In our Alibaba course so far, we've introduced Alibaba to you, given you a review of it, and laid out some safety tips for you. Now, it's time to start using it! This tutorial will show you how to buy from Alibaba's wholesale department, from setting up an account to finding your item to paying and getting it shipped.
(NOTE: If you have an account on Alibaba's sister website, AliExpress, you can skip this step.)
Go to www.alibaba.com in your web browser and click on Join Free in the menu across the top of the screen.
On the next screen, click in the box labelled "Email" and type in your email address. Then, where it says "Verification", click and hold on the white arrow box and slide it all the way to the right. This should open a new box; click in the text box beside the distorted characters and type in the message that you see, and then click Submit. If you do it right, the box beside "Verification" should turn green and say "verified". Then all you have to do is click Next to continue.
A screen will appear telling you that you need to check your email for a confirmation of your account. Go to your email client, log in, and look for the email from Alibaba.com labelled "Please Verify Your Email Address to Finish Your Account Registration." Click it to open it, and then click the Complete button inside the email.
You must now set up your account information. Click in each of the boxes highlighted in the screenshot below and type in or select:
Once you've entered all of your information, click Confirm.
If you need to get back into Alibaba after leaving it, go to www.alibaba.com in your web browser, and click Sign In in the menu across the top.
Click in the box labelled "Email" and type in the email address that you used to sign up for Alibaba. Then, click in the box labelled "Password" and type in the password that you picked to protect your Alibaba account with. Then click Sign In.
To start the buying process, move your mouse cursor over the For Buyers menu and click Wholesaler in the drop-down menu that appears.
Once you're in the Wholesaler section, move your mouse cursor over one of the options in the Categories menu and select a sub-category to narrow down your search. You can also type something into the search box if you want to look by keywords.
When you find an item that you wish to purchase, click on it for more details. (HINT: pay attention to the "MOQ" section at the bottom of the item's details... it shows you how many of this item you have to order at a time!)
Once you're on an item's details page, have a look at the details of both the item and the seller. If everything looks okay to you, use the "+" and "-" buttons beside "Quantity" to select how many of this item you wish to order (remember that some items will have a minimum quantity requirement), and then click Buy Now.
If you have not purchased something from AliExpress before, you will have to enter a shipping address. Click in each of the boxes in the window that pops up and enter or select:
When you've entered your information, click Ship to This Address.
You can then review what you're ordering, and change or edit your shipping address as needed (click on a shipping address to select it, click Edit or Delete below a shipping address to change or erase it, or click Add a New Address to create a new shipping address as described above). When you're ready to move on, click Place Order.
You will now have to choose how you wish to pay for your order. We'll assume that you want to pay by credit card, since that's the safest option.
Click on each of the options or boxes highlighted in the screenshot below and select or type in:
When you're done entering your information, click Buy Now.
Those are all of the steps that you need to take in order to buy something on Alibaba! In our next tutorial, we'll cover how to sell on Alibaba!
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