Today’s Question: I am about to publish a book and launch a line of plush dolls/toys to go with it. I already have prototypes of the dolls that I want to produce along with pictures to send to potential manufacturers. Should I worry about someone stealing my idea? I have the name of my idea/product…

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Avoiding Middlemen in China

Summary Written by Mike Bellamy, the founder of Shenzhen-based sourcing agency PassageMaker, this whitepaper is a behind the scenes look at common tactics used in China to deceive buyers.  Is designed to give the reader the tools needed to avoid typical traps. Target Audience Buyers sourcing or interested in sourcing from China. About the Publisher…

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Believe it or not next week begins March’s end.  With it comes our compilation of our sponsors’ best articles.  This month we reviewed articles from Global Sources, Asia Quality Focus, and AsiaBridge.  GS gave us two completely different posts, one about ‘reshoring’ and one regarding the top electronics for February.  AQF warned us of mixing…

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One of my clients asked me a question, which I believe is a common concern: “How can we protect our IPR effectively in China?”   The following was my answer:   1. First of all, register your IPR in China, ASAP.  All IP laws & regulations in China are based on the protection for legitimate…

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After AsiaBridge’s presentation regarding the importance of bilingual contracts at the Hong Kong sourcing fair hosted by Global Sources, some clients wrote me asking more about bilingual contracts. A few clients wanted to know, “Do you really think Bilingual contracts are necessary?” I understand clients’ concerns. We’re dealing with China; if something goes wrong, many…

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Global Sources always provides the latest in all things sourcing.  Here are our favorites, from winter 2012-2013. Why is China expensive? Global Sources provided an excerpt from the article, ‘“The End of Made-in-China?” orginially from Silk Road Associates. GS summarized different scenarios causing buyers less likely to ‘buy China.’  Two in particular, China’s youth labor supply…

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