked u😊
John Santos (2 years ago)
+Simz raG I'm not saying you can't find them on there, I am saying you'll need to look and vet before placing a significant sized order.
Lady Hamilton (2 years ago)
Thank you for that info. Very helpful.
Michael White (1 year ago)
dude, there may not be any Mexican manufacturers listed on Alibaba, only a few in South America, just go on google and type on Mexican manufacturers. after you find one get in contact with them to see if you like them. if not dont let it stop you chose the next best option which may be china. buy a sample before making a whole sale purchase.
Andreia Me (2 years ago)
I'm so confused. I need guidance. I've done so much, but now I'm stuck with how/what to do next. I have a website, opened social media, opened an Amazon store, but I don't have the most important thing... products. I have my designs, but no product. I was looking for manufactured in Mexico because it's close buy and I can have a closer relationship than in Asia. I could travel there and see...... Do you happen to know of a good manufacture in Mexico. please help!!!!
John Santos (2 years ago)
+Rosalind Hamilton you're welcome. :)
Susy G (2 years ago)
I totally agree!! I have gone through multiple vendors in Alibaba and after so many prototype fails, I decided to find my own vendor the old school way... research, research, research before investing large amounts of money!
Andy Hu (2 months ago)
@Shatara Curtis I'm a vape cartridge vender. Am I who you are looking for?
Shatara Curtis (3 months ago)
I’m looking for a good vendor. Can you help me please
dennis sedillo (5 months ago)
@Emmanuel Kumar yes

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