Alibaba.com is one of the biggest online stores in the world at the moment. It is the parent company of the popular Aliexpress.com, however unlike aliexpress that is a medium marketplace offering products at factory prices in small quantity, Alibaba is a bigger marketplace and a business to business website that provides a business trading platform for buyers and suppliers to exchange business information. Alibaba offers its services to almost every country in the world.
This article will guide you on the process of ordering products on Alibaba.com.
How To Buy On Alibaba
Go to Alibaba.com with an internet enabled computer or mobile device and register on their sign-up page. Subsequently, you would only need to login with your email and password after a successful registration.
Finding Products on Alibaba
To Search for products on Alibaba.com, you can do so by typing in the name of the product in the search bar or you can use the categories section by the left of the homepage to find your desired product and compare amongst all sellers for the best price and best supplier.
When you have settled for a product, you can click on “Chat Now” or “leave messages” to chat with the supplier in order to get specific details about the product or you can ask the supplier to make some customizations to your product by informing the supplier through those mediums provided.
If the supplier is online you will get a response immediately or you can wait until the supplier responds to your message.
Shopping Safely on Alibaba
To ensure you do not get scammed on Alibaba it is advisable to buy from suppliers that are tagged as gold suppliers with a couple of years and suppliers that respond to any request or details. Every product has a badge stating if the supplier is a gold supplier or not.
Select the product if you are satisfied with your choice and click on the “Contact Supplier” button to specify the quantity needed and to also send a message to the supplier. This message should include any questions you might have about the products as well as your purchase request.
Finally, you should click on the “Send” Button to complete the process.
Any response by the supplier would be sent to your Alibaba Message inbox.
From there you can continue with the deal further by negotiating with the supplier to conclude on the form of payment and shipping process for your product.