Webinar: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly sides of Sourcing from China: How to find a trustworthy supplier, The Art of Alibaba, and how to negotiate pricing for your next product

I had the privilege of being invited to Jungle Scout’s Million Dollar Case Study with Greg Mercer to share sourcing best practices on how I would source their product. Here’s the replay in case you missed it.  We covered a ton of high value material on what to look for in a good supplier (and how to avoid … Continue reading “Webinar: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly sides of Sourcing from China: How to find a trustworthy supplier, The Art of Alibaba, and how to negotiate pricing for your next product”

How to tell a factory from a trading company? Four quick ways to spot middlemen from real manufacturers

How can you tell a Chinese factory from a trading company?  Often times when sourcing for a product from China using Alibaba, you’re not sure if the supplier is a middleman or a manufacturer.  For example one of my readers had this question: “We have found a product and ready to place a order. But before … Continue reading “How to tell a factory from a trading company? Four quick ways to spot middlemen from real manufacturers”

2017 Predictions – The Trump effect on China trade, Rising material and labor costs, and Currency depreciation (or manipulation?)

As we turn the calendar page to 2017, now is a good time to review the forecast from China from a sourcing perspective.  Here what we are seeing on the ground in Shanghai. UNPREDICTABLE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION One of the biggest changes in 2017 is the impact of the incoming Trump administration.  If we look at the series of … Continue reading “2017 Predictions – The Trump effect on China trade, Rising material and labor costs, and Currency depreciation (or manipulation?)”

Is your supplier asking you to transfer money to a personal account in China – RED FLAG

When making a payment to a Chinese supplier for the first time, you probably are at least a little concerned about getting scammed.  There are a number of ways that you can reduce this risk when making payments which I’ve written about here. But I’d like to highlight one major red flag which is wiring money to … Continue reading “Is your supplier asking you to transfer money to a personal account in China – RED FLAG”

2017 Chinese Holiday Schedule

China has just released the dates of the official holidays observed in 2017.  Here’s a calendar so you can plan ahead! The two longest holidays are Chinese New Year, where businesses may be closed up to ONE MONTH (though the “official” holiday is only one week), and National Day in October where businesses are closed … Continue reading “2017 Chinese Holiday Schedule”

Shipping by air? Two weeks before Christmas, Fedex’s International Economy sadly offers a TWENTY (20) day delivery lead time

Hatchimals, this year’s “Furby”, are one of the hottest selling toys of the year.  They are sold out everywhere, going for 2x retail on eBay, and the manufacturer, or actually the private label owner, cannot keep up with demand.  So what do they do? Instead of shipping by sea like they normally do, they are resorting to expensive … Continue reading “Shipping by air? Two weeks before Christmas, Fedex’s International Economy sadly offers a TWENTY (20) day delivery lead time”

Chinese New Year Sourcing Best Practices from China

Chinese New Year (CNY) is the biggest holiday of the year in China.  If you are an Amazon seller or importer and source from China, then this time of year can be a huge headache because Chinese factories will shut down anywhere from two weeks to a month.  I’d like to share two stories with you … Continue reading “Chinese New Year Sourcing Best Practices from China”

Why do factories charge significantly more for product samples than FOB quotations?

Why are factory samples more expensive than their FOB quotations?  If they quoted me $5.00 FOB then why is the sample fee $50?  While you may think that they are trying to rip you off, there are a couple of reasons behind this: Higher labor and handling fees to make one unit and prepare it for … Continue reading “Why do factories charge significantly more for product samples than FOB quotations?”

Went to the Canton Fair? How to follow up with suppliers AFTER the trade show so you don’t waste your trip

It’s trade show season and some of you may have went to the Canton Fair or one of the trade shows in Hong Kong.  So you met up with potential suppliers for your product at the fair but now what? Did you know that many online sellers go to trade shows and meet a supplier that they … Continue reading “Went to the Canton Fair? How to follow up with suppliers AFTER the trade show so you don’t waste your trip”

Heads up: 8-day National Holiday in China from Oct 1-8… Expect delays

Update: This year’s holiday is even longer as the National Day holiday is being combined with the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.  That means that factories, warehouses, and freight partners in China may be shut down up to eight (8) days from Oct 1-8. Heads up – there is a weeklong holiday in China coming up from Oct 1st to 7th. … Continue reading “Heads up: 8-day National Holiday in China from Oct 1-8… Expect delays”