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1688.com is the largest supplier information platform in China, and it is also the purchasing platform chosen by many buyers. However, 1688.com was established for Chinese buyers and does not meet the purchasing habits of foreign customers. This article aims to let everyone know how to sourcing products from 1688.com in English.
Outside of the European Union (a collective of many countries), China is the world’s largest exporter. In 2020, China exported about $2.72 trillion worth of goods and services.
Chinese products have been welcomed by countries all over the world for their variety of goods and good prices. Therefore, choosing Chinese factories as suppliers is one of the best decisions
1688.com is the largest procurement platform in China.
This article is mainly to explain to you when you need to hire 1688.com
Every year we encounter a lot of new buyers, we will provide a free answer to all your questions and we will not charge you anything. You do not doubt our professionalism, although we are suppliers, we are also very experienced buyers in the Chinese market, we know how to start your first business, and we are happy to be your test exporter!
As the new buyer of 1688.com, you will need to pay attention to many questions: how to use the English version of 1688.com?/ how to choose products and suppliers? / How to negotiate prices with suppliers? / Why is the price on the page inconsistent with the actual price? / Why is the MOQ inaccurate? / Why are the prices of the same goods so different? … Solving these problems is actually quite easy, find a 1688 agent and start your free consultation!
For many new projects, we offer speed is usually half a day (including specific information collection of products + similar products recommended), you need to do is to send a product image or a product link to us, and provide the quantity of you need, I can in the shortest possible time give you the information, Because we have accumulated a large number of suppliers of different industries, we have our own supplier query system, including kitchen & Dining / Cleaning & Laundry / Stationery / Car accessories / Toys / Container & Organizer / Hardware & Tools / Electrical & Lighting / Bathroom & Plumbing / Outdoor & Garden/ Personal Care & Grooming / Gifts &
Festive / Home & Living / Sports / Commute & Travel / Small Appliance and so on industry, Please refer to the following categories of our strengths:
There are many different types of business scope in our customer group: Supermarket Customers / Middlemen / Import Distributors / Wholesalers / Amazon sellers. For different types of customers, we will recommend products at different prices, because we are familiar with the business needs of each buyer.
The cost of a product is composed of material /type /color /weight /size /packaging /freight. Therefore, we can reduce your cost from each link and make targeted recommendations. Believe us, we are professional!
Collecting and sorting supplier information and the quotation is one of the main tasks of the 1688 Agent. We follow a professional 1688.com search system: Good suppliers = Trustpass member + strong merchants + In-depth factory inspection + more employees
Of course, there are more than these, more methods we will inform in the future article, please pay attention to us!
Therefore, you need to find a suitable 1688 agent in the following five situations:
Most browsers have the function of translating website content, here is Google Chrome as an example:
Find the Google Translate Chrome extension in the chrome web store. Search “Google Translate Chrome extension” in Google Search and Click Add to Chrome.
Navigate to 1688.com and a message should automatically pop-up prompting you to translate the site into English. If it does not, click the Google Translate Chrome extension icon in your browser window.
Like most e-commerce platforms, you need to enter the product name you want in the search box, but for 1688.com, you’d better use the Chinese name of the product to search, because this is a Chinese platform, and products will be more accurate when you use the Chinese name searched.
As for the Chinese name of the product, you can use translation software to translate it, paste the result into the search box, and click search.
Click “1688 Home”, click the camera icon, and upload the product image you want to search (note that the background of the product image is as clear as possible, most of the small daily necessities can use this function smoothly)
Many suppliers will deliberately lower prices in order to attract more page views, the actual transaction price is often higher than what you see, so you must communicate with the supplier and understand the actual price.
The MOQ of each product is usually higher than 2 pieces, you must read the MOQ and style on the page, and the information is usually accurate and credible.
Photo theft on 1688.com is common, so you can often see different merchants using the same image to attract customers. You must get real photos of the product through the details page or directly inquire with the supplier. This way you can take responsibility for the products you buy.
The usage habits of 1688.com are more friendly to Chinese people. It is difficult for you to become a professional 1688 buyer in a short time. You must study and practice for a long time. Pictures and prices and quality on the site are deceiving and there are many other unknown risks.
1688 agent can provide Product Sourcing/Purchase/Collect Samples/Warehouse Storage/Package/Shipping and other exporting services, All fees are clear and easy to purchase. You just need to send the product link and send it to us and you can wait for the arrival of the goods.
Welcome to our other article on this site
“How to select good suppliers in 1688.com?“
I do not recommend contacting the supplier directly through Alitalk, because Alitalk does not provide a translation function, the supplier usually does not speak English, and using Alitalk will also make foreigners feel uncomfortable. So you need to use the more commonly used Wechat to contact the supplier directly.
Click the supplier’s name at the bottom of the product link to enter the store’s homepage, and then click contact to get their contact number. Usually, Chinese mobile phone No is their Wechat No. Wechat is the most common communication software used in China, similar to Facebook.
After getting in touch with the supplier, make clear the product and functional parameters you want. It is best to have similar pictures for the supplier’s reference. The supplier will give you the ex-factory price according to your quantity. Usually, the first quotation from the supplier is Negotiable.
For small orders, Chinese suppliers usually accept WeChat payment or Alipay, and large orders are usually paid by RMB bank card number (but the premise is that you have an account on such a platform, otherwise everything is negotiable), if there is a For more questions, please contact our 1688 agent for processing, we are professional in this regard and do not charge any fees for your consultation!
Let us finally review the above questions：
1. How to use the English version of 1688.com?
2. How to use 1688.com to search for products?
3. What should I pay attention to when using 1688.com?
4. How to select a good supplier on 1688.com?
5. How to communicate with suppliers on 1688.com?
6. How to pay the supplier on 1688.com?
This is the most basic way of filtering. “trustpass member” is the most basic way to become a 1688 paid seller, which means that the seller has a qualified business license. “trustpass member” determines the level with the establishment of the store. However, the threshold for becoming a “trustpass member” is very low, regardless of whether the seller is a high-quality merchant or not. Therefore, the number of years of trustpass can neither prove that the seller is a high-quality merchant or not. The screening success rate is 20% or even 10%.
The membership fee of strong merchants is usually much higher, and the premise is that you must join the “trust pass” first, and the company’s registered capital is at least 500000 RMB. This threshold is higher, which is equivalent to an upgraded version of “trust pass”. Generally speaking, suppliers who qualify as strong merchants are usually good quality, but not enough! At this step, the screening success rate is 60%!
If it is a manufacturer, the supplier can apply for “In-depth factory inspection”, if it is a non-manufacturer, can only apply for “In-depth quotient”, which is usually upgraded on the basis of strong merchants. Compared with the two, I am more inclined to “In-depth factory inspection”, because the factory can guarantee the quality of its own products, and the source price is obviously cheaper than that from the dealer. At this step, the screening success rate can reach 80%.
In all “In-depth factory inspection” merchants, click “Factory Archives” to view the number and size of the company. It is recommended to consider a larger number of people, at least 50 or more, preferably 100 or more. The more people the better. The more personnel in the company, the larger the scale and the more secure the quality. At this point, the success rate of screening good suppliers can reach 98%!
One additional point: If it is a clothing product, if the model changes frequently, then you have to worry that the seller may steal the picture, which is a bit unreliable! If the model has always been the same person, it means that it was shot for real, which is more reliable.
Review the specific steps to select a supplier:
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