Hi all beadlovers!
I'm going to China in april and I want tips on where I can buy beads. I'm going to visit Bejing, Chongqing, Chengdu and Shanghai. Perhaps some of you have been there and have some tips. And also some tips of how I bargaining the best.
Linda from Sweden
I have never been to China, so I haven't any advice for you.
However I I just wanted to let you know that the section you posted this in, isn't going to get you much help. You need to post this thread under "Where Can I Find". The Bead Barter is a place to post things for trade, meaning you have some beads or other beading supply that you no longer are using and wish to trade with someone else for supplies you can use. So you see where your request for information will get little response.
Hope this helps.
You must be so excited! There is a website called Alibaba. Type it in your search engine and when the site comes up, search for the type of beads you are looking for ex: Swarovski 4mm bicones. It will bring up a huge list of merchants. Most have their shops or manufacturing plant addresses posted. If there is a certain bead you are interested in, you can email them and they will give you their information. Good Luck and have fun!
Ruth from PA
I would suggest that you send an "E Mail" to Russ Knobs at Rings and Things . Do a web search for them. He is one super guy and does a lot of traveling to China for his bead business. I am sure he would not mind answering your question.
Etsy.com/shop/buttonsandshanks Delica's galore
Thank you all. But I was in China in april and I did find some nice places to buy a lot of beads and pearls..
Look for markets. There is a pearl market in Beijing, also the ghost market.
If you are looking to buy wholesale, like many hanks of the same bead, you need to have an introduction. I requested one from a Chinese friend and he sadly replied, "You don't want to go there. It will make you cry."
There is still child labor in China. As long as we buy the beads, the children will work.
Hey, do some of you actually read the whole thread before posting your reply? Not only is the original post nearly two years old, but she posted in Dec 2012 that she had already been there the previous APRIL. Besides, you are answering what I suspect to be a spammer, if indeed at least two of you aren't spammers. I've noticed that some people dig up old threads and post their two cents worth. Sometimes it's for a legitimate reason but most times it seems just for laughs, to see if anyone will notice...to see how many people will fall for it... Do those of you really have nothing better to do??? It takes a long, long time to go back several years unless you search for something specific, so, really, shouldn't you be out looking for a job or something?