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!


I need a people who can buy electronic part from China and other country and send them to Iran.<br>if you can please help me.<br>thanks in advance.
Hi<br><br>I m from India. I need to buy purses from CHINA but not aware about the procedure. I m checking ali express but rates r too high as conpared to the rates what we get here, so is dere any bulk discount through the website or we need to bargain with the seller ??
<p>Hello, I'm from China. I have a lot of business connections there including some purses manufacutrers . I believe I can help you build the business relationship with China. Please contact me at lonawyq888@outlook.com</p>
<p>You can find cheaper ones, Just gotta search more..try alibaba.. Be aware of the product quality.. And also as you are india, the indian government takes lotta money in the name of import taxes, whatever the product is.. Most of the time, you end up with an unhappy product if you dont have anyone who ordered before...</p>
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<p>Nice read guys</p>
<p>A tip for finding great suppliers in China: Use 1688.com, also by Alibaba. Unlike Alibaba.com, on 1688.com you get local prices. Even many Taobao stores and chinese sellers get their goods on 1688.com</p><p>Regardless of which supplier your website is on or even if your supplier doesn't have a website, Chinaebuys (www.chinaebuys.com) can help you buy and/or ship internationally from China to your doorstep anywhere around the world. All products will be sent to our China warehouse first to be consolidated for international shipping. We offer both air shipping and ocean shipping. </p>
I want to start a business ot importing
I want ato start a business of importing sneakers. Can i also go on alibaba
Hi im trying to buy from taobao but is very difficult to buy if youre in south africa cause most dont ship out they only ship out to china any suggestion <br>
<p>you will need a third party to ship out to SA... I can help you purchase the items, and send them to your address in SA.. contact me at walterhmartinez@icloud.com</p>
<p>Hello I can help you to buy something from china, even you are in south africa, </p><p>My email : Originalpowerco.ltd@gmail.com .</p><p>Contact me </p>
Hello my name is Edgar im moving too durango durango mexico i want too open a buisness there of clothing and electronic any suggestion where i could buy product or merchadise for my buisness there china or somewhere wholesale place give me some feedback please
<p>Hola Edgar, Que tipo de ropa buscas? y si puedo ser de ayuda te ayudaremos de aqui vivo en China, porfavro contactame a mi email walterhmartinez@icloud.com</p>
<p>Hello</p><p>We do help people purchase anything from china. we can send free sample what you want. and we are glad to help small business.</p><p>If you are interest , contact us.</p><p>Email : Originalpowerco.ltd@gmail.com</p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>hello , my name is irfan from India and i want to do business in india so i want buy some electronic products from chaina please help me for that email-sssnasi@gmail.com and whatsapp-+79040218546</p>
<p>Hello </p><p>We can help you, we are in shenzhen, you maybe know there, the center of electronic products of world. if you need help</p><p>Contact us</p><p>Email : Originalpowerco.ltd@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hi It's Monica from China Lemmy Reflective Manufactoring Co.,Ltd. We are engaged in hi vis reflective safety clothing and various reflective material with high quality and best price. You can visite our website www.raimi.com to look for what you want. And we can suppy customized service. You are interested in our products, please contact me at monica@cnlaimi.com Thanks a lot.</p>
<p>Just register TaoBao and buy on TaoBao directly. </p><p><a href="http://www.howtobuyfromtaobao.com/how-to-register-taobao" rel="nofollow">http://www.howtobuyfromtaobao.com/how-to-register-...</a></p>
<p>If you just want a few or just one single item, I could recommend aliexpress.com. It's just like amazon or ebay-shops. Many items are sold with &quot;free shipping&quot;, even if the cost less than 1$. Free shipping takes some time (from less than two weeks up to two months to Germany in some cases). Plus they have a good customer protection system, meaning that they only release your payment to the shop once you have confirmed receipt of the goods. I buy there for more than two years now and had no really bad experience, because I almost always got my money back if a package was not sent out by the shop or got lost in transit.</p>
<p>I have an experience of over two years with this site and some Chinese websites</p><p>I may answer some liquefaction .. I deal with a broker to Taobao claim and payment</p><p>Email / algamee7@gmail.com</p>
Hi<br>I am meem from Malaysia. I'm interested in making bussiness . I need help ordering wholesale directly from china or any factory from uk , thailand , vietnam , singapore with cheap price . <br>Thank You<br>Email : massyamim@gmail.com
<p>Good basic advice. Thanks.</p>
<p>If I need to make minor modifications to an existing product, like a voice recorder in this link, http://www.banggood.com/Steal-Rechargeable-8GB-650HR-Digital-Audio-Voice-Recorder-MP3-Player-p-921907.html. Does anyone have any advise as to who to contact? Once completed would need to order 5-10,000 units.</p>
<p>I think it is too complicated for normal people to start a small business .the economic way will be once you find out what are the right products you want to purchase ,find a local reliable agent to handle from there .let them to handle everything .search supplier ,get a good price or arrange shipping ,certificate etc .with the money flying to China ,you can make so many orders with local buying agent already .we specially sourcing and purchasing for start ups .visit our website .www.icscgroup.com .or email us for your requires admin@icscgroup.com</p>
