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Updated on March 11, 2014

I do love a bargain. And when I discovered I could buy items from china at 20% or less of the price I paid in Australia, I decided I had to try it.

I made some purchases from and and I definitely plan to buy through them again in future. However it was a learning experience, so I thought I'd write a short guide on what to expect and the best ways to order through these two sites.

You do get what you pay for, but you can also get some fantastic bargains, which are great whether you plan to resell them online or just use them yourself.

I've found that making a mass order with friends also helps to bring down the costs and increase discounts on items, too.

Tips for buying direct from China and wholesale online.
Tips for buying direct from China and wholesale online.

Although this site was sometimes difficult to navigate, I found their customer service fantastic. Although some items were not available, they were quick to offer me replacements or refunds. I received the items within 10 days of placing my order with no hassles.

  • Most items only came in one size, which in western sizes is small or extra small.
  • Some items were completely different to the item I ordered.
  • Most clothing items ranged from $7 through to $25.

I absolutely loved the range at this site, and although I had some issues with my first order (it took 8 weeks to receive, after a paypal dispute), my second order had no issues.

  • Huge range - everything from jewelry through to lingerie, male and female clothing and accessories.
  • Quality ranged widely - Some items were high quality bargains for the price, others were quite poor.
  • Any refunds go onto a store credit instead of back to you. You also receive store credits for a percentage of orders over a certain price.
  • Most clothing and lingerie ranged from $7-$14 with heavier jackets ranging from $20-$30. Jewelry and accessories varied between 25c and $5.
Easy To Navigate
Some parts in chinese, otherwise easy
Easy To Pay
Paypal + Other Methods
Paypal + Other Methods
Postage Costs
Very High
Customer Service
Very Good
Problems With Order
To Paypal
To Store Credit
Quality (Price/Photo Relevant)
Several Thousand Items
100,000+ Items
Postage Cost
Very High
Minimum Order
10 Items

Tips For Buying On Chinese Wholesale Sites

Although you can get some amazing bargains, there are some tips and tricks to maximising the deals you get.

  • You get what you pay for. Although some items are very high quality, others are not.
  • Pay with Paypal. Paypal allows up to 45 days to dispute a transaction if there is a problem with your order.
  • Use a Translator. On dress-wholesale some parts of the site were in Chinese. I had to use Google Translate to translate.
  • Expect bad English. Although I found the customer service emails very polite and helpful, it was obvious that English was a second language. Some parts were a little hard to understand.
  • Check the Sizes. Although many items are listed by size, it's important to check the measurements. Most sizes listed were a lot smaller than similar sizes in Australia. If you're tall, overweight or have big feet, chances are the clothes and shoes either won't fit or will be short - you've been warned!

So Which Site Is Better?

It's a tie between wholesale-order and dress-wholesale. Although wholesale-order has high postage they also have a much wider range of items.

I'll probably stick to dress-wholesale for clothing items and use wholesale-order for accessories and jewelry.


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      Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Here is one that I know about: (China)For people who have their own websites there is a place to go to get ads for all sorts of things called Commission Junction (CJ). I was looking for ads to put on my site & saw the above that has very cheap prices.

      CJ also represents Danskin and Sketchers so I have ads for them on my website.

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      Angeriqua Millares 4 years ago from Philippines

    • WryLilt profile image

      Susannah Birch 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      No, I've yet to try any Korean or Japanese suppliers. Can you recommend any?

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      Angeriqua Millares 4 years ago from Philippines

      Have you tried Korean or Japanese suppliers? A lot of reviews say that there is a problem with the quality of the clothes and accessories most of the time. But I think that is really a part of it.

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      Susannah Birch 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Hi Rec,

      In my case I've been lucky - they were clothes that I actually liked and they were still in the right size.

      I will say with quality it can be hit and miss - I have had some dodgy clothes, but the majority have been about the standard that I'd find in a discount clothing store where I live.

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      Angeriqua Millares 4 years ago from Philippines

      I have always wondered on ordering clothes from Chinese suppliers but there are already a lot of reviews that it is not that bad. When you said "Some items were completely different to the item I ordered.", do you still find this kind of mistake acceptable? How about the quality of the clothes? Are they cheaper because the materials are low quality?