Simple Guide to register on 1688.com

There are more benefits to register on 1688.com as a member than being a guest customer or someone that only browses suppliers without logging in . These benefits offer you the opportunities for full features offered by Alibaba 1688.

If you could not register on 1688, this article is definitely for you.

Benefits of registering on 1688

  • Special member price
  • Special member products
  • Access to seller’s correct phone number
  • Easy to know the seller’s online status using Aliwang.
  • Discounts on store checkout on some products with moq greater than 5pieces
  • Direct contact with Alibaba 1688.com sellers using – Aliwang

To take advantage of all these benefits, one needs to sign up on 1688.com in either of the two different ways discussed in this article.

Question: Do i need to register on 1688 before buying products?
Answer: You must not be registered on 1688 before buying products. You can procurement agents if you don’t want to pass through the stress (of which we offer a smooth procuring service).

How to register on 1688.com from Nigeria or any country

By default,  1688.com website gives you two options when using more than one device. If you use a PC (Laptop), you would be redirected to register in 1688 desktop version.

If you use your mobile phone to access 1688.com, you would be forced to register using Taobao. Both Taobao and 1688 work together because they are under Alibaba.

  1. Using Taobao with your Phone
  2. 1688 website with your PC

Register on 1688.com using Taobao

Follow the steps below

register on 1688.com from nigeria

  1. Navigate to https://world.taobao.com/markets/all/sea/register
  2. Make sure that your translator is working
  3. Then click on Free registration
  4. Enter your phone number
  5. Enter the code that will be sent to you (If not received, try with another network)

You should be registered.

Register on 1688 website with your PC

  1. Go to 1688.com using a Chrome web browser
  2. Make sure to translate the page from Chinese to English using Chrome Google translator
  3. Click Register.
  4. You can copy and paste this link http://member.1688.com/member/join/enterprise_join.htm
  5. There are two options of 1688 Account registration.
    • 1688 personal account and
    • 1688 enterprise account
  6. A personal accounts are for buyers like you and I while enterprise account is for suppliers.
  7. You will be redirected to 1688 member registration page as shown in the image below.

register on 1688

Use  Google translate from Chinese to English

You can click here https://www.google.com/search?q=translate+chinese+english. 

To translate each part of the form field, copy the Chinese characters and paste them in the translate textbox.

Here’s the translation of the registration form ;

  • The first field is 会员名: Member name (this is the username, it should not contain space eg. johntobi, not john tobi)
  • The second field is 登录密码: login password
  • The third field is 密码确认: Password Confirmation
  • The fourth field is 手机号码: Phone number
  • The last field is 验证码: Verification code: (Drag the arrow right).

Make sure that you accept terms and condition. Then click the red button to start registration on 1688.com.

The next step will take you to a code confirmation page. This will be sent to the phone number you signed up with. Enter the code and finish your registration.

And you’re good to go.

I hope you found this guide useful. Let me know your challenges or what you think in the comments section below.

What Best Shipping Company to Import Goods from China?

Shipping company china to nigeria freightya

One of the most challenges for a beginner in mini importation business is finding the shipping company that can give them a pleasant start.

I would say I was a bit lucky when I started but not luckier as you are reading this. I had no one to give me a rundown of what I needed in consideration for shipping companies.

Without emphasizing, I have used more than 8 shipping companies but currently settled with two. In my own opinion, there is no best shipping company.

Disregard anyone that promises to give you a link of their best shipping company. “Best” is a personal experience and should not be generalized.

Okay…

Here is what I mean

I believe we all have what we feel to be our best experiences when it comes customer services. Customers are always right anyway.

We may have different school of thought of what we feel to be right when done to us. These could be

  • Faster Shipping
  • Cheaper Shipping
  • Fast Response
  • Good Packaging
  • Accessibility to tracking and updates
  • Nearness of the shipping company to one’s location.

Everyone of us has at least 1, 2 or 3 of these listed above.

Sadly, none of these shipping companies will give all to you. What will you do?

You have to choose who gives you the good number of these options that you will be very comfortable with. And that is how you go with it.

So, in this article, I will list out my experiences from the 9 shipping companies that I have used with regards to the factors I pointed out above without being sentimental. Then the reasons why I opted out then. Things might have changed now.

Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored.

Shipping Companies from China to Nigeria

  1. Liberty Logistics
  2. Joseph Logistics
  3. Nonnyking
  4. FG Zenitho
  5. Sunny Rise
  6. AOU Logistics
  7. Echan Cargo
  8. Skyjet
  9. Choice cargo

Liberty Logistics

These guys are really a big shipping company. You have to be aware of that. I had a pretty decent experience with them in my first importation from China. The issues I had with them were

  1. Very low response rate
  2. No reference code in case your supplier fails to include your shipping mark and
  3. Their warehouse in Marina too far for me.

