1688.com is the the father of alibaba.com.
Are you thinking how Chinese wholesalers buy from Chinese factories locally ?
What’s the top B2B Ecommerce site in china ?
It’s Alibaba again , Alibaba Chinese b2b version is called 1688.com All Chinese factories are registered here, you just need to know how to buy and find a agent for yourself who can help you buy from 1688.com and consolidate your cargo in his warehouse and inspect and create a return if any quality issue,
1688.com offers free return policy within 15 days of receipt, no questions asked.
IFC who is best agent in china, can do this for you as it has been doing this for over 500 foreign buyers all over the world.
Image guidelines : save download front image of any product from alibaba.com, I am 99% sure that image will search a 100% perfect match in 1688.com , because any product that’s born on 1688.com is later on transferred to alibaba.com by english speaking guys to take benefit of world market by trading local chinese goods on international platform .
So understand that 1688.com is much much deeper than alibaba , if alibaba has 100k sellers than 1688.com is 100 times more than that . Alibaba.com fee is about usd3000 per year , many can’t afford , but 1688.com fee is just usd200-300 per year , every small factory in china can afford . Just language different but prices on 1688.com are 10-15% cheaper generally and can run upto 30-40% cheaper in some fashion items