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QC: OK to be picky. But be professional.

“Excuse me- I think there’s something wrong with this in a tiny way that no one other than me would ever be able to pinpoint.”

In the cartoon the guest may very likely not be invited back to the establishment. 

If you are not professional in your inspection and assessments

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B/L (Bill of Lading) manipulation scam

I recently received the following letter from a buyer in Ireland who is being abused by her China supplier.  As this situation is far from uncommon, in order to help other buyers, I am including key parts below.

(Note: the B/L is the paperwork needed to release the goods into the

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Sean Connery vs. the…what?

Counterfeit DVD’s are still widely available in China. I don’t advise you buy them because the quality is horrible and it’s wrong from an ethical perspective.  Plus you can get in big trouble when importing and exporting across international borders.

I think the producers of the counterfeit DVD below were trying

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PRC Releases New Trademark Amendment, Violators Face Fines: ~500K USD

China’s top legislature– Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted an amendment to the Trademark Law which went into effect on 30th of August, 2013.

The amendment, raises the compensation ceiling for trademark infringement to 3 million RMB (about 500,000 US dollars), six times the previous limit, it also includes clauses

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Social Audits: inexpensive and effective

Today I want to write this short blog to correct two false assumptions made by international buyers.

1.         Social Audits are not necessary

2.         Social Audits are expensive


I have the honor of being a board member of an Asian-based inspection agency that performs factory audits

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What to do when a pissed off supplier and his thugs camp out in your China purchasing office.

I recently received an email from a western buyer in Guangzhou who was desperate for help.  He works in his company’s Chinese buying office and had an ugly situation with his supplier. Long story made short is that the supplier had quality issues, gave a credit of 60,000 USD, then

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7 common questions asked when registering Intellectual Property: costs & steps

China doesn’t have a reputation for respecting IP. But things are changing fast- for the better.  Chinese industry understands that design innovation and brand reputation are ways to increase margins.   Now that the Chinese finally have intellectual property worth protecting, it is natural that their government place more emphasis on

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