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This is a guide to purchasing ("sourcing") from China, and working with Chinese factories. It will probably be most helpful to people like me - entrepreneurs developing a new product or starting a new business that need to obtain parts and raw materials from China. It is written humorously, but hopefully there is some useful advice.



I've been doing a lot of shopping recently. I have one favorite store. I buy nearly everything there.

Do you think Home Depot is big? Wall Mart? Amazon? Ebay? McMaster Carr?

HAH!

They are all pathetic and insignificant compared to The Greatest Store The World Has Ever Known. I am sure you are wondering - "how is that possible? no store is bigger than Wall-Mart!" . You are wrong my friend. There is One Store bigger than Wall Mart. MUCH bigger. Where do you think wall-mart, amazon and mcmaster go when they need to buy something? Sorry jimmy - they don't go to another wall-mart. They go to The Store. It is where all goods come from. ALL of them. You know it as: China.

Perhaps you thought you had to be a "big player" to buy from China? Think again. You and me can buy direct from The Greatest Store The World Has Ever Known. It's easy and fun! I will show you how.

So, say thanks to your new friend Globalization, read on, and soon you too will be a global sourcing expert...

Step 1: A Little History

It used to be that buying stuff from far away places was hard. You had to send a ship across the ocean for a couple years, they might all die at the hands of a storm or bandits, and in the end maybe you get a few grams of Pepper for a piece of gold. woot!

In more modern times, international trade was not so expensive or risky, but it was inaccessible because you had to know someone. 20 years ago if i wanted to buy something from a factory in Mexico, how would I do it? If I didn't know someone my best shot would probably be to go to Mexico and start driving around until I found a factory, buy some samples on the spot and write their address and phone number on a piece of paper and drive home.

