Business
13
September 2017

The Top 20 China Sourcing Websites

Ask someone to name some China sourcing websites and there is one name guaranteed to be mentioned - "Alibaba".

For so many people looking for products from China, their sourcing journey both starts with, and finishes with, Alibaba, but there are actually plenty of very good alternatives.

Our advice to clients is to cast their net wider and try searching for information on many China sourcing websites before settling on their supplier of choice.

Even if the same Chinese suppliers appear in different results, you can usually gleam more relevant information such as contact details, factory photos, product types, certifications etc. All very useful to the sourcing process.

We want our readers to get the very best outcomes when sourcing in China, so here is China Checkup's list of the Top 20 China Sourcing Websites:

Top 20 China Sourcing Websites

In order, starting with the most useful, here are our top 20 China sourcing websites:

1. Alibaba

Alibaba

As the world's largest b2b sourcing portal, the name "Alibaba" has become synonymous with sourcing from China. Usually it is the first website people turn to when searching for products, and not without good reason, the range of suppliers and products it lists is very comprehensive.

The website has however developed a reputation as a hotbed of counterfeits, a situation which CEO Jack Ma has called "a cancer". Other issues faced by the website include dodgy supplier verifications and scams.

From starting out as a sourcing website, Alibaba Group has now grown to be China's largest tech company and it's interests include a portfolio of ecommerce platforms.  

2. DHgate

DHgate
  • website: dhgate.com
  • headquarters: Beijing, China
  • slogan: buy globally, sell globally

DHgate is an online wholesale marketplace where buyers can find competitively priced quality made in China products, usually at lower MOQs than other platforms.

One standout feature is their payment handling system, which only passes payments to the seller when the buyer confirms receipt of goods. 

3. Global Sources

Global Sources

Global Sources has helped more than 1.4 million international buyers in more than 240 countries to source from overseas, with China making up the majority of deals.

Their regular Hong Kong trade shows are very popular and help facilitate international companies to do sourcing in China face to face with trusted Chinese suppliers.

4. Made-in-China

Made in China

This website is a third-party platform for connecting buyers with Chinese suppliers and features a clean layout which is easy to navigate.

Similar to Alibaba.com, Chinese suppliers can create their own homepage on Made-in-China which includes their company profile, introduction and product listings.

5. China Suppliers

China Suppliers
  • website: en.china.cn
  • headquarters: Beijing, China
  • slogan: connecting global buyers and China suppliers

China Suppliers claims to be the "Exclusive Government Authorized B2B E-Marketplace in China" and our research found they are owned by the China Internet News Center (中国互联网新闻中心) which is under the State Council Information Office.

Despite a slightly cumbersome interface it is a useful website featuring many Chinese suppliers and products. Plus, it has a very easy to remember URL!

6. OFweek

OFweek

Specializing in high-tech and electronics, Shenzhen-based OFweek is a well designed website featuring many Chinese suppliers.

If you are looking for Chinese tech products make sure you check it out.

7. AliExpress

Aliexpress
  • website: aliexpress.com
  • headquarters: Hangzhou, China
  • slogan: smarter shopping, better living!

AliExpress was launched by Alibaba Group in 2010 as a platform for Chinese companies to sell to foreign consumers.

Although not a sourcing site as such, it is nevertheless widely used for this purpose, especially for companies looking to buy with low MOQs.

Unlike on Alibaba.com, sellers on AliExpress can be either companies or individuals making supplier verification difficult and leading to some scams.

8. HKTDC

HKTDC
  • website: hktdc.com
  • headquarters: Hong Kong
  • slogan: your business - our mission

Operated by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, this website plays an important role in helping Hong Kong companies to establish relationships with buyers from around the world.

These days, there isn't much manufacturing in Hong Kong, but many Hong Kong companies operate factories in Mainland China and this is a good gateway to sourcing their products.

9. DIYTrade

DIYTrade
  • website: diytrade.com
  • headquarters: Hong Kong
  • slogan: global b2b trading platform

A clean and easy to use website, DIYTrade features over 5 million products across a wide range of industries from underwear to ball bearings.

