1688.com is one of the best Chinese store to start importing from if you want to the best product at the cheaper price. Prices of goods on 1688.com are far lesser than they were on Aliexpress, Dhgate and other well known china stores.
On this website, items can be bought at very ridiculous prices, and the process of buying from them is almost the same as that of Aliexpress or other popular china web stores.
In this article, I’ll be opening your eyes to the simple step by step guide on how you can start importing from 1688 with ease from the comfort of your room.
Note: The best browser to use when surfing on this web store is Google Chrome browser because of it’s translating power. But if your browser does not have the extension you can install in on your browser by clicking here. This application will help in translating the Chinese language to more readable English language.
Registering on 1688.com
www.1688.com is a Chinese web stores that is meant for people residing in China only but as a non Chinese resident you can also have a share of the huge benefits on the website. The only limitation as a non-resident is that you cannot register on the website directly because you will need a Chinese telephone number for verification. But you can always scale this hurdle because registration is not so important as you can transact on the store without registering as a member.
Let me explain how to do both…
If you will be taking the registration route, this is how to go about it. If you have been into importation from china before you can easily contact one of your friends in china to do the registration for you or better still ask him that you will like to use his phone contact to register on 1688. All he has to do is to supply you the confirmation code as soon as he got it so that you can conclude your registration here. If you are new in the importation business, just browse through the market categories on 1688 to get your seller details (Telephone number). Initial a chat with him/her and made him know that you will like to make purchase from his/her but will like them to help you in the registration processes. I’m sure they will oblige you.
If you are taking the non registration route which is the best for me, all what is require of you is to get the contact of the seller and you are free to go. When you visit any link on 1688.com, you can always fine the sellers phone numbers, trade manager, QQ ID or Wechat ID as the case may be.
Once you have the seller contact precisely the phone number then you can contact him with just a simple text message that you want him/her to send you their trade manger id to your phone number (state your phone number). Once you are able to establish a contact then you can continue discussion from there.
Making Payments on 1688.com
The next hurdle you have to climb when transacting on 1688 is payment making.
Did you ask why?
I’ll explain. After you might have make your search on the product you want and have gotten a better deal with the seller what is next for you to make payment. Remember I told you that 1688 is meant for people residing in China; therefore you cannot use your Nigerian banks ATM cards on it.
So, to scale through this hurdle you will be making use of freight forwarders based in china that does ship to Nigeria. These guys can confirm the authenticity of the product you are buying, make the purchase for you and then handle the shipment down to Nigeria without any hustle. Just send them the product link and the seller details while you wait for them to finish the job for you over there.
One of the trusted freight forwarders that you can use is:
CONTACT : 08066748474, 07080209511, +8613434369377
You can contact them to get their charges and china address.
Another way which you can make payment on 1688 is liaising with the seller to allow you make the payment for the product on Aliexpress.
You see, most sellers on 1688.com have stores on Aliexpress and Alibaba. You can simply ask them that you want to pay on Aliexpress so as to leverage on the power of escrow. I’m sure they will politely agree and ask you to place an order whereby you can pay with your ATM card for the same product at same amount that you saw it on 1688.
Its safer doing it this way because you will be protected by escrow money policy in case of you getting inferior items from the seller.
Understanding the Chinese Currency
To know the current worth of the Chinese currency against the naira is very easy. Just go to www.google.com and type currency converter into the search bar. From the resulting page choose from the drop down above Chinese yuan and it will automatically convert the naira equivalent as seen in the image below;
Online mini Importation from Aliexpress, dhgate is very sweet but can be sweeter if done on 1688.com. If you have not been importing from this web store you’ve been leaving money on the table.
If you find this information useful and will like know more you can drop your question in the comment section and I’ll respond.