Fit Small Business: Get Your Business Into Shape! › Forums › Ask a Question › How do i narrow down to find a good manufacturer/supplier on Alibaba.com? › Reply To: How do i narrow down to find a good manufacturer/supplier on Alibaba.com?
First, check out their ratings. Alibaba uses a rating system that shows you that certain suppliers have met the expectations of other buyers. Now, there always are new suppliers that might not have many ratings yet and that doesn’t mean they’re bad, but the ratings are a good guide. Secondly, get samples. If they’re not willing to send low-priced or free samples, you may not want to work with them. Third, if possible do a small initial order, even if it costs you more per-piece than a larger order. If the items are sub-par, you minimize your loss. And if the shipped goods don’t meet the quality of the samples, refuse the stock and report them to Alibaba.