July 29, 2022

Should You Buy Parts for Mass Production from Taobao?

In this episode...

Sofeast's CEO Renaud Anjoran is joined by Adrian from the team to discuss the dangers you face if buying parts for your product's mass production from Taobao.

Taobao is a convenient Chinese online marketplace where you can purchase almost anything, usually at a decent price. If you can jump onto the site and find a vendor and quickly place an order, where's the harm in that?

This bypasses a secure sourcing process and impacts your product's quality, safety, and compliance negatively...here's why.


Show Sections

00:00 - Greetings + why not to take checked baggage on flights within Europe + the UK's 2-day heatwave 😂 

01:59 - Today's topic: Why not to buy parts from Taobao to use in mass production?

02:40 - What is Taobao?

10:36 - Scams and other issues on Taobao.

11:32 - Why buying parts from Taobao for use in early proof-of-concept prototypes is fine.

13:00 - More advanced prototypes and mass production are not the same as proof-of-concept.

15:55 - 5 reasons why using Taobao parts for mass production is not a good idea.

  1. Batches may vary each time. 
  2. The item on your BOM might suddenly be delisted. 
  3. You buy subject to Taobao's terms and conditions. 
  4. The vendor probably has little liability for performance or quality issues. 
  5. They might not be a real company. 

27:06 - Could your IP be at risk when dealing with Taobao vendors, and will you get the best price?

28:29 - You can't really pay and get an invoice (fapiao) that is needed for business purchases. 

30:58 - The lack of transparency and control.

32:06 - Wrap-up.


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