Which countries do you buy products from?

Norm

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Re: Which countries do you buy products from?

You are right, clothing items are cheap in Thailand and with good quality as well. But Vietnam is also in that line. We were in Vietnam last September and I was able to buy a load of clothing items which were quite cheap, maybe the same as Thailand. Particularly the t-shirts, the material is of good quality. If only I know that it was that good maybe I would have bought some more particularly the shirts and the pants as well. We are planning to go back to Vietnam and my target are the apparel and footwear.
Yeah I once asked some clothing retailers so see where they were getting their cloth from because they were so soft and I was surprised to hear that they were coming from these countries. From that I started guessing that each shirt would probably have only costed lower than a dollar to make but they were selling it for over twenty, and surprisingly even with that knowledge I still thought it was somewhat worth it just because of the quality of the cloth and of course the stitching, and I would have bought it if only it were a little bit cheaper.
 

Corzhens

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Yeah I once asked some clothing retailers so see where they were getting their cloth from because they were so soft and I was surprised to hear that they were coming from these countries. From that I started guessing that each shirt would probably have only costed lower than a dollar to make but they were selling it for over twenty, and surprisingly even with that knowledge I still thought it was somewhat worth it just because of the quality of the cloth and of course the stitching, and I would have bought it if only it were a little bit cheaper.
What, 20 dollars for a shirt? That's pretty expensive compared to the cost of the locally made clothes in 3rd world countries. From what my Vietnamese friend said, her country is aiming to be a center for garments that's why they are selling clothes at low prices in order to attract foreign buyers. What is the best way to showcase your products than selling it in stores so foreigners can sample? Give them 5 years and I'm sure Vietnamese garments will be at par with Thailand's products. And the Philippines? It will be left behind.
 

Norm

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What, 20 dollars for a shirt? That's pretty expensive compared to the cost of the locally made clothes in 3rd world countries. From what my Vietnamese friend said, her country is aiming to be a center for garments that's why they are selling clothes at low prices in order to attract foreign buyers. What is the best way to showcase your products than selling it in stores so foreigners can sample? Give them 5 years and I'm sure Vietnamese garments will be at par with Thailand's products. And the Philippines? It will be left behind.
Yes, unfortunately that type of price is not too uncommon with big brands but they are of high quality so in a way I can see how the price is still reasonable considering they pay a lot to keep their stores in fancy malls. As for Vietnam I think they are making a good move in capitalizing on their garment supply and I'm not too bothered by philippines being left behind as I also dabbled in garments some time ago and I have always kind of felt that it was the case and we seem to have never really excelled in that area anyway.
 

Corzhens

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Yes, unfortunately that type of price is not too uncommon with big brands but they are of high quality so in a way I can see how the price is still reasonable considering they pay a lot to keep their stores in fancy malls. As for Vietnam I think they are making a good move in capitalizing on their garment supply and I'm not too bothered by philippines being left behind as I also dabbled in garments some time ago and I have always kind of felt that it was the case and we seem to have never really excelled in that area anyway.
It used to be that the Philippines was the leading supplier of garments in the international market. It was in the 1980s when there was a boom. So many women were employed by big garments factory that are the suppliers of clothing items to foreign companies. However, when the problem of labor came in, those strikes and protests of the workers ruined our image. Big garment factories were shut down and foreign buyers went to Thailand (and probably Vietnam) so now the Philippines may be tops in call center, that's the trend now and the garments industry seems to have been forgotten.
 

xTinx

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It depends on the need. If I want to put up a restaurant business that requires exotic spices, I'd import from a number of Asian countries - the ASEAN for one because my country has free trade relations with Southeast Asian nations and member-states and tariff is basically free. Spices grow abundantly in Asia so importing from neighbors without additional costs can present a win-win situation for my business, for my country and for the countries I imported the spices from.
 

TheFunneler

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I just buy what's available locally unless it's a bit more necessary. Prices and shipping don't counteract each other enough to consciously seek out lower cost options halfway around the world, sadly.
 

Norm

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I just buy what's available locally unless it's a bit more necessary. Prices and shipping don't counteract each other enough to consciously seek out lower cost options halfway around the world, sadly.
I am the same way. I only venture out when the item is impossible to find locally. Even when it's cheaper to buy overseas by the time it arrives at my doorstep all the fees make the price equal to what I would pay locally or sometimes even more. Sometimes it's necessary but I only usually give in when the items aren't too bulky or heavy as that usually drives the price way up at customs.
 

Corzhens

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Purchasing the supply from overseas certainly takes time but if the purchase is part of the scheduling then the expectation is met. There are items that are imported in nature particularly food products like raisins which they don't have in tropical countries. And there's no other way to procure the imported product but either from buying directly abroad or buying from local importers which is a bit high. Singapore is one country in Asia that is getting to be a hub of imported good because foreign countries use Singapore as the stepping stone in bringing their products.
 

explorerx7

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I am a frequent purchaser of women clothing. I usually access these goods through the US. However, I been forced to stick to the made-in-USA items because I had previously bought some goods which were made in China and the sizes really posed a problem for me. The Chinese size a very much smaller when compared to the US sizes.Therefore, I don't intend to any further to purchase garments which are made in China anymore.
 

nytegeek

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I purchase quit a bit of used technology and parts. I usually stick to the US and Canada but when I trust the supplier I don't have a problem buying from China and other Asian nations. The only downside to it even with a reputable supplier is the shipping time.
 

