China is the world’s largest manufacturer and presents a wonderful opportunity for your e-commerce store or home-based business. You can source an almost unlimited variety of goods at low prices which you can then resell at a profit. Unlike dropshipping where you do not carry any physical stock, getting products from wholesalers gives you better prices and consequently a higher profit margin. This article will show you where to find these wholesale suppliers for free and how to stay safe when dealing with them.
Finding wholesale suppliers from China with Aliexpress
There are many English-language platforms that you can utilize to find wholesale suppliers from China. One of the most reliable ones is Aliexpress. Aliexpress has hundreds of thousands of products listed by individual Chinese suppliers. Many of these suppliers are selling the same product so competition is stiff and the prices are kept low. You can buy products in quantities of one or more, with larger quantities fetching a lower cost per item.
Most items on Aliexpress are not unique and you often find a dozen sellers selling similar products. To choose the right supplier to buy from, it is important to scrutinize the ratings and feedback on the product’s listing. Each listing has its own feedback tab where you can find comments and ratings left by previous buyers. This is unlike eBay where feedback is left for the seller instead of the item. On Aliexpress, it would be a good idea to pick the listing with the most positive feedback and highest ratings even if it is slightly more expensive than a similar listing with lower ratings.
If you find a product that you are interested in but have questions, you can easily communicate with the supplier through the message system. While most of the suppliers understand English, it isn’t their first language so it helps if you use simple English.
When you find a product that you are happy with, you can purchase it with just a few clicks. Your payment does not go to the supplier directly but is processed through Aliexpress. As part of their buyer protection program, your payment will only be released to the supplier after your product arrives and you are satisfied with it.
Other platforms worth exploring
Besides Aliexpress, there are many other platforms where you can get access to Chinese suppliers. It is a good idea to compare prices and products across platforms to make sure you are actually getting a wholesale price.
- DHGate – a platform similar to Aliexpress with item feedbacks and small order quantities
- Alibaba – parent site of Aliexpress, this is more useful when you are looking for a manufacturer; large order quantities required
Tips for staying safe when buying from China
- Never send payments directly to a supplier; use the platform’s escrow service
- Choose suppliers and items with high ratings and good feedback
- Avoid luxury brand products from China; they are likely to be counterfeits
- Always start with a very small order and inspect quality before committing to a larger order
While this article tries to cover enough so that you can get started with a supplier, there is still much to learn if you want to import from China. You may find the following resources helpful: