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

I thought about doing that. Have you had any problems with the manufacturers or custom agents?

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[–] owyn_merrilin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Worst I've had is some of the computer accessories having really limited drivers. Well, that and one VGA to composite adapter having no buttons to adjust the picture and really needing them. Most of this stuff can be found on amazon, though, to the point that I've actually started sorting by prime elligibility. Wind up paying, say, $10 instead of $5 for the equivalent of a product that costs several times either option and getting it two days later with a solid return policy. If you really want to save money, you can go to E-bay and get it shipped on the slow boat from china for free. I've done that a few times, too, no problems aside from the shipping taking forever.

Edit: That said, I'm not ordering directly from the manufacturer, but from some guy with an e-bay or amazon account and connections to the manufacturer (like, I suspect a lot of them are either employees making some extra money off the clock and at their employer's expense, or connected to the triad. I have no idea how the free shipping from China works if there's not, like, drug trafficking or something equally illegal and profitable being covered up by this stuff). There's a few websites that are even more closely connected to China, like aliexpress, but I've never used them. Actually going direct to the manufacturer seems like it would be tough, if you weren't making an order of a few thousand to sell.

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

How do you differentiate between items made in China for China and those made for export?