Entries by Manuel

Testing your samples

Once you receive your samples it is time to perform a visual inspection and a functioning test. Whether your sample is of a textile nature, an electric product, or a decorative item, make sure you test it. Bend it, stretch it, use it, and test how it functions. Often I receive samples and they are […]

Ordering Samples

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t place a large order without ever having seen a sample or product. You need to test your sample for function, durability, and more. When ordering samples most suppliers will charge you. And the majority of those will charge 20-50% on top of the regular price, because making a […]

Alibaba and Globalsources

We have covered important groundwork and the necessary steps to successful importing. Now let’s get to one of the most important parts of finding products and suppliers. ALIBABA AND GLOBALSOURCES ALIBABA: If you don’t have contacts the easiest way is to start looking at www.alibaba.com. Ever heard of the biggest IPO in history? Yes, that […]

Ways to product sourcing

I think there are generally three effective ways to source your product: Internet (Alibaba, Globalsources, Aliexpress, HKTDC) Exhibitions / Conventions Contacts Internet: The Internet is probably the fastest way to source for products. There are hundreds of providers on the Internet to source for products. The most reliable and efficient ones would be: ALIBABA (B2B-Business […]

Validate your product idea

You’ve found your product, GREAT! But careful, don’t get over excited about a product that you just found or had an idea for. You need to evaluate first if your product fits the market and its consumers. We call this “product-to-market-fit,” meaning you have something that the market really needs. To evaluate your product you […]

How to find the right product

As mentioned earlier this can be a very lengthy process or a very short one if you already have something in mind. We will give you a few ideas and guidelines if you don’t have a new product idea yet. Unfortunately, China’s factories rely a lot on your product input. When it comes to innovative […]

The 6-step Import process

This is a rather large section so I will outline in 6 steps and go into detail in later chapters.   The 6-step import process   This is the general outline of the process. We will look into each process in great detail in later sections. It is also the same process, no matter if […]

Why should you import?

I would generally say there are 2 main reasons why you should import yourself.   1) There is a saying. “Margin is made in purchasing, not selling”. Every successful Buyer in the world who works for a larger company will tell you that it’s all about the purchasing. Profits are made when buying and not […]

About China

Well there are a lot of statistics I could give you but I wouldn’t know where to begin. I want to break down China and its manufacturing in a few sentences. Believe it or not, China is still the biggest production site by far. While there are several countries in the vicinity such as Vietnam, […]

How it all started and what this blog is about

When I started my own company in late 2013 my goal was to provide affordable consumer electronics to customers that don’t have a buying office in Asia and customers that do not import by themselves.   Before I started my own company I was working with large retailers and they all had their import processes […]