Why are toys made in China? And why do most toys come from China?
China has a major manufacturing country, producing not only toys, but also textiles, daily necessities, etc.. They all can establish their respective industrial bases in China.
China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of toys, producing over 70% of the global market. A very popular export sector for China is the toy industry. From 2016 to 2021, China experienced five years of growth. As of August 2022, China’s cumulative export value of toys was $31.68 billion. It is clear that there is a huge market for the toy industry.
Currently, there are six million toy factories, both large and small, in China. They produce a wide wide variety of plastic toys, alloy toys, plush toys and wooden toys. Each year each factory can introduce 10 or more new products.
The Chinese toy industry has supporting facilities to help each factory launch new products, such as material suppliers, production equipment suppliers, design suppliers and packaging suppliers, so from materials to production equipment, product design and packaging, the Chinese toy factories are updated in different ways every year to meet the requirements of different buyers in different countries.
I think this is an issue that buyers who are just learning about Chinese toys should be concerned about. I would not brag about how good their quality is like other Chinese sellers, but from our experienced in this industry, I can say that not all factories produce good quality and different factories produce different products.
Different customers have different definitions of “quality” to meet the needs of consumers in different regions. Toys exported to India and the United States, for example, use different materials, designs, and packaging.
The several grades of quality products produced depend largely on the country from which the buyer comes from and the relative quality grade of the product purchased.
Our Customers come from different countries, but if they need us to recommend some products, our team will also recommend the right product based on the region of the customer as well as the quality requirements of the product.
For example, the following two products perform the same function as toys. Both types of buyers are satisfaction with the quality, so any buyer can find their quality requirements among 6 million toy manufacturing factories.
Where to start when looking for wholesale toys from China?
Many people visiting our website know that we are a supplier of all kinds of toys; the first questions they ask are what are the best toy products and what are the prices. But if you are just starting out with importing wholesale toys from China, I think the first step is to define your product, including buyer orientation, toy categories, functional requirements of the product and sales channels.
The second step is to do a market research and understand your sales market. For example, while some people sell their products online through Amazon.com, some people sell their products through the Storeify website and social media, and some of our customers are chain stores and toy retail stores. Because these sales outlets have different user groups and sales methods, they have different quality requirements and packaging methods for toy products.
In short, it is necessary to conduct product positioning and market research before you start sourcing Chinese toys. This is because you have to choose the right product for your sales from among tens of thousands, if not hundreds of millions, more toy products. Many customers of ours who read our product layers and our sample rooms do not do enough homework early on and find themselves sourcing without knowing what they need. This is a real-life case, one of many.
After doing your market research, learning what your peers and competitors are offering, and determining what products you need to buy directly, the next step is to learn what Chinese toy suppliers have to offer…
How to find a China toy manufacturer?
If a toy supplier is what you are looking for, the show is usually held 1-2 times a year.
Vendors will showcase their most advantageous and latest products at the show, allowing you to see samples and learn all about their products directly. In addition, at the show, you can talk directly with toy suppliers to get more details on products, prices, packaging and minimum order quantities.
However, because exhibitors are usually produced in larger factories, the order quantity requirements are also higher. For example, a product may require half a container or an entire container. These are for traders who are importing goods from China for the first time. It is not very convenient to take a step back.
Nonetheless, the fair also provides a channel for buyers to get information about the latest products.
There are also toy shows in China, such as the Gift Show in Shenzhen and the Sino-foreign Toy Show in Guangzhou. Not as big as the first or second, but I think the smaller the exhibition, the easier it is to find suppliers that will support you in terms of price and number of orders.
Nowadays, Chinese e-commerce is very developed and there are already many B2B business platforms available with overseas users. The largest B2B companies are
Made in China
I recommended Alibaba and Dhgate based on our client’s usage in previous years. the main reason for recommending Alibaba is that they have a large number of suppliers, a large number of products to showcase, and the Alibaba platform is easy to use; basically, you can easily find the products you are looking for.
Dhgate is another platform that is a smaller wholesale website. Because it is a small wholesale, I would suggest that there is no minimum order for the products on Dhgate and the supplier will take care of the shipping, which is a great option for first time buyers. I also did some research for the Dhgate review.
What is the Toy Wholesale Market in China and why is it there?
The following topic is the China Toys Wholesale Market. This market is a hub of activity. In this wholesale market, many factories will be displaying samples. Attendants will be there to receive you at the market and respond to your inquiry messages. Ordering through the wholesale toy market is the easiest and most direct way to find one’s product and place an order directly with the factory.
To be honest, of all the wholesale toy markets out there, you only have to pay attention to two major wholesale toy markets. The first one is Yiwu Toy Mart and in the second one is Shantou Toy Exhibition Hall, where you can find products exhibited in other markets.
Let’s start with the Yiwu toy market.” It’s an amazing place,” said many Customers who visited Yiwu Toy Market after using our Yiwu representation service. Yiwu has more than 4,000 toy merchants, each with tens of thousands of samples from Chinese toy manufacturers in their stores.
In addition, Yiwu stores are updated with products at a very fast pace. Products that were sold overseas last week have been replaced by newer products within a week. And the Prices are very good; there is no brand premium, so you basically get the lowest cost from the factory. One of my favorite things about Yiwu is that many suppliers accept orders of one item per case, ideal for customers who are buying new products and want to test the marketing sales.
Shantou Toy Market, which is actually Shantou Toy Exhibition Hall, is another important toy market.
I would like to introduce you to Shantou. It is the center of China’s toy industry, and it is home to 80% of the plastic toys produced. The famous toy companies Hasbro and Mattel supply Shantou’s toy processing factories. In total, there are more than 5,000 different toy factories here.
Compared to the Yiwu market, Shantou toy showrooms are characterized by the quality of their products and the diversity of their packaging. Since the factories in these showrooms place great emphasis on product design and packaging, if you search for the same type of product, you will find more than 10 different styles of product design and packaging.
Well, it’s time to introduce our company. After receiving required information from overseas customers, we take advantage of our own local presence in China to find suppliers that meet the customer’s requirements and obtain the necessary information through various channels (such as exhibitions, wholesale markets, existing factory stock, etc.). The customer receives a quotation.
Of a course, the sourcing company’s job doesn’t stop there. After finding a supplier, the sourcing company will also act as the overseas user’s office in China, give the order to the factory, track the goods, and finally receive the goods and perform the inspection work. This method is the easiest for international customers.
Toys are a big part of our company and will take up most of our future turnover. We mainly divide toys into five kinds: metal toys, plastic toys, wooden toys, plush toys, and paper toys. The best-selling as well as the largest range of toys are plastic toys, which are also the main toys we export.、
indoor toys: such as doll toys, play house toys, small car toys, all of which are popular in our daily life.
outdoor toys: such as sports toys, larger car toys, which are also helpful to our health.
beach: toys like swimming toys, water play toys, diving toys, which give us a good time in the summer.
educational toys: chess, colored clay, DIY toys, which can entertain and learn at the same time.