Corzhens

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I am a frequent purchaser of women clothing. I usually access these goods through the US. However, I been forced to stick to the made-in-USA items because I had previously bought some goods which were made in China and the sizes really posed a problem for me. The Chinese size a very much smaller when compared to the US sizes.Therefore, I don't intend to any further to purchase garments which are made in China anymore.
This is not to malign Chinese products. A cousin is an importer of shoes and other footwear from China. He is the marketing manger and also purchasing manager. He has been going to China once in a while to check on the samples. He said that the main problem with the Chinese factories is the QC/QA departments. The Chinese are not strict with quality control so quality assurance is often compromised. From time to time, my cousin would change suppliers (factory) because of that issue of quality like mistakes in sizes and sometimes color (he says that the Chinese may be color blind).

But in fairness to Chinese factories, their pricing is very competitive and worth the trouble despite the lack of quality assurance.
 

nytegeek

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This is not to malign Chinese products. A cousin is an importer of shoes and other footwear from China. He is the marketing manger and also purchasing manager. He has been going to China once in a while to check on the samples. He said that the main problem with the Chinese factories is the QC/QA departments. The Chinese are not strict with quality control so quality assurance is often compromised. From time to time, my cousin would change suppliers (factory) because of that issue of quality like mistakes in sizes and sometimes color (he says that the Chinese may be color blind).

But in fairness to Chinese factories, their pricing is very competitive and worth the trouble despite the lack of quality assurance.
I'm not buying clothing of any type and I'm not usually dealing with factories. I'm usually dealing with a retailer or wholesaler that often got there supplies from outside of China to begin with. I make sure I'm dealing with somebody that doesn't sell knock off items though.
 

explorerx7

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The goods from China are very cheap when compared to other countries. However, because the volume of goods that I may purchase are suitable to be shipped by air, it would be better for me to seek it from the US because there tends to be the problem of the goods sometimes arriving from China way past the promised date. I would want to get my stuff in a reasonable time period because the longer they take to arrive the less profitable they become. I sometimes buy apparel and there is this size problem with clothes from Asian countries. I believe that it's time enough that they cater to the sizes of non-Asain countries.
 

PurpleBee

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For my personal small craft business, I prefer to buy supplies that are American made, however this is not always possible. The other side of this is that I also find US sellers who are outsourcing their supplies and then selling them to other American crafters. So it's debatable in a case like that whether it is better to go straight to the source (ie China or India) or to buy from the US seller. On the one hand, supporting the US seller in their small business is something I like to do. But then I am buying foreign-made supplies anyway, so why spend more for them when I can get them cheaper if I source them directly myself?

It's a debate I have with myself regularly. In the end, I tend to go for what I feel is the best option at the time rather than having a standard choice for every single product.
 

nytegeek

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I'm sick of the way people single out China. They do it for almost everything you can imagine. Something isn't automatically bad or suspect because it is from China.
 

PurpleBee

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Gemma, this is what I feel as well. I think it's important to support local business where possible. It's good for the economy of your town specifically and your country in general. Outsourcing has ruined a lot of manufacturing in the western world and I think that we are way overdue for a revolution in that sense. Unfortunately, as you state, many times products are cheaper abroad, and getting enough people to start buying local, and thus demanding more local manufacturing, is easier said than done.
 

nytegeek

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Gemma, this is what I feel as well. I think it's important to support local business where possible. It's good for the economy of your town specifically and your country in general. Outsourcing has ruined a lot of manufacturing in the western world and I think that we are way overdue for a revolution in that sense. Unfortunately, as you state, many times products are cheaper abroad, and getting enough people to start buying local, and thus demanding more local manufacturing, is easier said than done.
You seem to be taking more of a political stance on the issue than a real one. There is both plenty good and bad that can be attributed to outsourcing, and when done properly it isn't actually harmful to the source economy.
 

pwarbi

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The majority of goods I buy are from the UK and Ireland as we have quite a quick turnover so we need the delivery time to be as short as possible. What I've found in the past is that even when buying from EU countries we were having to wait a ridiculous amount of time for the order to be processed and then actually delivered. Quality can be another issue in my sector of business as well as the UK as the most stringent quality control and so I pretty much know that any supplier I buy from here, will be delivering a quality product to the highest standards.

When ordering from abroad, in the past that hasn't been the case and then it brings in even more expense and waiting around having to send a product back and then wait for a replacement or a refund. Any issues I have with goods I get from closer to home, if the worst comes to the worst I can just send my own driver to return the goods and then all I'll do is bill the supplier for the inconvenience but at least it gets sorted faster.
 

Alexandoy

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This is my speculation in the months to come if US president Donald Trump will be true to his threat to quit buying Chinese products. China will be greatly affected by the banning of importation by US companies. It can dent the Chinese economy. US companies may be forced to buy local products even at a high cost. Or maybe they will shift to other Asian countries for their needs. This will be a boon to the country that they will choose to import from.
 
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