<p>Hello! I am looking for an advice how to buy some veterinary products from China. I am veterinarian from Eastern Europe. In my country we have someone, who imports Mindray and Sonoscape ultrasound and in-vitro diagnostic machines, but the prices are too high. All I need is one ultrasound and one in-vitro diagnostic machine. My question is can I buy them directly from the manifacturer, and do I need to pay some additional taxes on the airport whe I leave? Do Mindray and Sonoscape have a policy to sell like this? I don't want the current importer to know about my plans also... my e-mail is otto_flick@abv.bg </p>
Hello, I'm looking for help in buying some 400Hz Mechanical Buzzers which are small electronic parts that produce a buzzing sound similar to piezo buzzers. Looking for a wholesale price from an honest reliable supplier which can be trusted and look to place future orders with. Can someone please help with locating a supplier/manufacturer ? My email is Charles@psbengineering .com.au
<p>Hi Charles,</p><p>here are 2 websites share with you, can try to write the email to them, ask this manufacturer, some accept smalll order, and ask them for free samples first, after start with a small order for building the trust first. according to your q'ty if it is big order it normally takes 1~1.5months. if you have further question can email me, Hope it will help you! (my email: globalb2b.irene@gmail.com) </p><div>http://cre-sound.manufacturer.globalsources.com/si/6008848655034/pdtl/Piezoelectric-ceramic/1127693080/Mechanical-buzzer.htm<p>http://fbelec.en.made-in-china.com/product/zXVQgOMjSvke/China-400Hz-Mechanical-Buzzer-Piezo-Buzzer-Mechanical-Buzzer.html</p></div>
Im sorry forgot to put my email addess it is nicoleottman@hotmail.com if you qould like to let me know
I have a question im trying to order some stuff from this site dhgate.com but i sont understand the quanity im trying to get some shoes and its telling me $67 and its telling me the quanity is one a piece what does that mean i would only get one shoe or is that just how they say it some one pkease help me
<p>Hello ... I am in the process of purchasing a large order of brand name ATV' s from a company in Beijing , I sent the money via bank wire tranfer, they received the money for the order, then they said I had to pay duty fees, I sent the money via bank wire tranfer, they said there would be no more fees or charges, my order will be sent,... But now they say they need another $4258. USD. For insurance and environmental fees, and I have to pay this in 72 hrs, or the order will be confinskated and lost for ever... I'm wondering if this company is a real company. What should I do from here??? My email; lmdvornek@gmail.com </p>
<p>Hello, </p><p>I am glad to have located this forum. Here's my question. </p><p>Fortunately doing my homework has resulted in no financial losses and 90% of items were ok to excellent in quality. Some I ordered to test the quality as I considered reselling. I have stayed largely with AlibabaExpress.com and a couple of others. </p><p>My question:</p><p>I am considering purchasing electronics from a smaller Chinese company located in Zhannan Road, Shaoguan City, 512000, Guangdong. <a href="http://www.cto59.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.cto59.com/</a></p><p>I need assistance about how to determine whether this company is legitimate. AlibabaExpress and others have policies and payment channels protecting the purchaser, and I have benefited from this on a number of occasions. </p><p>Thank you in advance for the feedback provided. </p><p>Scott</p><p>Ottawa, Canada</p>
<p>Can someone please tell me where could buy the following brands. Attached is some pictures. Please contact me on: sales.smootch@gmail.com</p>
<p>I have bought loads of things from Aliexpress and mostly came up with nothing delivered or fake items and money gone. If I ordered small price then yes they deliver, hoping that I will buy bigger amounts next time. If I bought something expensive I was almost guaranteed to get scammed and indeed aliexpress finds in favour of the seller even when you have 100% proved them to have scammed. Note that aliexpress is based in Asia! I bought herbal powder and got some watery chalk send up. Goodbye 100 dollars. I bought security cameras 5 times and all fake just nothing inside the plastic or some components but clearly not any design that would or could work. Goodbye 350 dollars in total. I bought big lot of window alarms that was missing key components. Fit in a battery and alarm went off immediately. No triggers inside that could ever turn the alarm on if window was opened. Goodbye 100 dollars. I bought one lot of 8GB micro sd cards and they were fake. Goodbye 120 dollars. I bought special price 2 pieces of 64 gb for 40 dollars total. Fake this means they are 128MB only. Lot of 100 rechargable batteries 3000MAh all fake. Hold around 200Mah at most. Contain flour. Solar charger controller dangerously overrated and catches fire. In all these cases I did not get a refund from aliexpress. I did get a refund for non delivery of one item. The small cheap things arrived but are clearly badly made. I asked the seller of a tap what to do because the thing was so crooked it leaked. He kept me hanging. What can you do. It is leaking but it is a tap. From China. It is actually this badly made stuff that turned me to making all electrics myself and hence I ended up on this site. Instructables because you are better off making it yourself! ;) </p>
<p>I'm looking for Hanvon e920h, e-ink, color e-reader with touch screen. It's not available in Taobao, i found it in a site but it sends only in local market: <a href="http://www.hanwangshop.com/Product_info.aspx?id=258" rel="nofollow">http://www.hanwangshop.com/Product_info.aspx?id=25...</a> .</p><p>Can someone help me to get one?</p>

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