What is the best B2B Platform?

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Can anybody tell me which is the best B2B platform for beginners?
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  • Profile picture of the author realdude
    Need a bit more information. Is this to sell products or services? What kind of marketing are you going to do? Are you going to write articles, post You Tube videos, webinars, etc.

    It's good you are asking the question ahead of time. There are so many options out there you don't want to get stuck with a dead end platform and have to switch later.

    Dan
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    • Profile picture of the author htsashok
      Originally Posted by realdude View Post

      Need a bit more information. Is this to sell products or services? What kind of marketing are you going to do? Are you going to write articles, post You Tube videos, webinars, etc.

      It's good you are asking the question ahead of time. There are so many options out there you don't want to get stuck with a dead end platform and have to switch later.

      Dan

      RealDude, Thanks. I think you got it. I am heading into something about the B2B now and later a C2C.

      The whole idea is, I wanna do some consulting for a company which do b2b using their existing system which is a very old. They will be happy if I can get some input for them. I showed them my products too. But they are just insisted to know what is the current market. Their business is selling the products for women and kids. They wanna a launch a new portal with all brand new features.

      Hope this should help you to get me some inputs.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author realdude
    Here is some general e-commerce marketing info Lists of Ecommerce Websites and Internet Retailer Sales Trends | BuiltWith you can also drill down to specific markets, such as Women's Fashion and see who the major players are and what platforms they use.

    Another source is to do a search on Google for the specific product then go to www.compete.com and enter the web address. You will see how many visitors they have and what the trend is. Also you can find their competition and "follow the trail" to get a feel fro the market. Here's one I ran through so you can get a feel https://siteanalytics.compete.com/eshakti.com/

    Another source is Google Trends where you can see general global patterns for the specific markets and what countries are more popular.

    Another source is Search Marketing Research & Tracking | SpyFu SEM Tools where you can enter either a web address (from #1) or product type and see a lot of information, including the ads that work the best.

    Takes a little digging but you can find out a lot.

    Hope this helps,

    Dan

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    • Profile picture of the author htsashok
      Originally Posted by realdude View Post

      Here is some general e-commerce marketing info Lists of Ecommerce Websites and Internet Retailer Sales Trends | BuiltWith you can also drill down to specific markets, such as Women's Fashion and see who the major players are and what platforms they use.

      Another source is to do a search on Google for the specific product then go to www.compete.com and enter the web address. You will see how many visitors they have and what the trend is. Also you can find their competition and "follow the trail" to get a feel fro the market. Here's one I ran through so you can get a feel https://siteanalytics.compete.com/eshakti.com/

      Another source is Google Trends where you can see general global patterns for the specific markets and what countries are more popular.

      Another source is Search Marketing Research & Tracking | SpyFu SEM Tools where you can enter either a web address (from #1) or product type and see a lot of information, including the ads that work the best.

      Takes a little digging but you can find out a lot.

      Hope this helps,

      Dan

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      I Got you Mr.Dan, i just stick with some ideas with your points. And let me try something with the help your ideas.
      Really i very happy to get more new trends, so i think google trends will more helpful form me. And also let me try out the other sources too.
      Cheers.!
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  • Profile picture of the author erikathomson
    I will go with alibaba b2b platform
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    • Profile picture of the author htsashok
      Originally Posted by erikathomson View Post

      I will go with alibaba b2b platform
      Ah, How do you experienced with it? please let me know some features and benefits of alibaba b2b platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by erikathomson View Post

      I will go with alibaba b2b platform
      Before sourcing through Alibaba you might like to have a look at the thread How Trustworthy is Alibaba.com?
      I would like to point out that all of the big B2B sourcing sites work on a similar basis. This means that in most cases you can't rely on what the suppliers say about whether or not they are manufacturers. Most of them are not.

      You might be happy with that if you are satisfied with the low profit margins you get when you buy from wholesalers. For maximum profits you must go direct to the manufacturer.

