Getting the right product to sell online is a secret that many wont reveal, in fact there are lots of online courses for people who want to find the right products for the shopify store. Today we will explore how to find and source a winning products in Ghana
Some weeks ago i wanted to start an online store, i bought a domain ( from godaddy.com) and linked it to my web hosting account at dreamhost. The next step was to find a winning product to sell and this was not an easy task at all, gratefully i have overcome that challenge and am willing to share with you where to source your products from.
Sourcing your product from Alibaba
Alibaba is no doubt the largest marketplace to source your products from, most people in the ecommerce business source their supplies from alibaba. You may ask what is the difference between aliexpress and alibaba. Aliexpress caters more for the B2C (Business to customers) while alibaba is a B2B ( Business to business) platform. Quickly we will talk about the pros and cons of sourcing from alibaba.
Pros of sourcing from alibaba
Alibaba is the worlds largest b2b platform and has numerous varieties of products to choose from, you can find virtually any product you need from it. Electronics, parts , clothing, automobile and more can be found on it platform.
Prices are also very cheap as you are buying directly from the manufacturer.
Cons of sourcing from alibaba
Shipping cost is really high especially when you are shipping to Ghana, in fact one of my biggest turn off when it comes to buying products from alibaba is the high shipping fees. I discovered recently you can arrange for your own shipping which brings the shipping cost down.
Another thing to note about sourcing from alibaba is most of the products are of low quality and may no look like what you see on the website. Sometime you order for a product and receive a totally different products.
Lastly sourcing from alibaba means you cant have your products readily, it will take weeks and evening months before your products get delivered.
Another great avenue to get supplies is to source locally, there are thousands of shops that sell products you need at a discount shop which are readily available. You are able to see and fill the products before you purchase it. The downside is these products are expensive than those on alibaba.
Which is better, sourcing from alibaba or sourcing locally.
Sourcing locally or through alibaba clearly has it advantages and disadvantages, personally i dont want to wait to ship a product before i setup my online shop. I usually source locally as buying from alibaba requires a good capital.
Thanks for reading and see you soon.