Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




356 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 7


Topic # 243358 7-Dec-2018 22:05
Send private message

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


Create new topic
BDFL - Memuneh
62722 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 13399

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2141355 7-Dec-2018 23:02
One person supports this post
Send private message


356 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 7


  Reply # 2141360 7-Dec-2018 23:10
Send private message

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

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


3529 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1465

Subscriber

  Reply # 2141369 8-Dec-2018 00:34
Send private message

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.





21929 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4606

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 2141370 8-Dec-2018 00:37
Send private message

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.





Richard rich.ms



356 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 7


  Reply # 2141372 8-Dec-2018 00:57
Send private message

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.

 

 

 

 


xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9367 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1563

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2141485 8-Dec-2018 11:16
Send private message

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.

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i3-3240 @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  RX580 4GB Win 10 Pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, geeks, and more.    


27584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 7050

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2141536 8-Dec-2018 11:49
3 people support this post
Send private message

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.

 

 




356 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 7


  Reply # 2141594 8-Dec-2018 13:16
Send private message

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

 

 

 

 


2086 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1173


  Reply # 2141663 8-Dec-2018 15:37
One person supports this post
Send private message

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.




Location: Dunedin

27584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 7050

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2141677 8-Dec-2018 16:46
Send private message

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.

 

 

 

 




356 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 7


  Reply # 2145135 14-Dec-2018 00:51
Send private message

In the meantime I signed up as a channel partner with western digital

 

Might have some benefits and it doesn't cost any money.

 

 

 

 


414 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 144

Trusted
Emergency Management

  Reply # 2145169 14-Dec-2018 08:35
Send private message

You also want to make sure that goods are meeting RSM rules as well

https://www.rsm.govt.nz/compliance/supplier-requirements 


Create new topic


Donate via Givealittle


Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Huawei unveils the P30 series
Posted 27-Mar-2019 05:13


Kordia announces recipient of inaugural Women in Technology Scholarship
Posted 26-Mar-2019 22:48


T&G Global and Abundant Robotics show first commercial robotic apple harvester
Posted 26-Mar-2019 21:34


Amazon introduces new Kindle with adjustable front light
Posted 21-Mar-2019 20:14


A call from the companies providing internet access for the great majority of New Zealanders, to the companies with the greatest influence over social media content
Posted 19-Mar-2019 15:21


Two e-scooter companies selected for Wellington trial
Posted 15-Mar-2019 17:33


GeForce GTX 1660 available now
Posted 15-Mar-2019 08:47


Artificial Intelligence to double the rate of innovation in New Zealand by 2021
Posted 13-Mar-2019 14:47


LG demonstrates smart home concepts at LG InnoFest
Posted 13-Mar-2019 14:45


New Zealanders buying more expensive smartphones
Posted 11-Mar-2019 09:52


2degrees Offers Amazon Prime Video to Broadband Customers
Posted 8-Mar-2019 14:10


D-Link ANZ launches D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Protected by McAfee
Posted 7-Mar-2019 11:09


Slingshot commissions celebrities to design new modems
Posted 5-Mar-2019 08:58


Symantec Annual Threat Report reveals more ambitious, destructive and stealthy attacks
Posted 28-Feb-2019 10:14


FUJIFILM launches high performing X-T30
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:40



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.