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Importing from China - Sourcing Products from Chinese Suppliers

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Importing from China is a fantastic way to source private label products. Chinese suppliers are high-profit, low-cost! Interested in making $10,000/Month? Download our free ebook here: http://wholesaleted.com/4-step Please note: this description contains affiliate links 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! We hope you enjoyed our video and learned some tips for importing from Chinese suppliers. Do you want to learn how to earn over $10,000 a month on Amazon, with dropshipping? Then be sure to download our free ebook: http://wholesaleted.com/4-step
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Text Comments (327)
Dam Tran (7 days ago)
U R cute .
Miriana Troobnikoff (21 days ago)
Can suppliers arrange D.D.P. shipping (Delivery all Duties Paid) as am not experienced with Customs Agents and Freight Forwarders..Thanking You
mrgedk14 (29 days ago)
Hi, Sara, I'm just getting into this drop shipping but I'm a bit confused. In some videos, you talk about importing items from China as in this video, and in other videos, you talk about customers receiving items direct from suppliers in China and the drop-shippers (us) holding no stock and merely fulfilling the customers online order from our own website.
Ali Riza CELEBI (1 month ago)
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Very constructive video. It's helpful to both buyers and sellers.
Legion of Weirdos (1 month ago)
Maybe almost always means no? So the Chinese are much like women in general? 😆
Legion of Weirdos (1 month ago)
Maybe almost always means no? So the Chinese are much like women in general? 😆
Coby Hudson (2 months ago)
Has anyone heard of a “supplier” named Mr Santos? Sells multiple products via alibaba but unverified.
Lpku Bambola (2 months ago)
I started the same, I realized fake stuff and worst customer service
wahid ahmed (2 months ago)
Miles Yuan (2 months ago)
if somebody needs help from searching goods from china, i can help ,i am a freight forwarder from china, a chinese
Tim Swift (2 months ago)
i get that your trying to get people to be independent and start with minimal sourcing exp. but i also have to stand up for middlemen. i am an american living in Guangzhou. i know from experience that, sending a foreigner into a factory to negotiate, is never good. i have hired a crew of locals to do that for me and found that they walk out with the same product for about 2/3 cheaper that i ever could. even if i were to charge a finders fee of twice what i paid for it, my clients would still get it way cheaper than 99% of what a foreigner would. even better than Taobao or Alibaba . I am a middleman. and i love china!..its awesome. I love your videos !
Tim Swift (2 months ago)
i just bought a 60" TV for 145.00 usd...lol...i really love this place! that was me, talking to the manufacturer, so yes, its great to establish a good connection but if i sent on of the locals in, i could have got it even cheaper. my trick is, to make friends with just normal locals. they are not part of a firm or company that does this. its just ppl here in China. they love foreigners. but the relationship is a bit different than we would have in the UK,USA or AUS. they are about usefulness. you help them, they help you. the more that takes place, the better and longer the relationship will be. im not trying to sell my self here. but i do recommend networking . there are tons of ppl in china that speak English pretty well. generally most ppl under the age of 30. hope this helps . and happy hunting!
Saweicheng weicheng (2 months ago)
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tiger tiger (2 months ago)
You are cool e commerce trainer i saw many of your advices. But how come that get FBA membership by 5000 and trading with 500-2000$?
