There are several ways to increase the likelihood that a supplier responds to you. Consider asking the following questions:
- Do you know exactly what products you’re looking for? Or are you fishing for an entire catalog and price list?
- Are you clear, concise, and to the point? Or does your supplier have to put a lot of thought into answering your email, which is especially hard for a non-native English speaker?
- What country are you from? Certain countries are more desirable to suppliers such as countries the supplier doesn’t currently do business in. Your supplier can see what country you are emailing from via Alibaba.
- Are you a big buyer with brick-and-mortar stores?