How to Buy from Amazon, AliExpress, Alibaba, and Ship to Nigeria

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When we talk about online shopping and shipping for businesses in Nigeria, one of the numerous questions people ask is how to buy from overseas on Amazon, AliExpress, and Alibaba and ship to Nigeria to sell.

Well, this is because items on these platforms are really cheap. Amazon is a U.S-based online shopping platform that allows individuals and businesses to buy and sell. 

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AliExpress and Alibaba belong to the same parent company “Alibaba Group”. They are both China-based eCommerce platforms. How are they different? Aliexpress is a retail site for individual buyers while Alibaba is a B2B (business-to-business) platform for wholesale orders.

In this article, we will show you how to buy from Amazon, AliExpress, and Alibaba and ship to Nigeria, both as an individual and as a business.

HOW TO BUY ON AMAZON

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With its user-friendly website, you are able to navigate and make choices from over 606 million products.

  1. Visit the website (www.amazon.com) and search for the product(s) you want to purchase. Based on your location, Amazon lets you know if the product ships to Nigeria. 
  2. Compare prices: You will find many sellers offering the same product at different prices, compare the prices in order to get the best deal.
  3. Read reviews: Amazon just like other online shopping sites allows buyers to leave a review of the products they purchase in order to help the next buyer make the best decision.
  4. Add product to cart: Once you are satisfied with the review and price, go ahead to add product to cart.
  5. Checkout: When you are done putting all the products you want in the cart, proceed to check out.
  6. Create an account: Create your Amazon account if you don’t already have one and provide the required information including the shipping address.
  7. Choose a delivery option: Amazon offers Expedited Shipping and Priority Shipping. The Priority Shipping costs more because it allows you to receive your order within a short period of time.
  8. Select payment method: Amazon accepts both Visa and Mastercard, so you can make payment with anyone you have. It also displays the total in Naira and saves you the stress of conversion. Also, you will need to provide a form of identification (ID) for customs clearance.
  9. Apply gift card or promotion code: You can add promotion codes if you have any to get a certain amount off your order.
  10. Place your order: This is the last step, place your order and relax while you wait for the delivery. 

HOW TO BUY ON ALIEXPRESS

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Aliexpress has over 100 million products on its platform giving users numerous options to choose from.

  1. Visit the website (www.aliexpress.com) and search for the product(s) you want to purchase.
  2. Compare prices: Different sellers offer the same product at different prices, compare the prices in order to get the best deal.
  3. Read reviews: Aliexpress allows buyers to leave reviews of the product they purchase for the next buyer to make the best decision.
  4. Chat seller: Aliexpress allows you to chat with the seller, you may ask for more information on the product or even negotiate for a discount.
  5. Add product to cart: Once you are satisfied with the review and price, go ahead to add product to cart.
  6. Checkout: Proceed to check out when you are done putting all the products you want in your cart.
  7. Choose Shipping Method: Aliexpress offers about four shipping options, they vary in prices and delivery time. Choose the one that is most suitable for you. 
  8. Select payment method: Aliexpress accepts both Visa and Mastercard. Input your card details and make payment. After this, your order will be processed. Sit back, relax while you wait for the delivery.

Related Article: How to pay for goods on AliExpress using M-PESA

HOW TO BUY ON ALIBABA

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This is a site for wholesalers who buy in bulk to resell in Nigeria or anywhere else. Alibaba also offers a wide array of products.

  1. Visit the website www.alibaba.com and search for the product(s) you want to purchase.
  2. Compare prices: Different sellers offer the same product at different prices, compare the prices in order to get the best deal. You should note that products on Alibaba come with Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ), this is because it’s a platform for wholesale buyers. 
  3. Read reviews: Aliexpress allows buyers to leave reviews of the product they purchase for the next buyer to make the best decision.
  4. Chat seller or send inquiry: Alibaba allows you to chat with the seller, or send inquiry. This can enable you to negotiate prices and get discounts on your order.
  5. Add product to cart: Satisfied with the price? Proceed to add the product to your cart, relax while you wait for the delivery.
  6. Choose Shipping Method: Alibaba also offers about numerous shipping options, all of which vary in prices and delivery time. Choose the one that is most suitable for you.

Related Article: What is Alipay, Alibaba’s payment system?

Shipping to Nigeria

If you’re buying from Amazon, Aliexpress, and Alibaba to resell in Nigeria, you shouldn’t wait for the delivery time offered by the platforms which in the case of Aliexpress and Alibaba can take up to 40 days (in some cases). You should check out some other logistic alternatives that get deliveries down to you (in Nigeria) faster than the regular shipping methods of these eCommerce companies.

Third-party logistics companies

You can make use of other logistics companies to ship your products to Nigeria within a shorter period of time and at a more affordable rate.

To do this; use the address of your preferred logistics company and they will be responsible for getting your products into the country.

For Amazon purchase, Heroshe is recommended. They will ship your AMazon orders down to Nigeria for as low as $5 — this covers customs duties, taxes, VAT, and clearing fees. For Aliexpress and Alibaba, NBC Skye is a trusted logistics company.

Individual buyers who need the products urgently can make use of these logistics companies.

Even though waiting for the normal delivery time usually takes a long time, it is quite cheap, compared to using third-party logistics companies. If you can afford to wait that long, cool. If you can’t, then you just have to use the third-party logistics companies.

There you have it; a basic guide to shopping on Amazon, AliExpress, and Alibaba and shipping your orders to Nigeria.