10 global sourcing and wholesale websites 2021

October 30, 2021

Urban Leung

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For business owners, where to find competitive products to win the competition can be a hard issue. There are various online sourcing platforms, and we need to set out parameters to screen any potential products and suppliers. So in this article, Bystie will introduce all the important players in the product sourcing industry and clarify some screening parameters for you.

Chinavasion

Recommendation: 4 stars

Country of Origin: China

Features:

1, Chinavasion is good at electronics, if you are looking for the products on phone cases, charging cables and computer hardware, you should definitely check it out.

2, it has a large variety of products. You are able to see so many categories and different items here, this website can be a great source for you to find target products.

3, Shopping comment section allows you to collect feedback from real buyers. This can be very helpful and inspiring.

Feature products:

1. Tablets

chinavasion.com

2. Xiaomi phones

Chinavasion.com

Disadvantages:

1, it has a limited product selection, although the platform covers clothing and other categories. They seem to have very few options and products listed under these categories.

2, the listing prices are more expensive than the ones on Alibaba.

3, limited customer service package. Chinavasion sells more electronics and these products need more quality check and are more possible to be found problematic. So this is a weak point and risk that customers need to be cautious about.

made-in-china

Recommendation: 4 stars

Country of Origin: China

 

Features:

1, it has a large selection of products and categories,

2, it concentrates more on the machinery products, which mean it has more connection to the large business groups. If you are a small business owner or Amazon seller, it is not a suitable place for you to source products

3, Made-in-China has relatively more root manufactures than Alibaba, as there are many product agents on Alibaba, you could easily talk with the suppliers and the platform is more suitable for the businesses that want to develop new products.

4, Made-in-China supports a direct contact between buyers and sellers. So you can get contacts to find more details rather than getting stuck on the limited on-page information.

Featured products:

(More focused on industrial products rather than the one for daily use)

 

made-in-china

Disadvantages:

1,for the existence of Alibaba, Made-in-china has a concentration on industrial products that are large in size and product value, so it does not include many life products.

2, for the limited transactions, there are few comments and ratings, so you need to risk yourself to contact sellers individually. This may result in a potential scam.

3, the listing prices are a bit higher than those on Alibaba. But this is not absolute, you need to compare and research when it comes to a specific sourcing product.

wholesalesuppliesplus

Recommendation: 3 stars

Country of Origin: USA

 

Features:

1, Wholesale Supplies Plus is more focused on cosmetic and essential oils, nothing else, so it would be a great source for anyone who wants to start a cosmetic business. You can get many incredible materials here.

2, This platform is based on the USA, for us buyers, they can get the products more quickly and after-sales service might be better as buyers are protected by state law.

3, there are various sales going on, so buyers can take advantage of all these activities.

Featured products:

All the trendy products on this platform are more raw material and cosmetic related. Please see this example: Soap Base.

wholesalesuppliesplus.com

Disadvantages:

1, Wholesale Supplies Plus has a narrow and concentrated industry-cosmetics. So it is not suitable for most of the businesses. For cosmetic business players, you also can not find some mature products to sell, as it is a platform composed by various raw materials rather than ready-to-sale ones.

2, the listing prices can be very expensive, compared to the products’ from other channels such as Alibaba.

globalsources.com

Recommendation: 3 stars

Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China

 Features:

1, Global Sources is a professional sourcing platform that contains various products from auto parts to home decoration items.

2, all the sellers are root suppliers, as Global sources enables a strict registration system, requiring business registers to submit business license and other proof.

3, the prices are more competitive, as the products are all from manufactures rather than resellers.

 

Featured products:

Global Sources relies on clothing products, as it based in Hong Kong that is neighboring with Guangdong and Fujian, where many clothing manufactures are settled.

globalsources.com

Disadvantages:

1, similar business model and listing products. For Global Sources, it runs the similar business mode with Alibaba but with limited products, so it is less competitive

2, you can not see many comments and customer feedback from this site, so except listing information about products, you can’t get any other valuable ratings.

3, the layout of the website is messy, you need real bulk information and index to find key information out.

tundra.com USA

Recommendation: 5 stars

Country of Origin: USA

 

Features:

1, Tundra is mainly operating in the USA, and it introduces so many USA domestic brands. So for the customers who are expecting to have USA suppliers, Tundra is definitely a good place to meet your needs.

2, Tundra covers a large span in terms of products and categories.

3, the price and product quality can be guaranteed, as it based in the USA where any inappropriate business behaviors would be strongly regulated.  

4, almost all the suppliers are sitting in the USA, which means you can get a fast shipment with a lower and reasonable rate, compared with purchasing from China.

 

Featured products:

There are many unique and creative products on this website, if you are patient and can search carefully, you would find something that is fabulously produced. Please see these examples:

celebrating products
handmade product
special product

Disadvantages:

1, Tundra carries small gadgets, although they are unique and made-in-use, you can not find some common products like basic T-shirts on the platform. Because USA has no much power in supply chain.

2, The prices are expensive as Made-in-USA requires higher labor cost and other fees such as raw materials.

3, some suppliers are individuals or home-based manufacturers, so they may lack the supervision o from quality and safety. Tundra is also ignoring these checks. So this can be a risk.

alibaba.com

Recommendation: 5 stars

Country of Origin: China

 

Features:

1, Alibaba can be called the biggest sourcing platform around the world. It contains almost everything for sales. So you should check Alibaba first whenever you are expecting to find a winning product.

2, most of the suppliers are from China, Mainland, and this creates a strong supply chain environment. This advantage can not be surpassed by any other countries in the world.

