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Source Products Without Alibaba With These Simple Steps

Here's a compelling article from the eComCrew. It's called Where to Find Suppliers Outside of Alibaba.

In it, Dave Bryant shares some interesting tips on skipping Alibaba when looking for a supplier. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

The biggest advantage to trade shows is that you can find Golden Suppliers–suppliers not advertising on Alibaba. The easiest way to find these suppliers is by visiting trade shows. When you visit trade shows you also get the added benefit that you can immediately build a relationship, rapport, and trust with suppliers. Many suppliers who you meet at ...