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...

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!
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<p>This is Bill Li, from China.I live in Dong Guan, a city of south China and very manufacturing developed city. I am a mechinical engineer, work in a foreign invest company for 10 years. I can speak English and Chinese well, and have a sufficient experience for engineering and trading.I think we may work together to look forward some business opportunities. </p><p>Skype:bill004@live.cn</p>
<p>I am looking for a specific plastic toy that we bought from liquidation but it has been breaking from everyday play and the kids ( at least 5 of them) still want to play with it...how will i buy from china?</p>
I have a part i need made.. i want to find a power steering manufacturer on china to make a part for me
Hi plzz I want to buy led parking lights and all China two wheeler and four wheller accessories item in wholesale from China to India plz plz. Help me
<p>You can check on 1688.com which may list with cheapest price. and you can purchase with help of agent <a href="http://www.freeshoppingchina.com" rel="nofollow"> http://www.freeshoppingchina.com </a> to make it. </p><p>But lights are fragile item and you need to consider the risk of damage.</p>
friend i can help you to do that .i am chianese. my email 546092688@qq.com
<p>my email is kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>I do international business in China, help people from other countries import Chinese goods.</p>
<p>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 </p>
<p>my sister have a workshop produce clothes, welcome custom order, Kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>i am supplier from guangzhou china. you can contact me on fivestarfsi@gmail.com</p>
<p>If you want to buy from Taobao.com, you need to engage Taobao Agent's help, like <br><a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com," rel="nofollow"> </a></p><p><a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com," rel="nofollow">http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com, </a></p><p>which is offering this purchase service and help you solve problems in communication, purchase, inspection, payment and shipping. If you do it on your own, it will take you much time and may be stuck in some steps. </p><p>As for the How to Buy from Taobao, you can also visit this detailed steps: </p><p><a href="http://www.freeshoppingchina.com/help.php?action=view&id=13" rel="nofollow">www.freeshoppingchina.com/help.php?action=view&amp;id=...</a></p>
<p>For a Chinese,you are their purchaser,haha,I am from Shanghai city,China</p>
<p>For me the best china online shop is always aliexpress the cheapest and fastest</p><p>http://www.shoppingaliexpress.com</p>
<p>Aliexpress is not cheapest... the cheapest is 1688.com wholesale site, which is actually the product source for aliexpress. So what you think? </p><p>We are helping a lot of resellers in different countries to purchase from 1688.com. If you are interested in purchase from China, you can also consider our service: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com" rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com</a></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>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>
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
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>
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>
Hello I want to shop
Which items u want to buy?
please make contact with me again steve.... Bob bill instructables
www.digitradingsolutions.com pls view it
<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>
<p>Hi Janice I was wondering do you have any advice on buying Nike shoes from China?</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>
Apparently, it's not suggested to buy Nike shoes from China as there are too many fake nike shoes. I'm working in www.FreeShoppingChina.com which is a professional purchase agent site with streamlined purchase workflows for both wholesalers and personal buyers. And we rejected and persuaded many users to buy Nike shoes from China because of high risk of fakes! Why not buy something else, there are plenty of items you can buy. To wholesale from 1688.com with extremely low price, which is actually the product source of dhgate, aliexpress...
Hi,<br>Thanks for sharing in this site.<br><br>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.<br><br>The fraud company is: www.z-mall.com<br><br>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 : /<br><br>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 :)<br><br>* How much do you charge for shopping agent?<br>* How can I get my money or my goods if I have someone in China?<br><br><br>Thanks<br>Vegtor
Hi Vegtor, <br> <br>I am sorry that you got cheat online on some Chinese websites. It also happen to our local people. You just need sharp eyes. <br>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. <br>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. <br>More details, you may contact me via my email: janice.sijie@gmail.com. <br> <br>Janice
<p>Hallo Janice,</p><p>im new here but i see today yr text from three years ago don't no</p><p>if i can contact you</p><p>Bunsion</p>
<p>hi Bunsion,</p><p>Sorry to reply you so late. Yes, I still do the business currently. You can send me your request via email: Janice.sijie@gmail.com</p><p>Janice</p>
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.
<p>Hi, i have been getting business in the past years which got my contact throug this website. Thanks to this platform. </p><p>Again, you may still contact me via email or phone for your questions. I may not be able to help you immediately but will do best to find you the best solutions for buying from China.</p><p>Janice</p>
<p>So many people want to buy something in China. Do they need to go there just for a twosome hello kitty bags? The bags come to be brilliant in this case.</p><p>Though if you visit Taobao.com, you'll see awesome cheap prices and millions of goods. But how to buy on this chinese-only marketplace? There should be trade intermediary who will complete the order.</p><p>Guys, we make software for such intermediaries. You can run ready-use e shop with 800 millions of chinese goods, and have profit from orders. Just clarify logistic to your country questions and welcome to otcommerce.com </p>
<p>hi i am living in china and i am supplying goods from china to many countries all around the globe. if anybody is interested in making any sort of purchases from china feel free to contact anytime at fivestarfsi@gmail.com or mariammtg@gmail.com</p>
<p>How can I buy Shoes from the Nike Factory in China or is it even worth doing</p>
<p>Hi im trying to see if i can buy real Jordan shoes from the nike store in china or if will be the same price as in the U.S.</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>My name is Chuck. I have started a Pickleball Association in Arizona and I am looking for a way to get some paddles and balls to resell. I can not afford the MOQ's in the thousands. I am looking for lower quantity suppliers for those items. I have not purchase directly from China before so I need some help/advice in that area as well.</p><p>Company has to be willing to sell me a sample before I place a larger order. If you can help me send email to - chboro@yahoo.com</p>
<p>hello , this is mike from Yiwu,China. yiwu city is amazing ,we may almost find everything you want here.</p><p>I wanna be your purchasing agent , help you import cheap chinese goods from China , express them for you door to door .</p><p>Feel free to contact me at any time.</p><p>my emai: kongchengjun00@foxmail.com</p><p>my whatsapp: 0086 131 7380 8551</p><p>my facebook : Mike Kong or 008613173808551</p><p>my qq: 396742372</p><p>my wechat: 008613173808551</p>

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