Importers who specialize in importing certain products
This section is focused on importers who are in need of a particular type of industrial products, such as auto parts. Unlike consumer goods, this category of products demands knowledge of various technical parameters, material, etc. to evaluate the quality. In addition to that, each product has several variations which makes it even more daunting to check the product just by looking at the exterior.
In this case, whether you opt to purchase from online suppliers or hire souring agents, experience and expertise in the product category is important. Here, I will explain the pros and cons of both the purchasing options in detail so you can make the right choice. Read on.
You can opt to browse Alibaba in search of relevant suppliers and also deal with short-listed suppliers yourself. However, if you have a lot of product lines, you will have to spend a lot of time looking for suppliers of all the different product categories. It’s really tedious work. In this case, if you are able to find a reliable supplier through Alibaba, you can train him to be your sourcing agent. Let him help you source other related products. The advantage of using this strategy you’ll be able to avail the services of an industry professional and leverage his network and resources. You will also save time in search of the required products and their suppliers.
Hiring a sourcing agent is also a good choice. However, it’s important to take the agent’s understanding of this product category into consideration. In addition to that, you will also have to find a very professional and experienced sourcing agent in this industry. You can’t just find a sourcing agent who is mainly engaged in sourcing daily consumer goods because they will take more time to research your product. Apart from that, it is also very likely that the agent will find a supplier that you are not very satisfied with.
Both options have benefits and drawbacks. It’s up to you to weigh them and identify the best possible option that works for you.