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Hard Lessons Learned on My Sourcing Trip to China and the Canton Fair

By Danny McMillan

During my first China sourcing trip and Canton Fair, most of my plans did not pan out. Here are just a few of the things I wish I had known beforehand.

Hard Lessons Learned on My Sourcing Trip to China and the Canton Fair

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hovsep oghlian

Excellent post and thank you very much for the knowledge you’ve shared. I was actually at the startup bros gathering on the 42nd floor of the westin and it turned out very successful.

Danny McMillan

Replying to hovsep oghlian

Indeed it was.

Saylor Niederworder

Replying to hovsep oghlian

Do you suggest going with a group…someone who has gone many times and say an all inclusive trip? Or just going on your own?

Sheena D

Great post and bookmarked to help me plan for my first trip to the fairs. Thanks!

Danny McMillan

Replying to Sheena D

You are more than welcome. We wanted to get across as much info as possible to take the pain out of the process. 🙂


Great post. Will definitely use your tips and lesson learn when I plan my trip to China.

Danny McMillan

Replying to Chris

Thanks Chris. Glad you enjoyed 🙂

Jay Newman

Like to hear more whats follow after trip and progress
For example:What included in your deal? The manufacturer gets the packaging ready and ships directly to Amazon warehouse or you have the mix pallets container shipment to the UK for repackaging before sending to FBA?

Danny McMillan

Replying to Jay Newman

Thanks Jay. I will update here when I a bit more time to articulate the answer for you. 🙂

Kenny Edwards

Vertical City Hotel is also a great place to stay. It has 2 metro lines crossing in the basement, so just take the elevator down to the basement to catch the metro to the Canton complex, about 8 stops away. Much less costly than most of the Western brands. I would call it a 4 star. And it is tall. Breakfast is on the top floor (49th), and you can really see Guangzhou from there (depending on smog levels). I would second Greg in that you should take selfies with the sales person at the booth, if you anticipate doing… Read more »

Danny McMillan

Replying to Kenny Edwards

Fantastic Kenny. Some great points here. Welcome to the conversation!

Lauri Flaquer

Loved the article. Might you be interested in appearing on my TV show? It’s taped in Minnesota, USA. Will Tjernlund and his brother Andrew have both been on it and Will has spoken at my Amazon Explosion events. I interview via Skype for the show.
I’d love to talk with you about this post on the show. If you are interested, please email me and we’ll set up a time to discuss.
Thanks so much,

Danny McMillan

Replying to Lauri Flaquer

Thanks Lauri. I am aware of your channel and have watch some of the content including the two brothers.

I have friend requested you on FB or you can reach me via to chat further.

mark elliott

I am thinking of going to China to attend Fairs and source. This article was simply amazing. Can’t praise it more highly. thanks so much for the huge time investment in making this available for others.

Danny McMillan

Replying to mark elliott

Thank you Mark. You are more than welcome. I we hope this guide saves you a whole bunch of time in your pre planning 😉

Zafar Iqbal

Thanks Danny, I’m at the very early stages of my Amazon business( just going through the process of registering my Seller Central account).

This is really very useful in helping me set up and then hopefully scale my business quickly.

I look forward to your follow-up with the suppliers/factories etc

Danny mcmillan

Replying to Zafar Iqbal

You are more than welcome. Good luck with launching your account and welcome to the FBA family.

Rob Anderson

Great post! Thank you for taking the time to share all of your trip “hacks” to help those that are looking to take the same adventure! Very informative post indeed!

Take Care,
Rob Anderson

Danny McMillan

Replying to Rob Anderson

Thanks Rob 🙂

Bridgette Montgomery

This was a very insightful article. I took notes. Will definitely refer to this again during my first fair visit. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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