Importing from China is a fantastic way to source private label products. Chinese suppliers are high-profit, low-cost!
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Importing from China is something that I strongly recommend. It is much cheaper to purchase product from Chinese suppliers compared to USA suppliers. Some people find this idea very daunting, especially the cultural barrier. To help you, we’ve created this video outlining some of our top tips when importing from China.
Tip #1: Order the minimal order quantity to start with when importing from China
To be on the safe side, you should always start with the minimal order quantity when dealing with a new supplier.
I understand that a lot of sellers want to start out by ordering larger quantities. This makes sense, because the more you order the lower the cost is per-item, and the higher your profit margins. It also means that you will have a smaller chance of running out of stock.
In Spite of this, when importing from China with a new Chinese supplier, I recommend starting with the minimal order quantity (EVEN if you know it’ll sell well) because you want to test the quality. It is much harder to go from producing 1 unit to producing 200… and even harder to go from producing 200 to 1000.
On that note, you should ALWAYS be ordering a test product when dealing with a new Chinese supplier! You’ll have to pay for the shipping, but it is extremely important to do this to check the quality even if the supplier has a lot of reviews on Alibaba.
Tip #2: Do due diligence on the supplier
That said, reviews on Alibaba are very important. When using Alibaba to source Chinese suppliers, check the reviews. Only work with suppliers that have positive reviews.
Be sure to check the address of the supplier on Google Maps. Ensure that there is a factory at the address noted. If there isn’t a factory, then it is likely a middle man… which means you’re paying inflated prices, and not the at-cost price.
And pick up the phone and give them a call. Make sure someone picks up the phone and talks to you (yes - this may seem obvious, but a lot of people don’t do this simple thing).
Even better is if you can find people who can personally recommend Chinese suppliers to you. This way, you can work with suppliers that you can trust from the get-go.
Tip #3: Build a strong relationship with your supplier and representative
This is an important lesson not just when importing from China but for business and life in general. Treat people with respect and they will treat you with respect as well. Think about it: If someone was disrespectful to you, would you want to help them? On the other hand, if someone is nice to you, don’t you want to help them?
Be respectful, and friendly.
In addition, Chinese suppliers like you to be formal in your communication style with them. They like to be told directly that you appreciate their business and are happy with the products being produced. They will be hoping to turn you into a long-term client, and want the positive feedback, so be sure to give it to them.
Tip #4: Don’t feel you need to speak Mandarin
When importing from China, some people get put off by the perceived language barrier. “But I only know English… can I still import from China?” Yes - you can!
Chinese factories have English representatives specifically for people like you. Their English is good and you’ll have minimal language barriers. Don’t let this stop you from profiting from the very cheap products you can source from China.
Now, when importing from China there are some things you can do to minimize the language barrier.
One, use short sentences, and do not include extra fluff. Be straight to the point.
Two, use professional language, do not use slang.
Three, be aware that there are multiple types of “English.”
Four, don’t assume that your representative knows YOUR particular flavour of English. Avoid country-specific words and isms.
Tip #5: Remember that when importing from China “yes” doesn’t always mean YES.
In China it is considered impolite for the suppliers to say no. So, even when they want to say no… they are unlikely to, and will often say yes instead.
However, this doesn’t mean it is a yes. It is a no. But they will say “yes” anyway.
It is one frustrating quirk. If you sense any hesitation in their “yes” ask them the same question, be reworded differently multiple times. If you ever get a “maybe” that is almost always a no!
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