So, how do you perform quality control, and ensure you are always getting consistent, good product delivered to Amazon when you’re across the globe? Well, I have a few steps to make this whole process a lot easier.
Okay, so let’s talk about quality control.
Now, when you’re sourcing products overseas, one of the difficulties is, you don’t have the luxury of going to the factory, looking at everything, and seeing how everything is being produced and the quality of everything. So, there are things that you can do, in order to lessen your risk of receiving a bad quality product. The first thing you can do is getting a sample of the product sent to you.
Now, this typically costs anywhere around $30 to $50, and most manufacturers will give you the product for free, you just have to pay for the air shipping costs, from overseas to your home. Once you get that product, you wanna make sure it’s high quality, and if it’s not, then you wanna contact another manufacturer. It’s always good to have a few manufacturers, where you get product samples, so you can make sure that you’re getting the best product.
Now, let’s talk about quality control during the manufacturing process. You really have two different options, and the first option is, you can hire a third party quality control inspector. Now, they have this service available through Alibaba, where they have certain companies who’ve done thousands of transactions, have checked on thousands of different products, so you can trust this process. And a few that they do, is they check … they do random quality control inspections, they can do factory audits, they can check before your products are shipped, and the cost ranges anywhere from $100 to $300.
The second way to do quality control, is which I personally do, is I get the manufacturer to take pictures of the product for each step of the process. So, I get one picture sent, pre-production if they create a pre-production model, and I approve it; does it … look exactly the way I want it, before it starts going into production? So, I approve of that. Then, after it’s come out of production, what does the product look like? And then, the next step is, after it’s been wrapped in a plastic bag, or boxed, and then wrapped in a plastic bag with my ASIN sticker on it, I like to see a picture of that, and then finally, I like to see a picture of all the shipping boxes and make sure that they have the shipping labels of it. So, it’s just another way that I like to mitigate my risk, in case something odd happens during the production process, that I don’t run into any issues; ’cause I get the manufacturer to send me a picture of each step of the process.
Now, if it’s your first time, you might wanna go with a third party inspection, just so you’re more comfortable with the whole process. After you’ve established some relationships with some manufacturers, you get to know them … I communicate with a lot of my manufacturers on a regular basis, over Skype, and so you develop a relationship with them, over time, and you trust that they know the process on what to do, but for your first time, you might wanna look at an inspection service, and you go to Alibaba’s Inspection Service, and check that out. I’ll put a link in the description below.
So, hopefully, that gave you some insight into the whole quality control process, how you can mitigate your risk, and ensure that you’re getting a good quality product, shipped to Amazon, with no issues during the process, whether that’s through packaging or product production, or actually shipping, so you just wanna make sure that everything runs smoothly, especially for your first product.