You roll the dice, you take your chances, some times you win but sometimes you lose. Try to stay way from branded goods, if you search on my blog i right an article about them Thanks. At worst they may think of you as a novice that just might pay over the odds for your order so they can make this months repayment on the new Porsche they have sat in the parking lot downstairs. Section 3, the Refurbs. These 2 guys would drive in shifts for a day to get the parts to me. I will also say that sometimes there is nothing wrong with just buying from a wholesaler, they often get better pricing than you can get if you went to a manufacturer direct as they have good relationships and are buying a lot of stock each month so bear this in mind. I suggest you visit a local shipping agents office and get friendly with them.
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Cartoon Network will livestream virtual 'Minecraft' convention. MicroSD support and low-power mode are coming soon. Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking between host cities, as well as services such as bus service within them. The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July without kick-off times, which were confirmed later. Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia , the two lowest-ranked teams of the tournament at the time of the final draw.
The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg hosted the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July. The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 June , at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, preceding the opening match of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. Former Brazilian World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo walked out with a child wearing a Russia shirt.
English pop singer Robbie Williams then performed two songs before he and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performed a duet while other performers emerged, dressed in the flags of all 32 teams and carrying a sign bearing the name of each nation. Dancers were also present. Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams groups A to H. Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage.
Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico. For the first time since , Germany reigning champions did not advance past the first round.
For the first time since , no African team progressed to the second round. For the first time, the fair play criteria came into use, when Japan qualified over Senegal due to having received fewer yellow cards. Only one match, France v Denmark, was goalless. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored. All times listed below are local time. The ranking of teams in the group stage was determined as follows: In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played two periods of 15 minutes each and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.
If a match went into extra time, each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution, the first time this had been allowed in a FIFA World Cup tournament. Twelve own goals were scored during the tournament, doubling the record of six set in In total, only four players were sent off in the entire tournament, the fewest since A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences: The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
The award was sponsored by Hyundai. FIFA also published an alternate team of the tournament based on player performances evaluated through statistical data. Prize money amounts were announced in October The tournament logo was unveiled on 28 October by cosmonauts at the International Space Station and then projected onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre during an evening television programme.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the logo was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation", and FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that it reflected the "heart and soul" of the country. The official mascot for the tournament was unveiled 21 October , and selected through a design competition among university students. A public vote was used to select from three finalists—a cat, a tiger, and a wolf.
The first phase of ticket sales started on 14 September , The general visa policy of Russia did not apply to participants and spectators, who were able to visit Russia without a visa right before and during the competition regardless of their citizenship. A Fan-ID was required to enter the country visa-free, while a ticket, Fan-ID and a valid passport were required to enter stadiums for matches.
Fan-IDs also granted World Cup attendees free access to public transport services, including buses, and train service between host cities.
Fan-ID was administered by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media , who could revoke these accreditations at any time to "ensure the defence capability or security of the state or public order".
The official match ball of the World Cup group stage was " Telstar 18 ", based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from It was introduced on 9 November After the group stage, "Telstar Mechta" was used for the knockout stage. The word mechta Russian: The difference between Telstar 18 and Mechta is the red details on the design. Its music video was released on 8 June Thirty-three footballers who are alleged to be part of the steroid program are listed in the McLaren Report.
The choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football,    and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian society. Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the and World Cups caused threats from England's FA to boycott the tournament.
Garcia , a US attorney, to investigate and produce a report on the corruption allegations. Eckert's summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash.
On 3 June , the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the and World Cups. In response to the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal , British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans.
The British Foreign Office and MPs had repeatedly warned English football fans and "people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent" travelling to Russia of "racist or homophobic intimidation, hooligan violence and anti-British hostility". At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it "a resounding public relations success" for Putin, adding, "The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the absence of crowd violence has impressed visiting supporters.
Russia has come across as friendly and hospitable: All the foreign fans I have spoken to are pleasantly surprised. FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated, "Everyone discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, that is keen to show the world that everything that has been said before might not be true.
A lot of preconceived ideas have been changed because people have seen the true nature of Russia. The elimination of the US national team in qualifying led to concerns that US interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced especially among "casual" viewers interested in the US team , especially noting how much Fox paid for the rights, and that US games at the World Cup peaked at During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Fox stated that it was still committed to broadcasting a significant amount of coverage for the tournament. In February , Ukrainian rightsholder UA: PBC stated that it would not broadcast the World Cup. This came in the wake of growing boycotts of the tournament among the Football Federation of Ukraine and sports minister Ihor Zhdanov. Broadcast rights to the tournament in the Middle East were hampered by an ongoing diplomatic crisis in Qatar over alleged support of extremist groups.
Qatar is the home country of the region's rightsholder, beIN Sports. On 2 June , beIN pulled its channels from Du and Etisalat , but with service to the latter restored later that day.
Etisalat subsequently announced that it would air the World Cup in the UAE, and continue to offer beIN normally and without interruptions. For instance I have a gbp Canon camera but my stand, case, lighting kit, backdrop assembly, bag and flash stands are all unbranded.
My TV is a Sony but its mounted to the wall with a 3 gbp wall mount i bought from this shop below. There are a million product niches like this, find one. Looking through the products available here there is certainly a lot of crap, but even today I can see things that I know there is money in. Like everything from China some basic rules apply here. Most important is to remember that there is already someone selling this product where you intend to sell it, if there is not then soon after you start selling it there will be, this means you need to buy a reasonable amount to ensure a low purchase price so you can compete.
