Amazon FBA: How to Find the Best Suppliers

You have probably already realized, after starting the process of becoming an Amazon Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) seller, that there is a lot more to do after you have completed your product research to find the perfect product to sell on Amazon. Be warned! A lot of people think that after they finish their product research, it is time to jump right into finding a supplier from which they can buy their product at a low cost and sell it for a high price. There is, however, a crucial step that they often miss. In this video and in the text below, you can learn this step that is crucial to the success of your business before you jump into buying your product for cheap.

Vetting Your Amazon FBA Supplier

After you have found the kind of product that you want to sell, you should take care to determine that your supplier will not bring you complications in the future. You should shift your focus from shopping for products to shopping for a supplier. Just because someone offers a cheap price and a pretty picture, it does not mean that this is a supplier you can comfortably work with for the duration of your Amazon FBA business.

What to Look For

Let’s focus on Alibaba. This is the most common site for finding a supplier. Likely, you may have already consider to use it. The first thing that you need to do when looking at products is to check out the supplier’s page. 

You should first look through the page and make sure that you do not see anything that seems unsettling or difficult. You should try to get to know who you are working with. This page provides lots of information! You should be able to get a pretty good feel for who they are by reading it over.

Next, you should check the country of origin. There will be a small flag icon on the supplier’s listing that denotes the country of origin. Be sure that you know your currency conversions and that you are prepared to negotiate. You would not want to accidentally begin negotiations with a supplier that is located in a country that you know nothing about. Therefore, you should check out how many years the company has been on Alibaba. Nevertheless, this is different from how many years the company has been in operation. You definitely do not want to deal with a company that is new to Alibaba. You should make sure that the company is verified and supports trade-assurance.

Response Rate

This is listed separately because it is extremely important. You need to look at the supplier’s response rate. A good response rating is indicative of good communication practices from the supplier to the buyer. This is so very important. Trying to negotiate, order, and troubleshoot with a supplier who does not respond to you can be frustrating and detrimental. You should find a supplier whom you are certain is willing to communicate with you.

Learn More About Amazon FBA

To learn more about what to look for in a supplier, you can click the video link at the top of the page. You should also click here to learn about Project Nine University. If you want to be the best Amazon FBA seller you can, Nine University has all of the tools and resources that you need. From startup to product research and listing optimization, they have got you covered. Go ahead and click the link to get started.

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