Alibaba Alternatives // 30+ Websites for Amazon FBA Product Sourcing
Are you tired of Sourcing from Alibaba for your FBA Business? If you’re sourcing products for Amazon, then use this guide to find alternatives to Alibaba for FBA product Sourcing.
Sourcing Alibaba has long been the standard for finding suppliers in China, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only resource for sourcing products for FBA. If you’re sourcing products, There are dozens of other websites that provide a searchable database of manufacturers and other suppliers throughout the world. With the current trade war and tariffs hitting China, many Amazon Seller are starting to look elsewhere for sourcing products for Amazon. Vietnam is quickly becoming a good second choice for finding products. We created a list of Alibaba alternatives so that you can find suppliers in China as well as Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea and globally.
Mainland China Sourcing
Let’s just get Alibaba out of the way. Alibaba was founded in 1999 and has since become China’s largest publicly traded company. While it has expanded into everything into payment systems, cloud computing, and venture capital, its core business is still online sales via is the main website. Alibaba has a presence in over 200 Countries and is the largest retailer in the world, surprising Amazon, eBay and Walmart combined. Alibaba isn’t limited to just China, If you are looking to source from another country then use the country filters in the search.
DHgate differentiates themselves from other platforms by having an online payment system that only pays the seller once the buyer has received the goods. Escrow systems like this are very well liked by foreign buyers. The website also tends to have smaller MOQs (Minimum order quantities) than other platforms.
Made In China: https://www.made-in-china.com/
Made in China, like Alibaba is a platform in which supplier can create a profile. However, it does not have as big of a selection and the quality control could be better.
OFweek focuses on Electronics, tech and other high tech goods. OFweek has a nice design that is easier to navigate than most Chinese website. Almost all goods sold on this website are finished goods, however, you may be able to get in direct touch with the manufacturer to make some basic customization of your products.
AliExpress, founded in 2010 and like its big brother Alibaba, allows international buyers to buy directly from Chinese sellers. However, the big difference between the two is that Aliexpress is made up of small shops that sell much smaller quantities than on Alibaba. On AliExpress almost everyone you are dealing with is a Trading company or a wholesaler and you are very rarely dealing with actual manufacturers. However many people prefer buying from AliExpress over Alibaba due to the smaller MOQs, and the fact payments and shipping are integrated into the platform.
AliExpress also has an affiliate marketing program that is very popular with Drop Shippers. If you are looking at starting a dropshipping business, or sourcing products for Dropshipping, I would recommend starting with AliExpress.
Yet another website in Alibaba’s massive arsenal. 1688.com is a Chinese language site that is geared only towards the Chinese market. Regardless, it is one of the three sites (along with Alibaba and Global Sources) that we use for almost every project. Its main appeal is that the companies listed are of much higher quality and you’re are much more likely to get in touch directly with a manufacturer than if you were using Alibaba. However, the website is only available in Mandarin Chinese with no English language options.
DIY Trade http://diytrade.com/
Features over 5 Million products one a clean, English language website. While DIY Trade does not have much to differentiate itself from others it is good to check out to get more names on your list.
Seeks to be a more full-service sourcing provider than most and provide additional services such as logistics. They claim to focus on creating more long-term trade relationship than other platforms. While that claim isn’t fully realized I do appreciate the effort and The website does have several good resources beyond finding suppliers.
Make Polo http://en.makepolo.com/
Yet another large Chinese directory. They claim that they have a more advanced search engine to find factories. Their revenue model is a pay per click business model in which the factory pays them every time you click on a link.
EC Plaza http://ecplaza.net/
Started in 1996, EC Plaza has over 1,000,000 members and operates a B2B website, EDI service, and Trade Consulting, as well as offline services for SMEs.
Gong Chang http://gongchang.com/
Gong Chang specializes in heavy machinery and industrial equipment. If you are looking at setting up your own manufacturing then this is a good resource to use to get equipment.
Doba - www.doba.com
Doba has several similarities to Alibaba but is specifically focused on drop-shipping. The way you find suppliers is basically the same as Alibaba or any other database, but what is different is the way the ordering works. Doba allows drop shippers to list products on your drop-shipping store, and when you make a sale, you order from the supplier with your customer's information and Doba will handle the payments and shipping for you. Another cool feature is that Doba lets you keep the difference in Price. It should be noted that Doba is a paid service with a very limited free trial.
Vietnam Export http://en.vietnamexport.com/
A good modern website that maintains a large database of verified factories in Vietnam. The website is endorsed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam. The website is much better than the others due to the quality and quantity of suppliers. In addition to the database, they provide a ton of industry-specific information for Vietnam. The website also promotes agricultural products such as coffee and lychee, which is uncommon among other websites.
Vietnam Manufacturers http://www.vietnammanufacturers.vn/en/
Founded in 2009, Vietnam Manufacturers started as a trade journal to promote Vietnamese companies and business interest worldwide. They have since expanded and now provide a large searchable database, trade show promotions and industry-specific publications.
Vtown.vn is owned by the Japanese company Washin Engine Co. and is actually a database of Japanese companies that do business and manufacturing in Vietnam. Regardless they maintain a very good database of Vietnamese based manufacturers and factories. The website is in English and easy to search. Since the factories in their database are largely Japanese Managed you tend to find manufacturers that have a much higher quality control. I have used this database and found good suppers thought them.
