Module 3 - Choose Your Supplier

3.2 International vs. Local

Now that you have a basic understanding of the Suppliers Sheet, let’s dive into the good stuff. Let’s go out there and find that amazing, trustworthy and reliable supplier for your product.

When searching for suppliers you have 2 options:

  • International suppliers (mostly China)
  • Local suppliers

And where do you mostly find these suppliers?

  • Alibaba: to find international suppliers
  • Google: to find local suppliers

So, which one should you go for?

That depends…

By manufacturing your product in your home marketplace you’ll have lower shipping costs and avoid import duties and regulations.

However, domestic production might have fewer differentiated options and can be more expensive compared to international suppliers.

At the end of the day, this is a very subjective assessment and it will be up to you to determine which option is best for you given the restrictions and regulations related to your product.

Let's Now Identify Great International Suppliers

Alibaba is the #1 place to go to when searching for international suppliers. Alibaba hosts millions of suppliers and acts as a business to business marketplace for almost any product you can think of. We’ll show you how to navigate Alibaba to find the best supplier for your product idea!