Sourcing products overseas has many advantages for small business owners.
- By accessing foreign suppliers, you can often enjoy lower manufacturing costs than you would in your home country.
- Sourcing globally gives you access to hundreds of thousands of suppliers, making it easier to find exactly the product you want at the price you’re looking for.
- Searching online gives you access to many suppliers who are happy to work with small companies and/or produce smaller order quantities.
Of course, with so many suppliers out there to sort through, the task of finding the perfect global source for your product may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, Alibaba.com is here to help.
Expand Your Options, Then Narrow the Field
Randomly searching for global suppliers online not only takes a long time, but can also expose you to poor-quality manufacturers or even fraudulent sellers. Starting your search at a trusted online marketplace, on the other hand, helps you expand your options without putting your business at risk.
As the world’s largest marketplace of suppliers, Alibaba.com enables buyers from all over the world to find, connect with and buy from international suppliers quickly, easily and securely. Use Alibaba.com’s search tool, browse Categories or Wholesale Checkout to find products that meet your criteria. Or, use AliSourcePro to post a Buying Request and let suppliers come to you.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to directly connect with hundreds of thousands of manufacturers worldwide, while knowing you have the support of a trusted partner, Alibaba.com, behind you.
Lower Prices Mean Higher Profit Margins
When you are sourcing products overseas, it’s important to get good value for your money so you can price the products appropriately to resell and still make a profit. If you can’t source products to meet your budget, your profit margins will suffer.
With so many suppliers to choose from on Alibaba.com, it’s easy to find one that meets your needs and fits your budget. You can quickly get quotes and compare prices from multiple suppliers to find the lowest price.
Alibaba.com’s communication tools make it simple to tell suppliers what you want, discuss terms and negotiate prices all in one place - on the Alibaba.com website. You save time you would otherwise spend haggling with multiple sources through different channels (and time is money!) Plus, you can easily find lower prices on the quality products you want. That means higher profits for your business.
Protect Your Investment With Trade Assurance
When you are dealing with unknown suppliers thousands of miles away, making payments can be intimidating. How do you know what you’ll receive in return? Most overseas suppliers will require at least partial payment when you place your order and, if you are placing a small order, you may need to pay in full. Options for payment may include credit card, wire transfer or PayPal. Try to use a method that gives you some recourse if you are not satisfied with the products you receive.
Of course, you can get even more protection by purchasing goods through Alibaba.com. Our free Trade Assurance service, designed to protect buyers against losses, allows you to trade with confidence, even when dealing with suppliers you’ve never dealt with before.
Here’s how it works:
Participating Trade Assurance suppliers are thoroughly verified, then assigned a Trade Assurance Limit for coverage based on their qualifications and trading history. The better their record, the greater the coverage limit they receive.
You can search thousands of Trade Assurance suppliers and view their ratings and reviews from past customers. Negotiate the terms of your order, then confirm your contract on Alibaba.com and provide your initial payment using telegraphic transfer (T/T).
With Trade Assurance, you are guaranteed on-time shipment and pre-shipment product quality (optional). If the supplier does not meet the requirements in your contract regarding timely shipment and agreed-upon quality standards, Alibaba.com will refund 100% of the supplier’s Trade Assurance Coverage amount.
If you’re unsatisfied with your Trade Assurance supplier in any way, use our feedback system to let us know. Knowing they will get feedback gives Trade Assurance suppliers added incentive to meet contract terms. If the supplier breaches any terms of your contract, we will reduce their Trade Assurance Limit.
Use Inspections to Ensure Quality
Of course, you want to be assured that the goods you purchase meet your quality standards and expectations. Common types of inspections buyers may want to perform include Factory Audit, which checks the factory’s capabilities, management and operating procedures to ensure it adheres to local and international labor laws.
- Initial Production Inspection, which checks the machinery and materials to be used for your order before the production process begins.
- During Production Inspection, which provides a visual check of the quality of components, materials and finished products during the manufacturing process.
- Final Random Inspection, which is a detailed visual inspection of randomly selected samples to ensure that quality, quantity and packaging meet your specifications.
- Container Loading Check, which supervises container loading to ensure that the finished goods meet your specifications.
You probably don’t have the time or budget to travel overseas to conduct these inspections yourself. That’s why Alibaba.com offers a convenient alternative to save you time and money. Using Alibaba.com’s Inspection Service, you can have your order inspected by professional third-party independent inspectors and inspection companies listed on Alibaba.com.
These inspectors will visit manufacturing and/or port facilities anywhere in China and provide reports, including photos, certifying that the goods being produced and shipped meet quality standards. Alibaba.com makes inspections affordable by offering all the types of inspections listed above (and more) at a wide range of prices to satisfy your specific requirements.
Using Alibaba.com’s Inspection Service, simply search for inspectors based on your supplier’s location, select the type of inspection you desire and view inspector ratings by previous Alibaba.com buyers. Once you find an inspector who meets your criteria, order the inspection service and pay the inspector using Alibaba.com’s Secure Payment Service. Your payment is held in escrow and released to the inspector only after you confirm that you’ve received the inspection report.
Global Sourcing Made Easy
Global sourcing can be complex for the novice, but by using a trusted partner such as Alibaba.com, you can simplify the process and enjoy the added sales and business growth that comes from entering the world of international trade.