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December 1, 2015

#20 Amazon Private Label Sourcing Mistakes – Part 2 of 2

This Episode, #20 ,  is continuation from episode #18 of my personal Sourcing Mistakes and the solutions I’ve found.

Choosing Suppliers, Communication, handling Financial Arrangements, and  Quality Control and Freight/US Customs can be some of the scariest things for a newcomer to a product-based business. They are also  the source of many of the frustrations and blocks to progress for any Amazon FBA business owner, however experienced.

Here I continue to share with you all the mistakes I personally have made, and the solutions I had to find!

If you have similar stories to tell, please share them with your fellow Amazon sellers, either here, or in our Facebook Group. Let’s help each other!

For a detailed step by step guide to the  sourcing process, listen to Episodes #6-#10, which  are part of the 10-step Amazing FBA Startup System.

SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE #20 -Sourcing Mistakes

            1. Going to the same place as everyone else to find suppliers
              1. HKTDC
        1. Getting exactly  the same kind of product!
        2. Not verifying supplier hard enough- solutions- checklist
        3. Not checking about details of product
        4. Not getting samples
        5. Not ordering exact model (eg blue vs. black colour) with total clarity
        6. Address errors (continent!!)
        7. Over-long or native-speaker only english
        8. Having only one possible supplier ready to go
        9. Letting supplier change carrier to non-standard.
        10. Not allowing for random delays eg typhoon, suppliers’ supplier (boxes!) delay, customs, supplier gets big order from big customer, hazmat
        11. Picking a product needing or including batteries!
          1. not understanding the technical info for batteries
          2. not getting technical info from supplier upfront
        12. Not getting products inspected in China
              1. At the very least, get them inpsected in the USA
              2. NEVER send in uninspected products to Amazon!
        13. HAZMAT (“Hazardous Material”) or other Amazon technical delays
          1. Not preparing MSDS exemption doc
          2. Not allowing for Hazmat delays
        14. Not allowing for delays by Amazon in receiving goods or Hazmat issues
        15. Not moving other parts of the business forward when sourcing isn’t going to plan
        16. Expecting the Chinese to give a straight answer to a confrontational question
        17. Getting angry about things outside your control. Remember the ideal:

The Serenity (calm) to accept the things you cannot change; The Courage to change the things you can; and The Wisdom to know the difference.

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  1. Hi Michael

    Regarding the inspection in China, I had the products shipped and more than half the packaging was damaged
    Luckily it all went to FBAI, even though it cost twice as much as just a regular inspection but they caught the damaged packing in transport. The suppliers says he checked all the products when it left his factory. In this scenario the China inspection wouldn’t have been enough.

    Regards

    Anila

  2. Hi Anila,
    No you’re quite right it isn’t enough to just do China inspection, you always need a post shipment inspection as well for exactly that reason of damage to packaging.

    My suggestion is that you go back to your suppliers and ask them to reinforce the shipping cartons.

    Surprisingly a lot of Chinese suppliers will try to save a few pence or literally one or 2p per carton and risk thousands of pounds worth of inventory being damaged. The solution is asking them to spend more on it, particularly I would suggest you get the corners reinforced as they are most vulnerable and that is where most damage occurs normally.

    Good luck with your next shipment and keep us all posted how that goes!

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