Monday 20 Nov 2017

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Inspection Agents

If your Alibaba.com supplier is in a country that’s thousands of miles away, doing inspections of your supplier’s facilities and products can be a challenge.  Unless you’re part of a multinational company, you probably don’t have a local representative who …

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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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Quantity

Some suppliers on Alibaba.com have minimum order requirements and will only supply or sell in bulk. For small orders, you might want to use AliExpress instead.

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Searching for Products

Alibaba.com’s search functions make it easy to find products on the site. The user interface on the homepage is simple and intuitive, like Amazon.com. Just type

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What Can You Buy?

You can buy almost any kind of product through Alibaba.com, from auto parts to electronics to clothes to food products. You cannot, however, buy brand-name products (like

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