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5 things to know 5 Things to Know About Chinese Culture When Negotiating With Suppliers

Doing business in China can be a wonderful, culturally enriching experience -- not to mention a profitable one! But new buyers shouldn’t expect it to be as straightforward and simple as trading within their home countries. Finding the right balance of business acumen and cultural sensitivity may take several tries, and as with all things, patience is key. We hope these tips will help ease the...

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alibaba Alibaba Trade Assurance: An Unbiased Overview

Launched in 2015, Alibaba.com’s Trade Assurance program has all the potential to be a game-changer for buyers looking for an extra layer of protection when ordering over China’s largest business-to-business e-commerce platform. Whereas previously buyers on Alibaba.com had little recourse when a supplier failed to honor the terms of the sales agreement, Trade Assurance gives buyers a way of...

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entry level capital Entry Level Capital Investment for the Startup Importer

What is the Ideal Number to Start With When Importing from China?

A common question new importers ask us is, how much is a good amount of capital to invest, when starting out with importing for the first time. This in itself is a very difficult question to answer because it is almost equivalent to asking, “how much should I spend on my first home?”

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bluetooth bad for startups Why Bluetooth is a Bad Idea for Startup Importers

Bluetooth is a Powerful Piece of Technology, But is it Worth Importing?

A lot of our customers contact us with intentions of having Bluetooth products made and imported. The problem with this is that a lot of them don’t realize Bluetooth’s strict licensing and listing fees. Bluetooth is a technology, and in order to use it in a component and to advertise that you are using it, fees and proper...

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fake certifications Beware of Fake Certificates When Importing from China

Are you Really Safe with Certifications from China?

If you’re a small brand, or don’t manufacture your own products, the authorities expect you to be liable for all aspects of your products safety. It can be estimated that around 30% of all product safety certificates coming out of China are fake. Sure, a fake certificate could get your goods through customs, but they won’t be of much help...

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