Alibaba Alternatives: 10 Other Ways to Source Products from China

When you’ve outgrown Alibaba, what are the alternatives for sourcing high-quality products from the best manufacturers in China?

Beyond Alibaba

This post is by Gary Huang, an expert in sourcing products from China and creator of 80/20 Sourcing.

When you think of sourcing from China, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Hopping on a plane and flying to Guangzhou to find a factory? No, you go on Alibaba!

Alibaba is very popular and accessible, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best option. Why not? Well, it attracts a lot of middlemen and trading companies, and some of them aren’t upfront about that.

Alibaba is also where your competitors are likely to buy from, so you all might end up selling exactly the same products as them. Perhaps most importantly, some of the best suppliers avoid Alibaba – because they want to find a better class of customer!

So, what are the alternatives to Alibaba? I’ll explore them all here.

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eBay and MPNs, UPCs and EANs: All Your Questions Answered

The need for product identifiers on eBay has left sellers confused. What do they mean and how do they benefit sellers, buyers, and eBay?

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MPNs, UPCs, EANs, GTINs, ePIDs… selling on eBay is starting to feel like swimming through alphabet soup!

Over the past few years, the platform has introduced a number of different initiatives to make shopping easier and more efficient for its customers.

To do this, eBay has been asking sellers in many categories to add “product identifiers” to their listings. That’s where all the acronyms come in, including MPNs, UPCs and several others. These codes help eBay display relevant products to shoppers and encourage search engines like Google to place eBay listings higher in the results.

But sellers are confused by all the different product identifiers. Which ones are required and which ones are optional? Is it beneficial for sellers to play ball with the new rules, or is it better to try and work around them? And, perhaps most pressingly, what is the purpose of all this anyway?

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My Three Biggest Fails As An Amazon FBA Private Label Seller

Learn from one seller’s mistakes made selecting, sourcing and importing products from China, to sell on the Amazon marketplace.

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This post is by the author of the Garlic Press Seller blog, and is written anonymously to protect their business.

I have been an Amazon FBA seller for three years now. I am a big believer in sharing knowledge, and that you can learn everything you need to start selling online from freely available articles.

Based on that perspective I started my web blog and in this post, I want to tell you about my three biggest FBA fails. Hopefully people can learn from my errors and it might even prevent you from making the same mistakes that I made.

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The Best Selling Items on eBay in 2019

Discover which items are selling the most on eBay, across 17 different categories from Baby and Business to Travel and Video Games

Best selling items on eBay

We’ve analyzed every product-focused category on eBay to chart the overall sales trends and to discover which items are the best-selling right now.

To do that, we looked at search rankings and sales data over a 30-day period on eBay in the U.S, in each of these categories: Baby, Business & Industrial, Cameras & Photo, Cell Phones & Accessories, Computers & Tablets, Crafts, Electronics, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Jewelry & Watches, Musical Instruments & Gear, Pet Supplies, Sporting Goods, Toys & Hobbies, Travel and Video Games & Consoles.

Let’s get into it.

All the data in this article came from eBay data analytics tool ShelfTrend. Many thanks to ShelfTrend for their help extracting this information.

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StoreAutomator: The Multichannel Solution for Retailers, Brands, and Agencies

Say goodbye to spreadsheets and put multichannel ecommerce on autopilot with the powerful capabilities of StoreAutomator.

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Ecommerce businesses that sell many products across different channels often hit a stage in their growth where their systems start to hold them back. Having multiple suppliers and orders going out through Amazon, eBay and other channels can be a nightmare to track and control without a multichannel management solution.

This is where a tool like StoreAutomator can make all the difference. StoreAutomator helps ecommerce businesses to automatically list products, run advertising campaigns and fulfill orders across multiple marketplaces, shopping carts, and advertising channels. There is no need for spreadsheets, and repetition is completely eliminated.

StoreAutomator is used by ecommerce businesses of all kinds, including retailers, brands, manufacturers, and agencies, particularly those with numerous product lines and high order volumes.

Here’s where StoreAutomator came from, what it does, and what makes it different to the other multichannel solutions out there.

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