TL;DR: I don't know how to talk to wholesalers on Alibaba and Tradekey. Please help. More information about my situation: Every attempt I've made to do business with a wholesaler has failed. The main reasons I've been declined have been either 1) I'm not established enough in that niche/industry or 2) my business is too small. So now I've run into a catch-22 where I need to grow my business to get wholesalers to take me seriously, but I can't get anywhere without anyone willing to sell to me. It's frustrating. I have a business tax ID and the proper paperwork that I'm willing to provide if asked. I'm professional on the phone and in email. I have money and I'm NOT asking to buy on credit. I try not to present myself as some half-assed operation, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong at this point. Futhermore, I've found a promising product that I'm very interested in selling. The only wholesalers that I've found offering this product are foreign wholesalers off Alibaba and Tradekey. I haven't contacted them yet because I'm scared of fucking up and blowing my only chance at obtaining this product. Can someone please give me advice on how to successfully talk to foreign wholesalers on these websites? What's a tactful way to ask for a sample before committing to a big order (or is this just considered completely rude and should be skipped entirely)? Sorry if I'm asking obvious questions, but I really don't know where else to begin or what to do at this point. I've already tried using the search function, but didn't have much luck. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.