Where in China can I get the right factories of hair pieces to buy at a good rate? Should I fly personally to make purchase or do it via the internet (considering fraudsters)? This is my first time.
Thank you for request. It is perhaps the most commonly asked questions for our Ask The Experts service. We are happy to provide the following.
First, when you are doing your research, it helps to give priority to suppliers that have higher star status in the Global Sources online system, visit their site here for full details on their supplier validation system..
In addition to the Global Sources’ 6 Star ranking system online, I still recommend that you or your representatives visit the factory in person before placing any significant order. If you are unable to make the trip yourself, or if you have not audited a factory before on your own and would like the support of professionals, I would like to introduce the following Endorsed Service Providers, as they can help you with the following:
1. If you would like to conduct due diligence to evaluate the reputation and financial standing of your potential suppliers, I suggest you talk to CBI Consulting
2. If you need help auditing the factories to evaluate the quality control system, then consider the services of Asia Quality Focus. Their charges are a few 100 USD per day and most audits take two days or less. If your order is large, then coming to China and joining the auditor as a wise move. Other than reasonable costs for transport/food and hotels, there is no downside to coming to China to meet your potential partners. But if your orders are small and a few 1000 USD for travel would eat up your margin, then you are probably best to rely on the 3rd parties to help you qualify the potential suppliers.
3. If you need general assistance with researching suppliers, conducting the RFQ (request for quotation), evaluating options at a national level, managing vendors and general China-side project management, then know that PassageMaker and Silk Road International are both reputable US owned, China based sourcing agencies that could be of service to you.
Suggest you visit the websites above to get more details and determine which services you need as I suspect all of them may be applicable to your project.
If you take one piece of advice away today, I hope you will place high importance on having yourself or somebody that represents you visit the suppliers in person before you place a substantial order.
Best wishes on your sourcing program!