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How to do a group buy from China?

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How to do a group buy from China?

Equipment is for small scale manufacturing of electronic boards (PCBs).
I have about 5 people interested already. We want to buy equipment costing about $20K. Number of people and amounts are rising as more people learn about this.
We want to have them sent by sea, probably place the order when enough for the smallest shipping container.
Going the Alibaba route is one way. How to arrange payments? I don't want to collect payments from buyers and send to seller. Maybe arrange thru a lawyer or what are the other means?

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... 728esNHiZ7

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/PUHUI-T ... autifyAB=0

Items are packed at the factory in crates, surrounded by foam packaging.
When negotiating with the seller what discount can we expect? Any tips on negotiating with a Chinese supplier?
One way is to buy from a single factory, but that is also limiting as certain products are only available from different factories. Perhaps there are agents who gather the items and pack them into a container?
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What is the machines don't work as prescribed or need maintenance or repair? You're screwed given the manufacturer is in Asia.
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BizDeveloper wrote: Equipment is for small scale manufacturing of electronic boards (PCBs).
I have about 5 people interested already. We want to buy equipment costing about $20K. Number of people and amounts are rising as more people learn about this.
We want to have them sent by sea, probably place the order when enough for the smallest shipping container.
Going the Alibaba route is one way. How to arrange payments? I don't want to collect payments from buyers and send to seller. Maybe arrange thru a lawyer or what are the other means?

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... 728esNHiZ7

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/PUHUI-T ... autifyAB=0

Items are packed at the factory in crates, surrounded by foam packaging.
When negotiating with the seller what discount can we expect? Any tips on negotiating with a Chinese supplier?
One way is to buy from a single factory, but that is also limiting as certain products are only available from different factories. Perhaps there are agents who gather the items and pack them into a container?
Have you ever contacted them for the final quote? I would say there is always a little discount you can get, try to start with 20% to negotiate.
Request a spec sheet for the exact model you are buying. Confirm with them before you add them to the cart and make the payment.
Make sure to buy the refund protection, which is free.
I assuming buying on Aliexpress is through Alipay, which is similar to PayPal. You make payment, then they ship the item. You got the item and check it, if everything is fine, you release the money to the seller. During this process, the money is in Alipay and the seller would not get paid until you confirm receiving what you buy.

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