How to buy & import products from 1688? [Most detailed sourcing secret]


Anyway, is a famous brand of B2B e-commerce belongs to Alibaba Group. It's just like, you can find products, suppliers, factories on the platform. However, the website of 1688 is all in Chinese, which means that this platform is for China's domestic markets.

Instructions for using 1688

Challenges when using 1688

As we have suggested that, is for domestic markets in China, so the most challenging part you may find should be "THE WHOLE WEBSITE IS IN CHINESE". You can choose to start learning Chinese as one not very quick solution as well. Here are 2 quick and useful suggestions for you. You can just easily click the right button then "translate to English" or you can add a google chrome extension, just type "Google translate extension" then you can add it to make your visiting the website much easier.

DocShipper Advice : You should always keep in mind that DocShipper will always work on optimizing the logistic processes in order to maximize your results, your costs and will also support you throughout the purchasing process: supplier research, negotiation, quality control.

How to find a product On

There are thousands of products and suppliers in Now after we solved the first challenge, we are moving to the next step - Find the product, if you want to find suppliers directly, you can check the next section of the article absolutely. However, be patient, after all, you should find out as more information as possible about this platform for creating more profits for your own, right?

How to find the most suitable suppliers in

Besides finding a product, you can get suppliers like in as well. How to find the most suitable ones? There are 3 aspects you need to take care of, since if you take care of these points, the possibility of you to get scammed is really small. At the beginning, we just search for the suppliers without the 3 points.

At the beginning, we just Search 电动滑板车 in the search bar of suppliers, and here we have 2643 company information.

supplier results

Symbol knowledge

There are plenty of small symbols in, and we will help you figure it out clearly in order to get better understanding of the suppliers. Make sure the one you want to cooperate with has these 3 icons.

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Grasp information from a Chinese Company Name

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Is better than and are 2 giants B2B platforms, owned by the Alibaba group, founded by Jack Ma.

From our experience in Sourcing for these years, if you are a newbie in this industry, definitely you should buy from Alibaba because it can prevent you from being scammed with the Trade Assurance. However, if you have a trustworthy Sourcing Agent like Docshipper, you can use 1688 preferably since you can enjoy the cheaper price and we guarantee you we will find you the most trustworthy suppliers who have worked a long time with us. Noted that products in Alibaba are sometimes bought from

How to contact with the suppliers?

Now, since we already have few names on our lists, how do we contact them? Note that when you find one supplier you think there might be a chance to work with, write down or make screenshots about the Company Name and Link in case you can’t find it and misses the most suitable supplier.

How to buy from 1688?

Here comes our last step, once you accept the quotation of your suppliers, you can pay them. There are 3 ways to pay for your business.
Online purchase. You can go with Alipay, register then pay your suppliers.
Direct wire transfer. This kind of situation only suits when you have already dealt with this same supplier for several times and that he is SUPER trustable, or you might be cheated.
Sourcing agent. Get your sourcing agent like Docshipper and we can secure your payment will go to the right one's pocket.

Docshipper suggests 5 Facts you should know about 1688

When you want to import from 1688, here are the basic things you need to take serious consideration:

Language barrier - If you have really tried the whole process from the very step to the last one, you might found out that, you have to translate the webpage to English every time you change to a new page, which makes the whole process troublesome. In addition, when you need to send inquiries to the suppliers, it might lead to misunderstanding if you are not very familiar with suppliers' cultural backgrounds, thus not benefit your business.

Quality of the product - Sometimes you can't tell the quality of the products simply by the pictures online, you should have probably experienced the "Ideal vs. Reality ". Since is not a platform targeting foreign markets, you really need to be careful about this, if you import products of bad quality, they will result in bad reviews and refunds, which will be detrimental to your reputation.

Export license - As you might have noticed, suppliers in 1688 don't have an export license. Therefore, even if you handled all the details by yourself, here is the last challenge. You will need to find a professional agent and he will take care of all the stuff about export license. Tip: Find a trustworthy sourcing company like Docshipper will save you much more time and cost.

 How can Docshipper help you?

When it comes to choosing a supplier, there are plenty of rules to follow. Most of the growing companies focus on one perspective of their suppliers, which is the price. However, just remember one point: suppliers need to make profits as well. So save the margin for both sides. Another one should be reliability, good suppliers support you with the best quality and the on-time delivery. How are you gonna make sure about that when you don't even speak the same language? This is what Docshipper can support you. We have factory and warehouse in Hongkong and Europe. Our staff are professional in Chinese/French/English, so we can help you to get the most reliable suppliers and trust us, that's what we are good at for the past few years. Once you've found your positioned suppliers, there still will be a lot of things to manage if you want to import them from overseas markets. We've built our business model to assist our clients in the whole product cycle and our goal is " Focus on your marketing/sales, let us handle the rest!"

DocShipper Advise: You don’t have to worry about your logistical routing and the conformity of your electrical products, you can count on our 3PL (Third Party Logistics) to handle the entire process safely. Do not hesitate to contact our agents!

DocShipper Advise : We help you with the entire sourcing process so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

  • Having trouble finding the appropriate product? Enjoy our sourcing services, we directly find the right suppliers for you!
  • You don't trust your supplier? Ask our experts to do quality control to guarantee the condition of your goods!
  • Do you need help with the logistics? Our international freight department supports you with door to door services!
  • You don't want to handle distribution? Our 3PL department will handle the storage, order fulfillment, and last-mile delivery!


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