Funny enough, this was my first shipping company. People in their first time would want to know the locations of the shipping companies they would be using for their mini importation.

Of which I did. But in most cases, finding shipping companies that are closer to you make no special difference if you are outside Lagos.

This is because – you would need to do waybill to your location. Location should not be a criteria in choosing a best shipping company for your startup. There are people within the shipping company that handle waybill which will be at an additional cost.

I almost lost one of my goods with Liberty Logistics because my supplier failed to include my shipping mark. In order to get to the customer service (Tina) was quite a task. According to them, she had lot of things to do and I understood but my goods were more important to me.

After some days, we found it using its tracking number. Chatting with them takes about 24 hours to reply a single message once you miss 2 minutes (being inactive).

Imagine if you’re an impatient type. To win with this shipping company, make sure your shipping mark is well written on your package or risk losing the goods.

 

Joseph Logistics

I ran away from Liberty to seek for asylum with Joseph logistics but I was disappointed. A friend referred me to them. They reply fast, faster shipping rates blah blah blah.

I jumped on them. But I’m still yet to understand how they actually work. I think the freight forwarder in China is Joseph but the company to pay into their account has a different name.

…and I think I understood the hustle just now.

The first transaction was smooth, fast responses and that was great.

Then suddenly, it looked like I was too bothersome that he ignored my messages. Probably he was too busy.

Who knows? 🤷‍♀️

I moved looking for a greener pasture.

 

Nonnyking

I totally had no idea about these guys. I think they were good.

I think I had issue with my goods…I could not remember but what I won’t forget in a second is that I had a charming friend that I used to get through the customer service.

The lad hardly replied my messages so I used my fine friend (she introduced me to them) to get whatever details I need from him.

What a world!

Moving on…

 

FG Zenitho

For once, I felt like I have arrived my paradise when I started using Zenitho. They are really great, fast response rate, nice repacking in order to keep your items from damages (thanks to their extra huge packaging that increases weights), they update you when orders are received, they accept almost everything most shipping companies do not accept.

But

I still JAPA or rather I use them if there is any special need.

I’m not impressed with how their system works. It is too outdated for someone like me. Despite being good yet they lack organization.

Meanwhile…their shipping fee became heck. Other shipping companies might be charging $6.5 per kg, they will charge $8.5 per kg for normal goods.

I was charged $10 per kg this 2021 for a normal battery goods others charge me for $6.5 per kg. I guess the charge is from their extra service of checking your items.

No complain!

Dear Zenitho,

If you’re reading this, kindly upgrade to getting a website that does the update of goods received instead of taking shots of all goods at a go.

Taking of pictures should be on request. Start to work on reference code too.

Last year, I lost some goods in their warehouse. Signed and received. I had to pay back my clients for goods not received. It was indeed a bad experience.

I lost several goods for 3 suppliers. It was really my first time and the beginning of my lost goods syndrome.

They literally opened the doors of signed but not found 😂😂

Terrible!

 

Sunny Rise and AOU

I had to join these two sheeping shipping companies together because they’re actually werey in disguise.

If I had a lawyer from Harvard, I would have sued them for collateral damage. I left Zenitho to AOU because my friend talked great about them.

I partnered with them and it looked beautiful. My first shipment was good, second was good but…I was not understanding it lol.

Oh dear Debbie,

I left AOU to Sunny Rise but it became open to me that I run from frying pan to fire.

I actually needed a full-time deliverance session with Mountain of Fire Ministries.

I lost my client’s pairs of shoes with AOU. The issue was supplier not including the shipping mark. Could it be that they colobe the fine shoes or were they actually lost.

Who knows?

Sunny Rise? I had couple of issues with this company.

  1. Poor or minus customer service
  2. They sent out all my goods without packing. Probably that is how they do
  3. I lost my client’s wash cups in their hands. This was not sent by the supplier. My colleague sent it down to them. She sent me a picture of it with every details written boldly on the carton but we did not received it.

We had feelings that their abusive customer service in Nigeria colobe my client’s wash cups. No second thoughts.

I had to pay for the that.

 

Echan Cargo

For a record, I had a winning streak.

They are

  • Fast in response
  • Good rates
  • Considerable good shipping time
  • Tracking system
  • Calculation of weights before shipping
  • Reference code

What more could you have asked?

Nothing…

But there is a worrisome challenge with Echan Cargo. They approximate the weight to whole number.

This is what I mean

A package of

1.1kg is automatically 2kg

2.4 is 3kg

4.8 is 2kg

5.3kg is 6kg.

Is that not too worrisome to your gain?

