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Behind the scenes: buying SD cards & flash/ thumb drives direct from China


Written by Mike Bellamy, the founder of Shenzhen-based sourcing agency PassageMaker, and support by CISC researchers, this whitepaper is a behind the scenes look at how SD cards and USB flash drives are sold to international buyers. Is designed to give the reader the tools needed to avoid typical traps.

Target Audience

Buyers sourcing or interested in sourcing SD cards and USB flash drives from China

About the Publisher

Founded in 2010, the China Sourcing Information Center (CSIC) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to educate, develop, and advance the China sourcing profession. Support from corporate sponsors and donations from individuals help keep the following services available to the public free of charge:

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Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Why are buyers of SD cards and flash drives targeted by scam artists?
  4. What common mistakes are made when buying SD cards and flash drives?
  5. How is the supply chain organized among the manufacturers and wholesalers in China?
  6. What are the popular new models of flash drives for Spring 2013?
  7. How to find a reliable supplier of SD cards and flash drives?
  8. Conclusion
  9. References

Follow link to download PDF:

CSIC white paper on USB flash drive and SD cards REV MB 4.25.2013


Mike Bellamy

Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( Author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions. Mike is co-founder of CSA, the China Sourcing Academy.

One thought on “Behind the scenes: buying SD cards & flash/ thumb drives direct from China

  1. AvatarKimberly Hall

    SD cards are nice because they have great purpose. We can store in a lot of information or files and we can carry them easily. However, for those planning to outsource this item, they should make sure that they get a company that is reliable that would not scam them. It is very important to check on the store itself for you to be at ease that you are processing good and honest business.

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