As you might expect, the greatest agent of change in our lifetimes - the internet - plays a central role here. In the last 5 years countless Chinese companies have figured out that if they make a web page and hire someone with enough english to process an order, they can bypass lots of middlemen and be far more accessible to their potential customers - YOU!
<p>would youre factory be able to make us a product that we want to sell </p>
<p>hello i have a question if i want to buy 100 skateboard </p><p>which would be the best and cheapest way to bring it to usa?</p><p>thanks </p><p>really need help</p><p>my email is yaraksanchez18@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hello everyone. I want to buy replica watches with a good quality, can anyone help me with that? my email </p><p>kasparsvilkajs@gmail.com</p>
I wanna buy some cheaper pretty cloths and some toys to make my online shopping.I am from Myanmar.What should I do?
<p>There are many purchase agent in YiWu city and Ningbo, or Shanghai. </p>
<p>There are many purchase agent in YiWu city and Ningbo, or Shanghai. </p>
<p>I may probably help you to do. I am a native Chinese, live in Dongguan, a very industry developed city in the south of China. The goods you mentioned I may find in the city I live. We may probably work together to fix it.</p><p>My skype account: bill004@live.cn</p>
<p>I have a quote on some electronic items from a company called bammexporters in jinan china. They only take bank transfer for payment. How do I find out if they are a real company not going to ripe me off. The owners name is Moye Cao</p>
<p>I still suggest you find the source on 1688.com. If you are having language difficulties, you can use google chrome to translate the page. Basically the price on 1688.com is the lowest. But this site is designed for Chinese only, so you still need to work with <a href="http://FreeShoppingChina.com" rel="nofollow"> http://FreeShoppingChina.com<br></a></p><p>to make the purchase, including communication, payment, product inspection, consolidating, re-packing, shipping. You can check the site for more information.</p>
<p>Hey! Please can someone tell me how I can buy Mac Cosmetic Products from the China Website? I have the whole site translated which is rad, but it doesn't allow me to enter my UK address. Please could you help! Thanks Tayla</p>
<p>Hello,I am Augustine Hu.</p><p>I'm in Shanghai city,China.</p><p>If you want to buy something from china,maybe I can help you.</p><p>By the way,I am not a trader</p>
I want buy replica watches from china can you help me to do that i want to go to china but i dont know anyone email me lol4funy@gmail.com
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<p>You can try find the product on 1688.com(alibaba.cn, not .com) wholesale site, the item price on it is much cheaper than any other sites, including alibaba.com, aliexpress.com and others. We have streamlined the purchasing workflow to purchase from 1688.com and taobao. Even if you are not in China and can not speak Chinese, you can still purchase with our system/website, as we are offering this specific purchasing service. You can check more on <a href="http://FreeShoppingChina.com" rel="nofollow"> http://FreeShoppingChina.com</a></p>
<p>You may need a transport company. The freight cost will not be cheap . Aliexpress is a professional export C2Cwebsite now.</p>
<p>Usually,the seller's sites do not support oversea shipping.If you want your stuff to be shipped abroad ,you need get a shopping agent!Just google &quot;taobao agent&quot; and pick one.The <a href="http://www.yoybuy.com/en/" rel="nofollow">yoybuy</a> ,which was mentioned before,will do!Good luck!</p>
<p>I would like to buy hairpiece from china in bulk for my new business I'm in south Africa.</p>
<p>我是中国人,我知道一般非洲国家都在广州或浙江义乌这些城市买产品到他们国家!</p>
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<p>Are you a Chinese? The words you are using seems strange from native ones</p>
<p>This is Toby from IS lighting,we are manufacture of LED tube lighting,led highbay,led bulb,led panel.please conact me.</p><p>my email is sales01@is-led-light.com</p>
<p>I'm going to start a business in Sri Lanka suggest some items to sell</p>
<p>Which kinds of items do you need?</p>
<p>hello, i am just learning about buying and selling things from China but I would be very grateful if you could help me. I am intrested in buying replica clothes and small items. If you could help me it would be awesome. Please, email me podziunia@gmail.com</p><p>Many thanks! :)</p>
Hi im sue..i woukd like help purchading high quality virgin hair extentions and club clothing please email suesamms96@yahoo.com or call 9195923417
<p>Great article. I am looking for help finding high quality (1:1) replica clothing and sneakers. If you can help me please feel free to email me at alfonsoevans@icloud.com</p>
<p>We are purchase agent to help people buy from 1688.com(alibaba.cn) wholesale and Taobao.com, but we don't suggest you purchase replica. You can never guarantee the replica's quality and there will always be a lot of troubles in the whole way. Basically we suggest you buy some products without trouble. For more about our service, you can visit our site: <a href="http://FreeShoppingChina.com" rel="nofollow"> http://FreeShoppingChina.com</a></p><p>Or contact us skype: service@freeshoppingchina.com</p><p>email:service@freeshoppingchina.com </p>
Hi, I am Janice Shen from Changshu, China. I speak English and I am an experienced buyer doing the foreign trade from China. I provide the service on purchasing clothes, wallets, and some other purchasing service from China. Also can work as the online shopping agent. <br>Contact me any time if you need any help: janice.sijie@gmail.com, or mobile +86 139 1367 2090. <br>
hello I am looking or someone to help me purchase hair for hair extensions from China somebody that can go back and forth look for companies with good quality hair if that is something you're interested in doing or have any knowledge and experience in please let me know my number is area code 323 816 8071 I live in West Hollywood California thank you
<p>Hi, I am Judy, stay in Hangzhou, I source and export a lot of goods in China, I can help you getting hair extensions, and ship you samples, you can tell me your requirement and specifications, in addition, I can also introduce those hair making factories to you, my contact is sourcework@hotmail.com</p><p>tel:86 15967155762 </p>
