Opening an eBay store is a good way to make money online, no matter as a full-time job or part-time job. As e-commerce starters, lots of people choose to source products from China, since there are so many good looking and cost-effective products on Alibaba. But how to import products from China and sell on eBay? Here is the step-by-step guide.
How to choose the suppliers from Alibaba ?
Step 1. Do the research to find out what to sell on eBay.
When I say do the research, I mean do A LOT of research. It may be a frustrating and confusing process for a starter, but it’s very essential. Search on both Alibaba and eBay, find the best selling products, google them, ask your friends, do your own brainstorm…All beginning are hard, once you make the decision about what to import and sell, you can move to the next step.
Step 2. Search the suppliers on Alibaba and filter them.
Enter Alibaba.com and start to search the suppliers of the particular products, mark the products you like and list their suppliers. Then you can start to filter these suppliers to cross out some of them. The filtering criteria can include: Gold supplier or not, Support trade assurance or not and how long have the supplier been in the business. Contact the suppliers one by one, you will feel more confident about your eBay business when the detailed cooperation terms are negotiated.
Step 3. Place test orders.
Don’t order the products in bulk just because the supplier says they don’t accept small quantity orders, always place test orders and decide to order more or not after you actually touch the samples and sell the particular products in the short run. Placing test orders is a way to test the product quality, consumer feed back and your shipping solution.
How to brand the eBay store?
About this questions, please refer to this article Branding Tips for Sourcing from Alibaba
To drop-ship or not?
A lot of eBay beginners choose to drop-ship their made-in-China products, there are both pros and cons.
Pros: Save the budget, easy to start.
Cons: Compare to the dedicated fulfillment service provided by companies like ChinaDivision, drop-shipping is a very basic logistics solution, the eBay sellers can neither choose shipping methods freely nor get value-added services(which are very essential for brand establishment) such as customize packages, relabeling, kitting&assembly, etc. More than that, if the eBay sellers owns multiple suppliers, the inventory management will be a headache.
If you refuse to let your suppliers control all the shipment and customer satisfaction, partner with ChinaDivision, an experienced order fulfillment provider which has been doing order fulfillment and global shipping for years. Let all of your suppliers send products to ChinaDivison warehouse in Shenzhen, we will handle them centrally. As a tech-oriented company, ChinaDivision will record every shipped-in and shipped-out and update the data (including tracking numbers) on the easy-to-use user center.
How to automate the fulfillment ?
After deciding on every sourcing and order fulfillment details, it’s time to make the business run itself. Install ChinaDivision eBay fulfillment plug-in, the new paid eBay orders will be automatically synced to ChinaDivision fulfillment system, and we will take care of the rest. Just focus on your core business and try to make more sales.