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How to Buy from China

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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...
 
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chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

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chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

二维码.jpg
chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

二维码.jpg
chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

二维码.jpg
chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

二维码.jpg
chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

二维码.jpg
chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

二维码.jpg
chenglinyesterday

Any question can send email to me.I come from China... My email is 648409346@qq.com

BTW,enclosed my store QR code :)

Have a nice day.

二维码.jpg

in fact, if you want a good instructable on how to buy from China, you should find a good partner which in China, you know what do you want, and they know how to communicate with supplier and customer, so that the supplier can understand the customer requirement, and the customer can understand what will the supplier supply to them. I recommend a very good international trading company in Zhuhai which name is WORLD C CHINA SERVICES LTD, their website is www.worldcchina.com, they have a lot of experiences in international business, and they also have a lot of experiences in manufacture field, if you have some product which need to be make in China, you can try to contact with them, they should supply you professional service.

ew005414 days ago

Good instructable thanks for this information

ew005414 days ago

Good instructable thanks for this information

ew005414 days ago

Good instructable thanks for this information

shanonwang1 month ago


In this field as one agent more than 3 years, most clients come from by asking me questions, for one UK clients she bought 4kg items, some agents charged 80$, she asked the price why so expensive?i told her the agent using wrong shipment ways.finally i bought for her, 5kg only cost more than 40$. 50% money saved for her. So, if you want to buy from china, at beginning, you should compare much and not buy a big qty at begging. after all the thing clear, buy more and more gradually.
any help needed, shanonwang@yahoo.com

oaxco1 month ago

Make your purchase in China now! With the help of our organization: OAXCO

In OAXCO, we are a group of entrepreneurs with more than 9 years of experience in export and purchase follow-up on Chinese industry. We are located in Guangzhou, China.

Belo are some of the services which we offer:
- Translation/interpreters during your visit in China for negotiations with suppliers.
- Products quotations
- Full freight forwarding services (freight quotations).
Also other services

Please visit our website for more information:

http://www.oaxco.co.nr
or
http://oaxco.yolasite.com

Our contact information as below:

email: chinaoaxco@gmail.com
Skype (24hrs): chinaoaxco

Mark Zhu1 month ago

Hi! I am Mark,an exporter from China,if you want some electronics like micro sd card or usb or usb cable,please contact me.I hope we can cooperate.MY SKYPE:meosales9

palashdaking2 months ago
Thanks.. I were looking for same from few months...
chinasourcing3 months ago

Excellent article. The best place to get started is to search all China wholesale products/suppliers here: ChinaBot.com

china_supplier_search.png

Good call, I just found auto parts there which were impossible to find before, this tool is amazing.

If you're looking for a searching engine for Chinese products, try:

www.searchingpanda.com

enetgirl4 months ago
Dan thank you very much some awesome information!!! I appreciate it.:)
evanyu4 months ago

Hello, I have already help my clients source products and suppliers and forwarders successfully for more than 2 years, please visit my personal website www.someonefromchina.com 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.

hellohello1114 months ago

I often buy from http://www.buysourcetrade.com

They are very good quality and service.

GZCD4 months ago

Recently, it's growing more risky to import directly from China. The "supplier" you find online or in the exhibition fair may be a scammer. The products you're buying may be of poor quality, not like what you've required.

Therefore, the best way to reduce the cost and risk is to find a partner as your "eyes" in China, who could investigate your supplier before your payment and inspect your production before delivery. Such a partner should be professional with rich international business experience. The cost for each on-site inspection with report must be of very low cost, no more than USD 120. The payment for service should be AFTER the satisfaction of importer (Otherwise how could you make sure the business is safe for such a long distance trade?). One of the companies who could meet all these conditions to let importer to do safe business and save a lot of money is: www.biz-with-china.com

kqin6 months ago

www.bagssea.com is a really cool site selling replica hermes handbags. Great products and Great prices with very reasonable shipping charges. With the follow up emails, it's obvious the owner, really cares about his customers.

Give them a try .... you won't be sorry.

shanonwang7 months ago
Hi, this is shanon in china, i have been taobao agent for Uk/italian/israel clients more than 3 years.generally they select the items themselves, i paid for them and buy it, when i receive the items, i took picture send to them and check the quality for them, they said ok, i arrange the cheap shipment for them. Anyone need help, pls contact me !

shanonwang(at)yahoo.com


whatever agent you selected, pls rember not buy big amount at first, in order to avoid scam!
if you want buy from China,and am a chinese people,i suggest you check this website,they free return by no reason in 30days,their website accept paypal payment

