According to Urban.com, the famous Chinese e-commerce online community, Aliexpress.com has been openly recruiting sellers of top international brands since early January, 2014. This activity will last till March 31. During this period, as long as you can provide valid data and pass through the qualification verification of Aliexpress.com, you will be allowed to sell branded products at the website. So far, only corporation-type sellers have been given the chance to apply for the qualification and individual sellers are excluded. Note that this time only 300 designated brands are invited to join the wholesale trading platform.
This is a sign indicating that Aliexpress.com is getting more and more ambitious in the international trading arena. In the Chinese foreign trade industry, people regard it as Aliexpress’ attempt to become an international Tmall.com, the biggest brand shopping website on the Chinese domestic market, also belonging to Alibaba Group. Lots of well-known brands with good international reputation have been invited to sell products to global buyers at Aliexpress.com, e.g. Camel, Big Foot, Pomp, Jewel Ora, Neo, etc. Even the famous online international fashion retail brand Milanoo.com has opened a franchise store there.
At Aliexpress.com, you can find an exclusive channel for the brands – you can access it by clicking on the Brand Showcase button at the bottom area of their homepage. There you can find products from verified brands covering various categories: Phones & Accessories, Computers & Accessories, Automotive, Jewelry & Watches, Wardrobe, Home & Garden and Kids & Toys. Compared to the majority of product listings at the site, products for sale in this channel are much better guaranteed in terms of authenticity, quality and related pre-sales and after-sales service.
Every brand included in that channel has to be strictly verified by Aliexpress.com in terms of qualifications before it opens the branded store there. All brands have signed an agreement with the website to guarantee that every product they are offering there is 100% genuine. If Aliexpress.com receives a complaint against any brand claiming that a product is counterfeit and proves it is true with valid evidence, the store will be significantly punished based on the agreement and even be removed from the website forever.
As the world’s biggest manufacturing base, China leads the world in wholesale business and some China wholesale marketplaces stand out with their special charm. Here I would like to introduce some of the most famous China wholesale websites one by one. If you happen to be interested in sourcing bulk items from China, read on to find if there’s something helpful for you.
As the world’s first transaction-based wholesale website, DHgate has been winning more and more applause from all over the world since its inception in 2004. It is all agreed that the innovative business model DHgate developed for wholesale trade is the most cost-effective solution to small and medium-sized businesses. The wholesale website does not charge any membership on its suppliers and buyers, but only charges a small sum of commission on each successful transaction (included in the item prices). By doing so, DHgate suppliers and buyers can reduce their cost to the minimum and do not have to take any risk of investing too much before getting any benefit.
Based in Beijing, DHgate was founded by an outstanding woman, Diane Wang, the previous CEO of Joyo.com, which had been acquired by Amazon.com a couple of years before she set up DHgate.com. DHgate now boasts over 400,000 Chinese suppliers and 2.1 million global buyers and facilitates thousands of online transactions each day. It has a responsive customer service team to handle any pre-sales or after-sales issue for its buyers and suppliers 7 days a week. Also, the wholesale marketplace has built cooperative relationships with some famous shipping carriers like UPS and some world class standard of payment service providers like PayPal. For more information, read DHgate Reviews or visit www.dhgate.com.
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Called as Ali Day, May 10 has been an official festival of Alibaba Group since 2005. Taobao.com, the biggest Chinese domestic retail trading website belonging to Alibaba, was also born on that day. In addition, it is an opening day of the company with various celebrations. Families and friends of the Alibaba staff including those of Aliexpress.com are invited to visit the company and to join the games or celebrations during the Ali Day. As a traditional part of that festival, a group wedding of Alibaba employees is held every year. This year, a super huge Alibaba group wedding with 688 couples-to-be is hosted in Hangzhou on May 9 to celebrate the special event.
Over half of the new Alibaba couples come from branches of the company located in Guangzhou, Qingdao, Shenyang, Beijing and more cities. Unlike the previous group weddings held by the firm, which have much less couples in terms of quantity, this one does not require the brides to wear formal wedding dresses. Instead, the brides can wear whatever they feel comfortable with and so can he grooms. As a result we saw various outfits donned by the brides and the grooms, including a couple wearing fan jerseys of Rolnado and Messi. This is really fun, isn’t it? Anyway, most brides choose a simple white dress (i.e. a mini wedding dress) to celebrate their wedding.
Jack Ma, the founder and the former CEO of Alibaba Group, was the chief witness of the wedding. He extended his blessings to the new couples at the wedding ceremony: “With the one-on-one customized service, marriage is the best customization model. I hope you will serve your spouse and your parents to the best. Wish you a happy marriage!”
