Smartphones and the accessories that go with them have become signs of social standing. Since a few years ago, there has been a kind of race to have a phone that can show who the owner is.
Accessories for smartphones like cases, headphones, holders, and cases are very important in this.
If you already sell these things in a store, you know what we’re talking about. People never seem to have enough, because they always want new and maybe even custom smartphone accessories. The only thing you can do to answer this growing question is to add more items to your store’s catalog.
Importing smartphone accessories from China: the choice of supplier
In China, you can buy a wide range of smartphone accessories directly from Chinese wholesalers at prices that are much lower than what you would pay in the West. For a business owner who has to balance the books at the end of the month, this can be a good reason to order goods directly from Chinese factories.
The first step is to find a supplier you can count on. In fact, there are a lot of wholesalers in China that export all kinds of goods. The problem is that many of them sometimes decide not to deal with certain items, which makes things very hard for the traders they work with. You could contact a specialist right away to stop this from happening, but here’s another problem: how do you know if what they tell you is correct and reliable? You need to be able to compare goods and prices from different sellers. And maybe someone who speaks Chinese could help you.
How to have custom smartphone accessories
Let’s say you also want to customize the things you buy and the accessories for your smartphone.
For a simple plastic package to have a mark on it, you have to buy an injection molding machine that costs several hundred euros. If you chose to buy things from China to save money, it doesn’t make sense that you should have to pay this much.
The solution is to ask the supplier directly for a product that isn’t as popular. For example, you could choose symbols or prints for the backs of mobile phones that other customers have already chosen. This way, you could pay a little more, but the product wouldn’t be unique to you. Accessories that are made just for you will cost more.
Custom Phone accessories: follow production and delivery
Before starting production, the Chinese supplier will ask you to sign a sales agreement and pay an advance on your payment. This agreement is very important because it has all the details about the products that were ordered. This helps to avoid misunderstandings, which can happen when we deal with people who speak a language we don’t understand and who have habits and customs we don’t know about.
When production starts, it has to be done. Just think what would happen if your brand was printed wrong on the accessories you ordered. You also have to make sure the agreements are kept, since you don’t really know the manufacturer and don’t know if he’s making the covers with good materials like he promised or if he’s using trash or recycled materials instead. The risk is that you’ll get goods that are the wrong color or don’t match what you asked for.
Taking a trip to China to check on the quality doesn’t make sense. You would spend more money on the trip than you would save by buying goods from China.
Let’s say that all of the production steps went well. Now all you have to do is wait for the goods.
How do you plan to send it? And when he gets there, will you take care of the paperwork he needs to get through customs?
Do you know how much tax you have to pay? What do you do if you have trouble with the government?
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