If someone is really killing it with a product you want to sell try to offer some added value to your customers. These types of suppliers are a little more straight forward to deal with because at least they wont spend the first 5 minutes of the conversation trying to pretend the product is a genuine bla bla. So I hope you found that quick walkthrough of a wholesale market in China useful and maybe it answered a few questions you have had about where these types of products come from.
Generally speaking if your not ordering stock by the container then these places are pretty good. To be fair though a few of these places really are manufacturers, you just have to pick through them.
I will also say that sometimes there is nothing wrong with just buying from a wholesaler, they often get better pricing than you can get if you went to a manufacturer direct as they have good relationships and are buying a lot of stock each month so bear this in mind.
As for payments I would always suggest visiting the shop in person to make the order to make sure all the details are correct and to avoid any confusion. Be extremely detailed in the order, add specifics that seem common sense to you such as the length of the power cable as what you expect and what the supplier thinks is acceptable will often be different.
Pay the deposit yourself and use cash, you will get a better price. Sometimes sellers give a better price if you pay in USD, its worth asking but that can differ from shop to shop. Better still, to avoid rubbing them up the wrong way just get you Chinese staff to message them online every few days using the Chinese online message application QQ.
When the order is completed then again visit the supplier in person to inspect the goods, double check everything and pay the balance before shipping. Too many times when I have been to inspect goods there has been something wrong or missing, double check everything.
Yes I intentionally wrote that twice. Arrange the shipping yourself, its important to control as much of the process as possible and really the shop will likely try make a little profit on the shipping. I suggest you visit a local shipping agents office and get friendly with them. They can collect the goods from the supplier and deliver them directly to you. There are, I think, enough tips in the other articles I have written on this blog about how to deal with a supplier but no matter how many times I do I deal I still need to be wary of basic trust issues.
These shops can up sticks and leave, phone numbers can change and deposits can go walkies. Just last month I paid around gbp deposit on a small order of watches. Not a great deal of money so not a big deal but it has sometimes been worse and there is not a thing you can do. This is China remember, a lot of people forget that and think doing business from here will be plain sailing, It wont be.
You roll the dice, you take your chances, some times you win but sometimes you lose. I love your post. Found this article by accidentally actually while i was browsing on wholesale website. Do you know few of china wholesale websites that can be trusted? Electronic items would be good too. Im currently residing in Hangzhou, studying at ZJU.
I am in my 2nd year of a masters here, and so have a lot more time on my hands. Me and my friend are interested in getting involved in some schemes just to cut our teeth, and get some interesting experiences.
This article has certinaly helped our brain-storming schedule. Anyhow if your ever travelling to our beautiful city let us know and we could grab a coffee. Like you say try cut your teeth on a few things while your studying, make some mistakes and hopefully make a little money to but more importantly keep going until you find something that works for you. My question is — Can a complete beginner, like myself, based in the UK manage to source a reliable supplier for a small initial order.
Any advice gratefully received. As useless as this statement may be to you i will make it anyway….. There are risks and unknowns involved just like in any business and I will be honest with you that sometimes you will lose in this game. Thats one worry out of the way. Secondly research your chosen product well, look at other selling it, see what you can do better to take their sales. Can people still make a decent income from China?
Well yes if these steps are adhered to with the addition of some common sense. Thank you for your quick reply. Depending on the product this may be possible. Please email me on daniel youngmoneychina. Great post and congrats to all your efforts. I would like to read a post about exporting into China. Maybe you can contact with buyers that could buy our national products.
In my case I woud like to export Quinua or maybe another hot product. Hi Dan hope your well I dropped you an email. I am wondering if we could arrange a meeting in china.
Around 11tg September as I am looking at ordering a vast amount of products from china. Are you able to do this?
Your pages are very good and helpful but where do I start….. It will give you a dew ideas and if you want to get going with importing send me an email once you have found an item you like. Thanks for the hugely insightful value-bomb. Anyone reading this who is interested in taking an internship in China should really check out Brandons website, http: Sending you an email about it now.
I get a couple of emails a month from people who would like to come here and work with me for a year to get a feel for doing business in China. Generally speaking if someone half switched on can spend a year here learning how things work they could probably make a business out of it, i mean look t us two….
It takes grinding and of course there will be some bad bits, but yes, plenty of people proving that it can be done! And hey, it beats a Nice to have someone from Slovakia dropping in. Surprisingly there are a few big Slovak guys who use my gym here in China. Have I understood that right? The honest answer is that for a trial order into the UK you can only really use it as a learning curve and you may well make a loss.
But then its only a trial, if it works you can order in bulk, hone down the pricing and make a profit. The majority of sellers you will be competing with will be buying the item in large quantities, perhaps paying a good deal less than you. Hi Dan, I and a lot of others over at HN https: I think it would prove really insightful.
Opening the foam factory here has been an extremely challenging, expensive, and stressful process of which i am not sure i would endure again. Quite sad but its something i have learnt several times over the past decade. I was wondering if you could write an article on selling to Chinese companies.
I do get a lot of emails from people looking to sell into Chinese companies and really it can be a complicated issue to advise on. Fakes and refurbs also run rampant online where the seller will spew the same story. I have one here in Chengdu, the infamous Lotus Pond market where I see the same thing.