I’ve noticed a few posts on the SaleHoo forum recently about the high costs of importing wholesale goods from China to NZ and Australia. ‘Down-under’ is literally on the other side of the World from China, and it makes sense that Australasian importers are concerned. The main point I would like to make here – and I can’t emphasize this enough! – is don’t accept the shipping costs that you are quoted as fixed.
NZ and Australia don’t have bargaining cultures. We tend to assume that the price stated is The Price…and that’s it.But the same cannot be said for all countries, including China. I suggest that you negotiate the shipping costs with the wholesaler – just as you should negotiate the cost of the wholesale goods themselves.
How much the wholesaler will be willing to move on shipping costs will depend on the individual. Some wholesalers will have more room to negotiate than others, but most will be open to a little bartering.