As we all know, scarf is a small product category under clothes or accessories. Unlike toys, there is few fairs specially held for scarves in China. Certainly, you could find the scarf booths on big exhibition, such as “Canton Fair”. However, if you visit China on a different date from Canton fair, I would strongly recommend Yiwu Scarf Market on grounds of its broad choice, fast updates and accessible Buying Wholesale Scarves process.
This article would help you learn everything about Yiwu Scarf Market. Kindly use the links below to jump to a specific section.
3.1 About the Suppliers Types & Background
3.2 Buy Wholesale Scarves in Stock
3.3 Buy Wholesale Scarves Not in Stock But Have Samples
3.4 If You Need to Customize Scarves
4.1 Prices & Product Quality
4.2 Scarf MOQ
5.1 Source Scarves in The Market
5.2 Deal With Market Suppliers
1. Where is Yiwu Scarf Market?
Yiwu Scarf Market is situated in Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province. The market is located inside the District 4 of Yiwu International Trade City who is known as the world’s largest commodities wholesale market. There are multiple product categories in the District 4 and the scarf booths are settled on the 4th floor.
You could search “义乌国际商贸城4区” in Google Map. See below map and the gate picture of District 4,
2. What Scarves are Inside The Market?
Currently, Yiwu Scarf Market is considered as the largest scarf wholesale market in China. It has covered all kinds of scarves & shawls categories. That is to say, you are able to buy whatever scarves wholesale you want in this market. Moreover, its wide selection and rapid updates can inspire your business ideas and help you make more prudent purchasing decisions.
The scarf categories can be divided by different criteria. Normally, we use following classification,
|People||Children’s Scarf, Parent-Child Scarf, Women Scarf, Men Scarf, etc.|
|Function||Neck Gaiter Scarf, Neckerchief, Wraps, Hijab Turban, Square Scarf, Triangle Scarf, Fashion Scarf, etc.|
|Material||Cashmere Scarf, Silk Scarf, Pashmina Scarf, Plush Scarf, Knitted Scarf, Cotton Scarf, Linen Scarf, Chiffon Scarf, etc.|
Usually, the booths for specific kinds of scarves would gather in the same street. For example, in the 3rd street, hijab scarves would take up most booths. However, this doesn’t form a routine and it’s easy for you to find that next to the cashmere scarf booth, the silk scarf booth turns up. Therefore, I would suggest you to plan a longer trip in order for more careful Buy Wholesale Scarves selection.
3. How Do the Market Suppliers Supply the Scarves?
3.1 About the Supplier Types & Background
Different kinds of scarves are manufactured in different cities of China. For instance, silk scarves are mainly produced in Hangzhou City. Consequently, you can meet varied scarf suppliers from all around China in the market.
To be frank, most of the suppliers are trading companies though they are operating in the name of factories. But all of them are able to offer competitive prices cause they have long-term cooperation with factories.
Generally, there are 3 types of suppliers in the scarf market,
1) Manufacturer / Factory. It’s not hard for you to differentiate manufacturer booths from others. Commonly, a manufacturer booth only focus on one kind of scarves and display limited styles. Mostly, they don’t have stock scarf and support OEM & ODM. They welcome custom made orders with high MOQ and tend to deal with buyers who have high budget.
2) Brand Manufacturer. Behind a brand, there should have strong funding support and product developing ability. Usually, the booths of brand manufacturers have beautiful decoration and sell trendy scarf styles. A large part of their scarves are in stock so you could Buy Wholesale Scarves at low MOQ. They also support OEM & ODM and accept custom made orders.
On the basis of the stable product development, they would regularly update their styles and provide nice catalogs. This kind of suppliers are favourable between supermarket buyers.
3) Trading Company. Certainly, a trading company can help a lot if you are looking for assorted scarves. Because their business area is covering wide scarf categories. Obviously, the advantage of trading companies is the strong resource integration ability.
They are supplying various scarves from different brand manufacturers and factories. Above all, they are offering very competitive prices which even can be lower than manufacturers. Also, they are selling stock scarves and support OEM & ODM & Customization.
If you are a new comer who has low budget, you can start from buy stock scarf wholesale. Because the MOQ can be as low as 100-200 pcs per style with mixed colors. Meanwhile, the buying process is very easy. Just send the supplier an order list with detailed quantity & styles. Then you could receive the goods to your warehouse in 3 days.
When you select the scarves that you want to buy in the shop, it’s highly possible that you would choose those not in stock. Usually, the scarf samples shown in the shop would have ready made fabrics so they can be produced in a short time, 5-10 days. The MOQ would be higher, normally, 600pcs per color of one style. The purchase process is same as buy stock scarves.
Compared to buying scarves with ready made shop samples, relatively, customizing scarves would be more complicated. Firstly, convey the detailed requirements to the supplier, including scarf material, size, logo, printing, hangtag, care label, packaging, etc. Among them, you need to provide the AI or PDF file of the logo & printing, which is very important.
