5 Things You MUST KNOW Before Buying From Alibaba

5 Things You MUST KNOW Before Buying From Alibaba

If you’re thinking about buying from Alibaba or third party manufacturers in order for you to start your brand, in this video we share 5 things you must know in order to protect your time and money. Free PDF Guide to help with manufacturing: http://bit.ly/Free-Apparel-Training

Going overseas to create garments and products that can be made in your home country can be a recipe for disaster. Not only are you dealing with language barriers and shipping delays, you also risk getting an incorrect product.

Although it can be discouraging and it may seem like a daunting task, throughout this video we share the ways you can safely navigate the process to ensure you are protected. From avoiding scams on Alibaba, to securing your order with detailed tech packs. By knowing what you can negotiate and important terms you need to include in every agreement, you will be better equipped to avoid common mistakes people make when sourcing from Alibaba and large manufacturers.

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📝Taking Notes?

0:00 Intro to 5 things you need to know before buying from websites like Alibaba
0:40 Learning From Experience
1:20 Should You Source From Alibaba?
2:56 Communication Is Key (Tech Packs)
4:19 Why You Need to Have Backup Suppliers
6:09 Request Samples and Providing Feedback
7:20 Securing Your Order
13:45 How To Avoid Scams On Alibaba
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  1. Mistress Sugarbritches on December 23, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Why would anyone buy anything from a person who’s associated with 40 thieves?

  2. Kelvin Britz on December 23, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Fuck dude, what are you on… Coke, you’re making me seasick just watching you move side-to-side!

  3. Tonya L. Gaiters on December 23, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I want to buy wholesale from Alibaba for children. How can I tell if the quality is good enough and the material is not toxic or harmful?

  4. brandon woodford on December 23, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    This dude bobs back and forth so much, I’m getting sick.

  5. Ambrose Perez Iii on December 23, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    drop ship is dead Wish will run over alibaba

  6. Jojo Hehe on December 23, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Some further comments from my experience.

    Part 1: sourcing in country. Price is the reason you source out of country. Good point that complex product is tricky to get from a non-English speaking place like China. Another point for "should you source at all in China" is about batch size. Setup costs, material and freight are all enemies of small batches.

    Part 4: samples. Beware Chinese samples. You will often get a physical sample that is materially different from the production sample. Make sure your contract terms explicitly require the sample to be identical. This happens because some companies have "sample lines" which produce prototypes, and they "kinda" match those in full production. This is called "cha bu duo", which roughly translates to "not bad" or "near enough is good enough". You also may not be genuinely dealing with the manufacturer, but a trading company. This means they might send you a sample, but find a cheaper price for a similar but not identical product. So you get a good sample and then you are shipped cheap crap. Make sure of that contract!

    Part 5: Securing your order. The contract terms are paramount, but bear in mind you are powerless if they decide to walk away. Unless you want to try to sue a Chinese company. Good luck with that. Now you might think their good name on the trade platform is worth something, but Chinese culture says that very often they will walk away from a loss even if that costs them your future business. What matters is what impacts them right now, not the promise of future benefit. It’s not universal, but it’s very, very common and the default expected outcome. The best route is to ensure your run of goods is inspected prior to dispatch. Don’t rely on pictures – that’s terrible advice. Pay and properly instruct a QA inspector. Select that inspector based on their sample reporting sent to others.

    As for the risk of the manufacturer, get real testimonials from their existing customers. Also get real verification of the company and make sure they are substantial, and that you are really dealing directly with the manufacturer. Specify that outsourcing is not permissible. Your own QA on site actually ensures the product is made where they say it’s made. It also means that your staff supervises what actually gets loaded onto your trucks. Nothing goes missing, no factory seconds slip in to the batch.

    Last point on this. There are a lot of scammers who simply pretend to be a factory. There are trading companies who will make listings but don’t have any genuine capacity to produce them, and effectively they are acting as a sourcing agent. They will source the product once you discuss it with them, so essentially you are briefing them. Communication is almost always wrong, they are all about volume and don’t care if the customer gets a poor result. For that reason, be very careful dealing with any Alibaba trader who has fewer than 3 years on the site. It’s very cost-effective to pay the premium account fee for one year and then rip off a few big fish and disappear with the profits. And not bad to pay it twice and have 2 years’ worth and some credibility. But nobody is paying for 3 fees just to get a crack at ripping off a customer in the end. So the scammers will almost never have an account that is 3+ years old. Just bear in mind that it’s not just scammers who can get you a terrible result – you still have to take care to avoid the other pitfalls.

  7. retrospill jenten on December 23, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    i have orderd 3d printers, works for a while, but u get what u pay for

  8. Stephanie Brown on December 23, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Prices on a prefab homes are the best so far

  9. kiwirika?world on December 23, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    I want to buy this dance outfit so bad

  10. Thr ONe on December 23, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    I bought an ebike from them for almost 5k and I never receive my bike and they just stop communication. Don’t buy from Alibaba. It’s better to buy it from where you live and paid a lot more.

  11. Myra Shotton on December 23, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Everything we buy is from Ali/China isn’t it?

