How Do I Ensure the Quality of Shipped Goods from an Alibaba Supplier?

With the increasingly large number of illegal traders and brokers operating both offline and online nowadays, one needs to be very careful with what they’re buying. The reputation of operators from and in China has particularly not been perfect in this regard. even though there is no perfect online business site in the world.

While the vast majority of China-based traders and their international operators are good business people conscientiously and virtuously going about their trade, there is an increasingly huge number of bad elements that you need to look out for.

So, now that it’s practically impossible to check every single item in all your orders all the time, more so if you deal with bulky goods.

How can you ensure the quality of shipped goods from Alibaba suppliers?

You can do this in either of three ways:

  • Either visit your supplier in China and do the actual checking by yourself;
  • Hire a local or locally-operating third-party agent — an individual or a firm — to do it for you;
  • Ask your manufacturer or supplier to check for you the quality of the goods you’re buying from them within their production department before they’re released for shipping.

A) Actual checking by yourself

Looking at the first option, it would be your best bet because you have a chance to look at the products you’re buying and raise any issues with the suppliers themselves. But the costs can be exorbitant and prohibitive, especially if you buy a lot of goods from China often. Aside from the huge monetary costs of visiting China every time, this could also take up a lot of your time. But if you can do it, the best!

B) Hire Thid Party Inspection Agent

As for the second option, it’s very critical that you find a dedicated inspection and quality assurance agent that’s reputable and reliable.

As we’ve mentioned earlier, there are too many questionable operators on the market nowadays. When dealing with suppliers and/or third-party quality control service providers, both integrity and responsibility are key. These two come just before ability as the latter can always be honed easily while integrity is not easy to build, especially when dealing with strangers online. (How to choose third party inspection services in China?)

C) Ask your manufacturer or supplier to check for you the quality of the goods

Many of us may find the third option not reliable at best and ridiculous at the worst. Few people seem to believe they can rely on, let alone trust, the manufacturers or suppliers of the same products they’re selling you to assure quality. Mostly, this lack of trust has been occasioned by the bad elements we mentioned, especially when dealing with traders operating out of China.

But there are good suppliers out there who want to sell their merchandise without any issues and build trust and integrity over time.

If you’re lucky, you may find a number that makes sure any goods they’re selling their overseas customers are 100% qualified before they’re dispatched from Chinese shores. If you meet such a supplier, you’ll be lucky to avoid third-party agent fees and focus on the marketing and sales of your goods, then quality control process just runs regularly.