10. ECVV

ECVV
  • website: ecvv.com
  • headquarters: Shenzhen, China
  • slogan: challenge your trading

A bridge-builder that empowers merchants to easily connect and do business. Recommended by the Shenzhen Government and American International Business Council.

11. EC21

EC21
  • website: ec21.com
  • headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
  • slogan: global b2b marketplace

One of the leading global b2b marketplaces, Korea-based EC21 is very popular with Chinese manufacturers looking for international buyers.

12. ECPlaza

ECPlaza
  • website: ecplaza.net
  • headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
  • slogan: more trade chances for you

South Korea-based ECPlaza features a large number of Chinese suppliers on their easy to navigate website.

13. Global Market

Global Market

GlobalMarket has established solid cooperation with reputable Chinese suppliers and heavily promotes their GMC (Global Manufacturer Certificate) certifications which claim to only include genuine manufacturers. Definitely worth a look.

14. Tradekey

Tradekey
  • website: tradekey.com
  • headquarters: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • slogan: your key to global trade

Although a global sourcing website, with offices in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, Tradekey certainly has a strong Chinese presence.

Claims to be the first b2b platform with both ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications. Although their website can feel cluttered, it contains a hive of China sourcing information.

15. Asian Products

Asian Products
  • website: asianproducts.com
  • headquarters: Taipei, Taiwan
  • slogan: bridging the gap between buyers and suppliers
  • Chinese name: 亚洲产品 (yà zhōu chǎn pǐn) "Asia Products"

Focusing on suppliers from Taiwan and China, Asian Products is a slightly old-fashioned but nevertheless useful source of information with plenty of companies listed.

16. B2B Manufacturers

B2B Manufacturers

B2B Manufactures is another listings website specializing in Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers. Although their listings covers a wide range of products, the results for industrial equipment seem to be strongest.

17. Yiwugo

Yiwugo

As the official website of the world's largest small commodity wholesale market - Yiwu International Trade Market, Yiwugo offers their physical stores an online presence. Especially worth a look if you are planning a visit to Yiwu's enormous market. Previously called yiwubuy.com.

18. Banggood

Banggood
  • website: banggood.com
  • headquarters: Guangzhou, China
  • slogan: shopping with fun, best bang for your buck

Specialized in electronics, robots, mobile phones and accessories, Banggood is a B2C platform operated from Mainland China, Hong Kong together with overseas warehouse to help global buyers.

19. Taiwan Trade

B2B Taiwan Trade

Many factories in China are operated by Taiwanese companies and using Taiwan Trade can be a great way of locating them. Also useful for finding made-in-taiwan products too.

20. LightInTheBox

lightinthebox

Founded in 2007, New York Stock Exchange-listed LightInTheBox offers products in the core categories of apparel, small accessories/gadgets and home & garden.

See Also: Chinese Language China Sourcing Websites

Just as companies worldwide look to China for product sourcing, Chinese companies are also looking for Chinese suppliers to manufacture their products.

If you can read the Chinese language here are a number of very powerful domestic websites which cater to product sourcing:

1688

1688
  • website: 1688.com
  • headquarters: Hangzhou, China

1688 is the Chinese language version of Alibaba.com

HC360

HC360
  • website: hc360.com
  • headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Chinese name: 慧聪网 (huì cōng wǎng) "Wisdom Clever Site"

HC360 is one of China's leading b2b websites for domestic trade.

GongChang

GongChang
  • website: gongchang.com
  • headquarters: Zhengzhou, China
  • Chinese name: 世界工厂 (shì jiè gōng chǎng) "World Factory"

This online sourcing platform specializes in large-size machinery and equipment.

MakePolo

MakePolo
  • website: china.makepolo.com
  • headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Chinese name: 马可波罗 (mǎ kě bō luó) "Marco Polo"

MakePolo used to have an English language website and appear in our top 20, but now it's a Chinese-only service.

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