Selling to the niche of electronics (from Alibaba)

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Hello all,

I have a strong desire to start importing and selling on Amazon FBA. I would like some input before I get started and blow money on something not profitable. Does anybody here sell electronic-related products from Alibaba? Is it a bad idea to sell electronics from Alibaba?

Of course, before launching a product, you should always sample/test the product for yourself before just launching it. Whether it's electronics or toys, cooking or sewing, there are good and bad products in different niches. So, would electronics be any different?

I'm really trying to feel out some different niches and make the right decision before I start investing a lot of money in something.

Any viewpoints/opinions would be helpful to me. I am not confined to anything yet, but I just want to get some different viewpoints before I make a final decision.

Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Importexport
    I have many years experience in dealing with China, first as an exporter, and after 9 years, I started importing in 1987.

    I would strongly advise against importing electronics from China. While it is true that almost all types of products will have quality problems at times, the experience of numerous importers that I know is that electronics have a shockingly high failure rate.

    It is possible to have any products you are importing for resale inspected by reputable Inspection Services. I definitely recommend that this be done with any type of product.

    Having taught thousands of people how to safely source and import products, not only from China, but also many other countries, I suggest you have a look at my thread: Ask Me Anything About Product Sourcing And Importing For Profit. ― Veteran Importer Here. to get a basic idea of what you need to know.

    If you have any specific questions, please ask them there and you can be sure of a knowledgeable reply from someone who has "been there - done that."

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  • Profile picture of the author rubylulu
    Generally speaking, when importing electronic products from China, you must choose electronic products of well-known brands. In general, products from relatively small suppliers may have a relatively high failure rate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Importexport
    DON'T try importing and reselling well known brands unless they are Chinese well known brands.

    If the brand names are owned in a Western country: It is illegal to import them.
    • They could be confiscated at the border.
    • You could be hit with big fines.
    • If the value is high enough you could do jail time.
    • If the brand owner discovers what you are doing your website or listing on a selling platform such as Amazon will be shut down overnight and the brand owners will sue the shirt off your back.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Importexport View Post

      DON'T try importing and reselling well known brands unless they are Chinese well known brands.
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      Man, I'm drawing a blank. How many well known, respected Chinese brands are there in electronics? All I can come up with is Haier, Lenovo and ZTE.

      By the way, I've white labeled several different products over the years from China. I think all of them had some sort of problem initially. The key is to figure out what those problems are right away and see if the manufacturer can fix the problem BEFORE you start buying in bulk and putting your own brand name on them.

      Really, if you look around your kitchen, you'll find out that pretty much every single appliance in it is made in China (and they are all electronic). The brands (often American) have been through the trials and errors with the Chinese manufacturers until they got the product just right.
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  • Profile picture of the author paververisgroup
    Thank you everyone for your replies. Will Pena was right. Stay away from electronics. Now I'm learning why.
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  • Profile picture of the author Importexport
    You are quite right about the scarcity of respected Chinese brands in electronics. That's not to say they can't produce high quality, reliable electronic equipment.



    The common experience of importers suffering a high rate of returns and complaints is primarily a result of supply and demand forcing so many Chinese manufacturers of any types of products, not only electronics, to manufacture down to a price, rather than up to a standard.


    Your comment about appliances is right too. For example the world's biggest manufacturer of air conditioners is a Chinese company Midea, and they manufacture not only their own brand, but also some of the biggest, and most famous American brands.


    Their own brand sells for as little as half the price of the American brands, but having owned 3 of their Midea brand units I can say the quality is superb.


    Yes, whatever product people might buy from China, it pays to buy a sample or several and test them, but even then, I would recommend using the services of an inspection service before a larger order is shipped.


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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Importexport View Post



      Your comment about appliances is right too. For example the world's biggest manufacturer of air conditioners is a Chinese company Midea, and they manufacture not only their own brand, but also some of the biggest, and most famous American brands.


      Their own brand sells for as little as half the price of the American brands, but having owned 3 of their Midea brand units I can say the quality is superb.


      Walter Hay
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      I have a fantastic AC guy who has done work for me on several things. He told me the same thing. Some of the best known and respected American AC brands are made by Midea and you can buy the Midea version for far cheaper and they are just s good.
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    Is an inspection service expensive?
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by paververisgroup View Post

      Is an inspection service expensive?
      Most of the absolutely reliable inspections services such as SGS, Intertek, TUV, BV, etc., will charge at least US$300 per man day. They are very thorough and could easily save you a lot more than that if they detect problems before they are shipped to you.

      I would be wary of hiring most of the Chinese inspection services advertised on Alibaba, but there is one about which I have received good reports by some importers, and their fees are quite a bit less.

      You can find them here: TOPWIN Inspection Ltd - Quality control, Product inspection, Social and Factory Audits, Product Testing Their site seems slow to load, and requires you to allow Adobe flash to run, but I found it safe to use. It could be worth trying them to save $100 or so.

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  • Profile picture of the author paververisgroup
    Inspection services are good, but I'm almost starting to think that I should start off in another niche that does not require as much inspection until I build some capital and I can invest in electronics if I decide to do that.
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