Importing from China, Is it Safe?
Importing from China; is it safe for your new eCommerce store? It seemed simple when you made the decision but now it’s time to dig into the details on how to operate a successful online store. You’re going to need items to sell; popular items at the best price possible so you have a good profit margin. In this post I’m going to talk about whether it’s safe importing from China. It’s no secret with their low wage base, products from China are generally less expensive even when you take freight costs into account.
Problems Importing from China
Here’s the problem when you’re importing from China. You can’t always trust the supplier. Some will take your money and won’t even bother to send you the merchandise you ordered. Others will not send you legitimate products. If you get knock-off products, you risk being prosecuted, even if you don’t sell them, because it’s even illegal to buy them! An arrest warrant is the last thing you want to see. So, the bottom line is importing from China is not safe to do unless you know the supplier can be trusted. The trick is to verify the supplier will send you the stock and also send you legitimate products. Then, and only then does it become perfectly safe to import from China. Research is needed and my secret tool will help you in that process.
My Secret Tool
My secret tool? SaleHoo! SaleHoo will assist you for finding Chinese suppliers that you can trust. SaleHoo does not add a supplier to their directory until they have gone through a very stringent verification process proving that they can be trusted and they’re real. Not only that, SaleHoo provides user reviews from real people that use suppliers so you can choose to only deal with suppliers that have passed SaleHoo’s test and of course have good reviews from actual customers. So if you want to feel secure and safe when dealing with cheap Chinese imports your answer is to use SaleHoo’s directory.
More Tips to Import Safely from China
Here are a few tips on importing from China safely without SaleHoo. Only deal with suppliers that have been in business for two years or more. Look into their history. You can always Google the supplier and look for reviews. If you can’t find a review for a supplier, then don’t use them. Another idea is to ask for samples and buy small lots first. If the supplier has a website then the the WHOIS details and see if the website has been online for more than two years. Another good tip is to use Google to verify their physical location and that it actually exists.
Do you really have time to do all of that just to secure merchandise to sell? My guess is probably not. Instead, why not make an affordable investment in SaleHoo and their directory. It’s well worth the money and alternative is either having your money stolen with no merchandises getting illegitimate knock-off merchandise illegally and risk legal problems and that’s even if you don’t even sell the product as it’s illegal to even buy them!
With all of the hassles of finding reputable suppliers from China it only makes good sense to invest in the SaleHoo directory so you know the suppliers you choose have been verified after a very stringent verification process. Oh, and did you know that with SaleHoo you can even set up your online store? To learn more about SaleHoo, their directory, their store set-up, their “lab” and user reviews go to this link to get all of the information. Don’t forget to consider drop shipping. It’ll save you money and hassle of warehousing and then sending your merchandise to your customers. It’s all done for you. Good luck with your eCommerce store!