3, Alibaba has been developing a mature and effective method to protect buyers. One way, it has a strict registration and certificate program to screen suppliers. Also, it has a dispute center to protect buyers from any dissatisfaction.

4, the price in Alibaba can be very transparent and competitive.

 

Featured products:

Alibaba relatively focuses more on two categories: apparel and electronics, as these two fields are with the largest market size.

alibaba.com

Disadvantages:

1, Alibaba is a sourcing platform where you can find different suppliers, this means Alibaba has no much power on both sellers and buyers. So this is a reason that many buyers said Alibaba always has scams, as Alibaba can’t screen all the scam sellers out.

2, Alibaba is based in China, if you purchase products on Alibaba, you have to wait for a very long time to get the product, or you have to pay high shipping fee to speed up the process.

3, all the transactions on Alibaba can be cross-border, so the after-sales service can be very difficult.

4, if you are new to Alibaba, there are many resellers, you should find ways to sense them out, otherwise, you may get scammed.

7. DHgate

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dhgate.com

Recommendation: 3 stars

Country of Origin: China

 

Features:

1, DHgate wins reputation around the world by its large product categories and competitive listing prices.

2, the listing prices are competitive. Sometimes, they are even lower than the ones on Alibaba.

3, DHgate carries some counterfeits and similar products copied from High-end and popular brands.

4, It opened a US warehouse that means you can get the products faster.

 

Featured products:

1, counterfeits and knockoffs

dhgate counterfiets

Disadvantages:

1, it is the only sourcing platform that publicly acquiesces in selling counterfeit through the platform. From this point, we can predict there would be more scams on the website than others

2, generally speaking, it has fewer products than Alibaba.

3,  most of its products ship from China, Mainland, so you have to wait for a long period to get the products.

toptenwholesale

Recommendation: 5 stars

Country of Origin: USA

 

Features:

1, all listing products are from the USA, and most of them are from brands like Adidas, so the quality can be guaranteed.

2, as the products are all from well-known brands, so for small business owners like drop-shipping and online arbitrage sellers. This website is a great source.

3, since the platform is based in the USA, so shipping and after-sales service can be guaranteed.

toptenwholesale

Featured products:

The platform has many bulk products from Amazon returns.

toptenwholesale

Disadvantages:

1, very limited product options

This website carries only a few of products, and many of them are not inconsistent, which means you can not get a stable supply chain.

2, limited support to buyers

This sourcing platform is more like second hand transaction website, there is no more guarantee on product quality and seller credibility.

3, no ways to return

Once you have purchased the products and then have conflicts with the seller, the platform fails to give any support to you.

4, the website is very misleading

The layout of the website is very messy, it has so many redirects to other websites. This may cause scams.

 

faire.com

Recommendation: 5 stars

Country of Origin: USA

 

Features:

1, all sellers are from the USA, so quality and after-sales services can be guaranteed.

2, all the brands are unique and have their own segmentation. Unlike the massive production, products are made with confidence and more care.

3, although most brands are small and unknown for most buyers, this can be an advantage for you to find the winning products, as you must have an eagle eye to do the job.  

4, the prices are acceptable. And all the made-in-USA products can win the purchase preference from customers.

 

 Featured products;

1, Brands not on Amazon

This section is very special, it tells to the buyers that these products can be more potential and exclusive.

Faire wholesale website

Disadvantages:

1, the products are not as many as Alibaba’s, so you can’t get the ordinary products. So Faire can be a good supplement to Alibaba or any other sourcing websites.

2, most of the sellers are small and home-based, this means the products can not be standardized and inconsistent. Thinking about the stability of supply chain.

3, The platform has no much protection on disputes from buyers standpoint.

10.1688.com

www.1688.com

1688.com

Recommendation; 5 stars

Country of Origin: China

 

Features:
1, 1688.com belongs to Alibaba group, it is called Chinese version Alibaba, but it has a larger quantity of products and sellers but with cheaper price, compared with the ones on Alibaba.com. so it is with many opportunities in terms of sourcing from China.

2, China has a large customer base, so many root suppliers only focus on China market rather than foreign markets, therefore there are many products that you may not find on Alibaba.com.

3, the listing prices are relatively lower.

4, you are able to contact the suppliers individually by WeChat and any other methods.

 

Featured products:

You can find almost everything on 1688 including the ones on Alibaba.com, there are many local brands with higher-than-normal quality and design, so you should definitely check this sourcing website.

 

Disadvantages:

1, In order to keep the 1688 and Alibaba separated, 1688.com has no support for English version and international shipping services.

2, Culture and language can be problems as most Chinese suppliers on 1688 are not ready to have businesses with foreign buyers.

3, There is space to go down in product prices, so you’d better hire a local sourcing agent to help you out.

Wrap up

1, There is a rule from this article that If a sourcing platform is from the USA, the products are all unique and creative. But the categories would be limited. As a business owner, you would get daily products for sales.

2, for the sourcing platforms from China, you should be aware of scams and after-sales service. If you want to know more about the Alibaba scams, you can read this article.

3, no matter what products you are going to have bulk purchase, you should have a clear plan on your business model and choose the sourcing platform accordingly.

About the author

Urban Leung

Urban Leung

Urban is a China sourcing expert with multiple cultures background, he has an MBA degree in international trade direction and has been working as a sourcing agent for over 6 years. He is, especially, good at diagnosing your sourcing issues. Rather than simply “telling” you the solutions, Urban would put them into real tests and quantify the effect by revealing some real data. This implementation has been proven more practical and accurate.

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