Skyjet and Choice cargo offer the same servjces Echan cargo offers but their only difference is in quick response time and approximating kg.

Skyjet and Choice cargo charge you the exact kg that is being measured. No approximation but their customer response rate are not good as in Echan cargo.

You could see a lot of things you may consider. These are years of experiences in one article. If you’re starting, you have the choice to go for what suits your preferences.

Mini Importation Masterclass 101 Beginner to Expert

mini importation mentoring chuks amobi

I have shared almost everything on Mini Importation in this blog. I have started with how much money to start Mini Importation business, to financial management involve in running a successful mini importation business in Nigeria and Africa in general.

But before then, I shared a realistic mini importation business plan. This is very fundamental when you foresee mini importation as a successful business in future.

If you are only interested in copying links of cheap clothes, sneakers, slippers from random 1688 suppliers, then you should not bother about a business plan🤷‍♂️.

Moving forward, I compared Alibaba and 1688 here. You should learn more about them before deciding on which platform to start with your mini importation journey.

I also talked about how to Import from 1688.com, what not to import from China to how to sell your imported products and lot of other articles you would love to read.

So, in this post I have shared series of important good strategies to growing your business through mini importation.

This article was originally shared to my mentoring group. It is free to join as you read this article to the end.

You are going to learn the following below

  • Making product choices (Product consideration)
  • How much money you will make on mini importation
  • Choosing the right and better customer base for your business
  • Finding a better shipping company
  • Getting a good 1688 procurement agent.

Making the best product choices

The truth is, knowing the right product to import is almost the importer’s biggest headache.

You are not sure which will sell fast, and which ones that won’t sell. You don’t want to import a product that you find difficult to sell 10 pieces in a month.

Don’t always wait for someone to you what product is selling hot at the moment. You have to learn the process of finding out which product will sell at a point in time.

Here are a few guidelines to the type of products that you should look at:

1. Products that meet specific needs or solve specific problems.

These type of products are mostly ever green products that millions of people use daily or every time.

Try to identify goods that solve people’s needs, make life and work easier.

2. Sex and age group:

You might want to focus on particular age groups such as children, teens, or adolescents, identify goods that they buy often and sell.

3. Seasonal products:

Some products sell at some time of the year than another. As a smart marketer, you must be able to leverage on seasons, festivals, celebrations, religious rites, weather and master products that will sell faster at these times.

4. Trends

A lot of stuff trend on social media. Twitter, blogs, Facebook in most cases.

More than 80% of people I have met so far from my blog either sell yoni Pearls, clothes or shoes. Everyone does that same thing. It is everywhere on Instagram.

There lot of stuff to sell faster without giving people more options to check prices on Jumia, Konga, Jiji or even other Instagram profiles.

Sure, you can still sell those but can you compete with all of them?

How much money you will make on mini importation

This is dependent on five major factors, they include

  • Your mindset
  • Your capital
  • Your business model
  • Who you are selling to
  • Your marketing

Sadly I am not going to go deeper in these. But I can if you would offer to buy me a 10K lunch 😁 and I am quite serious about it 😎

Your mindset should be positive. It should not be MMM or Ponzi mindset of money doubling.

Business is simply buying and selling. Buy at ₦200 to sell at ₦250, ₦300, ₦400 or probably ₦500 depending on how your marketing.

You wouldn’t expect to buy an item at ₦200 and dreams to sell at ₦5000. That is a 2400% ROI.

Let’s do some arithmetic on what you may make on mini importation.

Let’s say you want to make 1 million naira in 2021. Since we are already in January which is just 12 months until December.

This is what we will do

We will divide ₦1 Million by  12 (months – January ->December).

That would be ₦84,000.

Not a big deal right?

Now if you have to make 1 million naira yearly, you’d need to make 84K naira every
month to hit your target.

We now know how much we need to make every month to hit our 6months then yearly target afterwards.

Now we must come up with WHAT we need to SELL to make that money

Here is how to come up with that. The monthly target is 84K, to come up with what you need to sell we need to divide that figure with HOW many of that stuff you need to sell.

84K as a NET profit or Gross profit?

Net profit is your gain while gross profit is the revenue from sales including the cost of the goods and the actual profits.

You can choose 84K to be your net profit or gross profit. Everything depends on your strength. For me, I can get a gross profit from 16K – 20K, then a net profit of 5,000 – 13,000. It is dependent on what I am selling and my markup.

Let’s say you intend to sell 50 pieces.

Divide the monthly target by 50. And that gives you ₦1680. Now, that figure is the price of one unit of what you need to sell to hit your target every month.

If you sell 10K+ product just like I do, you only need to sell 9 pieces and you’re done for the month’s target.

Of course, you can hit above your target.

Luxury life is better.

