We know that our potential suppliers can manufacture our product, now we want to actually see them! Time to request samples!
Requesting Multiple Samples
One of the biggest mistakes people make is ordering 1 sample from 1 supplier. This will set you up to fail. What will you do when this 1 sample is of low quality. Go through the whole process of ordering samples and wait a couple of weeks again?
We will want to request samples from the top 3 – 10 suppliers we have contacted. This will give us a lot to negotiate and eliminate suppliers who offer low-quality samples.
Instead of paying shipping cost 10 times for 10 different samples we can consolidate all our samples in China and have them ship it in 1 box to our home country. Since shipping within China is really cheap (sometimes even free) we can save a lot of money doing it this way.
The company we suggest to consolidate samples within China is: TipTrans.com
TipTrans creates virtual addresses in for example China and Hong Kong to have your products consolidated before shipping to your address. The pricing structure is clear and transparent as you can choose your own preferred shipping company like UPS, DHL, etc. For the budget conscious seller, you can also opt for a slower method shipping to save on costs even more
[TODO] We will share an in-depth guide about using TipTrans in the future.
Do Not Use the “Buy Sample” Feature
We recommend against using the “Buy Samples” link you sometimes see on product listings.
The reason for that is because you need to gauge the responsiveness, and level of English from your supplier. Using this link may be fast and easy to get a sample, but will not give you any valuable and important information about communication. Communication is key as you will find out, to get your ideas across for private labeling. Mistakes are easily made and by starting the vetting process as early as you can, will definitely help you in the long run.