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The Quickest Way to Find the Newest Products for the Lowest Prices and Make a Killer Income Selling on Amazon: Part 2
Many of our students and clients have been asking us lately about the most effective way to get their online selling business off the ground. People are curious about where to find the hottest new products at the lowest prices. You’ve heard about how much money you can make in the physical product industry, and understandably, you want to know how you can get their foot in the door… and quickly!
Like we talked about last week (please link to Part 1 blog post here), attending the biannual Canton Fair in Guangzhou, China is without a doubt the quickest, most effective way to launch your business in the physical product industry. Understandably, you probably have some questions about that!
Today, let’s outline the most frequently asked questions we receive about flying to China and attending the Canton Fair.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE CANTON FAIR?
Held in Guangzhou twice a year — spring (April-May) and fall (October-November) — the Canton Fair is the largest of it’s kind by a long shot.
Just to give you a rough idea of the scale, there are between 57,000—60,0000 booths and over 200,000 buyers that attend each session (spring and fall). It’s been around since 1957, and we’ve been attending it EVERY year since 1986. The fair continues to grow in size and influence, and a visit to Guangzhou is a once-in-a-lifetime way to find exciting new products, hold, test and analyze products before placing an order, develop life-long relationships with suppliers, assess the realm of opportunities that exist in importing from China, build your network and deepen your resources, and learn the in’s and out’s of shipping and customs. It’s also a thrilling cultural experience!
HOW LONG IS IT?
Each session is split into three phases, each are 5 days in length. Entrepreneurs in the physical product industry attend Phase 2, which is focused on Consumer Goods, Gifts, and Home Decorations.
WHEN IS IT?
Phase 2 takes place April 23-27th, 2017, but we invite you to join us in Guangzhou on April 20th for a few extra days of training, networking, and hands-on learning in markets and factories around the city.
On the first day of the (April 23rd) we will go together. We will conduct a live training on how to negotiate and build business relationships, find suppliers and of course, how to find the perfect product for your business. We will also teach you how navigate the fair and where to locate areas of interest so that you can use your time wisely and get the most of the fair as possible!
DO I NEED A SPECIAL INVITATION TO ATTEND THE FAIR?
Yes, you do. Our Chinese company will be honored to have you attend with us! We will provide you with an invitation, which you will use to pre-register.
WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?
A valid passport and a Chinese Visa. In our pre-trip orientation, included in the price of the trip, we will walk you thorough the necessary paperwork and provide you with the an invitation from our company to apply for a Chinese Visa. It’s a straightforward process that we’ve done hundreds of times, and we’ll be here every step of the way!
WILL I NEED SOMEONE TO TRANSLATE?
Many companies who exhibit at the fair bring English speaking staff with them, however, after 20+ years of attending the fair, we strongly recommend hiring an interpreter to assist you. For your convenience, we offer a private service where you can hire one of our Private Label University staff to attend the fair with you. Our staff has been with us for over 15 years, and they’re all very familiar with the Canton fair. Hiring a translator will assist you in cross-cultural communication, business negotiations, and networking. They can also help you navigate around the complex to find the products you need!
IS THE FOOD AND WATER SAFE?
Like many places in Asia, you’ll want to always use bottled water and avoid using tap water. Bottled water is cheap and easy to find! And if you haven’t had it before, authentic Chinese food will change your life. Everything is made fresh, and the flavors are unlike anything you can find in Chinese restaurants back at home. We have many clients tell us that enjoying authentic Chinese food for seven days is one of their favorite parts of the entire experience. We agree!!!
WILL THERE BE TIME TO TOUR THE CITY?
Absolutely! Whenever you’re not at the fair, you’ll be free to roam around Guangzhou and enjoy things like the view from Canton Tower, the pandas at the Chimelong Safari Park, or the hundreds of gorgeous, historic temples around the city. We’ll also be visiting a local factory and a few local markets as a group.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The fair itself is free! You will be responsible for the cost of the Live Training, your airfare and lodging, transportation to/from your hotel, and meals.
- Roundtrip airfare to Guangzhou is very affordable (considering how far you’re traveling), flights typically range from $550—1200 USD, depending on which airline you choose and how far in advance you book.
- 4 and 5 star hotels range from $150–500/night. A special discount is available to PLU students at Langham Palace Hotel, where we will be conducting our 3-day training prior to the fair.
- Thanks to a low cost of living, your meals will be cheap! Many hotels include breakfast, too.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE 7 DAY LIVE TRAINING?
- A 1-on-1, pre-trip coaching call with us where we outline what you need to bring, how to best prepare, travel documents, and your business goals and hopes for attending the fair.
- Three incredible days of hands-on learning IN CHINA from the experts, including seminars and group sessions, cocktail hours, networking, business coaching.
- On Day 1 of the fair, we provide a guided tour and full support throughout your day
- A 1-on-1, post-trip coaching call with us to discuss next steps and how to keep your momentum alive!
- Lasting relationships with the rest of the PLU team that attends the 7 Day Live Training.
- Because we believe so strongly in the opportunities this trip will open for you and your business, we are excited to announce that this year, you can bring a guest for FREE!
- Want to see the full itinerary?
We are SO EXCITED to personally walk you through the steps to finding the perfect product to sell online at the Canton Fair this spring. Join us to discover the secrets to sourcing, private labeling, importing and launching your perfect product so you can start earning the money you deserve!!