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Go on Your Own,or Use a Sourcing Agent?
If you are starting to buy from China, your first choice would be: should I manage this by myself?
You may already buy using the agents' services for now. To you who fall into this category, you know who the agents are and please keep on going.
If your team can't spend few hours a day for each factory to follow what happens in China, you might need help from a sourcing agency that handles some of the important things like:
Here are our customer types.
Here at our factory, approx. 31% of the business comes through the sourcing agency.
For you, probably there are 4 choices to consider:
1. Go direct purchasing
Most of the customers would choose to do in this, approx. 50~80%.
In this way, the whole process is under your control, yet you do not spend commissions to any middleman or agent.
If your team is well organized enough to manage Chinese suppliers, or if you are working with well established Chinese suppliers, then this is probably the best way to go.
2. Engage a commissioned agent
Hundreds and thousands of individuals in China are trying to make a living by providing this service. There are more in HongKong to do this.
If you are lucky to work with a right people to do this,you can save a lot of time. They are acting as your on site representative to sense and kill the potential problems.
Or, correct the problems when it's still not too late.
Unfortunately, over 50% of these people get a hidden commission from the factory. This is normal practice in China as some of the Chinese suppliers believes "money solves things or builds relationship".
As a result, they would defend the factory when things go wrong.
3. Buy via a distributor
This is a good option if you cannot meet the MOQs (we will cover in the next e-mails why there are MOQs and what customers are beyond this limitation).
A trading company or a distributor places orders in a smaller factory that does not such demand the high volumes.
Some of the disadvantages are that this is a long communication process as well when it comes to the problems solving.
One of our German customers told me that it takes them 2 years to solve a quality problem (chrome plating issue) and yet it's still pending.
The reason is that that trading company ends up not knowing where the defects were manufactured.
4. Use a third party to take the job
Many agents provide such services and charge a fee to take these jobs, and they do it seperately.
They do this item by item and then charge accordingly.
It's good that all is on the table and they take responsibility as well when the problem comes. Though it's a cost or investment for your company before production starts, but it is a good option if you forecast large orders down the road.
However, it's all the individuals to be on the floor. If the person is with the right experience and if the company is well organized, then you are lucky and still enjoy the life after the containers arrive at your doors.
China Suppliers' Preference
Well, not sure what ways you are choosing but whatever that works for you is okay.
Initially, most of the Chinese factory have no preference to either of the above.
They welcome all people that are placing the orders.
What they really care is if the communication channel is smooth to solve the problems for production and if the payment is settled on timely basis.
So do we.
What Agent That Best Works For You?
Just in case you want to go with an agency, here are a list of questions to ask them.
Again, get a job to test them we will then know better how to plan for the future.
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