I know many of us, mom bloggers really want to quit the day job and run a business from home. In other words, we want to become a super work at home moms (SWAHM).
There are many ways to make your dream becomes a reality. The important keys, are of course… PLANNING and LEARNING.
As an avid online shopper, I noticed there are many moms start selling kids clothing on their blog. This is a very good start indeed. Keep it up, moms!
I also have launched my own online Baby Boutique, Little Mama’s LOVE as a little step to become a WAHM myself.
If we talk about selling (anything at all, kids clothing, bags, electronic appliances etc).. the one thing that we always have in mind is the SOURCE of products, right?
We can get the items here in Malaysia at wholesale prices from the supplier, no problem. Many people are doing that and are very successful.
But, if you want to become a true entrepreneur, you will want to get rid of the middle-man (wholesale supplier). And, get the products yourself from the source.. at a far cheaper price.
Guangzhou Wholesale Buying Trip or Shopping Trip?
Recently, there are many trips so called “Guangzhou, China – Wholesale Buying Trip for New Entrepreneurs“, organised by various people.
Well, the phrasing of the words might be different but the meaning is the same – to TEACH you the insider secrets of buying wholesale in Guangzhou, China.
Waah.. sounds great, isn’t it?
RM2,300+ for a 5-day wholesale buying trip (including flight, transport, hotel, food and wholesale market visits) should be no problem if you really want to learn from those who already have experiences.
The trip to Guangzhou that you think as a medium for you to learn Guangzhou wholesale buying might turn into a Guangzhou SHOPPING trip.
It’s a huge different between BUYING WHOLESALE and SHOPPING, am I right?
Got Scam & Cheated
You see, my husband just came back from one of those Guangzhou wholesale trip. There are 13 participants with the same expectation which is to learn the insider secrets in buying wholesale in Guangzhou, China.
Let me list a few participants with the product they intend to buy in wholesale
- Mr Clothing – children clothings
- Mr Camera – digital camera
- Mrs Craft – craft products
- Mr Bag – leather bags
All of them happily went to China with the organizers and expecting the organiser to teach or guide them:
- WHERE to get the items
- WHICH suppliers are the best, and
- HOW to get the best deal.
But, none of the 13 participants get what they wanted.
It’s Just a Leisure Shopping Trip not a Wholesale Buying Trip
The organizers took them to the wholesale markets but instead of teaching or guiding them to get the items they wanted, the organizers just LEFT them there!
It’s up to them to check all the shops there on their own. Mind you.. there are hundreds of shops there. But, most of them are not selling wholesale.
There are a few hidden wholesale shops here and there. And, with only a few hours… how they’re supposed to find the best one?
Everyone in the trip feel cheated and angry.
Anyone can just fly to Guangzhou on their own (without paying a hefty fees to the organizers) and do some shopping.
The Real Cost of Shopping in Guangzhou?
Yup, those participants paid RM2,300 each so that they can learn how to buy wholesale. Instead, they just learn where to do some shopping, duh!
Here are the estimated real cost if you go there on your own.
- Flight Air Asia (return) RM700
- Hotel (RM70 per night x 4) RM288
- Food (assuming you eat a lot) RM200+
- Transport RM300+ (taxis are cheap
Total cost should be around RM1500 only! And, the organizer charged RM2,300 which means they pocketed RM800 per person for nothing!
Easy money for not showing or teaching or guiding the participants what they really need to know.
This entry is not meant to scare you, the future entrepreneurs.
But, treat this as a guidance before signing up to any Guanzhou wholesale trips. You might be losing your hard-earned money for no real Guangzhou wholesale knowledge in return.
If possible, check and confirm with the organizer about the trip. Ask a lot of questions. Tell them your expectations.
For example, if you want to buy craft products on wholesale.. make sure they show and guide you until you get what you wanted.
TOOK people to the wholesale markets and LEFT them to wander aimlessly means cheating people.
Don’t let the same thing happen to you. There might be a real good and honest organizers out there and we might be the unlucky ones to follow this one.
So, it is good to do some research and ask around. If possible, get the organizers to provide some testimonials and contact number of the person for you to personally check.