If your secret B2B portals are so safe why don't you share?

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I have been asked why I don't just name the sites that I consider to be very safe to use.

Well there is a lot more to the sourcing and importing process than just searching a site for suppliers. I see too many people on forums like this who jump in at the deep end without doing adequate research. If I just gave out the names of a couple of safe B2B sites, some warriors, maybe even a lot of them, would go there, be delighted with the trustworthy suppliers they find, and start placing orders.

It is not uncommon for people to go off half cocked knowing almost nothing about what is involved in buying overseas. In effect they treat the overseas buying process as though they were buying from the corner store. Some even turn to me for help after they have ordered goods without knowing what to do about actually getting the goods delivered to them.

I have on my files tales of woe that include one who ordered a large shipment of bulky goods. Great price! The problem was, this person discovered that freight was going to cost several time the value of the goods and by the time she came to me for help she had already paid for the goods. I find it hard to believe how careless some people can be with their own money.

If someone intends going it alone without obtaining some guidance, they should at least think carefully about the project from start to finish. Here is a very brief outline. Intending importers should at least complete the first two of the following steps before starting to source products.

1. Market research. What to sell, how to sell it, are you sure you will be able to sell it, and what prices can you confidently expect to sell it for. That confidence must be based on thorough research, not just checking sold prices on eBay.
2. Determine what maximum landed cost is affordable in order to be competitive, making sure you take into account all selling costs.
3. Search for suppliers using a safe sourcing site. Don't just go to any site casually suggested on forums, because on some of them everything is not what it appears.
4. Avoid suppliers falsely claiming to be manufacturers. Most popular B2B portals have big lists of suppliers claiming to be manufacturers, but they are not.
5. Avoid buying from wholesalers because they soak up a lot of your profits. Buy only from manufacturers.
6. Conduct due diligence on the chosen suppliers.
7. Get quotes. Don’t forget freight.
8. Negotiate payment terms. Beware of W.U., and Telegraphic Transfers.
9. Ensure that all costs to your door are covered and that you have them in writing.
10. Obtain sample/s. Beware of freight ripoffs in this part.
11. If satisfied, place a small order crossing every t and dotting every i.
12. Pay deposit.
13. Pay balance as negotiated, preferably after the goods have landed.
14. Check the goods.
15. If all is well to this point, you are in business. You can do your test marketing and be ready to place another order.

Some may think I have set out everything they need to know, but there is much, much more. What I have written is not exhaustive because it takes me 133 pages to set it all out in detail for those new to importing. The purpose of this post is to answer the question as to why I don’t reveal my “secret” sites.

If you have never done overseas sourcing and importing before, just think is it worth spending a small amount as insurance against making a mistake that could cost you thousands? What I have written is the result of a lifetime of experience. My first job after college was with a big shipping company. I began exporting my own products to the Asia/Pacific region in 1978, and after selling that business I began importing in 1987.

I appointed franchisees in four countries and for 22 years until I retired they followed my methods and they are still doing so today with great success. I have been there - done that and my book provides the essential information resulting from that experience.

Here is a post made on this forum by a very experienced warrior: "ImportExport doesn't really plug his book, but you should buy it if you're serious. Listen, I have been importing since 2005. I've been to China a couple times, I feel like I'm pretty experienced with small order importing (i.e. not containers). I bought the ebook thinking if I learned something, great, if I didn't, he offers a money back guarantee.

The book is worth more than he charges for it. If you really want to get serious about it, I guarantee you, his book will save you a boatload of troubles or money."
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Stone
    How do I know if a supplier on one of the sites (like Alibaba) is not a manufacturer?
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      HI Alex,

      The sad fact is that you can almost presume that any supplier listed on Alibaba or any of the major sourcing sites is not a manufacturer.

      The verification process on most sites is not thorough, and only confirms that the business exists. There is no checking to see if they really do have manufacturing capability. Even Gold Suppliers or other premium listings on other sites are not subject to any extra checking, they just buy their status, it is not earned.

      On the other hand, my top recommended sourcing site has a comprehensive checking system so that you can see if the supplier has manufacturing facilities, and even such things as meeting internationally accepted labor conditions.

      I don't know if you can afford to place large orders, but you don't have to. I teach how to negotiate small orders at ex-factory prices.

      If you want to be safe when searching for overseas suppliers, there is no substitute for using a safe sourcing site.
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      • Profile picture of the author ed22
        Hi. Does your book list this safe sourcing site?
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        • Profile picture of the author Importexport
          Originally Posted by ed22 View Post

          Hi. Does your book list this safe sourcing site?
          Hi ed22,

          Yes it lists 27 B2B sourcing sites that can help you source products in almost any exporting country, not only China.

          Sorry Fat Wolf, but when you consider that I have a paid support team to answer my book buyers' questions, there is no room for a discount.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fat Wolf
    Hello Importexport, do you think you can run a holiday discount on your ebook? thx
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  • Profile picture of the author razorjames
    where can you find your book please?
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by razorjames View Post

      where can you find your book please?
      You can use the live link in blue in my signature.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shellg
        I started using importexports book recently and I had already looked at Alibaba but when I got his book I went to his safe sites and the difference is amazing.

