How to choose your supplier, sometimes I would prefer call them partner, cause they are not only supplier, sometimes they are your friend, what they supplied are not only goods but also service.
Then how to find high quality supplier? If you are in small business you could find the on the internet, Chinese factories nearly seize tenth of the google.com markets. From their websites or some B2B websites you will find a lot of suppliers their goods are in different levels and price. You will need to judge depend on your business position, if you are in the high end market, then you could start from some high level goods, if you prefer try some low quality goods~you should better not, at least you choose the mid level goods.
From the websites you could find their contact info, then how to contact with them? My suggestion is via email, some suppliers have very good product, but their sales department may not that suit for their goods, their English are not as good as we hope~ I am an example.
Then what you should ask in your email? Most people may write like this: “plz provide you quotation on XXX”, that kind of inquiry you could get offer, but I think that is a waste of both you and the suppliers’ time. You should tell them your aim, which produce you would like, description then ask them the price, packing info and any other questions you may need to know. Then you could get a high quality reply~most questions solved in one email.
After that screen you may know which suppliers you have interest, then in-depth discuss with them, price, after sale service etc.
But before you place your order, I suggest you try one sample. For small goods most supplier can supply free sample, you only need to pay for the freight. But for big goods you will have to pay for both sample cost and shipping cost. If necessary you may need to visit their factory to know them well. After that you could place your order, but do not forget to mark the deliver time on your contract or PI, that’s very important and I will open a new blog specially about what to mention when you import from China.
Another way to find supplier in China is attending exhibition such as canton fair. On the fair you could find many supplier who are very effective. Of course the cost for attending a exhibition is also high.
Also, you could ask your friend to recommend. As you may agree “made in China ” is filled in our daily life, maybe your neighbor is experienced in import from China they could recommend some high quality supplier.
Sometimes your embassy will recommend supplier from China, you could find the supplier info from the embassy websites.
Find them, discuss with them, select the one who can supply the right goods you want, place your order. That’s it.