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