I’ve been twiddling my thumbs and doing a lot of “fake” work lately. Not at my full-time job, of course. But I made the mistake of waiting until just before Chinese New Year (CNY) to pull the trigger on my first order of private label products.
Apparently CNY is not a party-one-night-and-wake-up-with-a-hangover type of holiday. Instead, the entire country of China basically shuts down and goes on vacation for the better part of a month. I paid the deposit on my order in late January, just before the factory closed. They returned to work on February 15th, and didn’t resume production operations until the 22nd.
So a word of advice: If you are wanting any inventory in January or February, get the order in before the end of the year. The normal lead-time on my products would be 3 to 4 weeks, but for this one, it’s more like 6 weeks. And that’s why I’m twiddling my thumbs.
So for a lack of anything better to write, I figured I’d cover a topic that will hopefully help someone avoid some huge pitfalls when starting an FBA private label business: products to avoid.