Secondly, develop a sample. After all product details confirmed, before bulk production, the supplier would make out a sample first. In general, the supplier would charge a sample fee which can be refunded after bulk order placed. And the sample time is around 5-7 days.
Thirdly, the supplier would send the samples for your approval. If you are not satisfied with the samples, feel free to ask the supplier to amend. They are responsible to make out correct samples which can meet your needs.
Lastly, once the samples approved, the supplier would proceed the bulk production. Kindly note that you should double confirm with the supplier that the product quality of bulk production must be strictly same with the samples. The production time would be around 15 days.
Since the custom made process is complex, if without good Chinese level, I would recommend you to assign an agent to proceed. A professional agent would help you work out all the problems during the whole process.
4. About Scarf Prices, Product Quality & MOQ
4.1 Prices & Product Quality
Usually, the prices can be negotiated based on your order quantity. If the quantity just meet their MOQ, there may not much space for you to bargain the prices. Nevertheless, if you plan to buy bulk quantity, like over 5000pcs, you could make price comparisons between several shops first. Then make proper purchasing decisions.
Before you place a order, please double confirm the scarf quality first. Different price levels imply distinct quality grades. You could see the difference in diverse fabrics or the weight in grams. Make it clear about your quality requirements to the suppliers and let them send the goods strictly under the sample quality standard.
Normally, here are 3 order conditions,
- For the scarves in stock, the MOQ can be as low as 100pcs per style with mix colors.
- As for the scarves not in stock but have samples in the shop, the MOQ would be 600pcs per color of one style.
- If customization, the MOQ would depend on different scarf kinds. Generally, the supplier would ask at least 1200pcs per style for custom order.
5. How to Source Scarves and Deal With Suppliers?
5.1 Source Scarves in The Market
Preparations in Advance: When you walk into the market and face numerous shops, you may find yourself at a loss. Cause you don’t know where to start. It could be a huge work if you start sourcing from the 1st shop of street 1. As a result, you need to make some preparations before visiting the market.
First of all, open the website “Yiwugo.com” to find your desired suppliers through keywords or image search. Secondly, write down their booth No. or contact them directly by phone or WeChat. Lastly, list all the questions and requirements you would inquiry so that you can save sourcing time.
During Sourcing: Obviously, you will meet many suppliers so it’s necessary to make notes of the communication details for each shop. Meanwhile, it’s also a good idea to respectively remark basic info on their WeChat accounts, for instance, booth No., prices, MOQ, etc. Furthermore, in order not to forget, you could take a photo with the supplier in front of the shop.
5.2.1 Low-to-basic English level. Mostly, the suppliers in Yiwu Scarf Market can only speak very basic English. For example, tell unit price, scarf material, packing info, delivery time, etc. However, if you are going to customize scarves, the suppliers would not be able to digest complex product info in English. In this case, accompanying with an experienced agent would be much better.
5.2.2 Habitual Currency Using. Commonly, the suppliers would offer RMB factory prices when you ask for a quote. If you need USD factory prices or FOB prices, the suppliers would recalculate and offer new prices.
5.2.3 Service Attitude. As a rule, the suppliers always welcome big quantity orders. So it’s normal to get better service when being regarded as a potential big client. But if you are asking small quantity with less budget, it’s likely that the suppliers would not be that patient and show bad attitude. In such cases, do not hesitate to leave that shop and find a new one. You deserve better service.
5.2.4 Market Opening Time. Routinely, the market opens from 8am to 5:30pm every day. There is no holiday during the year, that is to say, you are able to reach the suppliers from Monday to Sunday. In the end of the year, people would expect a 20-day holiday for Chinese New Year. So you could visit the market at anytime in the year except Chinese Spring Festival.
6. How to Ship Scarves to Your Country?
Nowadays, Yiwu city has formed a well-developed logistics system. In addition, with years of export experience, Luuk sourcing are constantly working with some expert shipping forwarders. Therefore, surely you are able to find right shipping companies in Yiwu.
Normally, there are 3 transport modes,
- Sea Shipping. You can choose to use ocean shipping way when the total goods volume over 1 CBM. Comparatively, the sea shipping fee is cheaper but the shipping time is longer, about 20-40 days. It could be very cost-effective if the total volume is over 28 CBM since we could ship 20ft or 40ft container.
- Air Shipping & International Express. For international express, the shipping fee is very expensive so it’s suitable for low goods weight and volume. As for air shipping, it’s cheaper than express and suitable for bigger CBM goods who have urgent schedule.
- Rail Shipping. For some overseas countries, like Europe, China has special railway shipping lines. The shipping expense would be much cheaper if using the railway lines. Similar to sea shipping, the shipping time is longer, about 30-45 days.
A large part of our clients are buying great kinds of scarves from different market suppliers. After they confirm the orders, we would be responsible to collect all goods into our warehouse and inspect the quality. Presently, our company is providing free warehousing service, which also could be a bonus for you. Further, we would help ship the goods at very competitive shipping prices after all goods well examined.
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