If you plan on selling any type of goods through Tmall, the first thing you are going to have to do is to set up your account. Sounds easy enough, yet it is not as easy as joining other merchant sales sites like eBay or Amazon. So, you have to know what is required. Not only financially, but also in the form of documents in order for you to be able to sell through the online marketplace.
In these three steps taken from Instant Profits with Alibaba, by Issa Asad, you will learn what is required, how to sell and how to become a member of the online marketplace. Furthermore, you will find out what is required of you prior to being able to set up an online merchant account.
Sign up with Alibaba
The first thing is to become a member through Alibaba. This is required for all merchants as well as those who would like to buy through the site. Upon registering with the site, you are then going to be able to register as a buyer and you can register to sell your goods as a merchant as well. If you plan on selling, you will have to set up a site and merchant page in order to register the goods you will be selling on the Tmall page.
Get a Website
This is the tricky part for most. You have to submit proper documents (if you are a merchant outside of China, business documents and other licenses are required). If you are a merchant in China, you simply have to submit an online application. Here you also have to pay appropriate fees to register. Depending on the type of goods you plan on selling, the costs are going to vary. (On the site you will find the fee structure, costs and other fees associated with registering to become a merchant).
Display Your Products
Getting a site and becoming accepted as a merchant is the hard part. The above process will take a period of a minimum of ten days and can take up to a month. Once approved, the easy part is selling. You simply list the products through your merchant website, and you are ready to begin selling the goods. Depending on the type of merchant account you registered for, the goods which you can sell are going to vary, so you have to take the time to determine which merchant account is right for you based on the type of business that you run.
It is not the most difficult process, but it is time consuming and it is a costly one as well if you plan on selling your goods through Tmall. For these reasons, merchants have to take the time to do it right to ensure they get approved quickly, can begin to sell and can list the broadest range of consumer goods possible.