How To Get Started Sourcing Products From China

Episode #85 – How To Get Started Sourcing Products From China
Date: 2011-12-15
Link: Lifestyle Business Podcast
 
With garments there are a lot of variables.
One advantage of physical products is that the cash flows are more sustainable if you identify a good product line.
Ways to find manufacturers:
Alibaba.com

  • Need to sample from multiple suppliers
  • You don’t build a long term relationship with manufacturer (which is very important)
  • There is a difference between agents and factories

Dealing with Middle Men

  • Look for a middle man that adds value (for example being able to drive out to factory when there is a problem)
  • Make sure they understand you know they are a middle man
  • They take 10 to 15%

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