If you own a retail clothing store in New York, Lagos,
Kingston, or anywhere for that matter, or are looking to start one,
then it is very likely you are facing the headache of how to
source wholesale dresses (raw clothing or ready-made).
One of the best and most profitable places to begin
importing from is China, that is if you know how to.
With prestigious dress manufacturing firms like
Suzhou Leader Apparel Co., Ltd and Xiamen Kingxin Imp-Exp Trading Co., Ltd.
China can be a vast resource for wholesale dress buyers.
Many established fashion brands
have their dresses manufactured
As a side note, you might be surprised
to discover that there is still clothing produced
in the New York Garment District.
Fortunately in this article, we will be covering basically everything about the
process (buying wholesale dresses from China)
First things first, you need to understand “Good
work isn’t cheap, cheap work isn’t good”.
Even though China has a generally low production cost,
you can’t expect to find quality designer clothes at
extremely cheap rates on Chinese wholesale
websites like AliExpress. If you see a supposedly original
designer piece of clothing for something like $5, don’t be surprised
when you receive a fake or replica cloth item.
One thing is for sure, though - if you need
ridiculously cheap and quality dresses, you can’t get them in China.
Notwithstanding, you can still get different quality
and unique dresses in China.
Most wholesalers and designers gain a whole lot of
money by sourcing their products from China.
With the right guidelines (listed below), you too can begin a blooming
clothing store and import your clothes from china.
Here are a few tips that will kick you off to begin
importing wholesale dresses from China:
- Understand the laws guiding importation in your region
The first thing you need to do is to discover if the law in your region allows
importation of dresses. Some countries have rules in place
against importing wholesale clothing items and proceeding to
import in these places will require custom officers to impound your goods.
Discover the taxes and duties attached
After ensuring the law is not against importing wholesale dresses,
you need to understand the different taxes and duties that will be
attributed with your goods before you clear them.
give you an insight on your total budget and make the
whole importation process swift and easy.
Obtain the required permits and incenses
Apart from the laws, taxes, and duties; you also
need to find out if you will require any permits or licenses.
If you do, then you should get yours before proceeding to
import wholesale dresses from China.
Look for a supplier
Alibaba.com will be a pretty good place to begin your search
for a wholesale supplier. You will surely find numerous
wholesalers there, however; you need to be very cautious.
There are a lot of scammers and fake suppliers out there so
you need to research properly before dealing with anyone. A good idea
will be to use the buyer protection feature (on Alibaba.com) to keep yourself
Apart from Alibaba.com, you can also find
suppliers on other online directories like whitepages.com.
Visit China in person if you can
While the internet might be really useful, it might not
be sufficient if you’re searching for a supplier for the first time.
Nothing can be as good as meeting the suppliers in person,
sampling the product’s quality and negotiating physically.
This can even save you a whole lot of time and resources.
Search for a good price with a reasonable minimum order quantity
You should perform proper research and discover the different
prices each seller is offering. Prices of goods in China vary extensively
due to the fierce competition. For instance, a product worth $20 somewhere
can easily go for just $12 in another place.
However, you need to exercise
extreme caution so you won’t end up with poor quality products. Also
keep an eye out for the minimum order quantity from each supplier and go
for what you can easily afford.
When buying wholesale dresses from China, a good idea to save money will
be the drop shipping option. In case you
don’t know, drop shipping service requires
the supplier to directly ship the products to
the buyer. You wouldn’t need to worry
about, shipping, sorting, employee and
storage costs with drop shipping.
All you have to do is focus on an optimal advertising and marketing plan.
Consider the free shipping option
Just a few suppliers will actually offer free shipping option.
While searching for a
supplier to work with, keep your eyes open for those offering
free shipping since it will help you save more.
Don’t commit to one supplier initially
As a beginner to the importing game, committing to a single supplier
is not wise. You should consider spreading your money out and
buying from up to three different suppliers at once. This will
give you the opportunity to assess the services of each supplier
and choose the best one for yourself.
Try to get personal with your supplier
Developing a personal relationship with your suppliers will help your
importation business grow quickly and steadily. Don’t just communicate
with them on a general social network; also try to collect their personal
contact details like Skype or telephone number.
Get your storage ready before the goods arrive
After requesting for wholesale clothes from your supplier, the
immediate next thing to do is get the storage space ready upfront. A
good idea will be renting a warehouse or
some other similar storage space before the goods arrive.
Get your lawyer involved
To be on a completely safe side
(especially if you are investing a lot of money in the business)
consider involving a proficient lawyer. Your lawyer will help prepare
agreements and contracts that you and
the supplier have to sign in order to keep your investments safe.
Importing generally is a quite risky business;
chances are you could get scammed or your goods
could be impounded among many other occurrences.
In order to keep your mind at rest and to
protect your business, consider getting an insurance cover.
There you have it; everything you need to grow
a successful wholesale dress importing business. With this
guide you can begin the business officially tomorrow;
just ensure you have read between the lines. Also,
keep in mind that even though buying can be a bit stressful;
it is just the beginning.
Buying is one thing, selling is something else entirely.
Keep in mind that while you
can buy authentic brand name
dresses from Chinese suppliers,
you need to ensure that you
have permission from the
brands before buying it.
There also trade shows that
take place where you can
meet representatives of
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closeout warehouse in Brooklyn
the next time you are in New York.