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Sourcing from China(Alibaba)

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by notanz, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. notanz

    notanz Newbie

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    Greetings everyone, hope this is the correct section to post in

    So I have been in contact with a few suppliers on Alibaba regarding purchasing a few products that are related to a niche market that I want to sell into. After searching through a few suppliers I found one that looks very professional and have been trading on Alibaba for about 8 years.

    They make the same product that alot of the other suppliers do. The difference is the other suppliers are making the same old looking product over and over again. This supplier is making something that looks pretty pleasing and everyone hat has seen the images say it looks really good and that they would buy one.

    I sent them an email regarding buying this product, and they told me it is still just in design, and that they dont actively make it. They told me if I wanted to actually have it made that they would require $3400 to cover the material costs and labour costs of producing it. This does not include the cost of the MOQ which they are saying is 500. I am trying to negotiate with them to get a lower MOQ, but they are not budging and are saying it is not worth their while to go lower.

    I am trying to get samples from them but they are saying they will only 1-2 samples, and those samples would be without the part that needs to be designed and produced, hence the $3400 i was quoted earlier on. Which really dosnt seem worth it to me. Without samples, and samples with the main part how can I even know how good the product is

    My questions is really why would they actively be selling something on Alibaba and then saying it requires $3400 to go in to production, which dosnt include MOQ. To order MOQ + cost would be $5500. They dont look like a scam company and have been trading on Alibaba for 8 years, and they are a gold supplier, and have been site assessed, and I really want to source this product. Does anyone have any advice?
     
  2. cosanostra

    cosanostra Junior Member

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    im a canadian and im going to china in september 2016 (pekin-shangai-hong kong). If i can help some members here to meet companies and arrange deals, let me know. I will try myself to import some products.

    thanks
     
  3. RuthSam

    RuthSam Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This seem to be a great offer from @cosanostra at least for people that live in Canada and that may be able to meet with the guy before and after the trip.
     
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    Lanky0 Newbie

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    I'm based in China, if you needed some help to validate this supplier feel free to pm me.
     
  5. cosanostra

    cosanostra Junior Member

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    I can even do for american. I go at least 2 time a year to new york... so it's not a trouble.
     
  6. dbott99

    dbott99 Newbie

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    Hey ..A little off topic ...but is that what you do ..??..source products from china...i was really thinking about trying it...maybe using amazon
    as the seller...any advice would be appreciated ...thanks
     
  7. cosanostra

    cosanostra Junior Member

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    i didn't have started yet...i tried some items in past but only one time. This time it will be for real and in big quantity. It doesnt worth for low quantity.
     
  8. importforprofit

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    The OP should realize that the supplier is using bait marketing to see if there is a market for the product. Just because they are Gold Suppliers is no reason to trust them. Just because they look professional is no reason to trust them. Scammers usually look very professional, and thousands of Gold Suppliers have been caught out scamming buyers.
     
  9. Phenomix

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    And is it just a coincidence that you have a website listed in your profile stats that is somehow related to this and it's your first post?
     
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    kevincando Newbie

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    I dont know what kinds of products you bought from them , accordingly to your words, I think the point is they show something new on website but they don't actually have , right? in fact, it is common way for most alibaba suppliers, they will put many new idea and images on their website, but most are designs or copy from other companies, so they don't have actually samples in hand, if you want a sample , you have to pay their sample develping fee, in gneral, sample developing fee will be expensive, I hope it can help you .