3 ways to buy building materials & furniture from China
Pay a physical visit to China
By this way, you need to travel there, spend time, also spend money for air ticket, hotel and other traveling cost. If your working is too busy and no time to travel or your buying budget is too tight to pay a international travel, then this way is not very suitable for you.
However, if you are able to come then its best for you to hire a buying agent who will assist you with the guiding & buying when you are here. They are experienced with sourcing & buying, they can save your time of discovering good items and reduce the buying risk. As they can do inspection and loading control easily as they locate here.
Source on Alibaba
If you source on Alibaba, you can find a lots of suppliers for each item. For example, if you source dinning table, you will find over 100+ different suppliers for it. There are too many suppliers and you would really don’t know which one to choose. So maybe you can send inquiry individually one by one and try to get the right suppliers. But this could be time-consuming to select 1~2 suppliers from 100+ suppliers, and still you are not sure if they are good suppliers or not.
Source different items on Alibaba, you might face one difficult issue – the consolidation. Since you are buying from different suppliers, lets say finally you choose 5 different suppliers, one for tiles, one for lighting, one for sanitary, one for bed & table, one for kitchen, so total just 5 suppliers. On the next step, you have to think about how to consolidate them into one place/container. As you might finally order 1~2 containers and you really need to consolidate all the goods together to save sea freight. In this case, you might need to find a buying agent as Alibaba does not provide good consolidation service. Also, the suppliers on Alibaba might located far away from each other, so this could cost a lot for local transportation.
Find a online store
There are some online stores for building materials & furniture in China. Some companies collect different items from different factories. Like tiles factory, sanitary factory and lighting factory etc. They collect and put everything into one online website. So it will be easy for you to check all you need in one place. See pictures below.
Last but not last, there is a saying that “Every road leads to Rome”. So no matter which way you choose, there is no best way but there is most suitable way for you. Just a kind wish on you for a successful buying from China.
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