Skerrett2009 (3 months ago)
Hello your videos are great and very helpful. I have one question please. I recently started a drop shop business on shopify and I am marketing to Australia. My question is, should I be marketing to the USA instead? Thanks
British Boxer (3 months ago)
i want to ship my magic wand to your magic love box or ...sexy mouth
Pinoy Observer (3 months ago)
It's like watching Happy Death Day
Anders Ravn Nielsen (3 months ago)
Do yourself a favor and check if the Chinese company is legit and don’t take anything at face value before you place an order. Always ask for a copy of the business license and check if the license is genuine and the company is legit. In China all companies are registered with a Chinese name. There is no English version of a business license, so non-Chinese readers have to partner up with somebody who can read Chinese characters. You can verify that the information on a Chinese business license is genuine in the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System ( http://www.gsxt.gov.cn ) which is an online database where you can access information about all registered legal entities in China. The database is public and free to use . It is not hard to imagine how simple it is for fraudulent companies to produce a fake digital copy of a business license. The most common tricks are to change the company name, increase the amount of registered capital or change the year of establishment to hide a short history. The database will show if the information on the business license corresponds to information in the official company database. The database will show information such as registered capital that indicates company size. Companies with a low registered capital of CNY 500,000 (USD 80,000) or less are most likely to be wholesalers. Manufacturing companies would obviously need to show a much higher amount of registered capital to be approved. Other important information on the business license is year of establishment, address, name of legal representative, shareholders and business scope. The database will also show if the company has been subject to penalties or legal disputes. Please also check my WordPress page with more information on how to cross check Chinese companies http://companycrosscheck.wordpress.com
JUST LOVE (3 months ago)
One question, friend. Is it ok to pay a manufacturer through moneygram and western union on Ali baba?
Rosita Maria Matamoros (4 months ago)
Thanks for sharing. Gos Bless you.
pritz (4 months ago)
Made in China !
Marxine St.Arline (4 months ago)
With new laws, in Australia, will we be able to import a car from China?
GEODEAHOLIC M (4 months ago)
good tips sarah, reduced my learning curve, thanks.
j j (4 months ago)
i need a sourcing agent
Saweicheng weicheng (2 months ago)
gold group limited offers all advice and ease to their business. Thinking about this, we offer the following services: customs documentation, translation service, and bilingual purchasing assistant in your language, location of product and suppliers, storage of goods, airport transfer, hotel reservations and restaurants. Finding the best overseas factory to manufacture your product does not have to be difficult or expensive. Let us show you how. http://goldgroupn.com/ CONTACT US:+86 18520022876 WhatsApp:008618520022876
j j (3 months ago)
do you have skype or whatsapp?
Electron Ali (4 months ago)
In last video, I like your Lipstick shade.
tont lilla (4 months ago)
You cute can i have your number
Vernita Gouws (4 months ago)
I really want to make my own product line and have contacted Alibaba suppliers for this purpose. There have been issues though as even though they state their MOQ is 1, the quickly turn back on this and say it's 10-50. The one supplier told me that I could purchase 10 items from them and they would keep it in storage for me and send when ordered. Is this an option I should consider? Or should I start on Aliexpress instead?
local shop (4 months ago)
thank you so much, but I still not understand why should I speak to them by phone?
aileen cave (4 months ago)
Hi could you be able to answer my concern? Ex. If you get samples of makeup palletes 20pcs through DHL is the custom will going to charge me an additional taxes? Its my first time...
al pap (4 months ago)
Its good business!
pgfracing (4 months ago)
Never start with a supplier your never worked before? Mmmm if you never started you have to.
taria invinge (5 months ago)
what i am doing if the suppliers don t accept to sent the item?
Rachael Farquharson (5 months ago)
I really wish you guys would do a podcast so I could listen and learn on the go! :)
bill jobs (5 months ago)
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Web Developer (5 months ago)
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Pro bus (5 months ago)
omg your accent))) hahaha
md jahangir hossan (5 months ago)
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Daniel Alt (5 months ago)
I think chinese suppliers should watch this video. Many times I keep the language straight but they say for instance the "two, to, too" thing.
LARCHMONT BREEZE (5 months ago)
What a smart cookie ... absolutely loved this video. Very informative. Big thumbs up and subscription! LONDON UK
Yuhan He (6 months ago)
you can try the German sourcing company called matchory. you just have to tell them what you want and they will send you a list of the most qualified manufactures with contact info. they even show you the client names of those manufactures. i used them to find supplier for me yoga pants. you will have to pay 250 euro for the list if i remember right.
juan davila (6 months ago)
The first thing is not to buy many products because the exporter can deceive you. After a few times working then more products are already being ordered. The right thing to do is ask for between less than 500 to 2,000 dollars.
