What Every Buyer Needs to Know

Take a look at these "best of" materials from Global Sources. You'll find the essential information you need for sourcing success.

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Frequently Asked Questions - what most buyers have issues with  
Read the answers to these most frequently asked questions from buyers.
  What can I do if my goods are not delivered after full payment and how do I avoid this problem next time?
  How do I ensure my goods are delivered by deadline?
  How do I make sure the quality of goods received is according to contract?
  How do I ensure the person I am talking to officially represents the supplier?
  How do I pick a supplier?
  How do I know if a supplier is legitimate?
  How do I negotiate a good price?
  How do I manage a project on the other side of the world?

Answers written by Mike Bellamy, an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center. Mike is also the author of "The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing" and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions

Video - Sourcing expert shares his sourcing advice  

Video 1: How to find suppliers in China
Video 2: How to verify and evaluate suppliers in China
Video 3: How to negotiate with Chinese suppliers
Video 4: Project Management & Quality Control
Video 5: How to protect Intellectual Property
Video 6: Learn how Global Sources can help you source with more confidence
Video 7: How to organize logistics when importing from China
Video 8: How to avoid scams when buying overseas or online
Video 9: How to return defective merchandise to China
Video 10: How to resolve a dispute with a Chinese company

Buyer's Guide - Proven best practices  

Discover what works best when you're sourcing from China and throughout Asia.
1. Evaluating suppliers
2. Negotiating
3. Managing production & QC
4. Protecting your IP
5. Learn how Global Sources can help with your sourcing

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Articles - Insights from experts in the field  
Read in-depth articles by veteran sourcing professionals.
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Interviews - First-hand advice from buyers  

Read how top buyers manage their sourcing operations and sucessfully tackle difficult issues.
Coles Group Asia: Essential on-site inspections
Groupe Beaumanoir: Importance of keeping raw material stocks
Pacific Brands (Asia): Supplier evaluation for stability

Surveys - Current facts, future trends  

Find out how experienced buyers deal with key sourcing challenges
Survey: Biggest challenge to verify fraudulent suppliers
Tips from experienced China buyers

Templates - Checklists and templates for factory & product audits  

What to check during a China factory inspection (Checklist)
View Factory Audit Report template

How to conduct a social compliance audit of a China factory (Checklist)
View Factory Social Compliance Audit template

How to define your quality standard before buying from China (Checklist)
View Product Specifications Sheet template

How to define an inspection plan to be signed by your China suppliers
View Inspection Plan template

How to conduct a product quality inspection in a China factory (Checklist)
View Product Inspection template