Alibaba Trade Assurance Explained: A Complete Guide

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Planning to pay your supplier via Alibaba Trade Assurance? In this guide, we explain what the Trade Assurance is, and how you can ensure that it works to your benefit. The key to success when using this payment service is understanding its terms and conditions.

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  • What is Alibaba Trade Assurance?
  • How does Alibaba Trade Assurance protect buyers?
  • How do I pay through the Alibaba Trade Assurance platform?
  • Can I trust Alibaba Trade Assurance?
  • Which payment methods are available for Trade Assurance?
  • How much are the Trade Assurance fees?
  • Does Trade Assurance enable me to return products I am satisfied with?
  • Can all Alibaba suppliers offer Trade Assurance payments?

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How to Pay Suppliers on Alibaba: A Complete Guide

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Found a supplier on Alibaba but not sure how to pay them? In this guide, you will learn how to pay suppliers on the #1 supplier directory, both through the built-in Alibaba payment gateway and ‘off-platform’.

Keep reading and learn how you can pay suppliers by wire transfer, credit card and the secure payment system – and how you can claim a refund if the goods are not matching the product description.

In addition, you will also learn why a refund cannot always be taken for granted, and how you can prepare for, and win, a dispute.

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  • Telegraphic Transfer (Bank Transfer)
  • Alibaba Secure Payment (Escrow)
  • Alibaba Payment Links
  • Pay Later
  • Alibaba Online Transfer

Telegraphic Transfer (Bank Transfer)

Alibaba.com is a supplier directory – an online platform for finding factories and trading companies in China, and other countries around the world.

While Alibaba.com has in recent years expanded into providing payment solutions, most buyers go here to find suppliers and then continue business discussions elsewhere. Hence, the transactions are still for the most part made outside of the Alibaba.com ecosystem. That is likely to change in the future but is the case at the time of writing.

We often receive questions about ‘how to pay suppliers on Alibaba’, but the truth is that they are paid the same way as manufacturers that are not listed here – and that is mostly via telegraphic transfer. Continue reading How to Pay Suppliers on Alibaba: A Complete Guide

Alibaba Supplier Scams: 3 Common Types & How You Avoid Them

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None of these scams are unique to Alibaba.com. On the contrary, Alibaba.com verifies all Gold Suppliers and offers far more supplier data than any other B2B supplier directory.

Alibaba.com is in many aspects the safest way to source products in Asia, as long as you have a risk management process in place.

That said, Alibaba cannot monitor every single email and WeChat conversion between suppliers and buyer’s on its platform. There are rogue employees out there, and hackers breaking into suppliers email accounts.

In this article, I explain how you can avoid 3 different types of scams, and the measures Alibaba has taken in recent years to make their marketplace safer. Continue reading Alibaba Supplier Scams: 3 Common Types & How You Avoid Them

Alibaba Request for Quotation (RFQ): A Complete Guide

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The free Alibaba RFQ service enables you to receive quotations from multiple suppliers, in a matter of days. All you need to do is to fill in a form and click on the submit button.

If used the right way, Alibaba’s Request for Quotation service can help you save hours of work, as you don’t have to contact suppliers one by one.

But as always, you need to use it the right way.

In this article, you will learn how you can save time and money using the RFQ service while making sure that you provide enough information for the suppliers to calculate an accurate unit cost.

In addition, you will also learn what to look for once you receive the quote.

How can the Alibaba RFQ service help me?

Alibaba.com is the world’s largest supplier directory. Even the most obscure product search can result in hundreds of suppliers.

It can take forever to shortlist suppliers and contact them one by one.

Even worse, many of them don’t even reply.

Now, what if you could turn the table, and let them come to you? That’s the idea behind Alibaba’s RFQ service.

In essence, you add product information, and a number of suppliers will submit quotes based on your requirements.

All you need to do is wait. Or well, that’s the idea at least. Continue reading Alibaba Request for Quotation (RFQ): A Complete Guide

Importing Supplements from China: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import supplements from China to North America, Europe or Australia? In this comprehensive guide, we cover everything importers must know when procuring the following types of supplements:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Herbs
  • Acids
  • Dietary substances
  • Food additives
  • Protein
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  • Part 1: Supplement Manufacturers in China
  • Part 2: Supplement Regulations in the US, EU, and Australia
  • Part 3: Ordering Process

Supplement Manufacturers in China

How do I find supplement manufacturers in China?
Alibaba.com is the primary supplier directories for sourcing supplement suppliers in any category. More than 1900 suppliers are listed on Alibaba.com in the following supplement factories:

  • Sport Supplements
  • Protein
  • Herbal Supplements
  • Memory & Sleep Healthcare Products
  • Milk Powder
  • Antioxidant

While most supplement suppliers listed on Alibaba.com are based in Mainland China, you’ll also find suppliers from India, Japan, Europe, and the United States. Continue reading Importing Supplements from China: A Complete Guide

Alibaba OneTouch: 4 Ways Importers Can Benefit

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The OneTouch platform is an Alibaba owned platform, helping Chinese manufacturers and trading companies streamlining the exporting process. From their Alibaba account, suppliers can access order financing, manage logistics and export procedures.

