When your friends ask you why you are buying in China,
what do you say to them?
Thinking back on my experience with online shopping,
I could think of eight benefits.
I wonder, do you know a ninth?
The Wild Wild West is over!
Buying in China is a rapidly growing business. In the last decade hundreds of new Chinese online shop started. And maybe even more already stopped. Some stores focus on a niche market like Chinese tea. Some try to cover all products in the world. Some are very professional, some are learning by making mistakes.
Most important, it is a growing competitive market. The ‘wild wild west’ period is over. And a number of Chinese shops have put their foot print on the western markets. If you haven’t heard of Alibaba entering the New York Stock Exchange in 2014 you probably have been sleeping.
8 Benefits why you should buy in China
Despite of fears and anxiety some people have for Chinese shops, online shopping in China is fun and can give you lots of benefits. That’s why I create a list of 8 benefits of online shopping in China.
1. You can save money!
Buying in China yourself can safe you a lot of money! Do know that most products in the western world come from Asian manufactories? Even the biggest American brands like Apple or Blueberry are manufactured in China. And why? Because the costs for manufacturing are much lower than in the west.
By passing the western retail shops and buying directly in China you can save a lot of money.
2. You have more choice!
Some of the Chinese shops are extremely large. Some are very specialized. If you learn your way around through the forest of all Chinese shops, you’ll notice that you can buy anything. From McDonalds fries shaped USB sticks to helicopters, from wedding dresses to steampunk corsets.
The limitation of what you can buy will be in your head, not online 😉
3. It’s fun!
Searching through all the products you’ve never thought of and searching through products with extreme low prices is fun to do. Don’t blame yourself when you started to look for a new iPhone case and ended up with a new RC copter with camera
4. It’s a challenge!
Looking for bargains, and then looking for even lower prices is a challenge. Don’t stop at the first shop you started. The same product can be bought at more shops and sometimes even cheaper.
5. You can find cheap ‘genuine’ products!
Hmmmmmmm, this is not exactly through. You can find genuine products, but they will not be cheap. Or you can find cheap ‘genuine looking’ products, but they are not really genuine. Call it a remake, a clone. The official manufactory probably calls it fake or counterfeit.
Let’s say, 99% of the ‘genuine’ products you’ll find in Chinese shops are not genuine. Not even if they say it is genuine or real. It doesn’t mean the products are bad or poor quality. But you need to have luck.
6. You can find great looking gadgets!
Like I said you can buy anything online. Now if you are a gadget freak (like I am) some Chinese shops can really be a Valhalla. I have many times impressed my friends with the most idiot watches.
7. You can make profit by reselling Chinese products!
This might not fit for you. Maybe later.
But if you are experienced you’ll notice people will ask you to buy products for them. Treat them fairly, help them out and they are willing to pay you some money for your troubles. If you are even more experienced, you might create a business out of it.
8. You will become an expert to your friends!
As soon as you get experienced, you will notice your friends are going to ask you questions about online shopping in China. Helping them out can be really fun. You’ll experience how many people are just afraid to buy online. They are spending a lot of money on high prized products. You can help them with your knowledge.
My question to you
What is for you the main reason to buy products online in China?
Please write it down in the comment box below.
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