The problem, sourcing with Alibaba.com. You check for your product, half an hour, you send your request to 5 factories, that you feel/think that are good. 1 immediate reply, ‘we will get to you as soon as possible. That is the one with the 100% response rate mentioned in the side bar. No wonder.
After 24 hours 1 comes back with a question, ‘how many do you want, for which country? how many colors in your logo? Anyway one of these kind of questions, you reply and wait.
1 reply goes like, Sorry we do not have this product. Although it was mentioned on the website and the other 2 do not respond respond.
Next day you go back to Alibaba and BOOM in half an hour you send your inquiry out to again 5 newly found factories. During their day (due to time difference between China and the rest of the world) you get 3 replies that beholds more questions. Still no quotations. So now l 4 factories that could do you good.
After some back and forth either by email of on the website, you receive a quotation.
Price so high you wish you could sell to your buyer for that price!
Then 1 comes in, let’s say okay price. An other 1, yess, even cheaper. But let’s look at the details.
You compare, price is exw… ? What does that mean?
FOB China is mentioned on the other, what the heck is that?
Packaging, 1 manufacturer says 200 pieces in a 20′ container of your selected item, the other says 150.. well that will differ in price… oeff now what is the best one. Meanwhile you are 4 days in….and spam from other alibaba suppliers found it’s way to your email also…
Solution: our 5 step sourcing solution,
- Step 1 fill in the form, add pictures, of the item you are looking for
- Step 2, we come back with questions. the devil is in the details,
- Step 3 you wait, do what you have to do, while we go into our network of manufacturers and gather the proper information. We call email, visit, talk, discus, what ever it takes and
- step 4 get back you you with your all-in-one 1 product whitepaper, with all the details of your product. With a price of the product, estimated freight charges to your destination, estimated import duty., delivery time, sample charges,
- Step 5 you send us your feed back and/or additional questions.
The result, you get more time to get other important stuff done. Less spam, and you get an report that is understandable and clear to every detail we can think of!