In return, Alibaba got access to a wealth of trade information, offering direct benefits to Importers in other countries.

Keep reading, and learn how the Alibaba OneTouch helps both suppliers and their customers around the world.

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  • What is Alibaba OneTouch?
  • How does OneTouch help manufacturers?
  • How can OneTouch help me as an Importer?
  • What is the difference between Trade Assurance and OneTouch?

What is Alibaba OneTouch?

OneTouch is an Alibaba owned platform, mainly focused on helping Chinese suppliers streamlining the exporting process.

From a supplier perspective, the exporting process can be fairly complicated, as it involves:

  • Order financing
  • Export tax refund (months later)
  • Booking shipments to customers around the world
  • Export licenses
  • Export customs clearance
  • Customs inspections

Order financing and the overall bureaucracy have been more of an issue for Chinese exporters, compared to those in more developed countries.

Unsurprisingly, Alibaba is taking the lead and bridge the gap using technology.

Apart from the obvious benefit the OneTouch platforms offer Alibaba Gold Suppliers, there’s something even bigger.

The OneTouch platform helps suppliers transition from old fashioned export receipts and company seals – to an all-in-one digital export dashboard. This in turn gives Alibaba.com access to Chinese export data, in a way that has never been done before.

For example, Alibaba is already using the OneTouch platform to set Trade Assurance limits. Continue reading Alibaba OneTouch: 4 Ways Importers Can Benefit

How to Find the Best Clothing Suppliers on Alibaba.com in 8 Steps

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With thousands of suppliers to choose from, sourcing clothing and textiles on Alibaba.com can be overwhelming.

Unless you have manual, that breaks down the process in actionable steps:

1. Find the right keyword and use the ‘Supplier search’ function

2. Review the supplier page

3. How to read the TrustPass profile

4. Review product pages

5. Select suppliers, submit techpack and request quotations

6. Order product samples from 4+ suppliers

7. Place your order with Alibaba Trade Assurance

8. How to book a sea or air shipment Continue reading How to Find the Best Clothing Suppliers on Alibaba.com in 8 Steps

How to Buy Products From 1688.com: A Complete Guide

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1688.com is just like Alibaba.com, but all in Chinese, and for the domestic market in China.

Some believe that they can find better deals, by going directly to suppliers on 1688.com, instead of Alibaba.com.

But is that really true?

Keep reading, and learn if 1688.com suppliers are really offering lower prices, how to pay them and if they even have export licenses.

What is 1688.com?

1688.com is a B2B supplier directory owned by Alibaba Group. Just like Alibaba.com, 1688.com is portal were you can find factories, wholesalers and trading companies, in virtually any industry.

So why is it called 1688.com, and not Alibaba.cn? In Chinese, 1688 reads as “Yao Liu Ba Ba”, which (kind of) sounds like Alibaba.

Substituting words for similar sounding numbers is common in China and all over Asia. Continue reading How to Buy Products From 1688.com: A Complete Guide

How to Order from Alibaba in 3 Steps

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Do you have a product that you would like to order from a supplier on Alibaba.com? Ordering from Alibaba.com might seem like a simple task but a quick search on Google or the Alibaba forum proves the opposite.

This article provides you with a step by step guide to ordering from Alibaba.

Step 1. Sourcing products on Alibaba.com

There are three ways to source products at Alibaba. Product Search, Supplier Search or by posting a Buying Request. The Supplier Search is the latest Alibaba search option and in my opinion superior to the other two, below I explain why. Continue reading How to Order from Alibaba in 3 Steps

Selling on Amazon.com From Overseas: By Ariel B. C.

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Almost half of our readers are located outside of the United States and the European Union. Yet, the majority of our customers in these countries are mainly selling in the US or Europe. Or both.

One of our subscribers, Ariel, is one of them.

In this article, he explains how he started selling in the United States, on Amazon.com, while being based in Israel and Europe.

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you did before starting with your current business

I was born in France, and moved to Israel about 20 years ago.

I always had a passion to travel, so, logically, I always searched for source of incomes that can be managed from any places in the world.

I studied economics, but worked a very briefly as an employee. Only about 2 years, then I began to import goods from the United States, to France for several years when I still lived there. Essentially motorcycles and accessories.

When I arrive in Israel, I first worked in software for a big company.

In parallel, I began to sell online about 10 years ago, at Ebay France, managing the shop digitally from Israel while having a partner in France taking care of all the “physical” work.

Then I discovered Amazon FBA nearly 4 years ago, and I found it was a perfect fit for me.

It allows me to be free of all the worries about warehouse to stock my inventory and also I don’t have to deal with packaging and shipping every unit sold to the customer.

It also can be run from any place, so I can make a living while travelling around the world.

About a year ago, I was able to quit my job as an employee and work full time on my online business.

For half a year, I have a VA from the Philippines helping me with recurring tasks and social media. Continue reading Selling on Amazon.com From Overseas: By Ariel B. C.