Finding manufacturers or suppliers

Discussion in 'First Steps To Starting A Business' started by Shaun Kelly, Jun 14, 2019 at 7:37 PM.

  1. Shaun Kelly

    Shaun Kelly UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi All , just wonder what people's view is on using a site like Alibaba for finding manufacturers of things?
    Does it highly depend on what items your looking for. Is it a good place or a bad place to use?
    Thanks
    Shaun
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2019 at 7:37 PM By: Shaun Kelly Member since: Dec 10, 2017
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  2. MBE2017

    MBE2017 UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    It can be good, and awful. You need to do your homework and due diligence, but the rewards can be high.
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2019 at 8:31 PM By: MBE2017 Member since: Feb 16, 2017
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  3. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    It is a good place to find stuff. Its also a good place to find stuff that the rights owner may be unaware is being sold.
    Plus fakes, dangerous stuff that customs destroys, stuff illegal to sell here etc.

    Have also come across some great deals that turn out to be legal and great products.
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2019 at 10:03 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  4. Shaun Kelly

    Shaun Kelly UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Have any of you had experience with clothing manufacturers that was the main thing I've been looking at. I would say the main worry is scams and the quality of the product.
     
    Posted: Jun 15, 2019 at 10:42 AM By: Shaun Kelly Member since: Dec 10, 2017
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  5. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    The other 'main' worry will be the sizing.

    Expect problems and be relieved and happy if your orders come exactly as you ordered.
     
    Posted: Jun 15, 2019 at 12:42 PM By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  6. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Be happy if the order and the sample are same quality...
     
    Posted: Jun 15, 2019 at 3:34 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  7. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    From Alibaba? . . . . .It will rarely happen, as the chances that the customer orders 1pc each colour of each size and the supplier offering it, are minimal.

    Also, a size L in China, will be a size S in the West.

    Ordering clothing from any China supplier has to go through several processes, including samples for each size and colour and reconfirming you will receive the same correctly labelled.
     
    Posted: Jun 15, 2019 at 5:16 PM By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  8. Shaun Kelly

    Shaun Kelly UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    So is it a bad idea or do you think it's just about been very careful who you use and been vigilante?
     
    Posted: Jun 15, 2019 at 7:31 PM By: Shaun Kelly Member since: Dec 10, 2017
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  9. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Be very vigilante, read reviews, ask for samples of each size and each colour you propose on ordering and ensure they will be the same when you order. Ask what happens should the colours or sizes be different to your order.

    Due diligence on the supplier is crucial.

    What quantities are you planning on ordering of each style from one supplier?
     
    Posted: Jun 15, 2019 at 8:27 PM By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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