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Here is a question I have for everyone. Have you ever thought of directly importing the bottles from china? I have been looking over the website www.alibaba.com and I was wondering if anyone else has expierence with it? If you look at the bottle prices, they're disgustingly low compared to anything available in North America. I know there are additional costs associated with shipping such as the cargo container (Something like 1500 for a 20 foot, and 2700 for a 53 foot) as well as an import tax (7% of the total goods value from what I'm reading, if I'm wrong please correct me) and thats about it. The only downside is you have to order generally in huge bulk, the minimums are often 30,000 bottles up to 100,000. The fact is most bottles in the U.S. are generally not even made in our country and sold through a middleman. I am All American, I am ordering most of my equipment from America, as well as the ingredients in my vodka. However the bottle is an ongoing cost which I don't know if I can justify for the insane prices that most distributors here want. Not to mention the majority of them just import them from china the same and quadruple the price!

Any thoughts on this?


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When buying from China, unless you really know exactly who you are dealing with, there is an excellent possibility that you are buying from a middleman, broker, or other "non factory" source. If you are already up to speed and experienced in purchasing from China, and you can afford to buy the large minimum, then it may make sense. However, you may also want to expand your search. Hint: check into bottles made south of the border.

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I just got a great lucite mockup of a bottle from Robert Miller. Working with their design guys has been great. I need to make some changes, but so far I am very happy with the direction. Hopefully just one more iteration and we will go ahead with a glass prototype.

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