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How to buy a piece of production equipment in China?

Posted: 2014-04-21

Full Question

I’m thinking about setting up a small production line in USA. I think I found a supplier in China who will sell me the piece of equipment I need. Any suggestions?

Answer

I have two suggestions:

 1. Regardless of whether you are buying 1 unit or a 100, you should still do your research and due diligence to make sure the seller is legit and can provide the product you want. Small volume buyers are more likely to fall victims to scams. If they cheat you out of 1000 USD, you are unlikely to spend another 2000 USD on a lawyer. Scam artists know that.

 2. When buying a few units or less of equipment, it’s real important to make sure a) the product works before it ships b) the export documentation is in order so the stuff arrives without drama.

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