Complete Guide On How to buy products from 1688[Work in 2019]
1688 is just like Alibaba but it’s mainly for Chinese and it’s a Chinese version of Alibaba .Nowadays 1688 is the biggest and most popular online buying and wholesale store in China .suppliers who set own 1688 store ,mostly is manufacture or wholesale but some is also trading company who with great source on product .
For Chinese company who need to set 1688 store must be legal and registered company in China .they need pay 6888CNY to have own store to show their product on 1688.
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Some people believe that they can find cheaper price in 1688 ,is it 100% true ?
I am not 100% true and keep reading ,we will share guide you how to buy from 1688 directly and more detailed info about it .
1.What is 1688.com?
1688.com is a B2B supplier directory owned by Alibaba Group. Just like Alibaba.com, 1688.com is portal were you can find factories, wholesalers and trading companies, in virtually any industry. 1688.com is a subsidiary of Alibaba group in China .
1688.com is only for China’s domestic market but not limited to whose who can speak Chinese .Many Chinese businessmen use 1688.com to find product or compare price to check the market status .based on the data ,most of suppliers in 1688.com are manufactures .
2.What’s difference between 1688.com and Alibaba ?
The main difference between 1688.com and Alibaba is 1688.com is mainly for domestic trade and Alibaba is for international business .
This is why 1688.com is in Chinese, while Alibaba.com is in English, and has translations in French, Spanish and other major languages.
3.Can I find cheaper products on 1688.com ?
Most international business man think that he can get cheaper price from 1688.com than Alibaba ,honest speaking ,it’s not 100% true .
Let me show you one item listed on Alibaba and 1688.com ,you will find the price is quite different .
This is from same company and same item,you can contact their sales and price almost same as they showed online .they did so is to protect their own international trading business .so in this case ,you can check both 1688.com and Alibaba .
In other case ,some 1688.com supplier may quote different price due to quality standard is quite different as in their mind ,Europe and US market is quite strict with quality so you will find Alibaba price may be expensive than 1688.com .
Remark :This is just one sample for your reference .
So you need one sourcing agent to help you check both 1688 and Alibaba and test samples ,then you decide which one to move on .
4.How do I communicate with suppliers in 1688.com
This is the big issue when you talk with suppliers in 1688.com as 90% of them can’t speak English suppliers in 1688.com mostly sell product to China mainland customers so no request to speak English .
If you need find 1688.com suppliers ,you need one sourcing agent or learn Mandarin .some 1688.com supplier also has Alibaba ,so they may ask their international sales contact you .
5.How do I pay to suppliers in 1688.com
1688.com supplier mostly only can accept RMB payment .
Their company RMB account can receive USD but this makes it count as Domestic transaction and in this case ,they are not willing to receive for USD payment .and Chinese government has strict on USD ,one personal only can receive 50,000usd for one whole year .
For companies who focus on export ,need open a separate USD account in HK .you can pay to their USD account if they have .
If they don’t have ,you can ask your sourcing agent to help you to pay them in RMB .
6.How to find a 1688.com sourcing agent
If you want to buy products on 1688.com by yourself ,then open 1688.com and use your Google Chrome to translate it to English .Search with key words to find what
you need .but as mentioned that almost 99% of sales here can't speak Englsih ,so you really need a Sourcing agent like us .
You really need a sourcing agent if you want to buy from 1688.com .
We are a sourcing agent located in Shenzhen ,China ,with more than 7 years experience to offer sourcing agent service to customers from different area ,our service include sourcing ,drop shipping ,1688.com buying and Amazon FBA service ,shopify shipping and warehouse .work together with us ,you can be reliable on quality and also save money .
Anyway ,no matter where u buy .you need focus on quality first .
7.How we know more about 1688.com suppliers ?
You can use Google chrome to translate the website to English ,then you will see the 1688.com store list all the company info.based on our experience ,we can’t say it’s 100% true .
Click View business registration information to check seller's business registration .
Click the homepage for its business model as alibaba need go to site face to face to check if they are manufacture or only office for trading company .
At the same time ,you can check their homepage for main product .if they focus on related items ,like all is earphone,they may be manufacture .but if they sell earphone phone case ,cable and something else ,they must be trading company or wholesale.
As a sourcing agent ,we will offer a fully detailed report on the suppliers for your reference and visit them face to face ,then make a suggestion to you .this would be more reliable than online info .
If you trust us ,you also can share your doubt to us .we are happy to service for you .
Many Importers are under the impressions that 1688.com suppliers offer lower prices than everyone else.
And sometimes they do, but not for the same quality.
Further, 1688.com suppliers are rarely ‘export ready. Without a USD bank account and an export license, the products will not leave the country.
There are workarounds, but most ‘local suppliers’ don’t want to bother with that.
So, if it’s not cheaper and so much more hassle, why go to 1688.com?
There are very few scenarios I think of when 1688.com makes sense for importers outside of China. Perhaps if you need to source certain materials and components for your export supplier, but that’s about it.
Luckily, there is Alibaba.com, and other supplier directories, for exporting manufacturers.