Is My Product Inferior?

How do I know that the goods I am requesting are not inferior to those produced in US, since Chinese products in my country are regarded as sub standard.

Before you place your order, you should do the following:

a)     Ask for references

b)     Conduct an audit to make sure the factory has the ability to produce what you want

c)     Focus on suppliers in the network who show experience in your specific products and market standards. Stay away from the suppliers who say they “can do” something, and focus on the ones who “have done” something.

After you place your order, even if no red flags found in above steps, you still need to do the following to be safe:

1.     Have clear standards under contract with the seller. If you don’t tell them exactly what you want, you will get something you didn’t ask for.

2.     Conduct a product inspection before the goods ship and before final payment is made.

3.     Same goes for lab testing!

If you want some more tips, I highly suggest you check out the short videos at:

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

Let me know how things work out for you.

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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