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Made-in-China.com is a Nanjing based supplier directory, that some may see as an Alibaba.com clone. That is not accurate, as Made-in-China.com launched in 1998, one year before Alibaba.
That said, Alibaba is by far the largest supplier directory today, both in terms of suppliers and services. Still, Made-in-China.com remains a top 5 supplier directory, and certain buyer’s prefer to source suppliers on this platform.
In this article, you will learn more about their product categories, supplier verification, payment options and other services.
Made-in-China.com Product List
Made-in-China.com cover the same categories as most other directories, but with more of a focus on industrial and construction products, rather than consumer goods:
Global Sources, which goes back all the way to the early 1970s, operates the second largest supplier directory, Globalsources.com.
Many buyers prefer to source electronics, toys and certain other categories they are focused on. That being said, their main advantage is the annual Global Sources trade shows, where you’ll find some of the best manufacturers in Asia:
How does Made-in-China.com compare to this?
They have a really good trade show calendar, showing upcoming trade shows in Asia, Europe and the United States. But they don’t have their own trade shows as far as I am aware.
What kind of supplier information can I find on Made in China?
Made-in-China.com are often third party verified, for example by TUV, which can help you assess if a supplier is qualified or not.
This is what you’ll find on Made-in-China.com:
Business type (i.e., Manufacturer)
Number of Employees
Year of Establishment
Management Certification (i.e., ISO 9001:2015)
Product test reports / certification
In addition, you can also find product images, specifications, factory images and uploaded certificates.
Are Made-in-China suppliers more reliable than others?
No, they are not more reliable, or qualified, than suppliers listed on any other supplier directory. Nor are they any less ‘reliable’ than any other directory.
That being said, I don’t think there are any ‘reliable’ or ‘great’ suppliers, anywhere. Instead, the key is to find manufacturers that are qualified to make your specific product.
The key is to implement the quality assurance process, stretching from creating a clear product specification sheet, to supplier sourcing and final quality inspections.
In that sense, there’s no difference between Made-in-China.com suppliers, and those listed on other supplier directories.
Do they integrate payment options?
No, Made-in-China.com currently doesn’t integrate any payment gateway on their platform. Instead, you get the following options on each product listing:
Can I book shipping via Made-in-China.com?
There is a logistics section, but at the time of writing, you cannot get live quotations or book shipping directly on the platform.
There are plenty of listed, exclusively Chinese, shipping companies on Made-in-China.com, that can be contacted via a message form.
Made-in-China.com is much more than just another Alibaba.com clone. While smaller, and not as sophisticated when it comes to trade services, Made-in-China.com is home to thousands of qualified manufacturers in a range of industries.
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.