First Time Buyer. Small Volume. Tips?

How can a first timer begin buying directly from a Chinese factory, with no less than us$15000? What does it take to travel directly there to do your buying ?

That is a good question and it gets asked a lot. So I am happy to give you some blog posts and short videos which cover this topic in detail:A small buyer placing orders with Chinese Suppliers: contracts, travel, and other issues

Should a small startup, dealing with electronics, go factory direct?

How to place an order with a supplier in China while living somewhere else

Chinese Purchase Order (PO) formats/templates for large and small orders

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, I recently gave a seminar on strategies for small volume buyers. The presentation was taped and it should be posted in about 30 days at   I’ll let you know when it is made public.

Hope the above information helps you.  Let me know how things work out.

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 ( )



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