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we all know that I have to communicate on the site Tagged. Now I really need to find contacts in China. Not for the search. I was surprised when I watched the Chinese profiles. They not have many contacts. from 2 to 6 maximum.  and Western people have a minimum of 600 and up to 10,000 contacts. What is this? more employment? or yet more realistic attitude to the internet? more than business people? I like that.
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 04:43:47 PM »
Why do you need contacts?

Is this dating, or business.

What kind of profiles do they have?  Are these business or personal profiles?

Some of the men on the board said they were experts in the Chinese culture.  Maybe they can help you with the Chinese culture.

PS - having few 'friends' is agreeable with the Asian cultures.  Friends have a built in 'debt' in most of the Asian cultures.

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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013, 04:49:45 PM »
Why do you need contacts?

Is this dating, or business.

What kind of profiles do they have?  Are these business or personal profiles?

Some of the men on the board said they were experts in the Chinese culture.  Maybe they can help you with the Chinese culture.

PS - having few 'friends' is agreeable with the Asian cultures.  Friends have a built in 'debt' in most of the Asian cultures.


I need business contacts. but I see a lot of people do not use English. It will be very difficult to make contact. I know of.

there personal profiles. only friendship. But I hope to find the necessary contacts for me.

by the way of friendship. And do not you know that friendship FSU countries there is almost no? are next only while you have money or have something to take. a hundred friends can be only one true
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2013, 06:43:45 PM »
In most Asian cultures, if you are my friend, you owe me.

You owe me a birthday present.

You owe me a wedding present.

If you go on a vacation trip, you owe me a present.

Because of that, many Asians prefer 'friends' who are not from their culture.

English is easy.

Try Lingq.com .... it is a language site.

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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2013, 08:50:41 AM »
If it is business contacts you are after put a business profile up on Alibaba - the basic one is free but Gold is about $3K USD +/- ...

Alibaba is the new Export centered Amazon of China - Yahoo has been revitalized by its large stake in Alibaba which will be the next global mega IPO.  Alibaba is shopping IPO venues perhaps the NYSE.

If you put an interesting business profile up on Alibaba you will have more new contacts than you can imagine from China.

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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2013, 12:07:01 PM »
There are two Alibaba sites I think? One is a kind of eBay type site?
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2013, 01:53:39 PM »
Alibaba in my opinion pretty useless, it's a market place for the more unsuccessful companies, some of which are looking to make a quick buck here and there.

Generally these firms offer cheap nasty copies or poor workmanship. Often the end products isn't quite as promised.

If you're serious about any trade with China i'd suggest your local chamber of commerce, they can put you in touch with companies right for the type of product and quantity you require whilst also carrying out any due diligence on the company.

Nothing is certain out there, but its a step in the right direction, and remember china in general isn't interested in small orders.

Also you'll need an agent, someone who speaks local talk and can make sure things happen for you, without one you will be screwed!

Last point, if order quantity is small, which i'd imagine the OP's would be, no offence, then perhaps take a trip out there to one of the trade centres, you should be able to purchase wholesale.

Good luck!
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2013, 01:55:10 PM »
Why do you need contacts?

Is this dating, or business.

What kind of profiles do they have?  Are these business or personal profiles?

Some of the men on the board said they were experts in the Chinese culture.  Maybe they can help you with the Chinese culture.

PS - having few 'friends' is agreeable with the Asian cultures.  Friends have a built in 'debt' in most of the Asian cultures.


I need business contacts. but I see a lot of people do not use English. It will be very difficult to make contact. I know of.

there personal profiles. only friendship. But I hope to find the necessary contacts for me.

by the way of friendship. And do not you know that friendship FSU countries there is almost no? are next only while you have money or have something to take. a hundred friends can be only one true

Ladine,

That is like China .... so, you understand why it is difficult to make 'business friends' with Chinese people over the internet ....

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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2013, 02:12:44 PM »
Try Lingq.com .... it is a language site.

Thank you.
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2013, 02:22:42 PM »
Thanks Guys. I want to say that I learned Sites aliexpress, and many others. also studied Taobao. I only stopped on alibaba. it gives very low prices but wholesale purchases. But this is a very good site. all other sites are intermediaries. I'm not interested. So I already know their attitude towards our people. Slavic  people are very respected. Our Slavic people there are in great demand and success. especially white girls. yes they are very cautious. They do not believe in friendship. it as well as we have. Some people think that our friendship is only gifts and duty.
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2013, 02:27:39 PM »
There are two Alibaba sites I think? One is a kind of eBay type site?

I know Manny but I have a profile on eBay and Amazon. it all sites intermediaries.

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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2014, 03:06:59 PM »
Off topic for here perhaps, but you never know: I think its time to develop one or two after-market products that are 'our own' that are sourced from China. Rather than buying from a middle man. The genre bridges home appliances and simple electronics if that matters. Probably a simple appliance filter or a photovoltaic sensor will be the first product, to test the water.

Does anyone have any experience of this? Does anyone do business in China? Specifically, commissioning and sourcing manufactured products from there? From sending an original sample out [and who to] to having a copied 2000 on the doorstep is the learning curve I need.

I have started Googling, ordering a few books on the subject and reading. I get that it is a big subject and not for the faint-hearted. I get that you may lose a few quid to the unscrupulous while learning (same as anything in that regard). And I get that travelling out there is a must - I am not shy of that. My Russian visa place does Chinese ones too. I am up to speed on import duties and what goes on this side of the water from my experience importing cars from the US in the past.

Anyone can find alibaba.com, taobao.com and madeinchina.com - but I need the skinny from folks in the know about letters of credit, finding an arranger, how to source a good factory, quality control, prototypes, and getting a new item into production and making sure that every man and his dog isn't selling it for $1 on Alibaba next week on the back of my tooling.

Is there a specialist forum someplace that covers manufacturing and importing from China?
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2014, 04:06:15 PM »
No help from this end Boss.

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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2014, 04:31:01 PM »
So you no longer want to pay middle men for the junk, you wish to buy and sell the junk directly  :chuckle:
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Re: Anyone have any China manufacturing/sourcing/importing experience?
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2014, 04:51:22 PM »
I have a client who does this, though the manufacturing is not electronics.  You need a Chinese partner.