      Just think for a moment - where do wholesalers buy? A: From the manufacturers. They then add their profit margin and sell to you. You can go direct to the manufacturers and pocket that extra margin for yourself.

      Because few people do any kind of searching on the forum I will repeat what I have written many times, that Gold Supplier status (or on other sites) Gold member, Premium member etc, do not earn that status. They BUY it.
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      • Profile picture of the author htsashok
        Originally Posted by Importexport View Post

        Before sourcing through Alibaba you might like to have a look at the thread How Trustworthy is Alibaba.com?
        Ah, very good thread on related to Alibaba. i would like to thank you for linking this thread.
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    • Profile picture of the author ahanacraft
      I also recommend tradekey [dot] com
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      • Profile picture of the author htsashok
        Originally Posted by ahanacraft View Post

        I also recommend tradekey [dot] com
        Do they supply a demo before purchasing? and i wish to know that tradekey is suitable for all type of ecommerce business?
        Please brief your answer with clear cut information.
        Thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Importexport
        Originally Posted by ahanacraft View Post

        I also recommend tradekey [dot] com
        I would advise all warriors to proceed with caution before accepting recommendations for B2B sites.

        Tradekey is one of the most notorious of the B2B sites that get mentioned on this forum, and there are countless bad reviews on the internet about them.

        Just like almost every popular B2B site they sell Gold, Silver, etc. status. Suppliers do not earn that status by giving good service, proving trustworthiness, providing good quality products etc. They buy that status and here is why:

        On the Tradekey site this is the reason they say it is worth buying a high status symbol such as Gold Key: "Buyers prefer Goldkey members as they are looking for reliable businesses." (on other B2B sites it might be called Gold Supplier, Premium Member, or other names.) Remember they bought that status badge, they did not earn it.

        There are very few B2B sites that I consider safe to use. I won't publish them online because it is important that people not only know what sites are safe to use, but they also need to learn safe sourcing practice.

        When you read the sad stories of scams as published on the many reviews about tradekey, alibaba, aliexpress, globalsorces, madeinchina etc etc, it is obvious that a large number of people have no idea about safe sourcing.

        See my thread: If your secret B2B portals are so safe why don't you share?
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        • Profile picture of the author htsashok
          Originally Posted by Importexport View Post

          Yeah, Thanks for your complimentary link. This seems that you have experienced with it and great look.
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          • Profile picture of the author RaymondPettit
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by zs3019 View Post

      alibaba is the largest b2b platform, but alibaba is Big Scammer

      so google is the only choose
      Alibaba certainly is the biggest by far but they don't sell products they only list suppliers, so Alibaba are not the scammers, but a lot of suppliers they list are.

      Trying to find good suppliers by searching on Google can be very time consuming and frustrating. You do need B2B sites but unfortunately most get a large number of bad reviews and the basic reason is that the verification systems they use are not good enough.

      The way most B2B sites verify suppliers is that they just verify that the business actually exists.

      If the business has a higher rating than just "verified", that rating badge is intended to give the impression that they are more reliable, but all the higher ratings prove is that the business exists and that they have spent money to try to make you believe that they are more reliable.

      There are safe B2B sourcing sites. Please read my post #12 and click on the thread at the end of that post.
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      • Profile picture of the author htsashok
        Originally Posted by Importexport View Post

        Alibaba certainly is the biggest by far but they don't sell products they only list suppliers, so Alibaba are not the scammers, but a lot of suppliers they list are.

        Trying to find good suppliers by searching on Google can be very time consuming and frustrating. You do need B2B sites but unfortunately most get a large number of bad reviews and the basic reason is that the verification systems they use are not good enough.

        The way most B2B sites verify suppliers is that they just verify that the business actually exists.

        If the business has a higher rating than just "verified", that rating badge is intended to give the impression that they are more reliable, but all the higher ratings prove is that the business exists and that they have spent money to try to make you believe that they are more reliable.

