Verified suppliers on Alibaba

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by tracy140, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. tracy140

    tracy140 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

    1 0
    Hi,

    I have been in contact with 5 different suppliers in Alibaba for a product I would like to purchase and now am trying to make a decision as to whom I should place an order with. The supplier who has been the most helpful, professional, provided the most detailed information and who I would like to choose is not verified but they have had the onsite inspection by Alibaba staff. Is it too risky to go with this supplier? Does anyone have any experience?

    Thanks
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2021 By: tracy140 Member since: Feb 19, 2021
    #1
  2. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

    34,014 10,102
    Yes. Don't trust any of them. Most of them aren't even suppliers, they are just brokers.
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
    #2
  3. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

    27,343 3,354
    The supplier you can trust is the one who factory you have had someone walk around and who you can verify owns the factory.
    Very easy to find middleman, brokers, resellers. If looking to do factory quantities - usually high MOQ - then can be a lot harder.
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2021 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
    #3
  4. paulears

    paulears UKBF Big Shot Full Member

    4,698 1,263
    It depends on the price. I’ve got an unofficial ceiling of a grand on new suppliers, but for my stuff initial orders tend to be sub 500, if they arrive on time and are decent, I up the quantity. The tardy ones I simply don’t buy from again. The clue for me is how long it takes from order to dispatch. Clearly, as said, some are just buy and sell merchants, and often asking simple questions confuses them as they’ve never even seen the products. One of my regular suppliers is in this category, but gives me access to lower moqs. I can live with that. I took a chance the other day on a good price item similar to one line I already do, but a silly brand name. When they arrived, they were my usual brand, I ordered more!
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2021 By: paulears Member since: Jan 7, 2015
    #4
  5. Red Wood

    Red Wood UKBF Regular Free Member

    605 72
    As Fisicx said... I'd say 85-90% are retailers or wholesalers rather than manufacturers. Manufacturers are on there, but they are outweighed by those pretending to be one.
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2021 By: Red Wood Member since: Jan 14, 2014
    #5
  6. BV222

    BV222 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

    16 0
    I have done business for reasonably long periods of time (many years) with several suppliers on Alibaba and have visited factories in China twice. From experience, it's difficult to tell exactly who you're working with until you meet them. I would try to fathom whether they are the actual factory and how professional they were. I would not base your decision too heavily on price either. Some may be agents requiring a higher price, some offering lower prices may not be as professional. Some offering slightly higher prices than you've found elsewhere may be the real deal and the most professional. From experience, working with the most legitimate, professional company is the most important factor.
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2021 By: BV222 Member since: Jan 29, 2017
    #6
  7. alanpro

    alanpro UKBF Newcomer Free Member

    7 0
    Maybe hire a sourcing agent to help you, some suppliers in Alibaba are just the middleman, not the real factory. You can hire an agent to inverstigate for you, let them to send you video sor photos.
     
    Posted: Feb 23, 2021 By: alanpro Member since: Feb 2, 2021
    #7