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GlobalSources VS Alibaba

GlobalSources and Alibaba comparison

Both Alibaba and GlobalSources basically share the same objective: to be a one-stop B2B platform for supplier sourcing in China. But they use completely different approaches to achieve this goal.

GlobalSources in its present format was created in the year 2000 and it has a lot in common with Alibaba.com. These companies basically share the same objective: to be a one-stop B2B platform for supplier sourcing in China. But they use completely different approaches to achieve this goal.

Reputation

Alibaba is the largest and the most famous B2B platform in the world. But it has certain problems with authenticity. In the US it is even included in the “black list” of companies, selling counterfeit goods.

The distinctive feature of GlobalSources is that it is closely linked with Hong Kong trade fairs. The sellers on this platform are authentic and reputable companies from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other countries.

Goods

Alibaba is known for its enormous product range, whereas GlobalSources mainly specializes in electronics, fashion accessories, gifts and home goods. Other categories are also present, but not to the same extent as on Alibaba.

GlobalSources also has a much more user-friendly interface, with a flexible search engine and a built-in tool to compare suppliers and their products.

Supplier credibility

Around 1 million suppliers are registered on Alibaba, but it may be difficult to determine the degree of reliability and trustworthiness of the manufacturer on this site.

On the other hand, GlobalSources follows the principle “quantity does not necessarily mean quality”. It has only 150000 suppliers, but all of them had to undergo a strict selection process, so their level of credibility is much higher. This is actually the main advantage of GlobalSources in comparison with Alibaba.

If you are looking for a reliable supplier in China, GlobalSources should be definitely taken into consideration.

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