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Wholesale Websites Like Alibaba Are Worth Focusing

Wholesale Websites Like Alibaba Are Worth Focusing

Daisy Sun

Introduction to Alibaba

Founded in 1999, Alibaba is the world's largest B2B wholesale trading website. For more than 20 years, it has connected millions of manufacturers and retailers, providing endless possibilities for small and medium-sized businesses to open the door to the global market.

Wholesale Websites Like Alibaba

As a wholesale trading platform, Alibaba does have its unique advantages. It gathers resources of suppliers and buyers from all over the world, and buyers can easily find suppliers of the products and services they need. Sellers can use Alibaba’s powerful marketing tools to obtain more orders. However, almost all practitioners have encountered certain difficulties when purchasing on Alibaba.

Cons of Alibaba

Exorbitant platform fees

Whether you are just joining or an old seller, Alibaba platform fees are a heavy burden. Novices need to pay a large entrance fee and annual fee first, which is a high threshold for small and micro enterprises. Even after settling in, there is still a certain percentage of commission that needs to be paid for each transaction.

Counterfeit goods are rampant

Quality issues have always been a persistent problem that has plagued Alibaba. Due to loopholes in the review process, many non-genuine and counterfeit products are mixed in, posing risks to buyers. Well-known brands have accused Alibaba of failing to fulfill its anti-counterfeiting obligations.

Language and cultural barriers

Although Alibaba is a global platform, it is still dominated by sellers from mainland China. Language and cultural differences bring communication costs to overseas buyers and easily lead to misunderstandings.

It is difficult for small and medium-sized sellers to obtain customers

Alibaba provides great marketing support to the top sellers, but provides less support to small and medium-sized sellers. It is difficult for them to stand out from the massive amount of similar products and obtain effective customer traffic.

Logistics encounters bottleneck

Due to backward procedures such as quarantine and customs clearance, buyers' goods are often delayed in the middle stages. Logistics inefficiency is not enough to meet time-sensitive orders.

Alternative B2B Wholesale Websites

In view of the above-mentioned shortcomings of Alibaba, many people began to turn to other emerging B2B electronic trading platforms. These platforms have innovative attempts in some specific fields or process links, which deserve our understanding and attention.


If your store is majoring in women’s clothing fashion area, then Shewin is a recommended wholesale and dropshipping clothing supplier. As a China clothing manufacturer for USA boutiques, Shewin is committed to providing the ideal clothing for small businesses. Besides a wide range of styles including tops, dresses, and bottoms for every season, Shewin takes priority over quality and comfort and helps retailers succeed in the women’s clothing game.

Wholesale Websites Like Alibaba - Shewin

Shewin never stops to update, whether on products or services. Inspired by the latest trends in the women’s fashion market, tens of clothing pieces are updated on this site, catering to various preferences of modern USA female customers. In addition,  Shewin provides seamless integration with Shopify stores, enables dropshippers to import products and require order fulfillment with one click. Along with their USA warehouse, Shewin reduces the shipping time for every wholesale and dropshipping order.


GlobalSources is a B2B online platform focusing on industrial manufactured products in Asia. Buyers from 45 countries can find high-quality qualified supplier resources from China and other places here. GlobalSouces sells a wide range of consumer goods, gifts, home appliances, mobile phone accessories, clothing, etc.

Wholesale Websites Like Alibaba - GlobalSources

After subscribing, you can not only search for purchases online, but also get printed product magazines. Many buyers believe that GlobalSources is more consistent with traditional industry purchases. The platform's charging model is also more transparent and reasonable, not as expensive as Alibaba's.

Maker's Row

Maker's Row is a B2B e-commerce platform focusing on handicrafts and industrial products. Its vision is to revitalize the handmade manufacturing industry in the United States. Whether you are a design studio, a craftsman, or a brand merchant looking for outsourced processing services, you can find satisfactory supplier and manufacturer resources here.

Wholesale Websites Like Alibaba - Maker's Row

Most of the sellers on this platform are small artisan workshops and craftsmen. Its biggest feature is that it guarantees that all products on the shelves are authentic and handmade in North America. Compared with Alibaba's unproven products, Maker's Row has clearly established the brand image of handicrafts.

Wholesale Central

For some buyers looking for small-batch purchases, Wholesale Central is a good choice. Its suppliers come from Asia, North America, Europe, and other regions. Its product range includes crafts, food, clothing, jewelry, and other categories.

Wholesale Websites Like Alibaba - Wholesale Central

Unlike the Alibaba platform, which requires online ordering first, Wholesale Central buyers need to communicate with suppliers by phone first to confirm purchase details before placing orders online. On the one hand, this is closer to the traditional procurement route, and on the other hand, it also reduces disputes such as incorrect goods.


Although Alibaba is still the "Big Mac" in global wholesale trade, it is difficult to be replaced by other platforms in terms of international influence and resource richness. But we can also see from the above that it has exposed many pain points in various aspects such as customs clearance logistics, marketing support, and fees for buyers and sellers, leaving opportunities for some innovative B2B platforms to enter. I hope this introduction will give you a more comprehensive understanding of the B2B wholesale platform market and make a wise choice for your next purchase!

About the Author

Daisy Sun

Daisy, our logistics guru, and passionate sustainability advocate. With a background in supply chain management and a love for eco-friendly practices, Jake specializes in guiding businesses through the intricacies of dropshipping while promoting environmentally conscious choices in the fashion industry.
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