Global Sources

5.001

Like Alibaba.com and Made in China, Global Sources is a B2B online marketplace connecting wholesale buyers and sellers globally.

But in general, it targets scaled businesses and not startups.

So big factories and trading companies are more seen on the platform.

Buyer Safety

Ranking
Ranking is based on the price paid to show more information and receive better exposure.

O2O
Online-to-Offline (O2O) supplier maintains a comprehensive company profile online and is exhibiting at upcoming Global Sources trade shows.

Verified Manufacturer
The business scope of this supplier’s independently verified Business Registration, as licensed by relevant government agencies, allows it to manufacture goods.

Verified Supplier
Verified Supplier’s Business Registration profile has been independently verified with relevant government agencies.

Quality Assurance

The buyer safety measures help ensure product quality to a certain extent. But that doesn’t mean everything and as a buyer, you still need to check carefully whether a supplier meets your expectations.

Types of Suppliers

Mainly large trading companies and large factories.

MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity)

On global sources, suppliers usually require an MOQ. Depending on different products, that number may vary a lot.

However, it’s always recommended to email or message suppliers directly instead of solely checking information on their website, since the information can be outdated and the most efficient way is to ask them directly.

Pricing

Global sources is a marketplace and it doesn’t control the prices offered by sellers on it. However, the prices on global sources are quite good thanks to the scale of the suppliers.

Communication Methods

You can use online chat to communicate with a supplier for instant answers. And you can also use the “Inquire Now” button to send a more detailed inquiry. Suppliers usually reply in 24 hours.

Payment Methods

Most sellers support PayPal, T/T (Wire Transfer), L/C etc. However, this is something you’ll have to talk about with a specific supplier.

Shipping Time & Modes

Just like suppliers on alibaba and made in China, the sellers will send the goods to you by sea, by air, by express or by train and truck. Depending on your destination, they will usually provide you with a recommendation. You can also ship with your own forwarder.

Pros
  • Advantage in trade shows and exhibitions
  • Prices are good in general
  • Large supplier database
  • Professional customer service
Cons
  • Even though it’s a big wholesale website in terms of the number of suppliers, the choices are less than Alibaba.
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