You guys have asked me to do a post about sourcing high-quality products from China as you afraid of shoddy work and that is what’s stopping you from selling on Amazon. Many people are of the opinion and perception that China offers low-quality workmanship on all their products. Like many countries this holds true but it all depends on where you sourcing from. It would be unfair to paint all Chinese suppliers with the same brush.
When sourcing for private label to sell on Amazon, the best way to start off is to use Alibaba. This site allows you to search for almost any product from Chinese manufacturers. Alibaba has found a way to develop and maintain standards of high quality and honesty between business to business dealings. Many of these manufacturers will perform OEM for you. Meaning they will create or take a standard product and put your packaging and branding on the product. This is what we call private label.
How To Use Alibaba:
Search for your product on Alibaba.
2. Click on the tabs: Trade Assurance, Gold Supplier and Assessed Supplier.
Trade Assurance: A free service that protects your orders from payment to delivery.
Gold Supplier: This a preferred supplier rated by Alibaba.
Assessed Supplier: This means that a third party inspection company has inspected the manufacturer and a report is available for download.
3. Contact Supplier.
Click on the contact supplier tab when you have chosen to select a supplier to contact. It will take you to the above page. Make sure you stipulate what the minimum order quantity (MOQ) you are looking for and click send. They will get back to you. Contact a minimum of 5 – 10 suppliers for quotes. When you are happy as at least 5 suppliers to send you samples so that you can test the quality of the product before making your final decision.
For step by step help, I would recommend having a look at the course inside this blog for a further break down of sourcing and negotiating with suppliers.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post of how to import and source high quality products from China.