        So easy to use with his instructions and no worries about being scammed. I see why he doesnt tell everbody cos you do need to know what you are doing. Im glad I got his book before I ordered from Alibaba
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  • Profile picture of the author nileez
    So this book consists of everything one needs to know about importing? Is it suitable for people who know nothing yet about importing?

    Just asking to be sure because I'm fairly new to all this stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by nileez View Post

      So this book consists of everything one needs to know about importing? Is it suitable for people who know nothing yet about importing?

      Just asking to be sure because I'm fairly new to all this stuff.
      Hi nileez,

      My book does not teach anything about exporting, but if you follow the methods I describe, you can join the hundreds of people in 35 countries who have succeeded in starting up an importing business.

      Some contact me for personal assistance when they first start up, and from their correspondence I can tell that the majority have never done any importing, and have absolutely no idea what is involved.

      Only a small number tell me that they have already been importing. These people come to me because they need to find out how to avoid some of the problems they have met up with already. Some have had some very nasty experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author iwhiz
    How much is the book
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  • Profile picture of the author Siyaagarwal
    Howdy. Does your book list this safe sourcing site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by Siyaagarwal View Post

      Howdy. Does your book list this safe sourcing site?
      Yes, but there is more than one safe site listed. The book also shows you safe sourcing practice.

      That safe sourcing procedure can be used even on the not so safe sites, but I would not use such sites because it involves a lot more work. The sites I recommend have done most of the work for you.

      Most B2B sites have verification procedures designed to make people believe that they are dealing with trustworthy suppliers, but all they verify is that the business actually exists.
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      • Profile picture of the author xwestonx
        I recently picked up Importexport's book and it has been very valuable. It is far better than any other that I have looked into which all seem pretty light on details other than "go to alibaba and start emailing manufactures." I recently decided to launch my own business, so I am very new to all of this, but I would absolutely recommend this book. As he said in the last comment, it is the apporach/procedure that matters the most.

        Now I just need to take care of the actually selling part!
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        • Profile picture of the author Importexport
          Originally Posted by xwestonx View Post

          I recently picked up Importexport's book and it has been very valuable. It is far better than any other that I have looked into which all seem pretty light on details other than "go to alibaba and start emailing manufactures." I recently decided to launch my own business, so I am very new to all of this, but I would absolutely recommend this book. As he said in the last comment, it is the apporach/procedure that matters the most.

          Now I just need to take care of the actually selling part!
          Thanks for your comments. I agree that sourcing the products is the easy part once you know the right way. Selling the product is harder.

          Best Wishes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryce
    @importexport PM
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  • Profile picture of the author Dante Galahad
    Hi Can you tell me whats the different if i bought PAC course that come with your books or buy it stand alone right on your site?. PAC cost me $300 and your one cost $100 and i notice you give us 3 month on one to one mentoring, lifetime update and also 1/2 price to PAC course. If i bought PAC course will i get access to your book update for life? Will i also get your mentoring one on one for 3 month with PAC course?. If not will i be able to pay 1/2 of your price just to get your mentoring and life time update if i decide to buy PAC. Which means i already got your book and i dont need to get duplicate copy which i will automatically got from purchasing PAC course is that possible?.
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by Dante Galahad View Post

      Hi Can you tell me whats the different if i bought PAC course that come with your books or buy it stand alone right on your site?. PAC cost me $300 and your one cost $100 and i notice you give us 3 month on one to one mentoring, lifetime update and also 1/2 price to PAC course. If i bought PAC course will i get access to your book update for life? Will i also get your mentoring one on one for 3 month with PAC course?. If not will i be able to pay 1/2 of your price just to get your mentoring and life time update if i decide to buy PAC. Which means i already got your book and i dont need to get duplicate copy which i will automatically got from purchasing PAC course is that possible?.
      I will send you a link that will give you a free copy of my book if you sign up for the PAC course. That is better than the discount offer I make on my book's site, and you will continue to get lifetime updates free.

      I can no longer provide the personal mentoring and I have removed that offer from my site. Instead, I have taught my support team all they need to know to provide answers to all your questions, but just in case you have a question they can't solve, they will refer it to me for my personal attention.
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  • Profile picture of the author bounceback
    I am only looking for the safe sourcing sites which are not included in the book. How do I get those? Can we just pay for the sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by bounceback View Post

      I am only looking for the safe sourcing sites which are not included in the book. How do I get those? Can we just pay for the sites.
      Those safe sites, together with about 20 other sites (not the big B2B sites) for those who want to search in countries other than China are listed in the book, together with instructions on how to navigate the safe sites.

      There is also a whole lot more information that will help make the whole process of buying overseas and importing, safer and easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author bounceback
    where is the book again?
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