Update So many people interested in selling on Amazon USA from Hong Kong, we wrote up a guide Why Hong Kong is Right for your Amazon FBA business, now back to this podcast!
Update Sept 2016: We have an extensive blog post on this topic of F2C here
Interested to learn how to fulfill products directly from Chinese factories and ship to end consumers in the global market? Then today’s show is for you!
Happy 2015 everyone – going to start this year off with the most popular request from my year end survey for a F2C (factory to Consumer) show, and as always you can find the show notes on the website at GlobalFromAsia.com/episode66 as some of the products and services mentioned are Chinese names and you may not know how to spell them when listening, so I have them all linked on the site. What is F2C? It is also known as M2C (manufacturer to consumer) which is an extension of C2C which is consumer to consumer like eBay and Taobao marketplaces and B2C which is business to consumer which is a business such as an e-commerce website or an established eBay shop or Amazon.com selling to the consumer – now we have manufacturers and factories in China shipping directly from China to the end buyer’s home in middle America. It has been happening for years and I have watched it progress when first coming to China in 2007 as the shipping and logistics keeps improving.
So I got Wilson Blues on the show, a local Chinese friend of mine who I met as an organizer of Startup Weekend over the past few years and he has been making a full-time income as long as I’ve known him selling on eBay, Amazon, and his own websites products that his family factory makes – Sandals! He was a bit nervous to come on the show as English isn’t his first language, but this guy rocks! He has the experience and service providers many people keep asking for and shares openly. So without further ado, let’s jump in.
Topics Covered in this Episode
- Intro Wilson
- Met at Startup Weekend
- English is awesome thanks for sharing, and came all the way from chaozhou, a few hours away.
- Why did you decide to do e-commerce business?
- How did you pick the brand name Sandalup?
- What are the differences you notice selling on both eBay and Amazon
- You use Paypal – how about any other payment processors or merchant accounts?
- How do you fulfill your orders?
- What are the shipping choices, costs, and time frames
- Do customers know or care you ship from China?
- Biggest challenge running your F2C business
- Expansion plans for your business in 2015?
People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode
- Global From Asia Survey page
- C2C = Consumer to Consumer
- B2C = Business to Consumer
- M2C (F2C) = Manufacturer (or Factory) to Consumer
- Chaozhou, China
- Startup Weekend Shenzhen
- Wilson’s business Sandalup.com (not online now)
- “factory mindset” – volume over margin
- Ocean payment
- Widely Pay
- Option 1 – Airmail via Hong Kong Post (2 – 3 weeks, with or without tracking, 2 US dollars)
- Option 2 – Sino / US express – many carriers, he uses Yanwen (10 days, 6 US dollars)
- Option 3 – DHL (3 – 5 days expensive, depends on country / location)
- Wilson’s Linkedin
- Wilson’s contact information. wilsonflamenco @ gmail.com
Episode Length 26:24
So thanks Wilson for coming on the show – I know you were nervous about doing it in English but I am sure people got a lot of value out of it – if you guys can also reach out to wilson and thank him for me, I would love that.
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Cheers everyone and see you next week