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Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 7th May 2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 689
Posted By Importexport
Re: will this hurt Amazon?

If you are referring to bulk raw materials such as iron ore, yes it is cheaper to ship that to China and buy the steel from them, rather than produce the steel.


Despite that, there are still...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 6th May 2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 689
Posted By Importexport
Re: will this hurt Amazon?

The final decisions may have been made in China, but I have not yet seen anything published that would help importers with their planning, other than the fact that on April 28 China Post began...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 1st May 2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 689
Posted By Importexport
Re: will this hurt Amazon?

For several years there have been Chinese businesses setting up addresses and companies in Western countries and advertising on eBay and Amazon while pretending to be present in those countries.
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 1st May 2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2,652
Views: 45,065
Posted By Importexport
Re: Coronavirus? Not worthy of a mention here???

The confinement at home also presents a great opportunity to prepare for the time when the lockdown is lifted.



That could be simply learning a new skill, or it could be mapping out your...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 26th April 2020, 10:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 689
Posted By Importexport
Re: will this hurt Amazon?

Building Guanxi.
As I wrote in my previous posts, Guanxi is all about relationships. Here are a few things you should do if you want to build a business relationship that will work to your great...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 24th April 2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 689
Posted By Importexport
Re: will this hurt Amazon?

GUANXI. Iwrote that I would post an explanation of Guanxi.

New importers have a tendency to be impatient, wanting quick replies to their emails, or repeatedly sending emails asking for the answers...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 24th April 2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 689
Posted By Importexport
Re: will this hurt Amazon?

Amazon have brought this on themselves and the current pandemic has only served to highlight the problem.

They saw a vast number of businesses in China that were supplying importers who were...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 25th September 2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,154
Posted By Importexport
Re: Question about building a e-commerce brand with dropshipping

There is a much better way to test the market instead of buying from sellers on Aliexpress.

You can go direct to manufacturers on Alibaba (or you can buy unique products from manufacturers in...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 15th September 2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By Importexport
Re: how to sell branded toys on Facebook, or Shopify

I am disappointed to see how many replies there are from people willing to break the law despite the warnings.


The first thing likely to happen is that your goods that you have paid for will...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 3rd May 2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By Importexport
Re: how to sell branded toys on Facebook, or Shopify

Unless you are able to outlay an enormous amount of money for an initial order and can prove that you are well established with a good track record, you will have no hope of getting a license.

...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 26th April 2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By Importexport
Re: Amazon FBA white labelling question. Is this ok to do?

Putting your own brand on a generic item that has no trademark is not a problem unless the item is subject to a patent or copyright.


Walter Hay
Importexport
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 18th April 2019, 11:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,339
Posted By Importexport
Re: is alibaba safe

@lucycarter, did you read the post that is directly above yours? It shows good reasons why buyers have to be extremely careful when buying from suppliers on Alibaba.

Do you know anything about...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 18th April 2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By Importexport
Re: Amazon FBA white labelling question. Is this ok to do?

The first thing you need to check is whether his brand is a registered trademark. You can find most registered trademarks by searching here: https://www.tmdn.org/tmview/welcome#...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th April 2019, 10:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By Importexport
Re: how to sell branded toys on Facebook, or Shopify

Talha Ahmed asked: "What is your source of inventory would be the second question. AliExpress ?"

Are you going to buy them from authorized suppliers? If you are going to buy them from suppliers...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd March 2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,339
Posted By Importexport
Re: is alibaba safe

I received a notification that member Motivation Vault had replied to this thread. Only part of the post was shown, but sufficient to tell that it was about an unhappy experience with a supplier...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 14th March 2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 474
Posted By Importexport
Re: Hot Products Research

Sorry, but you have missed the point. I said that it is possible to buy a small quantity from the actual manufacturer. That would not involve paying $2000 for inventory upfront. I would never suggest...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 14th March 2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 474
Posted By Importexport
Re: Hot Products Research

The only problem with that is that it can be extremely difficult to locate the manufacturer on Alibaba, and prices on Aliexpress are too high to buy inventory there for resale.

A better way is to...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th March 2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 474
Posted By Importexport
Re: Hot Products Research

Choosing to sell Hot Products is inviting massive competition, with the result usually being a race to the bottom price war.

It would be far better to find unique products or ones that have never...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 18th February 2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 26,259
Posted By Importexport
Re: Ask Me Anything About Product Sourcing And Importing For Profit. ― Veteran Importer Here.

