How to buy a good inflatable in China

Try to search inflatables on Google, more than 3,200,000 results will be shown you. Among the searchers, at least 50% people are just starting an inflatable business, and not so familiar with this industry. This article is to help you become professional on inflatables in 5 minutes and find a pefect inflatable in China.

At the first beginning, exclude trading company and middleman, as it makes no sense to do business with them. They just help to increase your budget. Nowadays more and more Chinese factories can speak English, so why not buy from the direct source?

After you sift out the factories from lots of companies, your next challenge is to distinguish who has best quality among hundreds of inflatable supplier, but it’s not the proper time to compare prices now.

Nearly all the companies declare their material is 0.55mm tarpaulin and more than 80% people trust it, so they pass to next step and start their hard journey on comparing prices. Obviously it’s a big pain to compare prices among so many companies because everyone says trust me, my quality is the best, who will you deal with finally?

You may always think that the thicker the material is, the better the quality will be. But that is absolutely wrong. If someone declares they use 0.6mm or 0.9mm PVC tarpaulin to sew inflatable bouncers and slides, please ignore and look for next one. As they are just trying to attract you to purchase by thicker material. 0.55mm PVC tarpaulin has been regarded to the best material for stitched inflatable games. If you are professional on inflatable product, you will know clearly 0.6mm or 0.9mm is just used to make sealed inflatable, such as paintball bunkers, water trampoline and inflatable boat.

Except the 0.55mm tarpaulin, another problem is the interior baffles. When people compare price and quality, only one tenth of them will mention this question. It’s too easy to be ignored just because it is inside the inflatable structure. The interior baffle is also the key point for price. Sometimes the price will be very different due to different baffles, especially the inflatable slide, which needs lots of baffles to keep the shape, if use bad material to replace good baffles, price will be nearly 20% down. So you see the big difference. Ask the company send you some actual photos of inflatable product and do not forget to ask about their interior baffles.

Besides the baffles, you must pay attention on the stitching. Most of factories just do double stitching on the jumping area, but if you spend a bit more time, you will find some ones can do triple and quadruple stitching in key areas inside the base of the unit. This will help to prolong the operating life of your inflatables. In another words, you will save much money for your future business, as all people know, repair cost is very high in USA and Europe.

Now it will be about price. It’s important to remember every extra penny deserves its value when you make decision on where to buy. You will have to face lots of different price, some price is high, but some is even lower than you imagine. But will you go with the lowest one? At least I will not, because I know when the price is lower than average, it’s hard for me to make sure if their product will be in high quality. You will consider if the product that you will finally receive is old, used, or the material is changed, or the baffles is different? Do not try to find the lowest price, because you will never find.

When you do business with Chinese, at first make sure they are a legal company. Because when you visit a website, there may be only 1 person working there. Maybe the one talking to you is only a family workshop. Obviously that is not what you are looking for. Most of Chinese factories prefer to receive payment by wire transfer. So remember only send payment to a company bank account.

If someone gives you a personal bank account, keep away from them. Because they will disappear once they get your money. Do not think police can help you with money back.

Before you get ready to place an order, call them and to see if the sales person is professional enough. Let them introduce some of their most popular inflatables for your first purchase. Ask them send you their certificate of inflatables and blowers. Most of companies can just supply CE/UL certificate of blower, but if they can send certificate of inflatable, it will be easier for you to clear custom when the inflatables arrive the port. Certificate of inflatables will be also helpful for insurance.

Finally when is the best time to purchase? Many people start purchasing in spring, but if possible, you can start purchasing as early as you can. Spring is the hot season of purchasing. Factories will get many orders if their products are popular, so if you order at that time, you may have to wait one or two months till your order is ready for shipping, plus transport time one or two month, you have to wait about 3 or 4 month to get your inflatables. So some people choose to buy at the end of year, then they have enough time to wait, what’s more, the factories will offer max discount at the end of year. So if you have gotten everything ready, why not buy earlier?

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