VietnamAZ is made for American Companies who are looking to buy and do business in Vietnam. They maintain a large database of suppliers that is searchable by categories. The layout is outdated and not as big as other resources out there.
VietnameseMade is another database of manufacturers that focus on the Vietnamese market. It is a B2B trade portal to help connect buyers around the world to sellers in Vietnam.
VCCI News http://vccinews.com/exporter.asp
While the main focus on the website is to provide news to exporters in Vietnam they do maintain a directory of business in Vietnam. The directory is a little simple and organized by category so it’s not the easiest to use.
Global Sources www.Globalsources.com
Global sources is one of the 3 websites (along with Alibaba and 1688) that I would recommend you always use for every project. Global sources is a Hong Kong-based company that provides a very well vetted list of suppliers and puts on several trade shows. Global sources were started in 1960 and it’s first suppliers databases were published on CD-Roms. Global Sources also runs a sourcing trade show that runs in the gaps of the Canton Fair.
Global sources main draw is that they do a much better job with supplier quality control and the website is made for English speakers. The website is clean and is much easier to navigate and use than Alibaba. Global Sources also provide several tools to help you organize quotes.
Great for finding electronic components, but you need to have a full product designed and know your exact specifications of components. This site is Geared towards engineers and those with advanced technical knowledge. None the less we have used it to find suppliers for our clients. Octopart is based in the US and maintains a global database of manufacturers.
List The https://www.listthe.com/
Strives to be an extremely simple search engine to find factories. You simply put in the product you want and they will immediately create a list of 10 factories for you. It’s a fun tool but ultimately overly simplistic for actual use.
Trade Key http://tradekey.com/
Based in Riyadh Saudi Arabia and founded in 2006, Tradekey is a large international Electronic Marketplace that connects buyers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and distributors in over 240 countries.
Go4WorldBusiness is a truly Global online B2B marketplace to find manufacturers, exporters, suppliers and more. Go4WorldBusiness was founded in 2007 and does a great job of targeting smaller markets that are underserved by existing B2B marketplaces. This includes places like Sri Lanka, Bolivia and several other hard to source countries. Go4WorldBusiness is based in New Delhi, India and is a good place to start for Indian Manufacturers as well.
Founded in 2002. TradeBoss is an international focus B2B marketplace. The interface is incredibly outdated, and the database is much smaller than others, but it does have the ability to search by country and has several smaller countries listed. TradeBoss is a good resource if you are searching for a supplier in a small and underserved country.
Hong Kong Sourcing
HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) http://hktdc.com/
This service is operated directly by Hong Kong's Government and connects over 130,000 Hong Kong based companies to international buyers. Even though Hong Kong does not have much manufacturing anymore, many mainland factories will have a corporate office in Hong Kong. This is a good alternative for those who want to take advantage of Chinese manufacturers but want the protection and legal environment of Hong Kong.
Taiwan's government set up Taiwantrade in 2002 to the be the official trade website for Taiwan. Taiwantrade is managed by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and operated by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. Taiwan trade has over 60 offices worldwide and has a massive searchable database of Taiwanese manufacturers.
B2B Manufacturers http://www.manufacturers.com.tw/
Is a large Taiwan based Database of Taiwanese suppliers. They have a similar layout to Alibaba but for Taiwanese manufacturers. If you are interested in sourcing products outside of Mainland China then I would recommend you check them out.
B2B China Sources http://b2bchinasources.com/
Ran by the same company as B2B Manufacturers, B2B China Source helps connect buyers with manufacturers in the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) as well as mainland China. They claim to get you Chinese prices with Taiwanese quality, which you can interpret how you like.
South Korea Sourcing
EC21 was originally started as a way to connect international buyers to Korean companies. While Korea is still its main focus you can use EC21 to find a supplier in other countries as well. EC21 maintains the largest database of Korean Manufacturers in the world. EC21 is one of the world's largest online B2B marketplaces, connecting millions of suppliers and buyers worldwide. Since 1997, EC21.com has been facilitating global trade opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises and has over 2 million member companies, 7 million products, 3.5 million buyers in its database, and 3.5 million monthly visitors.
Maker's Row https://makersrow.com/
Maker's Row is a Brooklyn, NY based database of American Manufacturers and product-based business. The company was originally made to connect buyers of fashion and leather goods with Makers in the US but has since expanded to a wide range of industries. They are probably one of the largest databases of American manufacturers and suppliers.
More focused on finding contract manufacturers and rental time on machine space than on finished products. Nonetheless, if you need to find a manufacturer with a CNC machine you can find on and contract with them. While they list manufacturers from all over the world, we estimate that over half of their suppliers are located in the United States. This site is focused mainly on American manufacturers so its a great resource for finding a US based supplier. This is a great tool for those who have a total product design and want to hand the manufacturing themselves.
Thomas Net: https://www.thomasnet.com/
Thomas Net is a good tool that Includes Mexico and Canada. Thomas has been around for a staggering 120 years and started out as a B2B register to help buyers find suppliers. Thomas claims to have over 500,000 suppliers and over 1 million buyers that use their service. Thomas’s information is hidden behind a paywall but they do give a free trial.
I want this list to be as complete as possible and cover the best Alibaba alternatives globally. I'm particularly interested in finding more suppliers in India and Latin America. So if you have any good websites or resources that I should check out and add, please add them in the comments. Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful.
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