Monday, February 18, 2008

Sourcing source

For those of you who don't follow the comments on earlier posts, I'd direct you to an interesting one which has appeared over the weekend to last Wednesday's piece on LinkedIn Answers and the exchange on 'safe sourcing' in China.

The comment comes from a blog I hadn't seen before, Source Juice. The bloggers describe themselves as "guys and Gals from the US and China in the technology, manufacturing, and supply chain industries" who "believe there is a huge void of information and intelligence about China and Asia in general that needs to be filled". They go on to say that they plan to "adhere to principles of eliminating bullshit and enabling the truth to surface as well as providing as much value to our readers as possible". Worthy goals indeed. Seek truth from facts, eh!

Their comment on our post notes:

This post is important because there are so many small and medium sized enterprises (SME's) getting absolutely burned when purchasing initial orders from Chinese factories.

The reality is that China is a place where you need to work face to face and build trust with parties over time. This is why Trade Shows, as Trapp Lewis pointed out, is a great way to meet potential suppliers.

They also direct readers to their own post 7 Ways to Avoid Getting Scammed by Suppliers in China which is worth a read. Never forget point 7: "7. Use Common Sense! The old adage.. if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!". Why that seems to be forgotten in China by otherwise sensible business people is beyond me.

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