How do we choose a good manufacturer in China?

We are starting up a new business venture around toy action figures. We are looking for a manufacturer and are considering China. How do we downselect to the best candidates? Are there local intermediaries who can work on our behalf with the manufacturer? ANSWER: First off, congratulations on your new business. As you are dealing…

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Xiamen … Source Trading Co, LTD: Can you please verify this company?

I need your help with the following supplier: Name: XIAMEN XXXX SOURCE TRADING CO, LTD. Address: UNIT X, LEVEL X, XXXXXXXXXX XIAMEN, FUJIAN, 36100 CHINA. TEL-86-592-51XXXX, FAX- 86-592-51XXXX. Please verify and know whether this company is existing at all. Also get us their E-mail address and Mobile number of the contact person. We tried to…

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Making a purchasing decision with different suppliers

How would you make your purchasing decision when you have a few price lists in hand that are sent from different suppliers? Unfortunately, if you ask 20 Chinese suppliers for a quotation on the same product you may very likely get back 20 different quotation formats and perhaps 20 different prices. While price, quality and…

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More buyers falling into the same China sourcing pitfall

Perhaps in response to reading my recent post “Seconds from Sourcing Disaster”, I received the following story from a US buyer who also suffered dearly for not checking their suppliers out in detail before placing an order.   “We spent almost two years working with China via 2 separate sourcing agents/companies in the United States.…

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