Importing Products To Sell on eBay
Made In China: How to Source Products Directly from Asia
By: Chris Malta & Robin Cowie
If youíre like most eBiz owners, you may feel very uncertain about the prospect. The idea of trying to locate China suppliers willing to deal in smaller quantities, fly across the world to meet with them, and make buying arrangements with them, probably seems completely overwhelming.
Upcoming Trade Shows
According to Peter Zapf, Vice President of eCommerce Services for GlobalSources.com, one of the best ways to locate genuine manufacturers who will work with you is to attend a China trade show. His company is hosting one such show from April 12-15, 2007 in Hong Kongóthe Global Sources China Sourcing Fair (www.ChinaSourcingFair.com). Explains Zapf, "Itís an excellent opportunity to meet hundreds of direct manufacturers of consumer electronics, digital entertainment, computers, WiFi and VoIP Products, Security and much more." Global Sources also runs shows in April for Fashion Accessories, Swimwear, Gifts and Home Products.
(Note from Skip: These shows are held throughout the year. Just go to the Global Sources web site for a list of shows and dates.)
Target Potential Suppliers
When you start walking the show floor, youíll need to gauge which suppliers have products youíre interested in sourcing. Youíre likely to find several suppliers with similar products and you can, and should, talk to all of them. Itís important to ask questions:
Once youíve sorted through the suppliers and determined who you can work with, then itís time to start the process of getting quotes and finding a freight forwarder or customs broker to help you get the products stateside. You may even want to talk to a few before you make the trip to China.
In addition to meeting with suppliers, Global Sources China Sourcing Fairs also give you the chance to learn how to source product from China and Asia via a free conference program. Explains Zapf, "Getting started is often the most challenging aspect of importing, and these conference sessions can help you get moving in the right direction." He especially recommends the seminar "Buying from China: What New Buyers Need to Know" for first-time importers.
Donít let the idea of flying halfway across the world intimidate you: Hong Kong is a world-class city, easily accessible from anywhere by plane. Most everyone speaks English, and you can find all the food and amenities you need.
You can get show details, watch video from past shows, ask questions, and even pre-register to attend at the showís website, www.ChinaSourcingFair.com. Encourages Zapf, "The best way to begin supplier relationships is face-to-face. For those who are not quite ready to schedule two weeks in mainland China for meetings with suppliers, these trade shows are a great solution."
BIOGRAPHY: Chris Malta and Robin Cowie of WorldwideBrands.com are the Writers and Hosts of The Entrepreneur Magazine EBiz and Product Sourcing Radio Shows. Click Here for more info on WorldWideBrands OneSource.
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