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How do I verify manufacturers from Alibaba?

I am looking for reliable manufacturers for Hot Rolled coils. I have detailed specifications but all contacts from Alibaba claimed to be manufacturers. I cannot possibly verify all of them. How do I find the real and reliable manufacturers? And china is huge, where do I start?

ANSWER:

I think the following blog post will help answer your question:

http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2010/04/21/china-sourcing-successfailure-factors/

You are correct to assume the companies on Alibaba are trading companies, unless they can prove they are real factories. I have found the suppliers on www.GlobalSources.com are more professional and that directory has a better ratio of real factories vs trading companies.

Speaking of Alibaba, did you hear about how they scammed the forieng buyers? Check out this article I wrote that Global Sources published:  http://www.globalsources.com/NEWS/What-online-buyers-should-learn.html

Thanks again for your question and let me know how things work out for you.

 

Best Regards,

Mike Bellamy

 

 




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