        There are safe B2B sourcing sites. Please read my post #12 and click on the thread at the end of that post.
        Hello,
        what do you think about Custom ecommerce solutions?
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        • Profile picture of the author Importexport
          Originally Posted by htsashok View Post

          Hello,
          what do you think about Custom ecommerce solutions?
          Sorry but I don't know a B2B site by that name.
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          • Profile picture of the author htsashok
            Originally Posted by Importexport View Post

            Sorry but I don't know a B2B site by that name.
            Apologies from me! i didn't mean any B2B site.
            But i mean that an customized platform to start an B2B site or ecommerce business. In the market there are several number of platform available on fully customized option with 100% source code too, and this site built with this solutions operates independent to anything.

            i think an user who wish to start an ecommerce website it is the best choice to choose the custom ecommerce solutions for their web portal.
            So do you have any ideas about it?
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            • Profile picture of the author Importexport
              Originally Posted by htsashok View Post

              Apologies from me! i didn't mean any B2B site.
              But i mean that an customized platform to start an B2B site or ecommerce business. In the market there are several number of platform available on fully customized option with 100% source code too, and this site built with this solutions operates independent to anything.

              i think an user who wish to start an ecommerce website it is the best choice to choose the custom ecommerce solutions for their web portal.
              So do you have any ideas about it?
              Thanks for explaining. Unfortunately I can't give a good answer because I don't have a lot of experience as an online marketer.

              My specialty is safe sourcing and easy importing.

              I must say that what you mention sounds interesting, but I would be inclined to find a truly experienced marketer to guide you in setting up an eCommerce site.
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              • Profile picture of the author htsashok
                Originally Posted by Importexport View Post

                Thanks for explaining. Unfortunately I can't give a good answer because I don't have a lot of experience as an online marketer.

                My specialty is safe sourcing and easy importing.

                I must say that what you mention sounds interesting, but I would be inclined to find a truly experienced marketer to guide you in setting up an eCommerce site.
                Alright!...
                I am expecting any ideas and suggestion regarding this form the experts or any warriors...
                I think the good suggestion will help those who wish to start an ecommerce online store.
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        • Profile picture of the author MeenaBhattacharya
          Originally Posted by htsashok View Post

          Hello,
          what do you think about Custom ecommerce solutions?
          Well, according to me, custom eCommerce solutions provide a new hike on your business. It takes your business in the next level. It's platform makes internet shopping simple for clients and simple to oversee for site managers. From offering an item or membership, to taking installments for an administration, these groups can create the custom eCommerce site arrangement that is ideal for your business.
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          • Profile picture of the author htsashok
            Originally Posted by MeenaBhattacharya View Post

            Well, according to me, custom eCommerce solutions provide a new hike on your business. It takes your business in the next level. It's platform makes internet shopping simple for clients and simple to oversee for site managers. From offering an item or membership, to taking installments for an administration, these groups can create the custom eCommerce site arrangement that is ideal for your business.
            Obviously ! Do you have experienced with any custom ecommerce solutions?
            Do you recommend custom solution?
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by jeannya View Post

      I would recommend this popular global B2B site: TopBuySell.com - Top online marketplace, B2B trade portal & wholesaler which allows people to post products for free. and my friends got a few orders on it and earned some money. It's important for companies to know these free sites. ggbrowser.com - Global Goods Online B2B Trading Marketplace is ok, too!
      These two sites are one and the same, and any person seriously wanting to source products to import would find them very frustrating. There are no addresses and they use yahoo and gmail email addresses.

      The few listings they have often display the price as $0. The search facility on both sites always brings up the same answer:
      "No information found. If you want to buy products, please email us at topbuysell@gmail.com . We always source from reputable global suppliers and manufacturers. We wholesale products at cheaper prices, too!"

      Gold Supplier badges can be bought for $19 !!!!!

      Please see post #12 above.
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  • Profile picture of the author xembergg
    Alibaba is the best option for these b2b platforms. I have been doing good with them recently.
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by xembergg View Post

      Alibaba is the best option for these b2b platforms. I have been doing good with them recently.
      You may be doing OK by buying on Alibaba, but the chances are that you are buying from a trader or a wholesaler. The reason I say this is because the great majority of suppliers listed on Alibaba are not manufacturers even though they say they are.

