If you find any suppliers in China that do offer well-known brands for sale, you should run the other way. Most big brand goods being offered are counterfeits, but even if they are genuine, the problems are much the same.
- Suppliers of counterfeit products are notorious for scamming. Often, buyers of counterfeits pay and then receive nothing. Other times they get a product that will work for a very short time, and sometimes, if it is electronics, they even get an empty shell.
- Customs will usually confiscate the branded goods (genuine or counterfeit) on arrival. There goes your hard earned cash.
- Depending on the quantity and value, Customs may prosecute, with the possibility of heavy fines and/or imprisonment.
- Once you are detected importing counterfeits, your name and address will be flagged by Customs. This means every shipment ever after will be delayed while they do a thorough inspection.
- No warranty, regardless of what the supplier might say, so you carry the cost of replacements when your customers discover how shoddy the products are.
- There have been numerous cases of the brand owners suing and getting such big compensation payments that the illegal importer is bankrupted.
A final word of warning: If a product looks like a big brand item it can cause importers the same problems as listed above. Even without the brand, they can be classed as knockoffs because they are infringing the trademark, copyright, or registered design owner's intellectual property rights.
Parallel or gray market imports are a different matter and readers may like to see my thread Is There A Legal Way To Import Big Brands