Trump is making things harder for e-commerce sellers… China import tariffs and what you can do about it to stay profitable as a seller

Update Sept 17, 2018 Talks continue to heat up in the US-China “trade war” recently.  So far two China tariff lists have already taken effect in July and August respectively and now there is a third one looming. And this one could be the one that affects your products.    To give you a background, … Continue reading “Trump is making things harder for e-commerce sellers… China import tariffs and what you can do about it to stay profitable as a seller”

My Amazon Product Mistake – and how you can profit from my loss [Podcast]

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” Dale Carnegie A lot of Amazon gurus will tell their stories of how they made from zero to a million dollars in 8 months.   That can be great for motivation but many times a “lottery story” like that doesn’t … Continue reading “My Amazon Product Mistake – and how you can profit from my loss [Podcast]”

PO or Contract? The 7 essential questions to ask when signing an agreement with a Chinese Supplier… Advice from a Trademark Lawyer with over 100 wins

***UPDATE*** Here’s my exclusive webinar with Amy where she reveals how to protect your brand and trademark if you’re manufacturing in China… even if you don’t plan to sell there.  Don’t let what happened to New Balance happen to you!   If you’ve already sourced a product and found success selling on Amazon that’s great. … Continue reading “PO or Contract? The 7 essential questions to ask when signing an agreement with a Chinese Supplier… Advice from a Trademark Lawyer with over 100 wins”

“Winter is Coming” – China Sourcing Outlook 2018

As we’re getting ready to close the year and enter holiday party mode, there are two important things to consider as we prepare for the new year in 2018 so we don’t start off the year with a hangover! China is getting clean and the new regulations are here to stay The China EPA’s stricter … Continue reading ““Winter is Coming” – China Sourcing Outlook 2018”

A Guide to Product Safety & Labeling For E-Commerce Startups

Did you know that when sourcing products besides quality, price, and finding a trustworthy supplier there’s another important factor that a lot of online sellers overlook?   That is product safety labeling and certification! Here’s a letter from one of my readers: “Another concern of mine with sourcing products is whether there are any statutory requirements … Continue reading “A Guide to Product Safety & Labeling For E-Commerce Startups”

China “EPA” crackdown shuts down tens of thousands of factories… with no end in sight *UPDATE*

UPDATE As you may have heard recently China’s EPA has shut down tens of thousands of factories with no end in sight.  Not only are factories being fined for not following the new laws, in some severe cases people are going to jail for this!  You can read more about it in this NPR story … Continue reading “China “EPA” crackdown shuts down tens of thousands of factories… with no end in sight *UPDATE*”

The true story of how a parking spot gave away a fake “factory boss”: China Sourcing Diaries

It was a brisk spring morning in Jiangsu province as we stepped off the bullet train arriving at the station. China has some of the most efficient transportation in the world with its trains that travel over 300km per hour (180 mph).  We arrived in the dusty town and a gregarious Chinese man named Mr. … Continue reading “The true story of how a parking spot gave away a fake “factory boss”: China Sourcing Diaries”

How to Win Q4 as an Amazon FBA seller: When to place your orders from China and ship them out so you don’t miss out on the holiday shopping season… Hint: Be prepared for exorbitant freight charges!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Maybe it’s the stress of visiting family and hosting relatives and friends. Or maybe it means being able to unwind and take some time off to go on vacation.  Or maybe it means it’s time to go shopping for some retail … Continue reading “How to Win Q4 as an Amazon FBA seller: When to place your orders from China and ship them out so you don’t miss out on the holiday shopping season… Hint: Be prepared for exorbitant freight charges!”

Getting EXW pricing versus FOB? Which is “better”?

Reader question – about getting EXW pricing versus FOB.  Is one “better” than the other?   Hi, I’m Julie and have been following the Million Dollar Case Study. Thank you for your information. During the webinar you shared a sample RFQ. At the end of the RFQ you had some questions. Question number one was … Continue reading “Getting EXW pricing versus FOB? Which is “better”?”

Trump’s first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping… is the trade war truly over and what does it mean for your Amazon business?

President Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s private residence in Florida last week and this marked the first time the two leaders have met. While there were enormous expectations going into this first encounter between two of the most powerful leaders in the world, this was in fact an informal meeting and not an official … Continue reading “Trump’s first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping… is the trade war truly over and what does it mean for your Amazon business?”