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Goods are Damn Cheap in China, Importers Makes Them Expensive in Nigeria – Real Reasons

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Today, it’s about the manufacturers of phones, laptops, Ipads, and Car Gadgets that I met at the Market in China. Before I delve into it, let me say here that I’m sharing this with you so that you can get ideas on what to import and sell for the upcoming festive season. December is the time for exchange of gifts, and these items are excellent gift items you can sell.
Today started really fast. I slept late (as usual) the night before. About 2am. Other delegates to the China Trade Fair and I planned to meet at the hotel lobby by 9am so we can begin our journey into the market.


Today, all we wanted to find out about was manufacturers of phones, laptops, ipads, and 2 special car gadgets I’ll tell you about in details shortly. I woke up late (after smacking the alarm off my bedside table several times).
Waking up late meant there was less than 20mins left to shower, get dressed, make a quick phone call to our US partners about those who have booked for the December 2013 Cruise Vacation and get to the lobby for takeoff.
By some miracle, I made it to the lobby on time :)

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Because I had hundreds of emails asking me to find out about cheap authentic branded phones and their manufacturers, our first port of call was the Phone market. The place is massive.
Let me tell you a secret you won’t find on the streets in computer village.
When you get into the market in China, sellers will show you four different categories of the same product – Fake, Copy, High Copy and Original. The grade and quality of the product increases from fake to original. Take that free tip with you whenever you venture into China on your own to buy products. Or even when you are dealing with Online portals like Aliexpress and Alibaba.
Our target this morning was to buy an Original Samsung Galaxy S4 at factory price. The lady showed us all the Four grades of the product – from fake to original, see picture below:
Obviously, we made up our minds to buy the original at factory price. Now, I am going to tell you how much we bought it shortly. It is so cheap you may even ask yourself if this is a scam.
So why are the phones so expensive in your country you may ask. Well, I asked the same question.
I talked to real importers, as in “Iya Olojas” “Alhajas”; the people who sell at Isale eko, idumota, and Lagos Island, big time shop owners in the trenches and streets of Lagos.
Listen, my coming to China is for one purpose – to find out the secrets of big time importation business, to show you this secret and show you how you can build your own successful importation business – without cutting corners.
So as you can see, I can not afford to stay in my 5star hotel room all day. I’ve got to go out into the streets and markets where the trades are happening, so that I can meet the market men and women who flew 14hours from Nigeria to buy their own goods.
After talking to these people, it all boiled down to a few things – you don’t fly 14 hours from Naija to China to make peanuts. The products you buy must cover the following cost:
Product Price =
Principal or Capital + Cost of Courier + Cost of Customs/Clearing + Cost of Advertising + 100% Profit
Most of the time, Principal is calculated at 100%, Cost of Courier 100%, customs duty or clearing 100%, cost of advertising 100% and profit 100%. Add all that together it give you 500%.
So, you buy a product and sell it at 500% higher than the original price. And most of the people I spoke with said the least they can do, is sell any product at the minimum of 300% of its original China price.
This means, if a phone is N3 for example, the minimum price it will be sold when it gets to Nigeria is N9.
Anything below N9, the trade will not be profitable for these importers.
And remember they also have to cover for the cost of return ticket from Nigeria to China and back.
Also remember you have to factor in exchange rates and the cost of transaction if these importers are using their ATM Cards to withdraw money in China.
(As you already know, there is a limit to the amount of cash you can travel with when leaving Nigeria, so you may have to rely on ATMs heavily to transact. And trust your banks, they charge you heavy per withdrawal when you are off the shores of Nigeria).
So, the Samsung Galaxy S4 sells in Nigeria for about N95,000. And we bought ours in China for N21,000.
The only reason I bought the S4 was to establish contact with the manufacturer because of you my readers, so that you can have the contact details if you are a paid member of the Importers Forum.
I have been reading emails of many people asking me to help them buy phones, below is the reply I have been sending to those requests:
Reader – Efe please can you help me buy 3 Samsung phones from China?
My Reply:
“”As per the phone, I have been replying people telling them that they can order it themselves using the contact details on the ImportersForum. When they do, they have to factor in Courier, tax and customs duty.
I bought a Samsung Galaxy S4, it comes with ear phone, screen protector, $45 original Samsung cover (which is sold in computer village), its features include – GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, Speed 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, WLAN, Wi-Fi 802.11, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, Infrared port, USB.
The point is, I don’t need the phone, I only bought it to make good contact with the manufacturer and start a relationship for the next time my readers and I visit China.
I have taken my time to describe the phone because I want to sell it off. The first person who pays into my account for the phone gets it. I’m not a phone seller, so I’ll not be buying any other phones after flinging the S4.
If you are interested, I have explained above, the concept behind the 300% pricing principle, so you can make the N65k payments into my account – my bank details are here.
Fact is, You can easily make N25,000 to N35,000 profit if you sell this phone as well.
On the other hand, if you want to use the phone yourself, buying this one will save you N35,000 flat. Go to computer village, you’ll discover it’s the fact.
Below is an image of the phone and its gadgets –
Author: Efe Imiren is widely considered Nigeria’s foremost, leading and most successful Female Information Marketing Expert, she is a Speaker, Author, Consultant and Successful Female Entrepreneur. She can be reached at www.businessforts.com

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Since I was a 22-year-old undergraduate in University, I've run a home-based business importing products from China and generating millions of Naira on a yearly basis. Since then, I've made China and its culture not only a key part of my business but also of my personal life.

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  1. Hello just came across your website for the 1st time and am really impressed with your writeup. I just graduated and am really looking forward to going into importation bigtime but my major limitation is capital would rely like to start small with your tutorials on how to meet the right sales personel


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