If you’re a new Amazon FBA seller sourcing products from China could be so frustrating tedious challenging and want to find a sourcing agent in China. You should ask TOP10 questions we listed you no matter you hire anybody. Ensure you can hire a reliable China agent and do China importing smoothly.
Are you willing to share the factory address and take me to visit the real factory?
This is so important because if the China sourcing agent is not willing to take you to see the factory then you have zero control when they switch out as a factory and you have a very little chance to develop any real relationship with the factory this is critical when you hire a sourcing agent.
Are you a one-person service provider where you have a team and a company?
There is a lot of sourcing agent popped up and a lot of them are individual sourcing agent, they are work very hard for customers because they’re trying to make a living. But the problem is these individuals can start up very quickly but they can disappear very quickly too.
So if you are working with a one single service provider, you need to be a little bit more careful.
How long you have been working as the sourcing agent?
You could be working with a sourcing agent one individual, but if this lady or the gentleman has been working as a sourcing agent for the past ten years, this person would be a lot more resourceful and more dependable than the sourcing company who that may be only established for three months.
You see what I mean to ask how long you have been working as the sourcing agent it’s critical to know how resourceful this person is. Please care about this point.
Have you specialized in sourcing certain product a certain commodity or specialized in a certain industry?
A good China sourcing agent that is good in sourcing electronic product would be different from the sourcing agent that is good in sourcing injection-molded product like plastic because the inspection process is quite different so ideally, you will find a sourcing agent that is good in sourcing the product that you are looking for.
Are you able to give me a satisfied customer referral for me to check out your background?
A good sourcing agent that provides the value they will have a lot of happy customers and they will be happy to provide you with good customer contact.
So you can check out what is this sourcing agent the best in finding the best price, inspecting the product or very good with the communication. So ask the sourcing agent to see if they are willing to provide you with a referral a reference customer contact if you’re happy with what you hear from.
How do you qualify the factory to make sure their product and on-time delivery are dependable?
A good sourcing agent do factory inspection they should have a factory inspection checklist and they should have a product inspection checklist during the crop production process.
Besides they should stay on top of the communication to make sure that the production is going to be on schedule and the delivery date can be met and they should relate that information back to you. So ask your sourcing agent how do they qualify the factory is very important to ensure the on-time delivery.
Do you perform the quality inspection or you’ll hire a third party to do the inspection?
When the product is done so the reason you need to ask about this because some sourcing agent only does sourcing they don’t do any inspection you have to hire a third party to go outside to perform the inspection, which is extra money and extra work so if the sourcing agent don’t do the inspection you need to know upfront now.
How do you want to charge for your service is that a one-time flat fee or is a percentage based on my order value?
If this raising agent is very capable you wanted to develop a long-term partnership you might want to consider a percentage based on your order value.
If this is just a one-time deal that If you just want it to find someone to find a product for you, you might want to consider the flat fee so it depends on what you need. You can decide which way works best for you
Do you accept a discount or referral fees from the factory and if you do are you going to be transparent about it?
This is such a sensitive subject even if you ask the question you may not get the honest answers back but I would suggest you to ask the question anyway.
A good sourcing agent should not and they will not accept as a factory kickback or discount at the same time charge you the commission so even give is a hard question you may not get the honest answers to ask anyway.
Could you please define the survey’s scope based on the fee you charge do?
The China sourcing agent does sourcing, factory inspection, product inspection, shipping and do consolidation define it as detailed as possible so there won’t be a last-minute surprise in the sourcing agents say you have to pay an inspection fee when the product is done.
Hope this is helpful guys if you’re contracting the sourcing party to an agent please be super careful and do your homework.
Finding a good sourcing agent is just as important if it’s now more important than finding a good factory so if you have more questions feel free to message me I would love to hear from you if you appreciate the content don’t forget to give me two thumbs up and subscribe the channel I’ll see you soon.