BeautyTips & Cooking (6 months ago)
You are really scary
Dante Yo (6 months ago)
I'm so happy that she is from New Zealand! Go girl!
Kickstan(lionbak) Stan (6 months ago)
I would like to know...how does custom charges work if you buy from alibaba
Kickstan(lionbak) Stan (4 months ago)
李昊 ok good hit me up
李昊 (4 months ago)
we are Alibaba supplier .
Shawn Gregory (7 months ago)
I kinda love this girl
Maddy Sahai (7 months ago)
Good one
icawn (7 months ago)
came to verify this was an Australian woman. stereotype verified. thank you and goodbye.
icawn (7 months ago)
Tomayto Tomahto.
Dive Safari NZ (7 months ago)
Good onya Sarah, soon as I watched your channel, I thought " yay she's a kiwi.
Wholesale Ted (7 months ago)
Well, you were quite wrong, I'm actually from New Zealand.
hchattaway (7 months ago)
I am using Alibaba to source parts for a new product my company is making and I have found them to be very polite and VERY quick in responding.. Because of the time difference, I start emailing with them about 9 pm and go to 1 am... but they will email back usually within minutes.. They have even called my cell to confirm i received a shipment before I had even seen it...
Midwife Sakina Ouhuru (7 months ago)
You said never work with a supplier you've never worked with before. How do you follow that rule if you have never ordered from a supplier before?  Can you recommend the suppliers you have worked with that you would recommend.
Wholesale Ted (7 months ago)
Hi Sakina - what I meant is that you shouldn't just go and order items from a supplier without testing products from them first :)
Royston Clark (7 months ago)
You can't trust GearBest they will let you down if you need to claim under warranty. Very poor customer service.
Tom Tung (7 months ago)
looking like a cute monkey,lolo.
YIWU AGENT JACKIE (7 months ago)
I am Chinese guy,lol
Edi carlos Silva (6 months ago)
YIWU EXPORT AGENT WITH JACKIE to
Onward Traders (8 months ago)
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Onward Traders (8 months ago)
Victure Industrial Co., Limited .. My Channel and website have contact details and all Videos description have all details.. pls have a look.. [email protected] email me at anytime .. thanks
How may I contact you?
JasonSt (8 months ago)
you are very beautiful, im in love xx :)
Remarkable (8 months ago)
Deal with the manufacturer only not the middle man.
This is a main point to have in mind, traders can be a nightmare.
Lil RAYBANMAN (8 months ago)
🙄3:51
Giovanni S (8 months ago)
thanks for the advice
You should also consider hiring a local agent, we know the language, and the culture....
Marcia (9 months ago)
This video is old advice. China sellers now sell on eBay the same price you have to buy at AliExpress so it's impossible to make a profit, middleman or not.
Wholesale Ted (9 months ago)
I have never, not even back when this video was created, advocated selling Aliexpress products on eBay...
KAREN RAMSUMAIR (9 months ago)
This woman is full of BULLSHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
KAREN RAMSUMAIR (9 months ago)
High quality from China? Bah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
gena maher (9 months ago)
👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽
Mr. Elephant Tusk (9 months ago)
"Firstly never start out with a buyer you've never worked with before??? If you have worked with a supplier you have started out already. Perhaps it would be more informative to explain how to work with the supplier before you "start out" It seems contradictory to say START here, but oh yeah there's other stuff to do before that. How to build the REAL start would be more informative instead of assuming your audience has already worked with a supplier when they are STARTING OFF
Vighnesh Ramesh (9 months ago)
Can you make a detailed video on how to do the carrier shipping, like the detailed process
victor diaz incle (9 months ago)
Where can I find the book?
Amine (9 months ago)
What product to buy?
Smart & Easy Solutions (9 months ago)
You haters have such a miserable life existence that's spewing out of your souls you can only vomit up that crap and be mean to Sarah who is willing to help you dumbasses! Do you think your vile comments affect her one bit? She's laughing at you morons all the way to the bank! Get a life! You Go Sarah! Thanks for your service dear!