      Traders and wholesalers can never give you the same prices as they themselves pay when they buy from the manufacturers.

      Do you know that the verification system used by Alibaba (and most other big B2B sites) is near useless? If a supplier is verified it means that they exist and have an office, at least for the day when they were checked.

      If a supplier is a Gold Supplier it means that they have spent some money to convince you that they are to be trusted. There is no extra verification for a Gold Supplier.. They have been verified in the initial process and provided they pay the money to buy the badge they become Gold Suppliers.

      For a long time the fee for a Gold Supplier badge was discounted by 90%, so there are thousands who only paid $299. Now there is a permanent "Lite" version of Gold Supplier that the buyers never hear about, but it only costs $699.

      I suggest you read posts #8 and #12 and check out the thread links there. They have a lot more information on Alibaba and Tradekey.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shellg
        Originally Posted by Importexport View Post

        You may be doing OK by buying on Alibaba, but the chances are that you are buying from a trader or a wholesaler. The reason I say this is because the great majority of suppliers listed on Alibaba are not manufacturers even though they say they are.

        Traders and wholesalers can never give you the same prices as they themselves pay when they buy from the manufacturers.

        Do you know that the verification system used by Alibaba (and most other big B2B sites) is near useless? If a supplier is verified it means that they exist and have an office, at least for the day when they were checked.

        If a supplier is a Gold Supplier it means that they have spent some money to convince you that they are to be trusted. There is no extra verification for a Gold Supplier.. They have been verified in the initial process and provided they pay the money to buy the badge they become Gold Suppliers.

        For a long time the fee for a Gold Supplier badge was discounted by 90%, so there are thousands who only paid $299. Now there is a permanent "Lite" version of Gold Supplier that the buyers never hear about, but it only costs $699.

        I suggest you read posts #8 and #12 and check out the thread links there. They have a lot more information on Alibaba and Tradekey.
        I would listen to what Importexport says. Im only a newbie, but by using one of the sites that he recommends I found a brilliant supplier that really is the manufacturer and I got what I was looking for at a terrific low price.

        I have already sold out my first little order at a big profit and now Im waiting for my next lot to arrive. I can only order small still, but Im on my way to building a business that I know will grow.
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        • Profile picture of the author Importexport
          Originally Posted by Shellg View Post

          I would listen to what Importexport says. Im only a newbie, but by using one of the sites that he recommends I found a brilliant supplier that really is the manufacturer and I got what I was looking for at a terrific low price.

          I have already sold out my first little order at a big profit and now Im waiting for my next lot to arrive. I can only order small still, but Im on my way to building a business that I know will grow.
          Thanks for reporting on your successful start @Shellg.

          I have given good reasons why it's best to avoid most of the B2B platforms that have been recommended in this thread, and you have shown that taking my advice works.

          Here is a post by another person who chose to avoid the sites that I say are risky:
          "I have contacted some manufacturers already (from links he supplies) and I am just shocked at the low prices they offer for products I am researching. Forget Alibaba, Global Resource, whatever. The Ebook shows you where to find manufacturers, how to verify their credibility etc."

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  • Profile picture of the author jmwang
    Recommend these B2B websites for you:you can select the best for you
    alibaba.com
    en.ofweek.com
    made-in-china.com
    globalsources.com
    hktdc.com
    indiamart.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by anikachopra View Post

      Alibaba is one of the major player of this era, is the world's first eCommerce platform to handle $1 trillion a year in transactions.
      $1 trillion a year sounds impressive, but when you source products on Alibaba you are not buying from Alibaba, you are buying from suppliers who list products for sale there.

      It is a pity that most people who post answers don't bother to read previous posts. If the subject of the post is worth commenting on surely it is worth reading what others have already posted.

      Alibaba has been dealt with already in post #15.
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