its my understanding that aliexpress, dhgate etc are just middlemen buying stock for the factories, whereas alibaba is direct from the factories.
One advantage i have had with aliexpress and dhgate have cost me very little in terms of postage. the sellers are happy to send multiple packages to avoid having to pay large VAT charges.
Sometimes when i buy from alibaba the prices are very cheap but the postage costs are extortione and make the prices between the different platforms quite similar.
My friend says that i need a shipping agent or someone who can deal with the factories direct for me to negotiate on prices.
what are peoples experiences on buying from alibaba and using buyers and shipping agents?