Saturday 19 Jan 2019

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Distributors & Middlemen

Alibaba.com suppliers are either direct manufacturers or distributors and middlemen who sell products from an inventory – or on behalf of manufacturers. Many middlemen on Alibaba.com try to pass themselves off as direct manufacturers. They’ll post pictures and videos of …

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Are Gold Suppliers More Trustworthy?

In theory, Gold Suppliers are more trustworthy than free members because Gold Suppliers must pass an authentication and verification check. And if a Gold Supplier engages in

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Supplier Authentication & Verification

Any supplier can sign up for a free Alibaba.com account and begin advertising its products. However, without having to go through an authentication and verification process, there’s

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Alibaba.com Gold Suppliers

All Alibaba.com suppliers are either Gold Suppliers or free members (there are no Silver or Bronze Suppliers). Gold Suppliers pay about $5000 a year in membership fees. In

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Who are the Suppliers?

Generally speaking, Alibaba.com suppliers are either product manufacturers or product distributors (middlemen). Manufacturers make products according to their clients’ specifications. Distributors buy products and then sell

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Product Specifications

If you use an Alibaba.com manufacturer to custom-make products, you’ll need to provide exact specifications, including precise dimensions, materials, colors, weights, and drawings. You may have to

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Making a Prototype

If you’re hiring an Alibaba.com manufacturer to custom-make products, you’ll probably want to make a product prototype before starting the production process. A prototype can be the

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Samples

Before placing a large order with an Alibaba.com supplier, you’ll probably want to see some samples to gauge his quality level. Samples can be expensive to ship,

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OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

While Alibaba.com suppliers cannot sell brand-name products without explicit authorization, the sale of OEM or OEM-quality parts is allowed. However, you should always be careful when buying

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Product Quality

Quality is perhaps the biggest risk and concern when you order products through Alibaba.com. While there’s probably no way to guarantee good quality 100% of the time,

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