My earlier post on ‘Make money importing cheap and quality goods from china’ triggered lots of positive responses. But the hurdle most of my readers faced was the process of ‘how to order goods from China.’ They were wondering, where do I order from? Which website is the best out there? When people hear about importing from China, they envision a computer geek with his system. No.. Ordering from china doesn’t require you being a tech savvy. If you can update your facebook wall, then you can order goods from china.
In this article, I’m going to simplify the process of ordering; even a dummy will be able to comprehend. Let’s begin!
HOW TO ORDER GOODS FROM CHINA
STEP ONE: WHAT TO ORDER –
Before you start placing an order, how demanding is that product? Are people in need of it? Have you made a feasible study? Is there something that begs for satisfaction within your environment? If you discover that kids clothing, technological gadgets etc are in high demand and has the potentiality of making tons of profit, then go for it. Order for a product that is needed. You won’t like to make an order that can’t be sold.
STEP TWO: WEBSITES –
In our previous article about importing from China, Inix asked,
‘Was expecting to see websites or company names that one could buy from. Any ideas? Shipping free companies?’
Yes.. There are several large web directories of Chinese companies and their products.. That is definitely the next phase after discovering what you want to order. Below are few genuine websites you can order from.
These websites are the biggest and best recommended, to at least start your window shopping. These websites are what links you to your supplier.
STEP 3: KEYWORD INPUT –
Irrespective of which website you want to order from, the processes are the same. There will be a horizontal search box at the top, other website might have it at the right side or left. There may be a category to choose from. As long as you can read, you’ll do just fine. Type in what you’re looking for.. For example, kids clothing.
This will pull up numerous results to choose from. Take note, each product has its supplier. Their prices are also listed. So, scroll down and keep scrolling until you find what you’re looking for. Once found, click on CONTACT SUPPLIER.
STEP FOUR – SUPPLIER –
When you have clicked on that CONTACT SUPPLIER button, you’ll be taken to a page where you will describe the quality, price or colour of the product you want. To send this message to the supplier, the website will mandate you sign-up immediately. Just got ahead and do that. As a Nigerian, ordering through Aliexpress.com will be best. But you’ve to be careful. Before contacting a supplier, make sure you run a background check like;
• How long has he been in the business.?
• How many goods has he supplied?
• Are the feedbacks positive or negative?
NOTE: Don’t go for a supplier whose rating is below 98%
When sending an email to the supplier, avoid going into much details. Let it be something like this;
I am seeking a supplier of quality HD laptops. Do you sell this? If yes, can you send specifications and pricing?
Thank you very much,
He will reply as soon as he get the mail. Alibaba have an inbuilt mail system. It will be wise to use this feature for faster response. Most suppliers hardly check their mails, due to overwhelming mails cluttered in their inbus.
STEP FOUR : COMMUNICATION :
Remember, your supplier isn’t from your country. You have to use simple English during discussion. Try as much as you can to avoid abbreviations or slangs..
This is the time you negotiate about the price of the product, your preferences.. Even the mode of shipping
STEP FIVE: FREE SHIPPING –
Not all China suppliers will agree to this. This is something you’ve to discuss during the communication process. If you succeed in getting the product shipped for free, that’s an added profit for you. But if the goods are huge, free shipping might be impossible, you can always negotiate about shipping fee. Another way of getting a free ship is through DHL. Take note, free shipping might take up to 2 weeks to arrive.
STEP SIX: PAYMENT –
No matter what, never pay your supplier directly. Use a channel like escrow. This way, you’re secured even after payment. The supplier gets paid once the goods have arrived and are in good shape. If the product didn’t arrive or was at a bad shape, you’ll easily get a refund.
Ordering from China is easy, just as facebook. During your first order, it might somehow be complicated, but as time goes. It gets easier. Remember, order for a small quantity during your first order. It will boost your confidence to order for another.
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