<p>Hi veredvalensi</p><p>12 years experience sourcing in China, shoot me<br>an email, I will give you free advice.</p><p>contact:</p><p><a href="mailto:ansonpm@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">ansonpm@gmail.com</a></p><p>skype: Ansonpm</p><p>+86-13922481982</p><p>Anson Wu</p>
<p>Hi veredvalensi</p><p>12 years experience sourcing in China, shoot me<br>an email, I will give you free advice.</p><p>contact:</p><p><a href="mailto:ansonpm@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">ansonpm@gmail.com</a></p><p>skype: Ansonpm</p><p>+86-13922481982</p><p>Anson Wu</p>
<p>I do international business in China, help people from other countries import Chinese goods.</p><p>Thx &amp; rgds,</p><p>Kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>It's very hard jobs to compare quality of items from different suppliers...Even, you will have difficulties to define what is good or poor quality as different people have different thoughts. Usually, you can purchase some samples first and compare before place big orders and this is the best way we can see in our years of purchase service practice. If you Still want to purchase from China, you can also try our purchase agent service. Pls visit our site: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com." rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com.</a></p>
<p>You can try this site <a href="http://www.intlbuy.com" rel="nofollow"> www.intlbuy.com</a></p>
<p>LOL. We are also purchase agent team from Beijing China to help users purchase from Taobao.com, Tmall and wholesale from 1688.com with extremely low prices. We have streamline workflows for small order, wholesale order and dropshipping. Users can place orders any time 24 hours a day, and Visa, Mastercard payment are supported for instant online payment. Orders are being handled within 24 hours. For more details, please visit: http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. Or contact us : service@FreeShoppingChina.com; Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; QQ: </p><p>905768587</p>
I am bob at bobbill54@aol.com. I am a play expert and am looking to purchase water balls etc. (see www.zorb.com for an example of such companies) at cheapest prices to sell on to play industry in united kingdom. <br> <br>Also....I am looking for chinese printing company to print my 300 page novel and to possibly print for other novelists in U.K. <br> <br>Maybe we can work together.....Bob.
Hello, I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I am Steven and I am from the UK (Leicestershire). This would be a new venture for me but I want to start supplying to the Uk. I have good contacts here for sourcing and I want to work with like minded Brits under the understanding that being British myself I will deal with honesty and integrity (I am not saying that non Brits won't do that).
Hi Steve, <br> <br>I am quite sorry that to reply you sooo late! I was busy for my new apartment decoration and was not able to check my emails without internet access. <br>Now, may I ask if you are still interested in cooperation with me? <br> <br>Please let me know. <br>Thank you! <br>Janice
Hello I want to shop
Which items u want to buy?
Hi Janice, I would like to order a product from Alibaba.com. It is a quantity of 96 total. Can you help me with that. Monicabowman218@yahoo.com
<p>I do international business in China, help people from other countries import Chinese goods.</p><p>Thx &amp; rgds,</p><p>Kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>Alibaba.com is not supporting purchase within China. It faces to buyers out of China directly. However, Alibaba.cn(also called 1688.com) is for purchasers within China. You can source from 1688.com with lower price with the help of a purchase agent like us( http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com). Usually the wholesale price on 1688.com(also called alibaba.cn) is much lower, and small MOQ is defined so you can purchase small qty and consolidate orders and ship to you together. </p><p>For more details about our purchase agent service, please</p><p>visit our site: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com." rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. </a> </p><p>Or contact us: service@FreeShoppingChina.com; </p><p> Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; </p><p>QQ: 905768587</p>
<p>Alibaba.com is not open for Chinese but for direct purchase out of China. However, Alibaba.cn, which is having another name as 1688.com, is supporting purchase within China, and the price is even much lower than that on Alibaba.com. We are helping many wholesalers to purchase from 1688.com and ship abroad. If you needed, you can visit our site: http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. Or contact us: </p><p>service@FreeShoppingChina.com; Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; QQ: <br></p><p>905768587</p>
Hi Janice, maybe I followed the wrong link here. I am too looking to export goods out of China and looking for customers in the UK. Sorry if this is not the right site to do this on.
<p>To export goods from China, you can go Alibaba.com and contact suppliers directly. However, the price is higher there, of course, you can contact different suppliers and get the best one. Another option I want to suggest is that you source from 1688.com with lower price with the help of a purchase agent like us( http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com). Usually the wholesale price on 1688.com(also called alibaba.cn) is much lower, and small MOQ is defined so you can purchase small qty and consolidate orders and ship to you together. For more details about our purchase agent service, please </p><p>visit our site: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com." rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. </a> </p><p>Or contact us: service@FreeShoppingChina.com; </p><p> Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; </p><p>QQ: 905768587</p>
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<p>Hi Janice I was wondering do you have any advice on buying Nike shoes from China?</p>

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