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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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 .
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???????
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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
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..
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!
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...
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. 👍🏼
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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
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.
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....
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.
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.
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!!!!
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!