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