With China producing so many of the world’s goods, it is only natural that there are many business opportunities in China wholesale electronics. Buying and selling wholesale products from China can be a lucrative business model for those who are informed and do it properly.
Factory direct or wholesale
While it is possible to order goods factory direct from Chinese factories, it is often best for those starting a business to go through a wholesaler, unless a unique product needs to be manufactured. Chinese factories frequently have very close working relationships with wholesalers so the price difference may be minimal. China wholesalers will offer more products, secure payment methods, lower order quantities and are generally easier to do business with than going directly to a factory. However, there are exceptions such as when ordering larger quantities.
Finding the right supplier
Regardless of whether going China wholesale or factory direct, it is important to choose suppliers very carefully. The most thorough way to confirm this is to go to China or have an agent there to check out things first hand. However, this is costly and time consuming.
Fortunately, like so many other things, the internet has changed the game. It is possible to order everything online without any business trips. However, steps need to be taken to ensure the reliability of the supplier.
There are many websites offering ways to find good suppliers. For example, http://www.made-in-china.com/ has a system for audited suppliers. These suppliers will go through a verification process that makes them much more secure than a free supplier that has not. In addition, it is possible to check reviews and other references to further ensure the source can be trusted and is legally registered.
For the most secure suppliers, those buying China wholesale also can use sites to include SaleHoo that only represent verified suppliers and break relationships with any wholesalers that do not provide a satisfactory level of service.
When purchasing from a Chinese supplier, it is best to use a payment service such as MoneyGram or PayPal that has a policy on refunds. A bank transfer does not leave any room for recourse if there is a problem with the shipment.
Types of China wholesale electronics products
With China such a manufacturing hub, just about anything, from shoes to phones and cameras can be found. As China has advanced in manufacturing prowess, Chinese wholesale electronics (the best area for these is Guangdong Province) have become particularly attractive.
Anyone buying China wholesale electronics first needs to very carefully consider the types of products they would like to sell. It is usually best to avoid products to include children’s toys that are more regulated. Carefully look at regulations and import duties before deciding on any product.
Branded and non-branded wholesale products
Keep in mind that it is generally impossible to legally purchases branded products directly from Chinese producers and sell them. Agreements with between the owners and suppliers of these products will forbid it. Therefore, branded products that can be purchased from a wholesaler are likely to be counterfeit.
With this in mind, it is necessary to buy non-branded products. While these products will be cheaper, they will generally be of lower quality. For consumers more interested in price, such products can sometimes be the best sellers. In addition, keep in mind that non-branded products can often be branded with one’s own name for large enough orders.
Advantages of China wholesale
Besides the obvious cost advantages, it is important to keep in mind that many products that can be found from Chinese wholesale are often not on sale yet in the US and other markets. It is sometimes possible to find undiscovered products that can really take off.
One attractive way for some to sell wholesale products is by drop shipping. This eliminates the need to keep inventory since the product is shipped directly from the China wholesaler to the customer. However, the drawbacks are that the unit costs will likely be higher without bulk purchases, and having each product shipped separately from China will cost more, although this may be at least partially made back since it will not be necessary to warehouse the product and send it to the customer from there.
Taxes and import duties
On top of shipping costs, any taxes and important duties must be figured into the total costs. Although these are generally low for electronics, they are much higher on others. Consider these costs when deciding on what products to buy and sell.
Getting the best price
Always look around and consider as many suppliers as possible. Buying in bulk and stressing long-term relationships can help lower unit costs. However, do not become so fixated on price that the quality of the products or the reliability of the supplier is sacrificed.
In addition, remember that goods need to be covered by warranties, and orders should ship with services such as DHL and EMS which allow the packages to be tracked when possible.