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How to Source from China? | A Walkthrough guide of Sourcing from China

If you are interested in this area or are thinking about building a business with products made in China, this article will walk you through the way of finding factories and manufacturers as your suppliers in China, which is called “Sourcing”.

Talking about wholesale modes, one of the most crucial parts is to find reliable manufacturers, but how?

If you are interested in this area or are thinking about building a business with products made in China, this article will walk you through the way of finding factories and manufacturers as your suppliers in China, which is called “Sourcing”.

So what is sourcing and why do you need to source from China?

What is sourcing?

Sourcing is the process of selecting suppliers to provide the goods and services you need to run your business. It doesn’t sound like a hard thing but happens to be the most essential step in your business if you are planning to import your goods from overseas countries.

Why choose China to source from?

Importing is important for the economy because it allows a country to supply its market with nonexistent, scarce, high cost, or low-quality certain products. The same rule applies to your business. China has the advantage when it comes to producing a huge variety of niches with a low price and great efficiency.

It’s like a joke if you want to know who will win the US presidential election, just check with the flags produced by factories in Yiwu, the home to the world’s largest wholesale market. There are a lot of places in China, just like Yiwu, producing the answer of the market demand from worldwide, days and nights. And that’s why, you need to import from China, the world’s largest and best manufacturer for all kinds of products.

So how to source from China?

The most traditional way to find suppliers is by attending trade shows, such as the most famous one in China – Canton Fair. By attending such trade shows, you have the opportunity to find and talk to potential suppliers in person, such direct interaction can help you evaluate suppliers and verify their ability in a straightforward way.

However, there are some obvious shortages of this method. First, the international trip is very pricy and time-consuming, not to mention, under the pandemic situation, most of the exhibitions are canceled. Also, the categories that trade shows contain might not be as varied as how you expected them to be, so it could be pretty tricky to find the exact product that you are looking for.

The easiest way of finding the supply is through Internet searching, and that’s what most people are doing these days, maybe the fact that you are here watching this video is also the result of you searching on YouTube. Yes, searching online is the easiest way, but is it the most cost-effective way? We all know how many scams are out there on the Internet. Even if you already narrowed it down to searching on Alibaba, the chance of you running into a fake supplier is still pretty big.

Neither traveling to China nor getting quotations from thousands of Alibaba suppliers is the best way to identify whether the supplier is trustworthy, there’s always a huge risk of wasting time and money.

If you are looking for safety and convenience in sourcing, to find the best manufacturer in China efficiently. The most recommended way is to get a sourcing agency, like us, CJ Wholesale, our sourcing service is free, convenient, and reliable. With us, all you need to do is just fill out all information of your expectation, for example, you can provide product links from Alibaba, Amazon, or any other website.

And we will find the supplier of the exact item for you within 24 hours, you will also get assigned with a personal sourcing agent to help you find the top best price manufacturers, and get quotations in less than 2 working days. The best part of our sourcing service is, most of the manufacturers we found for you, can’t be tracked down easily on Alibaba or trade shows, but they are actually the ones who offer the most competitive price in China.

Do I need a big business to get products directly from China?

Many people think their business is too small to get products directly from China. So they choose to buy from local vendors even though the price is much higher. But the fact is, no matter what kind of products you want to purchase, or what scale your business currently is, you can always choose to import from China directly. But of course, for different kinds of business models and different kinds of products, the method and the budget that you need to import from China are different, and we’ll talk about these in our future videos, so again, don’t forget to subscribe so you can grow your business with us.

Scams to avoid when sourcing by yourself

Don’t buy in bulk from a factory until you have their samples in your hands and are satisfied with them.

Don’t believe any supplier saying that they can’t ship small sample orders.

Don’t pay with any insecure method with your supplier, no matter how they might try to persuade you.

Don’t buy fake or infringing products, it’s just a bad and illegal business.

Don’t buy a lot of inventory in the beginning.

And the list just goes on and on…

The key to successful sourcing is just this simple, you can either choose to spend tons of time and energy while baring the risk of running into con artists, or you can choose to leave the hard task to a professional team and let us take care of your business.

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𝐃𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞…. 𝐃𝐨 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐞 𝐒𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥.⁣

Most people fail with their dropshipping store because they are not unique.⁣

There are so many people starting with dropshipping right now, it’s no longer the secret way of making money online but has become very mainstream.⁣

Everyone wants a piece of it because so many of these “gurus” advertised it as an easy way to earn money online. ⁣

But do you know what the sad thing is?⁣

Most of them don’t put any effort into their dropshipping store.⁣

They open their store, import some products without changing anything, and start advertising.⁣

This means that a lot of people that are dropshipping are selling the same products with the same information they got from maybe even the same dropshipping suppliers.⁣

Of course, having the same product is not a bad thing yet, but to also have the same images, descriptions, and so on will definitely not help you!⁣

So you might be asking yourself “HOW DO I SUCCEED WITH DROPSHIPPING THEN”⁣

Here are a few tips to help you out: ⁣

𝟏 - 𝐁𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞⁣

Don’t try to copy everything to save some time! I see people literally copy and paste descriptions from aliexpress suppliers, take content from other stores and copy/paste it on their store and then wonder why they are not getting sales. ⁣

It’s because you are stealing content from other unsuccessful stores, you need to be unique and different and make everything on your store specific to your brand and at the same time personalise it to your customers and buyer persona. ⁣

Some key areas to focus on and unique at with your store are: ⁣

Product Images - Product Descriptions - Site Design - Brand Persona etc⁣

𝟐 - 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐟⁣

Here’s a sales secret for you, people always buy what others are buying and what that shows us is people look at other customers' opinions and experience before deciding if they should buy your product or not. ⁣

In order to win here, you need to have product reviews and ratings.

A study found that 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, and 72% of consumers say positive reviews make them trust businesses more.⁣

Millennials, in particular, trust user-generated content 50% more than other media.⁣

This should be enough reason for you to understand how important reviews are and if you want to build a successful store, you need to have reviews. ⁣

𝟑 - 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞 & 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐎𝐮𝐭

Look at what your competition is doing, what is working for other people, what other stores lack and then improve your store based on your findings. ⁣

This is an easy way to dominate any market and in relation to a dropshipping store, here are a few examples of what I mean: ⁣

- If your competitor doesn’t offer PayPal for checking out, then offer PayPal.⁣

- If your competitor doesn’t have trust badges, then add trust badges.⁣

- If your competitor doesn’t have the basic pages like a refund policy, then add those pages (note: you should always have these pages).⁣

And there are many more examples!⁣

I hope you get my point.⁣

Those were 3 of many tips on how to succeed with dropshipping despite it becoming more and more competitive. ⁣

Hope this helps you, if you have any questions leave them in the comments below and i’d be happy to answer them. ⁣

Wish you all the best.⁣

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