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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?


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...
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taaaymarie28 days ago

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

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 "taobao agent" and pick one.The yoybuy ,which was mentioned before,will do!Good luck!

NimraK13 days ago

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sisandad2 months ago

sorry my email is

hi,have you found out the way to buy from China?Did the one I refer to you work out?

Hi,Sisandad! Here is one web I know, I hope this is helpful.

sisandad2 months ago

HI I would like to buy men suits and shoes both ladies and mens shoes from china so i am a bit clueless on what to do

DavidC312 months ago

Ha,Ha! Thanks for writing this helpful article. Right now,the biggest mall might be, but individual consumers out of China might not easily buy stuffs from China due to payment or shipment issues. But ,some taobao agents buy stuffs for people,and they reship the the stuffs to your house.( The advantage is that you can reach all options of chip stuffs,which you can never find at your local places, the weakness it that it might take a little bit time to get the item. So, to draw a conclusion, if you want to buy some light, easily shipped items, such as clothes, and light electronic stuffs, using taobao agent is a good choice, which would save you a lot of money!

Mohamedm122 months ago

hello dear i want to contact with someone in china to make an order of some products and i have pictures of them

LewisY Mohamedm122 months ago

I can help you ,I do cocnrete batching plants ,my name is lewis,skype;lewis-china1,

LewisY Mohamedm122 months ago

I can help you ,I do cocnrete batching plants ,my name is lewis,skype;lewis-china1,

LewisY Mohamedm122 months ago

I can help you ,I do cocnrete batching plants ,my name is lewis,skype;lewis-china1,

LewisY Mohamedm122 months ago

I can help you ,I do cocnrete batching plants ,my name is lewis,skype;lewis-china1,

LewisY Mohamedm122 months ago

I can help you ,I do cocnrete batching plants ,my name is lewis,skype;lewis-china1,

LewisY Mohamedm122 months ago

I can help you ,I do cocnrete batching plants ,my name is lewis,skype;lewis-china1,

IssaAsad12 months ago

Made this great infographic with the most recent numbers that will explain to you Why to sell in China.

billmotley3 months ago

As of November 2014, this article is in need of many updates in order to give current general knowledge on the subject of purchasing from Chinese sources. No time now, but if I find the time soon, I'll post appropriate links.

TylerN23 months ago

I buy a lot of my clothes from China :D If you want to buy it yourself, I higly recommend a China buying agent like this one since I've had really good experiences with them:

The problem I ran into was the limited amount of payment options, and a buyer agent like this one accepts paypal. The other pro is that you can buy different items from different store and the buyer agent will collect all the items and send it to you in one package which saves you alot on shipping costs!

Here's the link to Yobuy their website:

PiyushS23 months ago

Dear Business owners,


I must say this is one of the best blogs on looking for a genuine suppliers/ manufacturers from China & India that I have personally come across and being in the similar field I agree quite a bit with the writer. Said that I still feel it is important to understand the types of products you are planning to produce or source out of China & India because if its electronics, auto parts, electrical appliances, blankets, gift items, models etc. then China is your best bet and products like handy crafts, paintings, organic food items, pharmaceutical, jute products etc..India has an edge. I strongly feels that the most important thing is to find a right supplier for the products irrespective of the location.

Outsource n Save is a consulting firm which assists clients from all over the world who would like to find the right source for the products they are interested to procure from India & China. Our services includes conducting extensive research, calling & verification, personal visits to manufacturers & suppliers, translation & interpreting service, reference checks, personal assistant etc.

To know more about our services and how we can help you in sourcing quality product/s from a genuine supplier in best possible price, write to us at:

All the best to all upcoming business owners:)

Patrick Sang | Skype: tfo.psang

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.
Contact me any time if you need any help:, or mobile +86 139 1367 2090.
Thanks for sharing in this site.

I got cheat just few days ago from some Chinese that selling Apple products. Once they put their hands on my sent money $450, they're other faces revealed to me. They starting to tell me I have to buy more quantities than they asked before which is 3 items as minimum. They are just a fraud company.

The fraud company is:

Also I have about 18 companies that came with above address, but I don't know if they are fraud or not because I was curious to deal with them after what happened to me. Also Still one company waiting from them to send a Laptop, but no answer from them! I hope they are not fraud too : /

Furthermore, I have ordered many USB that have large capacities, but either they fake or don't keep the data for long time. The good news that they sent me something and they did not keep the money for them selves :)

* How much do you charge for shopping agent?
* How can I get my money or my goods if I have someone in China?

Hi Vegtor,

I am sorry that you got cheat online on some Chinese websites. It also happen to our local people. You just need sharp eyes.
And pls remember you will never get cheaper Apple products in China. The real apple products are more expensive due to the import tax. But for some USB sticks, I could help to find cheaper but good quality ones if you wish.
The way I do the online shop agency is that you let me know what do you want to buy and we confirm via email, I then purchase them for you then ship to you ( not big qty only), you pay via paypal.
More details, you may contact me via my email:


Hallo Janice,

im new here but i see today yr text from three years ago don't no

if i can contact you


Again, at risk of spamming people. I want to start out in this field of supplying goods from China. I don't want to break forum rules or anything so will leave it as above. I am new to this but have been here for 11 years and have good contacts with people I believe to be honest. Anyway, will leave you alone for now, contact me if you wish.
I am bob at I am a play expert and am looking to purchase water balls etc. (see for an example of such companies) at cheapest prices to sell on to play industry in united kingdom.

Also....I am looking for chinese printing company to print my 300 page novel and to possibly print for other novelists in U.K.

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).
please make contact with me again steve.... Bob bill instructables
Hi Steve,

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.
Now, may I ask if you are still interested in cooperation with me?

Please let me know.
Thank you!
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.
JORGECOBO4 months ago

For me the best china online shop is always aliexpress the cheapest and fastest

EmiC6 months ago

So... if i'm not part of another company, and I only want to buy something for myself then they wont sell it?

AndyC4 EmiC5 months ago

These days there are plenty of websites around where you can buy individual items direct from China at reasonable prices many with free shipping worldwide, for example:

christy.lx EmiC6 months ago

The sellers on Taobao are ordinary Chinese people, many of who do not speak English and focus in domestic sales mainly. It is not that they don't want to sell to foreign customers, it is that they make good profit domestically, and selling to customers abroad takes lots of additional costs, e.g. the language, the logistic, the handling of receiving international payments, etc. Hence it is better to hire an agent, who groups all these techniques in one group of personnel and share the costs. I work for one called Obook. You can email us at (obook @ mail . com, no spaces) for more info.

richard.munya6 months ago

where can i buy very good quality Mountain Bikes from ? My email:

hello. You can find all the mountain bikes on taobao at this link:

I often buy from

You can get more business from there . trust me!

AGENTINCHINA7 months ago

Hello, I live in Shenzhen China.

I have already help my clients source products and suppliers and forwarders successfully for more than 2 years, please visit my personal website to know more details about me and my background and experiences.

You can find competitive price and good quality if you have a native speaker to help on your business. If you have any thoughts, that is most welcome.

I can help you with sourcing, manufacturing, inspecting, shipping and personal tasks.


Gillingham117 months ago


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