Yes, Yes, Yes!

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If you’ve done any business directly with Chinese manufacturing plants you know that you hear the word “YES” quite often. Unfortunately, yes doesn’t always mean yes. I have had countless reminders that in China, that word may not necessarily mean that they agreed with you or even understood what you are asking. It’s similar to when a person goes on vacation to France and only understands a little bit of French so they say “oui” to pretty much everything! The difference is that a simple conversational misunderstanding on vacation is no big deal but a misunderstanding in the world of overseas manufacturing can be financially disastrous. One of the major benefits to using a reputable and experienced sourcing and import company is that the chance for misunderstandings (and financial loss) is greatly diminished. However, if you are considering the option of trying to import yourself, here are some critical guidelines to evaluate.