  12. Nicole Craig on December 23, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Hello Mrs sonia is legit and her method works like magic I keep on earning every single week with her new strategies.

  13. terry johnson on December 23, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Can you guide me to the right people in California to purchase goods from or even get designs complete I had a very bad experience with Ali Baba to me they suck

  14. No Name on December 23, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    The one who beg you to subscribe, i unsubscribe

  15. Cori Medina on December 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Too much moving had to stop the vid

  16. Pyde Piper Productions, LLC Jonathan Bashir on December 23, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    People can be so gullible.

  17. Becky Channel tv on December 23, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing 👍

  18. J.R. In WV on December 23, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    I just wish there was an online manufacturers database for companies in the US and Canada like there is for China, it’s crazy how much more advanced they are when it comes to bulk manufacturing and wholesale batch sales. In the USA most companies that could compete with Alibaba suppliers don’t advertise and have to be contacted individually by TELEPHONE CALL. We haven’t made it out of the 1980’s and it’s killing us.

  19. Jenifer Sabb on December 23, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    John Santos, thank you so much. I can’t believe somebody actually took time out to explain/share this information in layman’s terms the way you have done it. I could just scream. Again, thank you.

  20. Donna Navarro on December 23, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    very helpful 😊

  21. Tony Nameless on December 23, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    too much talk

  22. ah! on December 23, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I tried to watch, but seriously, the rocking back and forth, I just couldn’t take.

  23. BOB BOB on December 23, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    They did tell me the shipping is Door to Door, no customs clearance, no tax because Im paying for Door to door shipping and everything is included in that. However ontop of that they charging me VAT, if customs is cleared how come there’s VAT? Am I missing something

  24. Pyde Piper Productions, LLC Jonathan Bashir on December 23, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    These videos if you know so much about making money from china why are you asking for money to teach people how? Why not take your own ideas and make the money you are claiming to teach me how to make? Makes no sense

  25. Prema B on December 23, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Hii sir Alibaba app is true or false we can trust this app

  26. GGGent on December 23, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Good quick video

  27. Biscayne Bool on December 23, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Are these $15 dollar e scooter deals for 1+ . are scams correct? Just asking. Anyway..

  28. Maverick 1957 on December 23, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    The one thing I DO know; There aren’t *any* reasons for me to buy from Alibaba. They scam you on shipping, & it’s often * low quality junk* they sell.

  29. Kaltuma Siyat HILLOW on December 23, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Before I got this video I ordered lots and I am scared now ..it’s my first time and I heard alibaba was good ..and if I may ask how do you get your items ..do they call you or do you know where to track

  30. Ted Marakas on December 23, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    F@ck China. Made in USA dude, quality and love for our country. Winnie the Poo quality isn’t equal to USA.

  31. sales allmybanners on December 23, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Never mentioned anything about payment methods, paypal, money gram etc, nothing really important about alibaba was said, is just general information about how to buy on internet in general nothing specific about alibaba, no good information

  32. No Name on December 23, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Defo mexican

  33. Gosn Ralez on December 23, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    I just got scammed for 320 usd. Didn’t know half of this things you guys are saying in the comments. In my case there was no trade insurance, I paid with bitcoin, etc. I have open dispute yesterday so now we will see. Alibaba said they’ll do everything they can for refund money.

  34. Haress on December 23, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Don’t buy overseas shipping cost is too expensive you should not be sourcing from Ali Baba

  35. Jg Rsb on December 23, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    I tried alibaba a few times and got scammed. Although amazon is not much better because the same alibaba scammers are on amazon!

  36. Todd M on December 23, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Alibaba = Poor Quality and Risk..period

  37. Maverick 1957 on December 23, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Alibaba is a major SCAM! Outrageous shipping charges.

  38. Janet Cazie on December 23, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    when you blog next time stop dancing

  39. Asmaa Mohammad on December 23, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    thank you so much or the valuable video I learned alot.
    but if you improved not moving alot will appreciate it🙏🏼

  40. CASMANWHAT on December 23, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Take a shot for every side to side movement. Cha cha cha!

  41. El Lete on December 23, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    This is very thorough! Great Job!!!

  42. terry johnson on December 23, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    This guy is good educated businessman

  43. A A on December 23, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the video. Subscribed 👍

  44. JARA Unknown on December 23, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I believe I could learn from you. However,, may I request that you stand still. I’m an experienced blue water sailor – watching you makes me ill.

  45. EnchantedIDK on December 23, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    I got an Alibaba ad when I first clicked on this video.

  46. Myra Shotton on December 23, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    "customers" in our area get the same things that we would be buying wouldn’t they? By us buying direct from Ali we cut out the middle man, which is what the "capitalist system" is designed around. When we buy from Ali we know exactly what we want, what you’re talking about is buy technical gear, is it?

  47. Nirav sharma on December 23, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    I got scammed too! I ordered earbuds for 5k and it never came it took my money and never sent me the earbuds.

  48. Roberto richardsen on December 23, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    are you missing a sniff or just very nervious in front of a camera ? .. getting seasick .. bhaharr

  49. Mac Choudhry on December 23, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    The movement back and forth is very distracting…

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