Selling a ₦1680 product is still good for large addressable market.

The next thing to do is to find a ₦1680 product you need to sell.

And any month you sell less than 50, you need to make up for it by selling the deficit number the next month.

This keeps you on track, makes your goal clearer and helps you achieve more.

There are two product considerations

  1. Cheap products
  2. Luxury products

Cheap products are the ones MOST people do, it is the one you
are probably doing right now.

I hate it, it is slow, it brings too much complaints from alaye. Way too slow. Assuming you sell a product for ₦500. And you intend to make a 84K monthly.

What it means is that you will need to sell 168 products every month to hit your 84K target.

That’s a whole lot of stuff to sell and you need to offload all of them in a month.

That’s a lot of work.

If you have a store at any mall, that is nothing to worry about but as a starter, that is a lot of work to get 168 customers monthly.

BUT

Whatever you do, if you must hit your target, let selling cheap stuff not be a CORE part of your business. You can mix it.

Luxury products

Lamborghini does not advertise their products because their customers are not those that watch TV.

This is the type that Gucci, Nike, Fendi, iPhone other luxury brands do.

Think about it

Let’s assume that you are selling one product for 15K. To make 84K, all you need to do is simply sell 6 pieces.

Let’s assume that you are selling one product for 10K. To make 84K, all you need to do is simply sell 9 pieces.

Let’s assume that you are selling one product for 5K. To make 84K, all you need to do is simply sell 17 pieces.

Let’s assume that you are selling one product for 2K. To make 84K, all you need to do is simply sell 42 pieces.

Choosing what product consideration determines the right and better customer base for your business.

When you choose to sell cheaper items, your customer base would be made of people that don’t want to spend more. The reverse is the case.

Which one is better for you?

But Yuan & Dollar rates are so high now?

That is true.

Still yet buying and selling has not stopped right? But it is not a must to import from China or any other country.

You can buy here in Nigeria or whatever country you are in. What is most important is finding something to sell.

  1. Go out,
  2. Outsource products from the local market near you,
  3. Meet sellers – If you meet direct suppliers, that is great. 
  4. If you don’t have any money at hand, dropshipping may be your alternative. Reach out to sellers that can fulfil orders on your behalf. But in most cases, they may decline your request because of their busy schedules. You can hook up with their sales guy, give them some share of what you will sell. What you need is a dispatch rider to handle the job for you.

    BTW…it may not seem too flexible but it does work. You may fail at it but you have no option than to keep doing it.

    Nigerians may disappoint you with pay on delivery issue with this business model. You have to be proactive with finding solutions.

Finding a better shipping company

Some of these shipping companies like Skyjet, Liberty, Choice are too big for starters unless you know your ways.

They handle a lot of shipping every single day with big warehouses.

So, if you decide to buy 30 items from 10 suppliers.

You may have to consider if the shipping company you wish to use will give you the time of waiting to receive your small packages from your 10 suppliers.

In most cases, once they receive them, they ship them without having to wait for other products to come talk less of repacking them in one carton.

If you’re using a big shipping company, they may not be able to respond to your messages, wait to repackage your items.

The reason is because they know that they won’t make any good money giving attention to you instead they focus more on people that ships in 100 of kg.

If your plan is to copy links from every 1688 store, you may need to shorten it to at most 5.

This will help to reduce the stress of repacking your items of which these shipping agents see as waste of time when you cannot pay them for the service.

That’s why most of them don’t repackage.

Getting a good 1688 procurement agent

Some of these guys on the other hand are quite lazy.

They may order what you ordered for

While some may order what you didn’t offer for.

Your items might be missing.

They may not order all your items at the same time.

Some may be too busy to respond to your inquiries on their shipping status

Some may abandon you when you finally have challenges with missing items or undelivered items from the supplier.

Don’t fret yet!

That is why you need your 1688 procurement agent as me – someone who understands what it means to be in someone’s shoe at any time.

Click here to learn more about my China 1688 shipping and procurement services.

Your suppliers may be in different locations, China as big as it is, going to some locations take days.

If your supplier used a cheaper logistics to send your items to your shipping company, it may take days before they can reach to your shipping company.

Other suppliers may use faster logistics service.

In this case, your items may come in parts days after days.

Sadly, some of these shipping companies may not be patient enough to wait for your items.

How much are you paying them kwan? This will result in late delivery to your shipping company.

A better walk-through is less suppliers. You may say that this supplier doesn’t have what I want.

Well…. That’s a lie

Do your research very well. There are big suppliers on 1688.

Focus on few and make them your customer.

Don’t tell me that you buy 5 clothes from 5 sellers in your local market.

Or you have about 5 customers selling clothes which are almost the same.

I hope you find this article helpful. Let me know what you think on the comment section.