How do I sound like a wholesaler contacting another b2b company.
December 17, 2012 8:47 PM Subscribe
How do I sound like a wholesaler in email to make inquiries from an overseas company? I'm doing a bit of amateur investigative journalism and need some pointers.
posted by [insert clever name here] to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am researching some possibly illegally imported items from China to the US. The trade of the product in question is regulated, and from what I can tell, legitimate sellers announce that they have the correct paperwork. However, there are many that do not, and many of the companies I've contacted in the US had no idea that the item was regulated. Which leads me to believe that they are unwittingly selling something illegally.
And I'm just talking to the middle men, and haven't been able to track down the actual importers. So I want to first reach out to Chinese suppliers and acting as though I'm looking to purchase from them, and possibly later see if they can directly to a company that does the importing already.
What I'm hoping for is an example of how wholesalers talk when they ask about prices and shipping terms, and any specific lingo I should use. I don't want my inexperience to give away why I am asking about it. Memail me if you need specifics.