Tips on choosing the best Alibaba Supplier for your Amazon FBA Store
One of the most common sources of Amazon sellers for suppliers is Alibaba. But how do you find the best suppliers on alibaba? This is where a lot of suppliers for any types of products and sellers for almost every e-commerce marketplace meet. Since 2014, they hold the title as the world’s largest online business-to-business trading platform.
Alibaba is the Amazon of Manufacturers.
On this post, we’ll give you some tips on how to choose the best suppliers for your products in the jungle named Alibaba.
1. An ideal supplier is a GOLD, ASSESSED and TRADE ASSURED supplier.
Trade Assurance– trade assurance is a protection from Alibaba. This secure a whole refund for fraudulent transactions.
For example: In most situation, full payment is required before products can be shipped. However, if the products are not delivered for no specific reason, you can file a claim to Alibaba and Alibaba will refund the full amount of your purchase.
Gold Supplier– Gold supplier is a paid membership for suppliers who have worked with Alibaba for more than a year.
Assessed Supplier– this status indicates that the supplier has gone through inspection and is a true supplier.
If you want to learn more about how the inspection goes, you can check the main page of the supplier on Alibaba under Company Profile. This will give you an idea of how the supplier works and what can you expect from them.
Ideally, all three filters are activated during the search process.
2. At least 5 YEARS Experience
One of the keys to finding the best suppliers on alibaba is to ask the question, how long has the supplier been in this business. Is essential to know the stability and the credibility of a supplier on Alibaba as there are lots of bad ones! Personally, the longer the better.
The YRS icon on the left side of the Suppliers name indicates the total years they have been with Alibaba.
3. There Factory is based in China
As we all know, products from China are the cheapest. As much as possible choose the supplier that offers the cheapest price. Of course, you have to make sure that the quality won’t be compromised.
4. Top 3 market MUST include your marketplace.
It is important to check how familiar the supplier is on doing business in your area. A supplier that has had a lot of transaction in your market knows the requirements that you need to meet and will even help you get these requirements. This will ensure faster delivery and less delay.
5. Always choose Manufacturing Suppliers.
There are 2 types of supplier: Manufacturing suppliers and Trading suppliers.
Manufacturing suppliers are the ones manufacturing their product. They have their own factory and workers to do the products you wish to order. Manufacturing suppliers offer products under the same category or related categories.
Trading supplier acts as a middleman between a manufacturing supplier and a seller. Most often than not, trading suppliers offer higher rate compared to manufacturing suppliers. They offer different unrelated products based on what is trending on the e-commerce business.