Today, everyone knows Chinese products are varied and cheap, Chinese online shopping has formed a complete ecosystem. Therefore, many sellers from Amazon, Shopify, and other online shopping platforms tend to source in China. Some of the sellers may have their Chinese sourcing agent, and some may purchase directly from Alibaba.com.
Information and communication are the crucial factors in sourcing
In fact, besides Alibaba, there are many Chinese websites that you can use as a source. I have made a top 10 list of wholesale websites below, which do not include world-known sites. Unlike Alibaba.com having integrated categories, some of the websites focus on particular industries targeting the domestic market, So, Chinese is the only language used on most of the websites. For easy reading, you are suggested to use Google Chrome with a translation plugin, which you can find and install from the Google Chrome application shop for free.
Here are the recommended sourcing sites in China:
It is the Chinese domestic version of Alibaba.com, which covers the wholesalers in all categories. Mainly it targets the Taobao sellers and industrial buyers.
This site targets the wholesalers and factories of toys. You may find all the toys from this site and have contact with the wholesalers and factories. If you want OEM toy products, you will find the factory very easily.
It is a makeup wholesale and retail site, the products on this site are basically produced in China and some are imported from Southern Korea and Japan.
It is a clothing, dress, and fashion-related wholesale site. When you open its homepage, you need to choose your located city, because northern Chinese cities and southern Chinese cities are not in the same season. Then it will guide you to the most appropriate products based on your chosen location.
You may have heard of the Chinese city Yiwu, where is believed as the wholesale center of everything you may need in the world. It is an English site and quite helpful for sourcing. My chainsaws products are also on it.
It is a wholesale site of bags, purses, and wallets. Most of the wholesalers are small firms or factories, even workshops. You can find the really cheap stuff here as long as you do not care about fake brands.
It is a jewelry wholesale site. There are too many pieces of jewelry at super cheap prices, and you will enjoy shopping here and find more surprises.
If you need wholesalers and factories of hardware or tools, this is a good option. It covers nearly every hardware and tool you can find in China.
It gathers the wholesalers and factories of home textiles in China. Sheets, quilts, and everything used in the bedroom can be found at a good price here.
A shoes wholesale site. There are too many products on it, you should check it out yourself. The wholesalers update by season very rapidly.
There are still many sites I did not put on the list and it does not mean they are not helpful, just because there are too many sites. And I will list them later on for you as references in your business.