@Paul,
There is a lot for you to learn before you think of placing an order.

If you read right through this thread you will get a lot of information that will help you, but you should at least...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th February 2019, 12:34 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,722
Posted By Importexport
Re: Amazon FBA or dropship

This makes it seem so easy, but it ignores some important facts.


You need to know who you are dealing with when buying products in China. Most of the advertisers on the big B2B sites claim to...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th January 2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By Importexport
Re: Selling on Amazon Platform or My Own eCommerce Store

There is no reason why you should not do both, and in fact there are good reasons why you should.

In my post above, I explain how you can take advantage of Amazon's huge traffic, yet without...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th January 2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 29,017
Posted By Importexport
Re: Currently doing 200+ sales a day ($8000ish) with shopify and FB - questions?

I would not abandon Amazon, but I would open my own eCommerce store. Why not get a kick start to your own eCommerce business by taking advantage of the big traffic on Amazon?

There is a way to get...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 20th December 2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,722
Posted By Importexport
Re: Amazon FBA or dropship

As an expert in safe sourcing, having begun importing in 1987, I can tell you that finding the actual manufacturer for products you have been dropshipping from Aliexpress is near impossible.
...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 26th October 2018, 03:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By Importexport
Re: Beating the New US Tariffs - An Opportunity

Yes, both Thailand and Vietnam are great places to look for products that can compete on both price and quality with things produced in China.

Both countries present some difficulties for newbies...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 18th October 2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By Importexport
Re: Selling to the niche of electronics (from Alibaba)

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...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 18th October 2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By Importexport
Re: Selling to the niche of electronics (from Alibaba)

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...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 16th October 2018, 12:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By Importexport
Re: Selling to the niche of electronics (from Alibaba)

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...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 15th October 2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By Importexport
Re: Selling to the niche of electronics (from Alibaba)

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...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 14th October 2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By Importexport
Re: Beating the New US Tariffs - An Opportunity

That is the traditional view, but it is not always true.

I recently received an email from someone who is using the information in my safe sourcing book to locate suppliers in countries other than...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th October 2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By Importexport
Re: Beating the New US Tariffs - An Opportunity

Yes this is one of the real opportunities, because business will be slowing down for many Chinese manufacturers. This will give them excess production capacity and they will need to use that capacity...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 9th October 2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,722
Posted By Importexport
Re: Amazon FBA or dropship

If you are buying in bulk you are not dropshipping.

If you want a secure and sustainable business you should carry inventory and sell on eBay or Amazon, and preferably also have your own...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 24th September 2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By Importexport
Re: Beating the New US Tariffs - An Opportunity

You are quite right @dave_hermansen. Whenever things like this happen there is a strong tendency to panic, but as you have pointed out, most small importers handle low cost items and the increase in...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 23rd September 2018, 12:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By Importexport
Re: Beating the New US Tariffs - An Opportunity

Thailand is well worth consideration but, like many Asian countries waking from a long sleep allowing China to corner a big slice of the world's low labor cost manufacturing, Thailand is not so easy...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 20th September 2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 541
Posted By Importexport
Re: Heard You Missed Me...I'm Back!!!

Welcome Back Brent.


I have never been banned, but soon after the new management took over I received a flurry of infractions, and notices of rule violations such as signature going over 2 lines,...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 20th September 2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 26,259
Posted By Importexport
Re: Product Sourcing the Safe Way

How to Get Started in Importing.
There is a lot more to the sourcing and importing process than just searching a site for suppliers, so I have set out a few hints that you can use to make sure you...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 20th September 2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By Importexport
Beating the New US Tariffs - An Opportunity

There is a lot of doom and gloom about the impact of the ever-increasing tariff conflict between the USA and China. Many online sellers are worried about the increased cost and whether they will...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th September 2018, 12:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 197
Posted By Importexport
Re: Are You Being Cheated Or Completely Delusional?

I have seen negative reviews posted on this forum by people who obviously have an axe to grind. The axe? They are competitors or see themselves as competitors to the publisher.

If their product is...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th September 2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By Importexport
Re: Selling on Amazon Platform or My Own eCommerce Store

There is a way you can do both. By all means get started on Amazon, but you must remember that the customers are Amazon's. Amazon TOS prohibit you from contacting their (your) customers, but there is...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 29th August 2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 26,259
Posted By Importexport
Re: Product Sourcing the Safe Way

This thread is about safely sourcing overseas to buy inventory, not to find suppliers for dropshipping.

