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[–] AnmanIndustries 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I do business WITH China, but I was more interested in just shit talking about the quality of their products and processes.

Buuuut. I did make an observation just yesterday about ebay. Reckon 80% of the chinese selling accounts for their generic manufactured goods are all sold by the one business using about 1000 different accounts. there is no way the average chinese individual can provide free shipping for $2-4 parts to international customers. Got any information on their process for that? I reckon they are just bulk shipping containers out.

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[–] dirt-reynolds 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The Chinese government subsidizes their international shipping. I have a little hobby/side job where I build custom bicycles. I import brand name carbon fiber & titanium parts as "samples" all the time. When they screw up and give you a wrong color or size, they'll eat the cost and let you keep it while still sending you the correct item because the item costs less with their subsidized shipping to us than it costs them to pay to have it shipped back to China.

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[–] AnmanIndustries 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ahh, that makes sense. I have been lucky enough to avoid sending anything back to china through my dealings. But as a consumer having received faulty goods it never crossed my mind this would be the reason. Makes perfect sense, thanks.

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[–] malloryquinn 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

sort of. Yes accounts are cheap, and it's not uncommon. Also lots of companies hire 'contractors' to do this kind of shit, and while they are doing the companies stuff, they WILL do it on their own, and resell their customers stuff on their behalf. This is why I do factory tours to know who Im buying from when I buy something big, or any of that shit, as I usually won't just blindly trust a web purchase on alibaba or taobao. However if you are in a pinch, it's OK.

the insanely cheap shipping is subsidised by both the Chinese government, and the US government to encourage trade. This is part of the reason why its so great doing business in China with hookups in the west.

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[–] AnmanIndustries 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I always thought I would need to visit chinese factories when I started working with them, but my purchases never got that big. I found it was just easy to buy a mass amount of sample products and then judge from there.

Being in Australia here I would imagine we have the same subsidies, but seriously, shipping a $2 part for free; I still feel is beyond subsidies. Almost feel like they are making a loss at times. When I go to buy machinery or required accessories shipping is through the roof (via alibaba, ect). But for some reason ebay doesnt get that problem.