1688 | Taobao – How to Shop from China [Complete Guide]
It is already known that you can start this business with a very small capital base and make very big profit from selling the cheap products from China.
1688.com is the China version of alibaba.com they target wholesalers and resellers in China while Alibaba supply to wholesalers outside of China 1688.com sells to natives’ Chinese citizens in China only at a cheaper price.
What is 1688.com
1688.com is just like Alibaba.com, but all in Chinese, and for the domestic market in China.
Some believe that they can find better deals, by going directly to suppliers on 1688.com, instead of Alibaba.com.
It is probably the best place to buy your goods especially if your goal is to purchase and sell to your customers.
The price of products there is the cheapest you can find compare to any other Chinese websites like taobao.com, aliexpress.com, etc.
Taobao.com is the second-best place you can find goods, but in most cases, it is not that cheap when you compare it to 1688.com.
It is a well-known fact that majority of sellers on sites like Aliexpress.com and Taobao.com get their goods from 1688.com and then sell to end users.
Although this websites offers the best prices, purchasing products from the site might be complicated since the website is in the Chinese language and they only sell to Chinese citizens and in China only.
1688.com VS Alibaba.com VS Aliexpress.com?
The difference between the two is that 1688.com is exclusively for domestic trade. Alibaba.com and aliexpress.com has been export focused since inception.
This is why 1688.com is in Chinese, while Alibaba.com is in English, and has translations in French, Spanish and other major languages.
Communicating with sellers & buyers from 1688.com
1688.com is a B2B supplier directory owned by Alibaba Group. Just like Alibaba.com, 1688.com is portal where you can find factories, wholesalers and trading companies, in virtually any industry.
So why is it called 1688.com, and not Alibaba.cn? In Chinese, 1688 reads as “Yao Liu Ba Ba”, which (kind of) sounds like Alibaba.
Substituting words for similar sounding numbers is common in China and all over Asia.
The first step to take before shopping on 1688 and Taobao is to convert or translate the websites to English language so you can understand it properly and navigate easily.
How to Translate 1688.com or Taobao.com to English
You can use any of the below methods to translate 1688 or Taobao to the English language.
Using Google Chrome Toolbar
The second method is Google Chrome browser. It will translate the website to English. Make sure that you have the latest chrome installed or check google toolbar on your chrome.
You can also open google chrome browser on your phone or pc preferably pc so you can see the items you want to buy.
The website is in the Chinese language so you click the top part of your browser and click translate to English or right click on the website and click on translate to the English language.
Note that the translation might not be 100% accurate but at least it will get you going.
The first method (recommended) is by using Lingoes software. Lingoes does not convert the Chinese website to English, but it translates any Chinese words to English automatically when you move your mouse over the words.
After you installed the software, you need to add Chinese dictionary to Lingoes. You can find the Chinese Dictionaries on Lingoes website. There are a lot of Chinese dictionaries on Lingoes. You can choose the ones you want.
Once you finish setting Lingoes, you can start browsing any Chinese website without issue. All you need is to move your mouse over the words and it will show you the English meaning.
Another great thing about Lingoes is that it is a freeware which means you can use it for free.
1688.com Buying Agent
We can help you make purchases and ship from 1688.com and TaoBao easily. You will need to provide us with some of the information we request to make this easier for you and us.
Our Requirements Before We Can Process Your Orders
- The link to the item that you want to purchase.
- The options of the product you want to purchase. For example, if you are purchasing a shoe, you have to know the shoe size, the shoe color, and other feature of the shoe.
- The total quantity you want to purchase.
- Finally, you need to know the unit price of the product.
NOTE: If your products are much, copy the product links of the product you want to buy and paste in a notepad or Microsoft Word and save it, this is the link you give to us acting as your procurement agent.
This is what we will transmit to our partner who is based in China to help you pay and also check the products if it meets your standard before shipping it to Nigeria.
Once you get all these ready, contact us to put you through how to make the or place the order. We will process your order immediately.