If you intend dropshipping my best suggestion is to read posts by dave_hermansen...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd August 2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,840
Posted By Importexport
Re: Did $40k last month dropshipping, wanted to provide value to anyone who needs advice

If you are using a fulfillment service in the USA, you are not really dropshipping. You must be buying inventory and shipping it to the fulfillment service who will send individual orders to your...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd August 2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,722
Posted By Importexport
Re: Amazon FBA or dropship

Anyone starting off as a newbie should learn first how to safely source on Alibaba and other B2B platforms. See my thread: Ask Me Anything About Product Sourcing And Importing For Profit. ― Veteran...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd August 2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 26,259
Posted By Importexport
Re: Product Sourcing the Safe Way

Today I read a lengthy post by someone who seems to think they know all there is about making big money on Amazon FBA. They might be great at Amazon marketing.

I don't know if they really are,...
Forum: Beginners Area 27th July 2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,470
Posted By Importexport
Re: 1000usd budget, eCommerce or Affiliate marketing

Have you considered selling on Bidorbuy.co.za? There is a thriving market there and if you do your market research you will find products that are in demand but prices are way too high.

You could...
Forum: Beginners Area 24th July 2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,470
Posted By Importexport
Re: 1000usd budget, eCommerce or Affiliate marketing

You are quite right @dave_hermansen. I have had quite a few people start importing and selling at a profit with only a small budget.

Here is one, who probably had the smallest budget and he sold...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 24th July 2018, 12:16 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 26,259
Posted By Importexport
Re: Product Sourcing the Safe Way

Aliexpress is a retail site owned by Alibaba. There is no verification process and it's like the Wild West. They have what they call a Buyer Protection scheme. It is a lot simpler than the very...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 22nd July 2018, 11:38 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 26,259
Posted By Importexport
Product Sourcing the Safe Way

I repeatedly see posts from "experts" in marketing that include advice on how to source products from China and other countries. It is obvious to me as a person who has spent a lifetime in shipping,...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 17th July 2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,356
Posted By Importexport
Re: How much money do i need for amazon FBA

Using research tools to find best sellers only guarantees that you will be following the crowd and most likely get involved in a price war with a race to the bottom.


Far better to find something...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 2nd June 2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 877
Posted By Importexport
Re: Dealing with price wars on Amazon FBA (arbitrage)

You could be surprised at what little cost is involved in private labeling. I have taught thousands of people how to buy small quantities even if a supplier quotes a big MOQ.


I also teach how to...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 2nd June 2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Posted By Importexport
Re: Print on demand graphics editor needed - who do you use

If you are using a print on demand supplier, you should ask them, because most of them do that as part of their service, provided your artwork is in PNG format.


Walter
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 2nd June 2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,356
Posted By Importexport
Re: How much money do i need for amazon FBA

Maybe you haven't looked at the ProvenPerformanceInventory (PPI) course that is part of the Proven Amazon Course.(PAC)?


PPI shows you how to find in demand products that you won't find by using...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 1st June 2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,356
Posted By Importexport
Re: How much money do i need for amazon FBA

My signature contains a live link. Just click on that.


Walter
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 28th May 2018, 11:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 877
Posted By Importexport
Re: Dealing with price wars on Amazon FBA (arbitrage)

If you are selling generic type products that are big sellers, the outcome will inevitably be what you have experienced.

You need to think outside the box and sell products that others are not...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th May 2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,073
Posted By Importexport
Re: I only sell enough of my courses to barely pay bills; no growth. Help?

Have you considered joining art forums and contributing value to them?

If you can establish a reputation for yourself by giving truly helpful advice and good quality general information on the...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th May 2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 209
Posted By Importexport
Re: "drop shipping"

You are not dropshipping if you want 10 items sent to you. You are acting as an importer, buying inventory.

@dave_hermansen is correct when he says that Alibaba is not a supplier. They are just a...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th May 2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,356
Posted By Importexport
Re: How much money do i need for amazon FBA

There is a myth still around, that you have to place very large orders to buy from suppliers on B2B sites like Alibaba. In reality, I have taught hundreds of people how to ignore the huge Minimum...
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 10th May 2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,356
Posted By Importexport
Re: How much money do i need for amazon FBA

And by giving you a list of hot selling products he introduces you to a highly competitive field. He is also an affiliate for e-Bay's Terapeak, where you can find hot sellers that every man and his...
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