Motivation of mine to write this article is to share with you my humble and limited ideas and experience on international trading,in order to help those friends who is willing or ready to purchase from China market,to give you some advices and a clear awareness about the market rules.
1.You may not get the same cargo as you saw. When I was still servicing in a factory,I experienced the case that a client placed order at site after seeing the sample machine in the warehouse, which was actually not made by the factory itself. The client was satisfied by seeing the machine from appearance. However two months later when he got the machine, it broke down now and then during the commissioning, quality was inferior compared with the one he saw.Thereafter, I heard by accident that the cost price of sample machine bought from other factory was actually doubled than the one shipped to the client. The client had to accept it due to the long distance and policy difficulty,shipping supervision seems quite important.
2.Never seek for low price unilaterally. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Some suppliers mark low in order to get more orders,They are selling at a figure even lower than the cost price,whereas you should be careful about this, remember you will pay more if you get the cargo without quality guarantee. Do you think a factory will sell without any profits The answer is no. it happened around me once upon a time, you get the machine looks the same with others, however the thickness of raw material reduced from 5mm to 3,the components, bearings etc. changed to be inferior, the durability is not guaranteed.
3.Trading company or factory There is no uniform answer which supplier to choose from, some clients prefer to buy from factories, thinking that the factory offers best price, yet it is not like that. A complete milling plant consists of different machines, seldom factory can make every part, they buy from other suppliers too, it is similar to trading company, and their price might be even higher. A reputed trading company will be more likely to offer you better service and quality machine at competitive prices, because they verify the quality, arrange the shipment and care for after service to keep their fame.
4. A nice looking factory doesn’t represent good quality. Some factories look big, modern and beautiful. However, you are going to take the machine with best cost performance instead of taking the factory, you should focus on the equipment you are going to buy.Every year we ship hundreds machine to different countries,and we have several cooperative factories, their offices are not the most beautiful, we just concern whether their technology is first class and quality is best.
(Source – https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001322476/agriculture-equipment-purchasing-tips)