How to properly order samples from a supplier? Really dumb questions..

Please bare with me as this is my first time coming out of my comfort zone and trying to e-commerce my idea.

So I found a product on and I want to customize the product and the packaging. and I would like to start messaging the supplier (Alibaba) for samples.

How many iterations of samples usually need to happen? Should I ask for every detail at the very beginning including the packaging of how I want the product to be delivered to the customer? Or do people usually have multiple iterations of getting samples? So you pay for it multiple times?

Second, how can you know that what you received as a sample will be exactly how it is manufactured in larger quantity?

Are all the communication done over on alibaba only?

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