If any more questions come in I will get to them for sure, but I wanted to take this chance as we come to a close to thank everyone that has posted really interesting questions, I appreciate the time you guys put in and I found this both challenging and rewarding.
I hope there is some info of use to people out there. I am sorry that I was not able to provide direct recommendations and endorsements of particular companies, but I really wanted to focus on providing general advice and some ideas that may be of use no matter what stage of development you are at with China.
I definitely don't feel as if I am in a position of knowing it all, not to any extent, there will likely be far more knowledgeable people within this forum - my perspective and understanding changes a lot every time I visit China and the cliche of it being all about relationships holds true, my business partners these days I consider as family to me, but also the myriad of relationships that sit behind a simple online sale always astound me. I sit back and think about it sometimes and the amount of work that goes into moving one single unit from the supplier in China, all the way to one of my customers in NZ, AU, USA or where-ever else sometimes seems unbelievable - but it happens every day.
I want to say a huge thank you to Tim from me and the Web Retailer community. Tim's answers have been amazingly quick, detailed, thoughtful and helpful throughout and I know everybody really appreciates him putting so much effort into it.
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Still have questions? For any more questions on importing from China (or anything else related to selling online) start a new discussion in the forum. I'm sure Tim will do his best to come by and answer, but anyone who can help is very welcome to dive in - please don't direct new questions only to Tim!