There are more products than you think are made in China. It is said that the only places where can achieve ”As long as you need, as long as I have” are Alibaba and Taobao. It seems a good idea to open an online store and source from Alibaba and Taobao. But there are so many products on them: good and bad, quality and lousy, magical and weird designed…Some of them will help you to become very successful Amazon seller, E-bay/Shopify store owner, and some of them, well, let’s say that’s the products you never want to sell to the buyers.
Being an experienced third-party order fulfillment company in China, ChinaDivision has shipping products sourced from Alibaba and Taobao to world-wide for years. These are the tips to choose good products source from Alibaba/Taobao in China.
Use Google translate and China local instant messaging software.
It may be frightening to see all the Chinese on 1688.com and Taobao.com, but you can find the regular patterns later. With the help of Google translate, you can translate the item name you need into Chinese and turn the item descriptions and parameters into English roughly. A lot of the sellers of Alibaba and Taobao can speak simple English, if they can’t, the communication can also get along with the help of translate software.
About China local instant messaging software, you can download and install QQ or WeChat to stay in touch with your supplier, since they are the most widely used IM software in China and they are both easy-to-use and have English versions.
Choose the item with as many detailed photos as possible.
Chinese sellers pay great attentions on item photos, some Taobao sellers are willing to pay a lot of money just for going abroad and taking photos. Don’t let the photos with pretty models and ingenious composition trick you, you need more detailed photos from different angles and light conditions. People who sell quality products are normally very eager to show their good materials, they will submit as many detailed photos as possible. The item with carefully repaired picture but no detailed photos are very suspicious, please choose this kind of products cautiously.
Place test orders.
After the primary selection of suppliers, you can make a list and contact the seller one by one. Ask them to send test products to you, some of the suppliers have “免费拿样” service, it means they will return the sample money if you buy from them again. The samples are just for you to look and touch the real products by yourself and decide to source from them or not.
Other than placing test orders for product samples, it is the time for you to test fulfillment partners as well. Since some of the Alibaba or Taobao sellers will not bother to send one or two samples to the overseas address, you can find a China local fulfillment company to ship the samples for you, this makes a good chance for you to test both the supplier and the third-party fulfillment partner. ChinaDivision gets a lot of test orders which usually send less than 10 products to the other end of the globe, our service will not be discounted because of the small shipping amount.
Cooperate with a third-party fulfillment company in China.
As I just said, you can place test order on both sourcing platforms and third-party fulfillment companies. If you are satisfied with the service ChinaDivision provides, you can develop a long term cooperation with us. Cooperating with a third-party fulfillment company in China such as ChinaDivision has multiple advantages:
We are more familiar with the custom policies or other real-time condition changes in China.
We can help you to contact the suppliers easier since we are both Chinese.
The labor and warehousing fees are cheaper in China.
Install fulfillment plug-in.
Once you establish your own store, no matter it’s on Amazon, e-bay, etsy or an independent website developed by Shopify, OpenCart, WordPress, you will get orders soon. ChinaDivision order fulfillment integration can help you sync the orders to the ChinaDivision system once someone place orders in your store, we will receive the new paid orders and fulfill for you. The fulfillment plug-in can actually makes the fulfillment process seamlessly.
We have already developed the fulfillment integration for Shopify, Woocommerce, OpenCart, Magento and Woocommerce, fulfillment plug-in for more platforms will be developed soon.