What are the most common assumptions associated with Chinese products? That would undoubtedly be the words ‘rip-off’, ‘copy’, ‘low quality’ and ‘easily broken’. Whilst some of the world’s most expensive and high-quality goods are indeed made in China, the consensus seems in favour of the millions of lower quality goods that this same country produces at fractions of costs of the originals. This is why purchasing from China is seen as a risky business, but if done right, know that you can easily profit from it. Below are some tips on how to buy products from China:
- You can use platforms or connect with manufacturers directly – early on in the business, you might want to avoid formally trading with a bluetooth device manufactuer in China, and instead rely on the many online websites that allow you to connect with Chinese dealers. This is a good idea, and know that there are many useful Chinese websites geared at English speakers, including the ever-popular online sellers such as eBay and AliExpress. However, once you have established a customer base in your locality, it might be time to formally get to know your supplier as well, so keep this in mind as well.
- Check the products – before ordering in bulk from an IoT device manufacturer in China, you need to be sure of the quality and originality of the products they are selling. This is why you should always order a sample or two before ordering hundreds of goods from a dealer. More often than not, the sample tends to be a freebie, but it might be a good idea to pay for the product so that you can see exactly what you get for your money. Once you are assured of the quality of the product, you can start ordering goods in earnest.
- Look into prices – as you would know, Chinese products are comparatively cheaper than American, Japanese or European goods. Whilst this also means they are comparatively lower in quality, it does not mean that you cannot find a good balance between price and quality. What you need to do is not sacrifice too much of the quality in favour of the price, or vice versa: stick to the middle ground where you get an average price for an average quality.
- Be patient – and finally, know that you will need to be extremely patient once you have paid for your goods. This is because Chinese products tend to take an extremely long time to ship in comparison with other locations. You do get a tracking number for significant purchases (which is a good thing of course, but it won’t speed up the rate at which your order is being processed), but know that you can easily wait for more than a month for your goods to arrive.