Are you looking for a one-stop product sourcing solution to help you get started in global sourcing? Well you’ve come to the right place.
At Alibaba.com, you can handle all steps of the international sourcing process quickly and easily, from product sourcing and inspection to logistics and payments. Alibaba.com’s low prices help boost your profit margins. And no matter how big or small your business may be, you’ll enjoy the security of knowing a trusted partner, Alibaba.com, is behind you every step of the way.
The Alibaba.com marketplace offers hundreds of millions of products from manufacturers and distributors around the world - and makes it easy to find exactly what you need. Here’s how to get started.
How to Find Products & Suppliers on Alibaba.com
There are four easy ways to find the products and suppliers you’re looking for on Alibaba.com. Choose the method that best meets your needs.
Just start typing in the search bar. The search function is intuitive and will automatically suggest options for products, suppliers or buyers.
2. Browse Categories
Not sure what you're looking for? Browse the Categories until you see something that appeals to you.
3. Let suppliers find you
With our AliSourcePro service, you can sit back, relax and let suppliers contact you. Just use our simple online form to post a 1-minute Buying Request that states exactly what you're looking for. Alibaba.com will vet your request and pass it on to suppliers; you'll receive quotes from interested suppliers within 24 hours. AliSourcePro makes it easy to compare price quotes, order product samples and place an order all in one place.
4. Use Wholesale
Take advantage of the world's biggest online wholesale platform. Use Alibaba.com's Wholesale option to find products that are available in low minimum-order-quantities (MOQs), get instant price quotes and place secure online orders. Plus, every Wholesale transaction is protected by Alibaba.com's Secure Payment Service.
No matter which method you use to search for products on Alibaba.com, it's easy to filter and narrow down results based on multiple factors, such as type of product, location of supplier, type of supplier and more.
How to Select & Contact Suppliers on Alibaba.com
Once you find a product or supplier that interests you, it's time to start the conversation. Alibaba.com eliminates the headaches of global communication by providing easy-to-use communication tools that enable you to contact suppliers, save your communication history for future reference, and get all the information you need to make a smart decision.
What Is a Verified Supplier?
As you consider different suppliers, you'll notice badges that identify verified suppliers. This means that Alibaba.com or an independent company has performed a documented inspection of the company. There are different levels of verification on Alibaba.com, listed below from lowest to highest:
1. Assessed Supplier
This means that a third party verification company has assessed the supplier and an assessment report about the company is available for download.
2. Onsite Checked
This means that the supplier's onsite operations have been checked by Alibaba.com and that a third party has verified the legal existence of the company.
3. Gold Supplier
Gold Suppliers are suppliers who have paid to have additional verification completed. Gold Suppliers also display a badge showing the number of years they have been trading on Alibaba.com.
4. Trade Assurance
Trade Assurance Suppliers are Gold Suppliers who participate in Alibaba.com's Trade Assurance program. Trade Assurance provides protection to help you trade confidently with suppliers around the globe. Each Trade Assurance supplier has a unique Trade Assurance Coverage amount. If your order is delayed or does not meet your agreed-upon quality standards, Alibaba.com will refund you 100% of the supplier's Trade Assurance Coverage amount.
Inspecting Your Goods Before They're Shipped
Of course, you want to be assured that the goods you purchase meet your quality standards and expectations. Alibaba.com makes this easy to do.
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 the manufacturing and/or port facilities anywhere in China and provide reports, including photos, to certify that the goods being produced and shipped meet quality standards.
With Alibaba.com's Inspection Service, you get access to hundreds of reliable inspectors, plus the confidence of our secure payment options to pay them.
Here's how it works:
- Find inspectors based on your supplier's location.
- Select the type of inspection that meets your price and quality needs, such as Factory Audit, Container Loading Check, During Production Inspection, etc.
- View inspector ratings from previous Alibaba.com buyers and their completed transactions.
- Order your inspection service and pay the inspector using Alibaba.com's Secure Payment Service
- The chosen inspector will visit your supplier, create a report based on your request, and upload it to Alibaba.com for you to review.
- Once you confirm you have received the report, your payment will be released to the inspector.
Ready to hire an inspector? Visit inspection.alibaba.com.
Payments & Logistics with Alibaba.com
With Trade Assurance, buyers on Alibaba.com have the security of making payments through one the three options below.
- Low transaction fees (US $15 per transaction)
- e-Checking is only available to buyers with checking accounts from any bank in the United States
- Fast transfers (it takes 4-5 working days once you've verified your checking account & authorized Alibaba.com to make payment deductions on your behalf)
- Visa or MasterCard
- Payment limit per transaction is US $20,000
- Payments require 2-3 working days to arrive in your supplier's designated bank account
Telegraphic Transfer (T/T)
- Funds usually require 3-7 working days to arrive in your supplier's designated bank account
- The transaction fee will vary by country – please check with your local bank for details
Alibaba.com makes global shipping simple. We partner with global leaders including FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT, EMS and others to provide a wide range of shipping options and global transportation lines. Select the shipping method, speed and cost that suits your needs and budget.
Best of all, you can use Alibaba.com Logistics no matter whether your goods were ordered on Alibaba.com or offline direct from the factory. This service is open to everyone - simply set up a free Alibaba.com account.
With our Warehouse to Door Service that includes sea freight and Import/Export custom clearance, Alibaba.com Logistics offers the convenience of an all-in-one solution that ships goods direct to your door.
No matter how small your company or your order size, Alibaba.com Logistics can help.
To learn more about using Alibaba Logistics, visit: logistics.alibaba.com
Ready to get started?
Alibaba.com brings you hundreds of millions of products in over 40 different major categories, including consumer electronics, machinery and apparel.
Buyers for these products are located in 190+ countries and regions, and exchange hundreds of thousands of messages with suppliers on the platform each day. As a platform, we continue to develop services to help businesses do more and discover new opportunities.
Whether it's sourcing from your mobile phone or contacting suppliers in their local language, turn to Alibaba.com for all your global business needs.