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It is hard to compare Aliexpress.com to Lightinthebox.com, Milanoo.com or Dinodirect.com as they are adopting a totally different business model. While the sites are running their business with their own warehouses and selling things with their own internal staff, Aliexpress serves just as a third-party for both sellers and buyers. What they provide are a transaction platform and a payment protection service. Belonging to China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba Group, the Chinese site is so famous that countless Chinese suppliers are convinced to use the site for their foreign trade business. Thanks to the special business model which is actually invented originally by DHgate.com (read review), Aliexpress.com is probably carrying the widest array of women’s dresses that buyers from all over the world can buy directly from Chinese sellers. In particular, the summer dresses styled in floral printing have over 150,000 results when you search the site by the term “floral dresses”. Prices, images, seller profile and shipping information are also neatly listed so that you can take a closer look at those of your interest. No matter what kind of floral dresses you are looking for, e.g. mini floral dresses, floral Qipao dresses, floral maxi dresses, floral cocktail dresses, floral prom dresses, you won’t be disappointed there. For instance, the following collection of silk summer floral dresses comes from a premium seller with a 98.55 positive feedback at Aliexpress.com. They are available at $14.25 after a 5% discount. Note that a 3-piece MOQ is required for the offer.
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By using the site you have much more options in terms of styles and prices but you also need to pay more attention to the risks you are taking. You might encounter a dishonest seller who tries to take away your money by sending you a crappy product not at all worth the dollars you pay for it. Continue reading Aliexpress.com: The Shopping Mall for All Kinds of 2013 Trendy Floral Dresses
If you are a regular shopper of AliExpress.com, you may have noticed that almost every category has a list of top sellers listed on the left navigation. These AliExpress top sellers are verified by AliExpress.com and rated basically in terms of positive feedback percentage, seller tier, sale volume, customer service and more. As such suppliers have a proven record of good reputation, trading with them is generally more hassle-free.
Based on my findings, the AliExpress Top Sellers have a positive customer feedback percentage as high as 100% — so far 93% seems to be the lowest standard among such suppliers. In addition, the top sellers usually have a much higher orders completed rate as well as a much bigger feedback quantity over the past 6 months.
You can check out the details of the top-rated suppliers by visiting their stores. In the store homepage of each store, you can find the product listing, top-selling products, feedback score, TrustPass Profile, About Us and Contact Details of the seller at the top navigation. Below is the list of featured products the seller offers, most of which are on-sale products or best-selling products.
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Two decades ago, global trade e-commerce was still a desert in the macro milieu of internet technology development, until in 1999, a China-based wholesale trade platform called Alibaba.com emerged and started making global suppliers and buyers do business in a much more easy and efficient way. Just as what its logo motto illuminates, “Global trade starts here”.
Over the past 21 years’ development, Alibaba has been overwhelmingly dominating the world in cross-border trade and keeps enlarging its business scope as well as customer base. Even today, with so many rising competitors around the world, Alibaba is still the unbeatable and absolutely No. 1 leader in the arena of global wholesale trade, in terms of credibility, item directory range, quantity of registered users, trade volume, etc.
Key Facts about Alibaba.com:
- Based on the latest report, now Alibaba boasts a total of 53 million registered members covering over 240 countries and regions.
- Alibaba has offices in more than 60 cities across Greater China, Europe, Korea, Japan, the United States and India.
- Alibaba has more than 5200 categories of items for buyers to choose from and is attracting suppliers to add more and more categories.
- Alibaba.com is a global trade directory website where you can either sell items or find suppliers to buy items by registering with Alibaba.
- As a B2B website focusing on wholesale business, Alibaba accepts minimum orders as low as 1 piece.
- Alibaba.com has evolved into three online wholesale trade platforms: www.1688.com (for Chinese domestic wholesale trade only), www.alibaba.co.jp (for trade to and from Japan) and www.aliexpress.com (for global buyers seeking fast shipment and small quantities of goods). In particular, AliExpress is its newest wholesale platform.
- Alibaba offers some free value-added business tools and services to facilitate your trade with your counterparts, including TradeManager, Ask It!, Price Watch and Trade Alert. To use these tools or series, you need to sign up with Alibaba for free first.
- On Alibaba.com, you can find many online tutorials to help you learn about all the basics and details you need to know before doing business there.
- The Alibaba.com forum is a great community to get helpful advice from suppliers or buyers who have business experience on Alibaba.
- OEM products and dropshipping service are extensively offered by suppliers on Alibaba.
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