Importing Electronic Cigarettes from China – The Ultimate Guide

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Electronic cigarettes are one of the few products that could be considered a “home grown” product in China. Since the first units rolled off the assembly lines in Shenzhen about 10 years ago, the electronic cigarettes have presented itself as a serious alternative to smokers – that still want to take a puff now and then.

However, e-cigarettes are still a topic of high level controversy, and regulations are still on the drawing board in both the US and EU. The product is also lethal – if not manufactured according to the relevant safety standards. Keep reading and we explain why. Continue reading Importing Electronic Cigarettes from China – The Ultimate Guide

Importing iPhone Accessories from China – A Case Study

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Today we’re sharing a case study, on importing iPhone 5 cases, that was completely done by the book. Well, almost completely done by the book. I thought it could be a nice break for our readers, from our general nightmarish stories about importers losing millions of dollars and having their products confiscated by the customs. It doesn’t have to end that way if you apply a strategy from start to finish.

Step #1: Finding a Phone Case Supplier

Our client was (well, I hope he still is) running a small, but well established, iPhone accessories store. As with most importing businesses, they wanted to offer a wide selection of products. In order to avoid a situation where our client had to purchase products from several suppliers, our key focus was to source one supplier that was mainly producing iPhone 5 cases. Continue reading Importing iPhone Accessories from China – A Case Study

How to import Android Tablets & Smartphones from China

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A search on “Android Tablets” provides more than 5 million hits on Alibaba.com. The industry has been booming since the iPad was launched in 2010. Tablets and Smartphones in high demand by small businesses trying to get a piece of the cake. Yet the market is dominated by established brands and small scale importers seem to lose more money than they make importing these products. In today’s blog post I give you a few clues to why this may be the case.

Product specifications

There’s no general definition for what a “good quality” product is and electronics such as Tablets and Smartphones are certainly not exceptions. Rather the opposite. Chinese manufacturers rarely keep products in storage and require the importer to provide them with a clear product specification. A product specification for Android Tablets and Smartphones shall at a minimum include the following: Continue reading How to import Android Tablets & Smartphones from China

Importing LED Screens from China – The Ultimate Guide

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A few years ago I received a phone call from a new client wanting to import LED screens. Six months later I found myself inspecting something that reminded me of a super sized flat screen TV. Taking this deal from a product specification on a word file to a fully operational LED screen was a hell of a ride. I learned a lot and I decided it’s time to share some of that experience.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. While I assume he didn’t have “Made in China” LED screens in mind I cannot think of any product where this statement is more true than in the case of this product. Importing LED screens from China is a risky and complicated business. In this article I guide you through the most important aspects of supplier sourcing and product development. Continue reading Importing LED Screens from China – The Ultimate Guide