Alibaba is one of the largest wholesale websites you can find online.
Countless brands around the world fill up their brick and mortar or online stores with products sourced from Alibaba.
But the biggest wholesale marketplace isn’t perfect.
Some products arrive looking nothing like their picture. And not all suppliers are reputable. So, how do you navigate an endless number of pages of products and suppliers?
In this article, we’ll break down the process of buying from Alibaba.
As you go through this guide write down any question you have. Then head to the bottom of the article and post your questions. We want to help you understand the whole process and make sure you don’t leave with doubts!
What is Alibaba
Alibaba is a wholesale marketplace where you can buy products in bulk, affordably. It’s arguably the biggest eCommerce website in the world!
With Alibaba you can buy a single item if you negotiate with a supplier and they agree to sell you one item. However, the real benefit of Alibaba is the ability to work directly with a manufacturer. You’re able to get high volume discounts and create your own custom products from scratch using your own designs.
Now, some people are confused when it comes to Alibaba and AliExpress so we thought we would break down the difference between the two below.
Alibaba Vs. Aliexpress
The difference between Alibaba and Aliexpress depends on what you’re looking for. With Alibaba you’re dealing with manufacturers selling products in large quantities but with Aliexpress you have branded products that you can purchase in single quantities for a slightly higher price.
Aliexpress is the retail to Alibaba’s wholesale. Business owners like to use Aliexpress to test products before placing larger orders on Alibaba.