Saturday 16 Feb 2019



AliExpress is the “lite” version of that was designed to handle small orders.  AliExpress offers the same kinds of products and suppliers as – and operates in almost the same way – except on AliExpress: Suppliers are from …

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Alibaba Forums hosts online forums where users can post questions and share their experiences.  The forums are listed under the “Community” tab at the top of the home page. The


An Independent Introduction to

If you use a foreign supplier in your business, or if you do business in China, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of  Based in China,


Budgeting on

It’s a good idea to set your budget before using  Knowing how much money you can spend (and risk) will help you focus as you search for


Negotiation Strategies and Cautions on

Listed prices on are like sticker prices in a car dealership. They’re negotiable. Most suppliers expect you to negotiate price – and set them in

gold-supplier-fraud Gold Supplier Fraud

In 2011, publically admitted that some of its employees colluded with scammers by selling Gold Supplier memberships to these scammers for the express purpose of defrauding buyers. 


How Much Fraud Is On estimates that 0.5% of the transactions on the site are fraudulent, with most fraud cases involving small orders under $1200. That’s one in every 200 transactions. While


Posting Buying Requests

When you post a “Buying Request” on, you are inviting suppliers to contact you with offers to manufacture your product. To post a request, find the “Post Buying


Fake Profiles on

An supplier who takes the time and effort to create a thorough Profile Page is probably more trustworthy than one who hasn’t. But a motivated scammer

alibaba_profile_pages Profile Pages

An supplier’s Profile Page is like a mini-website that provides information about the supplier. Some suppliers only provide basic information, such as contact information. The

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