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Can I Source Genuine Branded Items from China?

on Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:03 am
The prospect of sourcing items from China is both exciting
and daunting for most sellers, so when you throw trying to
source branded items into the equation, it can make an
online seller very nervous!

The answer is yes, you can import branded items from China,
but it's not easy.

This is because most branded items which come out of China
are fake which makes sourcing genuine brands very difficult
for retailers as many suppliers will try to convince you
they are the real thing.

Finding a reliable supplier is difficult. I spent weeks
looking and found that most suppliers claiming to be
selling the real deal, were nothing but scammers.

It wasn’t until I signed up to the SaleHoo Supplier
Directory that I found one that I could trust.

Because they pre-screen all their suppliers in their
directory, I didn’t’ have to worry about getting sold a
bunch of fake items, or about paying for my order, and
never seeing the stock I paid for.

Click here to visit their site and find out more.

These days, it's not just Louis Vuitton bags and Rolex
watches that are replicated and sold as genuine in China.
Here is a quick list of the most common replicas to come
out of China:

* Consumer electronic goods such as iPods
* Designer Jeans
* Surf brand clothing like Billabong board shorts and
* Designer spectacles
* Perfume
* Cosmetics and skin care
* Computer software
* Brand name power tools
* CDs and DVDs
* Designer jewelry

So with that many fakes out there, how can you be sure you
are going to get the real thing?

1) Firstly, genuine branded goods are not cheap! Wholesale
authentic branded goods are only between 5-30% discounted
from the local retail price.

Therefore, if a supplier is offering you for example, a
tube of Crème de la Mer at the same price as a tub of Nivea
face cream, it's definitely fake!

However, be aware that some sellers of replicas know that a
higher price makes their items seem more genuine so they
hike up their prices accordingly.

2) You also need to check the quality of the items. Do this
by ordering a sample or two from your supplier and really
analyzing the item.

Check for things like the quality of stitching, the quality
of the print in the design, the label and care instructions
(poor English is a giveaway e.g “do no wash in washing
machine”, or “dry cleaner only”).

However, keep in mind, that just like suppliers know all
about what retailers look for in pricing, they also know
that a retailer will largely judge whether an item is
genuine based on the sample they are given.

So sometimes you will be sent out a sample which is of much
better quality than what you will receive if you bulk buy.

For this reason, you cannot rely on the quality of a sample
item to determine whether a supplier is selling the real
deal (hey like I said, you can buy branded items from
China, but it ain't easy!).

3) Ask the supplier to supply photos of the stock you want
to buy with their own company branding in the photo. This
will prove whether they actually have the stock on site.

Don't feel like you are being pushy or rude by asking for
this, as it is essential to ensure that you and your money
stay safe from scammers.

4) Request to see their documentation from their
manufacturer which authorizes them to re-sell the branded

If you are still unsure, the best idea is to call the
branded items local or national headquarters nearest you.

You can find their contact details easily by doing a Google
search, and they will be able to tell you if the name of
the supplier's company is one of their licensed
distributors, which will mean you can finally put your mind
to ease.

Are you ready to start importing from China right now?

Visit SUPERWHOLESALE to meet tons of Chinese
suppliers with amazing products at the best prices
possible, and get your business growing!
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