Speaking of buying agent, some people might think it will only add extra costs with middleman. However, with an experienced, good China buying agent, you can save much more money and hassles. The following is about top 5 qualities of a good buying agent in my mind.
1.Honest, reliable and comfortable to work with.
Honest, reliable, keeping everything transparent, and most important, someone you feel comfortable to work with.
2.Standing on your interests.
A good China buying agent should stand on your interests rather than the Chinese suppliers’.
3.Expertise of manufacturing, China wholesale markets and products.
A good buying agent in China should have enough knowledge about the products clients are looking for, which wholesale markets sell such kind of products, how they are manufactured, whether they are paired with/qualified for CE/ROSH certificates and abilities to source manufacturers with cheaper rate and smaller MOQ.
4.Expertise with shipping, custom declaration, etc.
An experienced China buying agent can always save hassles about shipping, tedious paper work for custom declaration, etc.
An experienced China buying agent can get cheaper shipping fees, know how to avoid tax/higher tax and quite aware of the inappropriate situations while shipping by air or by container.
5.Abilities to narrow cultural and language gap between clients and Chinese suppliers.
A good buying agent in China should be able to narrow the gap caused either by culture or by language between clients and Chinese suppliers.