When you are trying to source products from China, whether it is parts or final products, you might immediately think of looking online. The truth about websites like Alibaba and other websites that deal with sourcing is that they are filled with agents. These agents might be numerous for one single company itself. So how do you get the right sourcing company in China?
Understand China’s Manufacturing Geography
If you know for sure that you are going to source products from China then you will need to spend some time learning where their hubs are located. For example, car parts and accessories are manufactured to the north of China, textiles in Shanghai, electronics in Shenzhen, and so on. So whatever you need to source will be located in an area which has many factories that manufacture the same line of goods. So it is best for you to visit that area and take a look at a number of such factories.
Do go through the number of websites that are found online. It will give you an idea of the companies that manufacture the goods you require. Check out the many B2B sites. To authentically choose Chinese sourcing companies go through some of the ‘verified accounts’. You probably might have to pay to view these accounts but it will be worth the cost. These companies have been verified by the website or by people who have used their products and services. This will give you a better chance of finding an authentic dealer.
Check Social Media
Yes! Sourcing products from China can be done through social media like Facebook and LinkedIn. Many of these companies have the links here and you might be able to see their manufacturing set up and past performances.
One of the most legitimate ways to find a China sourcing company is through trade shows. There are trade shows for cars and its accessories, for textiles, electronics, gift items, mobile phones and accessories, household items and many more. These shows happen throughout the year. Your best bet to find a good sourcing company will be through this. Attend these shows and take a day or two to find the company that you can do business with.
Sourcing products from China can often be tricky business and you could get cheated if you are not wise and smart enough to see through them. However do not be satisfied with such searches. We always suggest that you take these only as leads and actually go to their company in China. Hire a local agent who will represent your company. He should be trust worthy and be able to communicate your requirements adequately.