New To Sourcing. Where To Start?

I want to purchase goods from China but I don’t know how because this is my first time.  Please help me get started.

First let me give you a bunch of free resources. Then I will suggest some professional, fee based, services.

Free Stuff:

The following short videos were created to help out new buyers. I think this would be a good place to start.

Video 1: Finding Suppliers
Video 2: Evaluating Suppliers
Video 3: Negotiations
Video 4: Project Management and Quality Control
Video 5: Protecting Your Intellectual Property
Video 6: Leveraging Global Sources
Video 7: How to Find and Manage Partners for Logistics
Video 8: Avoiding Scams
Video 9: Returning Defective Products
Video 10: Resolving a Dispute

Also, get on the RSS/ mailing lists of and as they post a lot of free content designed to help buyers, like yourself.

If you are open to spending a few 100 USD on your education, then check out the following manual based on my 10 years living in China:  The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing.

As your project moves forward, if you find yourself in need of support, here is my list of endorsed service providers:

Let me know how things work out for you. Best wishes on your project.

Question answered by Mike Bellamy, host of “Ask the Experts” at the China Sourcing Information Center.

Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions ( )



1 Comment

  1. Patricia Dulaney on February 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Very good question. Starting to find your supplier is the most difficult part. Yu have to make you that you are not dealing with scammers that will just get your money and you not getting any goods. It is best to check on the suppliers yourself to be sure that they’re for real.

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