Mostly because of the imminent eBay’s policies updates and after watching Nahar’s webinar regarding, I’ve decided to work more with the Chinese. These are some thoughts of mine and a mini Chinese suppliers/shipping guide I made for my VAs and I’d like to share with the group. So by no means this is something confirmed or something that I suggest you follow…
Pros & Cons DSping from China (VS Domestic).
First of all, to ship from China gives less ranking and eBay and buyers don’t like it. Except from the obvious reason of late deliveries, there are other bad things: 1. They don’t like the fact that they are “Chinese” (although Amazon is 90% Chinese
), 2. There might be problems with customs (each country’s borders) and never reach to the customer, or reach delayed, or for the customers to have to pay extra fees to the customs (especially if the items are expensive), 3. Poor products AND services/shipping quality, equals more return requests, while at the same time we have bad Chinese customer support and “less customer-friendly” suppliers policies, (e.g. returns) and many times these parameters have different rules for each country.
That means more problems for us the sellers: Negative feedbacks, buyers open cases, more time wasted in customer support etc. (And that is the reason why many sellers set high profit margins when they sell from China: so they can just refund a buyer who opens a return request, without having the item returned.)
The main good things are of course the 1. Cheaper prices 2. Unsaturated items 3. Special deals we can close with the supplier, even customizations like bundles or private labeling. (Chinese traders are very open to do anything, at a given price)
So that said, here’s my business policy for Aliexpress that you will use: (see next page)
Of course you can make more policies to accommodate more supplier’s diversions
Any comments/suggestions are welcome. BTW does any of you use Shipping rate tables? Can they be set in a way that they can actually be useful for us dropshippers?