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Topic # 243358 7-Dec-2018 22:05
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Hi, not sure if this is the right forum to post.


I am looking into whether its feasible to import networking gear and pcs from China to sell here in Christchurch locally and on my website.


I don't have any contacts in China who could scope product for me.


I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. I have looked at PB Tech but want to see if its worth importing goods myself.


I have a small storage container.


If anyone knows someone who is in china or who imports directly from there


Thanks


Ford


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  Reply # 2141355 7-Dec-2018 23:02
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  Reply # 2141360 7-Dec-2018 23:10
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thanks for mentioning.

 

No, but I am aware that there would be certain requirements.

 

At this stage I think the most difficult is probably finding a contact in China.

 

I could be completely wrong of course, but I need a starting point.

 

I'm making a list and will include your suggestions. Thanks.

 

Ford

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2141369 8-Dec-2018 00:34
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Alibaba.com Start looking.

Although margins are really low on PCs and networking gear. So you will struggle to make a profit while still meeting your compliance costs.





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  Reply # 2141370 8-Dec-2018 00:37
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Aredwood: Alibaba.com Start looking.

Although margins are really low on PCs and networking gear. So you will struggle to make a profit while still meeting your compliance costs.

 

And will be competing with a crapload of people selling for less who do not do any compliance at all selling via trademe.





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  Reply # 2141372 8-Dec-2018 00:57
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I see.

 

I found this on the website of the bus govt

 

https://www.business.govt.nz/how-to-grow/importing-and-exporting/10-tips-before-you-import/

 

I'll have to look at the compliance costs for sure as part of my costing.

 

At the moment I have a cash account with Campbells who do some networking products, but their range is too small.

 

Certainly worth a bit more of a look into.

 

Importing would be a way also to touch other parts of the globe.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2141485 8-Dec-2018 11:16
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Before Aliexpress etc were a thing, I was buying network cards locally for $8 each from a wholesaler, and selling them on TradeMe for $20-30 each - they flew out the door for some reason :) Maybe look for a local supplier such as CDL.

 

 





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  Reply # 2141536 8-Dec-2018 11:49
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I thin k you need to look at the much bigger picture and plan your business first.

 

For a start - what is going to differentiate your products and company from every other product and company out there? Do't just answer price - because you need to make margin.

 

Assuming you're just thinking of buying cheap Chinese product and reselling it - what's to stop people just buying the same thing direct from Aliexpress?

 

You've obviously got no experience sourcing product from China, and the harsh reality of this world is that you will get ripped of by them until you have local contacts and somebody on your team who can negotiate (preferably in Mandarin) with them.

 

 




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  Reply # 2141594 8-Dec-2018 13:16
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And that is why I posted in the first place.

 

People who buy from Ali Express would not be my target market

 

But essentially anything I import could potentially be purchased elsewhere.

 

Yes I see there is a lot of research I still need to do.

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2141663 8-Dec-2018 15:37
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For anything mains powered that turns out to be unsafe, you will have to recall and refund every single item you have sold. Certification does not eliminate this risk. You will not get a refund from the supplier.
In a worst case event, you may end up having to defend yourself in court.

It is not unheard of for suppliers to send great samples, then supply a different grade item in bulk.

When buying from China they can supply any documentation and certificates you ask for.
Someone I know of, asked the supplier of an industrial bit of kit for a declaration of conformity, they said "sure, what do you want it to say, and can you send a sample?"

The most serious example of someone being stung is the 2010 Drybars incident. From memory, they tried to do everything right.
It's a different product, but the same result is possible.




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  Reply # 2141677 8-Dec-2018 16:46
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Ford:

 

People who buy from Ali Express would not be my target market

 

 

In which case you're excluding a massive percentage of people in NZ. Ali Express is *huge* - and I'm still amazed at the number of people who I'd expect to have no idea at all about Ali Express who buy things from it very regularly.

 

 

 

 


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