John Dough (10 months ago)
What country's still allow child labor I wanna import from them to cut mfg costs like all the big fortune 500 companies did or still do
BigVnilla (10 months ago)
I have a supplier/trader we've been emailing. They will send us a couple of samples but want $75 plus shipping cost to send. This seems a bit high since the item bought in bulk ranges from .10-.40 piece (1000 ct. min). This could be a middleman but not sure... we were trying to get a manufacturers out of the Zhejiang Province since 14, 825 suppliers are there. What do you think?
Hi there, most probably they can be just a trader, you can hire local agents who deal with them, please check www.victuregroup.com
I'd suggest you to call Ed Inman in KY to get help: 859-550-5475
GulfBreeze (10 months ago)
My biggest concern regarding ordering from China, for example AliExpress or Alibaba is IP infringement. What should a US seller do to protect themselves and what is Ali's responsibility in this regard?
You should hire a local agent, who do the verification for you!
Aryan John (10 months ago)
US is in China to do a large gas contract which will destroy Australian trade as the largest gas exporter to China. Get lost Trump. This is our neighborhood.
Patti Schult (10 months ago)
Having been to China to teach English, I wholeheartedly agree with what you said about the cultural need to always be polite! You're spot on with this advice, Sarah! Thanks, again, for a great tutorial!!!
Chris Hana (10 months ago)
Very helpful tips... just what I needed to hear...
If you need some help importing from China, please contact me
I'd suggest you to call Ed Inman in KY to get help: 859-550-5475. You can get a one-to-one conversation. He is a retired teacher
Gavin liu (10 months ago)
if you need any freight forward help you handle the cargo to your country pls contact to me.
Dennis Carinugan (11 months ago)
i like your eyes
Bianca Lee Maré (1 year ago)
This girl is great, thank you!
Lucrecia Roberts (1 year ago)
An impressive video, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing slightly analysis on this. And he actually purchased me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If attainable, as you become experience, would you mind updating your video with extra particulars? It is extremely helpful for me. Big thumb up for this video publish!
I'd suggest your colleague to call Ed Inman in KY to get help on China sourcing: 859-550-5475
Daniel Soriano (1 year ago)
God you're gorgeous!!
Great Info
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Abdulnasar K (1 year ago)
Really amazing
gary saik (1 year ago)
Hi, does anyone knows if I need to be present to pay for the duty cost if I use air carrier and ship it using fedex or dhl from china to US directly to amazon warehouse? if no, how do I pay this if I'm staying in Europe or any other country?
Please contact me, maybe we can help you!
RemusKingOfRome5 (1 year ago)
How would i export a new Car from China to Australia ? Contact the company or contact a chinese car dealership ?
Please contact us www.victuregroup.com, maybe we can help you with this issue.
Daniel Joseph (1 year ago)
RemusKingOfRome5 I can help you sir .which part of china? nithindan @ Gmail.com. 919444420317
Lal Kumar (1 year ago)
China need to improve relations in Asia and human rights. Screwing the world for your own pocket is not profitable. Now even Apple is helping China in human rights violation. Do your research!
Mikey Jones (7 months ago)
Lal Kumar So apart from this comment and not buying stuff from them. What actions are you taking to help the advancement of human rights in those countries?
Lal Kumar (1 year ago)
No make wherever the fuck you want to make stuff but make sure they all play by the same rules like minimum wage, working conditions, human rights etc. Its about time USA and Europe got some balls! Tell them all enough is enough, human rights and save the planet by not dumping plastic in the oceans. Basically are you saying that all leaders are shits and don't give a fuk about anything? PS I DO NOT have time for ass holes in India who rather eat 10 times their calories then feed one poor kid! They worse at human rights, you should never visit or buy from them either.
Vapor Federation (1 year ago)
Lal Kumar So we import from India?
