The first business of Alibaba Group, Alibaba.com is the leading platform for global wholesale trade serving millions of buyers and suppliers around the world.
Through Alibaba.com, small businesses can sell their products to companies in other countries.
Sellers on Alibaba.com are typically manufacturers and distributors based in China and other manufacturing countries such as India, Pakistan, the United States and Japan.
Are you looking for a one-stop product sourcing solution to help you get started in global sourcing? Well you’ve come to the right place.
At Alibaba.com, you can handle all steps of the international sourcing process quickly and easily, from product sourcing and inspection to logistics and payments. Alibaba.com’s low prices help boost your profit margins. And no matter how big or small your business may be, you’ll enjoy the security of knowing a trusted partner, Alibaba.com, is behind you every step of the way.
The Alibaba.com marketplace offers hundreds of millions of products from manufacturers and distributors around the world—and makes it easy to find exactly what you need. Here’s how to get started.
There are four easy ways to find the products and suppliers you’re looking for on Alibaba.com. Choose the method that best meets your needs.
Just start typing in the search bar. The intuitive search function and will automatically begin suggesting options as you type.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Browse from over over 40 Categories to find exactly what you’re search for.
With the Buying Request Hub, you can sit back, relax and let suppliers contact you. Just use the simple online form to post a Buying Request that states exactly what you’re looking for. Alibaba.com will vet your request and pass it on to suppliers; you’ll receive quotes from interested suppliers within 24 hours. Buying Request Hub makes it easy to compare price quotes, order product samples and placing orders all in one place.
Buying Request Hub also offers a value added option for a small fee which amplifies response time from suppliers.
Access Buying Request Hub at: rfq.alibaba.com
Once you find a product or supplier that interests you, it’s time to start the conversation. Alibaba.com eliminates the headaches of global communication by providing easy-to-use communication tools that enable you to contact suppliers, save your communication history for future reference, and get all the information you need to make a smart decision.
As you consider different suppliers, you’ll notice badges that identify them. These badges represent supplier verifications and capabilities on Alibaba.com, listed below from lowest to highest:
This means that a third party verification company has assessed the supplier and an assessment report about the company is available for download.
Gold Suppliers are suppliers who have paid to have additional verification completed. Gold Suppliers also display a badge showing the number of years they have been trading on Alibaba.com.
Trade Assurance Suppliers are Gold Suppliers who participate in Alibaba.com’s Trade Assurance program. Trade Assurance provides protection to help you trade confidently with suppliers around the globe. Each Trade Assurance supplier has a unique Trade Assurance Coverage amount. If your order shipment is delayed or if the product do not meet your agreed-upon quality standards, Alibaba.com will refund you 100% of the supplier’s Trade Assurance Coverage amount.
Trade Assurance also enables buyers to transact with their suppliers through an online secure payment process.
Learn more about Trade Assurance at: tradeassurance.alibaba.com
Of course, you want to be assured that the goods you purchase meet your quality standards and expectations. Alibaba.com makes this easy to do.
Using Alibaba.com’s Inspection Service, you can have your order inspected by professional third-party independent inspectors through inspection companies listed on Alibaba.com. These inspectors will visit the manufacturing and/or port facilities anywhere in China and provide reports, including photos, to certify that the goods being produced and shipped meet quality standards.
With Alibaba.com’s Inspection Service, you get access to hundreds of reliable inspectors, plus the confidence of our secure payment options to pay them.
Here’s how it works:
Ready to hire an inspector? Visit inspection.alibaba.com.
With Trade Assurance, buyers on Alibaba.com have the security of making payments through one the three options below.
Alibaba.com makes global shipping simple. We partner with global leaders including FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT, EMS and others to provide a wide range of shipping options and global transportation lines. Select the shipping method, speed and cost that suits your needs and budget.
Best of all, you can use Alibaba.com Logistics no matter whether your goods were ordered on Alibaba.com or offline direct from the factory. This service is open to everyone—simply set up a free Alibaba.com account.
With our Warehouse to Door Service that includes sea freight and Import/Export custom clearance, Alibaba.com Logistics offers the convenience of an all-in-one solution that ships goods direct to your door.
No matter how small your company or your order size, Alibaba.com Logistics can help.
To learn more about using Alibaba Logistics, visit: logistics.alibaba.com
Alibaba.com brings you hundreds of millions of products in over 40 different major categories, including consumer electronics, machinery and apparel.
Buyers for these products are located in 190+ countries and regions, and exchange hundreds of thousands of messages with suppliers on the platform each day. As a platform, we continue to develop services to help businesses do more and discover new opportunities.
Whether it’s sourcing from your mobile phone or contacting suppliers in their local language, turn to Alibaba.com for all your global business needs.