Over the years, China has established itself in the manufacturing and production industry earning itself a huge spot in the world map of business. It has presented to the world a wide array of products, owing its prowess in manufacturing to the incorporation of advanced technology in the production process. In fact, China has a hand in most products produced in Asia in one way or the other, and building and construction materials therefore don’t come as an exemption. And while there are many options to go for in the market, Chinese materials are worth taking a good look at.
As it turns out, there are very many lucrative offers that come with buying these products from China, and these include but are not limited to: affordable and cheaper products than those from other manufacturers, many suppliers presenting the buyer with a wide variety to choose from, and the list goes on and on.
How do you now make the purchases?
First of all, you could just fly to Shenzhen China and see the products for yourself before buying. This will come with its share of pros and cons. You could go to the furniture and building materials market where you’ll get to see a variety of products before making the purchase. An advantage with this is that you will have bargaining power when buying the products in person as opposed to ordering via the internet. One thing you will appreciate is the great service many Chinese firms will offer. A lot of testimonies from people who have bought products from China before agree on one thing, the Chinese keep time. When a Chinese manufacturer or firm tells you they will deliver a given product in two days, they really mean it. You won’t wait for a long time before your product is ready. This has sometimes been a problem with some American firms in the past and they’ve interfered with most schedules of busy customers from across the country.
The only shortcoming with going there is that you’ll need at least 5-7 days to fly and make the purchase. If it is your first time, you may also require a guide to help you locate some of these markets and also help you negotiate if you are not conversant with the Chinese language. This will force you to incur an extra expense and thus interfere with your initial budget.
The most common way of making the purchases is through the internet. Just like the first method, it also has its advantages and disadvantages. The good thing with this technique is you will continue with your daily activities as you await the products to be delivered. It saves you so much on money and time, and you avoid greatly the risk of being scammed. However, if you choose to buy your products from different companies, the shipping might present you with a problem of receiving the goods separately and in different times.
To address this concern, you could just try the other option available; get the products from a commission-based sourcing agent in China. This is a good way especially since you avoid being scammed and it saves you the hustle of taking yourself all the way. As opposed to buying directly from the internet, this means will ensure all your goods are shipped together regardless of the number of firms you buy from, and this eliminates all the worry completely. The only shortcoming with this is the likelihood of heavy commissions from the firms in question.
Depending on factors like your availability, urgency of the materials and your budget, you can choose a channel that will be most convenient for you, and that means doing some good research first.
In retrospect, it is important to note that China is not necessarily the most convenient way of accessing these materials, no. In fact there are plenty of suppliers out there with cheaper products across the United States, and some prove to be economical to purchase from than from Chinese firms. These include large construction materials such as concrete, cement, steel, and roofing among others. This is only convenient as the difference between shipping from China and getting local ones is almost negligible. At least if you are working on a time-bound project, buying from within is a good option. Depending on some of the aforementioned factors, it is good to take time to evaluate the purchasing process to see what works best for you.