- Sep 13, 2014
I was pleased and somewhat relieved to read this. I would never buy such products from China. In 2008 there was a scandal due to the chemical Melamine being added to baby formula to give the impression that the milk contained a higher level of protein than was the case. 300,000 children were affected, 54,000 of them were hospitalized and 6 died.If it is a supplement...... Be careful sourcing those from China. I'm not saying you can't do it succesfully. I am saying there is a decent chance you are gonna get a crap product with crap ingredients that wouldn't pass American QC standards.
According to the China Daily, of the company executives, 2 were executed, 3 got a life sentence, and 2 got 15 year sentences. About the same time melamine was discovered in eggs and other food.
As a PS, a similar aduleration of cough syrup (some from China, but numerous other sources) has resulted in the death of hundreds of children in many countries.
An American pediatrician Michael L. Bennish published in a medical journal in 1995 his opinion that "death tolls must be in the tens of thousands".
Supplement and cosmetic sellers beware!
Those who have my book know that I warn that copies of products being made in China often appear on the market before the designer sees a prototype.My apologies if this has been asked in this or other threads.
It is well known that Chinese manufacturers (or their middlemen) sell their own products on Amazon and other e-commerce platforms. Even Amazon has had its own products that are exact copies of products previously sold by others.
Let's say someone goes through all the steps outlined in this thread and comes up with a winning product. What keeps your Chinese (or from any other country) manufacturer from launching the same product with a different brand, etc?
I can see how big brands (Nike, Apple, you name it) can protect themselves from this. But, are there any options for a small player just starting out?
Obviously, you and others on this forum have been able to make it work.
I'm curious to know if you've had to deal with this issue, and if yes, what did you do to keep your product or products at the top and still make it to the point where you could sell your company for 8 figures?
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