Would You Choose Alibaba or AliExpress for Dropshipping?
In the ten years since it was launched, Alibaba has gone on to become the world�s biggest online B2B ecommerce platform. In the process it has also spawned B2C platforms like Taobao, tmall and AliExpress, the latter a favorite with buyers across the world looking for affordably priced products. Alibaba is B2B and facilitates direct bulk sales between manufacturers and buyers globally on its marketplace. Sellers pay a fee to Alibaba on sales they make through the platform.
AliExpress is similar to Alibaba in that it is an online marketplace and it also facilitates sales from manufacturers and dealers to end buyers but with the difference that retail sales are the norm.
You have these two platforms before you. Smart businesses are taking advantage of this by buying in bulk on Alibaba and then displaying the same products on consumer portals like AliExpress or their own ecommerce sites. A business can procure bulk products from sellers on the Alibaba platform, store inventory and sell the same products in retail on AliExpress, Amazon and similar sites or their own ecommerce site. They can also sell in bulk. The only drawback is that they must have products shipped to their warehouse and store them until a buyer shows up in which case they must ship out the product. The shortcut to this is to get their original supplier to ship directly to the end customer in a process known as dropshipping. This saves time as well as costs of shipping and storage. The dropshipping feature can be arranged directly on the Alibaba platform or through AliExpress that offers Alidropship solution.
Dropshipping on Alibaba
The general way of doing business on Alibaba is that a buyer contacts the seller, initiates negotiations, places orders and pays and the seller dispatches goods to the buyer. However, Alibaba also offers dropshipping program. It specifically displays products and sellers with dropship facility.
The process of dropshipping on Alibaba is simple.