Happy BLACK Friday everyone!
With December just around the corner, it’s time for our 47th Questions & Answers blog post. There are still 3 left to do this year if we’re going to reach my lofty target of 50, so please don’t stop sending your questions in via the contact form on this page.
Today we’ll be covering the following topics:
- What’s the difference between DHgate and Alibaba?
- Is it possible to collect imports directly from the port?
- Does HMRC keeps a black list of undervalued shipment recipients?
- Is it normal that electronic suppliers in China don’t accept PayPal?
- How to buy children’s toys in wholesale from China?
Let’s get started!
What’s the difference between DHgate and Alibaba? I find it a little hard to find suppliers on Alibaba.
There’s a massive difference between DHgate and the main Alibaba website. DHgate is basically an online retailer where you can buy in quantities as low as 1 per product, though it is also okay for small wholesale orders to test new products etc. Most sellers on DHgate are trading companies or individuals who simply buy goods from factories to re-sell on there.
Alibaba on the other hand is the world’s largest B2B marketplace, where the majority of companies listed are actual manufacturers. The minimum order requirements are completely different compared to Dhgate (much higher!) and of course prices will be significantly lower as a result. [Read more…]