www.commodityocean.com,

Emporio Armani watch casio watches,tissot watches,Louis Vuitton handbags,brand jewelry,herve leger bandage dresses,sex lingeries all from www.commodityocean.com
拓展视野8 months ago
我是中国人,通过google搜索“china Purchasing”看到这篇文章,我英语水平一般,只能通过google翻译看,所以回复也是用中文:p
我感兴趣的是,你们喜欢的是中国什么产品?假如我要是个人作为“china Purchasing”代理,你们会有兴趣么?谢谢。
下面的照片是我生活的城市,(不是我拍摄的)
http://img3.fengniao.com/album/upload/164/32682/6536260.jpg
jfang38 months ago
This is really a cool Instructable. It's a little different from this, but if you want cheap goods from China you can try abcsources. They're not manufacturers, but they ship directly from China and still have low prices. I sometimes like to just cruise the site for all the cheap Chinese knock-offs like the "HiPhone" and the "IFone"
qazwsx7418 months ago
Hi, I live in Los Angeles, I always order famous brand clothing , bag, shoes etc from China, good quality and cheap price, there are many good online shopping store in China, I like shopping in taobao,www.taobao.com, it is Chinese largest online shopping platform, like ebay in US. There are many good product, high quality, but cheap price, it is worth to buy.
Top fashion famous brand in the world, whatever you want, there are. When you want to buy, just send the link to her, good price for you, she is a very nice , she will check the quality for you before you pay for it, so do not worry about the quality, she will make sure good quality for you.
If you need anything, you can contact with her, email: mikey0able@gmail.com. Phone number: 1-213- 973-3194. If you are in American and canada, you can message to her, it is free, and get reply very quickly.
You have to pay for it by West union, if you want to pay for by Paypal, do not waste your time.
rongroup10 months ago
Are you perplexed when you can not find the suitable suppliers? Are you at a loss when you receive unqualified goods? Are you exhausted when you try to solve the trade disputes with your suppliers?
Choosing CHINAAGENT365, you'll avoid the above problems. Established for 8 years, CHINAAGENT365 is the professional purchasing agent in China and also your best purchasing agent in China.
CHINAAGENT365 has hundreds of long term cooperated factories. Whatever you want, from a pen to a plane,small or huge quantity, just tell us your demand. We'll administer your whole purchasing process,you just wait to receive your goods at your home.

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susan801 year ago
Being outsource in China for many years ,knew about materials and prices ,any stuffs you would like to buy pls dont be hasitate to contact my skype:susan.luo80

I would love to give you my best support .
bellzerr1 year ago
What a great Instructable! I have been thinking of buying from China and you have eased many of my fears. Thanks so much for this article, Dan.
Hi Bellzerr,

We are the purchase service provider in china, devoted to apparel and textile industry. We are very pleased to be your eyes and ears in China.

Looking forward to your reply. My skype is mollyzhang6. Email is mollyzhang@shininghub.com

Molly Zhang
mollyzhang1 year ago
Dears,it's Molly here from ShiningHub in China. We are the purchase service provider in China, devoted to apprarel and textile industry. Up to now, we have established connection with more than 2,000 manufactories. As soon as you tell us you requirements on your products and your target price, Our merchandising consultants will help you out in business. They will send you a report including 3 manufactories for you to choose from based on your requirements. Besides, our company also provides the one-stop purchase services like: • Free Online Inquiry System • Sourcing Consultancy • Factory Audit and Evaluation • Quality Inspection • Order Control incl. Free Online Order Control System • Logistics • Payment Escrow • Travel Assistance • Trademark Registration • Online Retail in China Coming Soon Hope it is helpful for you. If you are interested, pls feel free to contact me. My skype is mollyzhang6. Looking forward to your reply. Molly Zhang Customer Service Dept. Tel: +86-571-8839 6786 Mob: +86-133 9571 0605 Fax: +86-571 8839 6787 E-mail: mollyzhang@shininghub.com Website: www.shininghub.com Your Smart Buying Office Zhejiang ShiningHub Co., Ltd 16F Jin Jiang Bldg, 111 South Hu Shu Road, Hangzhou, P.R. China, 310005
josnyan1 year ago
very detailed instuction to do business with china company.. but if you are one big wholesaler buyers or importers. you do not have time to communicate with all factories. for example, you importe jewelry,bag, scaf, belt from china, you do not enough time to contact one by one. the best way is that you can find turstable china soucing agent  Who can handle everything for you and accept paypal .
maxutwo5551 year ago
seeking professional slingshot? visit http://slingshots-hunting.com/
I moved to China from the UK earlier this year to export goods.

Those of you who want to learn more about buying from China have a look at my blog:

www.youngmoneychina.com

Thanks and good luck.
arjunsai2 years ago
Great article! One of the tips I learned (from link provided below) to verify a supplier before trusting them with a large order is to check out the registration of their phone number. 

If a factory claims their factory is in a certain province in China but the number is a mobile phone registered in Hong Kong, you know you have a problem.

I did a lot of Googling for different information and strategies before starting my own importing business. I eventually went with this Guide on How To Import from China but there are others available online as well.
dawm1232 years ago
you can buy from taobao agent ,like smalltao.com .There have all kinds of products,and the price is so cheap.The most impotant thing is that operating is convenience and easy .
Taobao Agent only focus on Taobao. But if you want to find product source, you need some cooperator to beat the jungle. As far as I know, 1688.cn is the wholesale website where factories are listing their products, with detailed prices. Last time I tried getting the product source from 1688.cn with the help from China purchase agent- FreeShoppingChina.com. And I received it. However, I paid service fee. ... Agent sometimes is really helpful, but you need to find a trustable one by starting with a small order.
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