Since launching the blog, we've had numerous people emailing us with advice and ideas. A lot of the emails are very encouraging, but a good percentage are along the lines of "you are crazy, these aren't great ideas, why are you leaving your perfectly good jobs?!"
Last night we received a great email from a potential handbag supplier. We met her in Guangzhou at the wholesale market and had a private meeting with her in her store. (I say "private" only because most of the sellers keep their stores and merchandise behind curtains to prevent the other factories from stealing their designs.)
She was insistent to get our email address, and clearly she wanted it to warn us off going into the handbag business. Now even the merchants are warning us off! It's actually a sad tale of how hard it is for some of the Chinese factories right now.
dear mike: i hope you don't mind i call you like this. do you remember me? when you came to my shop i told you that i never see the buyer so handsome as you also your friend? have you go back your country? or still in guangzhou? in fact i send the email to you. just by my curiosity. because of the financial crisis .many people hope can stop doing this business. all the factory can not bear the test of this business. for example: long time no have order. even if have order but the price is terrible. they don't know accept this order or cancel. at the some time for the buyer .they are afraid to take the big order. and afraid some desight they order but can not sale in their country. always keep so many stock. however they were already begining. that is why they can not stop doing this business. they know if stopping they will lose more money. so they must stick to that. one year come to china for two time or three time. it is not easy for some buyer. sorry! i just want to tell you that now it is too late to do this business. as i know you and your friend have a stable job. so i think no need to try this hard work. anyway it is just my personal advise. if you want to try. i hope i can give you some help. ok. i hope you are happy and enjoy the time in china or in your country everyday. and i hope we can keep in touch. take care!