King Konvik Zion (1 year ago)
this lady is very pretty
Adegbola Ifaturoti (1 year ago)
Sarah. You look really sweet and convincing. Why not make your millions on after hours TV advertisement
Donte Beachem (1 year ago)
You are great. Thank you for all of your Awesome advice...
window li (1 year ago)
Donte Beachem hi. I am from Shenzhen, China. I am honest and reliable. I can help with sourcing, customization, negotiating, shipping etc. I know every little detail is important and we need a lot of double check. You can have a trial task for me to do and you will know if i can do the work well. Feel free to communicate with me: [email protected]
Mario Hernandez (1 year ago)
she is sooo pretty!
vshah1010 (1 year ago)
4:27 There are multiple types of English. I'm from the US. I can't figure this out. I think it's mostly words with the letter "e" that sound strange.
twobroketexans (1 year ago)
fuck china and the shitty crap they make!
Beau Crabill (10 months ago)
source from us suppliers then!
Ash J (1 year ago)
she needs a facial...
#Mr _Draw (7 months ago)
You need glasses...
yo witch (1 year ago)
thank you very much..I'm a single mother...I was doing real estate making six figures after 2007...my job sucks...I even went to school to do Paralegal work got my degree in 2011..but still sucks...so I give up..jobs don't pay that great money..and I refuse to make the minimum wage..and term all the efforts u make and in school debts u get is not fear...so I rather to sell online
Michelle Rose (1 year ago)
Import laws....make sure you have your license...or a custom agent may not let it through..you have to know the FDA laws in Canada if you are importiing skin care etc. There is so much more too it.
Mark Painters (1 year ago)
it my humble pleasure to introduce my self to you,Am Markpainters i will love you to know about my supplies and more about you if you don,t mind.If you don,t mind we can talk on my email address
Esther伊斯帖 (1 year ago)
Hello, may i know if i need to send the products which bought from china to prep company before sending to amazon?
Wholesale Ted (1 year ago)
No - you can have the manufacturer send them direct to Amazon, most manufacturers have experience in prepping the products correct for the Amazon warehouses :)
Andrew Vanbibber (1 year ago)
not sure if you'll answer me, but I'm trying to ship a product from a manufacturer on alibaba. what should I tell her about shipping? i told her ddu, but should i have told her door to door shipping or fob, I gave the address to her, and she seems confused. I looked up a bunch of stuff on this and it's mostly very vague. could you help me on this, I would greatly appreciate it!
I'd suggest you to call Ed Inman in KY to get help: 859-550-5475
diamondjoe1109 (1 year ago)
Delivered Duty Paid is going to be confusing for the supplier. They aren't going to want to be on the hook for the customs duty, so a CIF term is probably more appropriate. FOB controlling your own freight is usually the way to go. All of this is in the Incoterms 2010. HMU I can help you.
drana93 (1 year ago)
Hi, sorry I am bringing up an old video but I wabt to ask you a question about shipping. I got my account set up and have been researching since then, I found a great product today with only a 50 product minimim, which i think is a great starting for me. so I asked how much the shipping was to look at one product. This product weighs less than 3 [pounds. The shipping was 109 dollars, for 1 product. Is that normal?
Shafinaz Anwar (8 months ago)
a little late to reply, but I've experienced this kind of quotation before. I hope my answers will help any other readers if you have resolved your issue already. :) If you want to purchase a sample product before buying in bulk from Alibaba, try to find the product on AliExpress first. Chances are, whatever that is sold in bulk on Alibaba is usually also available in retail on Aliexpress. Alibaba charges a hefty amount for shipping even if you're just buying a sample because they use express shipping services like DHL.
Hi Dana, I'd suggest you to call Ed Inman in KY to get help: 859-550-5475
Mark Painters (1 year ago)
it my humble pleasure to introduce my self to you,Am Markpainters i will love you to know about my supplies and more about you if you don,t mind.If you don,t mind we can talk on my email address?
drana93 (1 year ago)
That was for express, I dont mind waiting a monh for a boat.
Nuur Gedi (1 year ago)
Great Info +++++
ItsNic (1 year ago)
Them eyebrows
Vive Le Techno (1 year ago)
do you have any advices on importing laws in the US????
Johnny Deperalta (1 year ago)
I try listing a generic bag womans tote and got my eBay account suspend and don't know why?
Vahe Meliksetian (1 year ago)
one of the beast way

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