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Many Importers are under the impressions that 1688.com suppliers offer lower prices than everyone else.
And sometimes they do, but not for the same quality.
Further, 1688.com suppliers are rarely ‘export ready. Without a USD bank account and an export license, the products will not leave the country.
There are workarounds, but most ‘local suppliers’ don’t want to bother with that.
So, if it’s not cheaper and so much more hassle, why go to 1688.com?
There are very few scenarios I think of when 1688.com makes sense for importers outside of China. Perhaps if you need to source certain materials and components for your export supplier, but that’s about it.
Luckily, there is Alibaba.com, and other supplier directories, for exporting manufacturers.
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Co-founder of Asiaimportal (HK) Limited and based in Hong Kong. He has been quoted in and contributed to Bloomberg, SCMP, Alibaba Insights, Globalsources.com, China Chief Executive, Quartz Magazine and more.
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