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Buying from china without losing your shirt

Buying From China Without Losing Your Shirt

In today’s global economy, it’s easier than ever before to start buying from china. By just typing “buying from china” in Google will return thousands upon thousands of results. Chances are, if you have done this research, you have seen tons of people selling cheap handbags, designer clothing, iPhones and more.

The truth is that there is no such thing as buying cheap name brand electronics, clothing or handbags from china. This myth has been perpetuated by scam sites everywhere who are selling you fake goods and trying to pass them off as the real deal. Even worse is that many of these scammers lurk on Alibaba, Tradekey , EC21 and other B2B marketplaces and B2C marketplaces.

Many B2C marketplaces are now switching to a storefront style site such as dhgate. When you look closely at these sites, you will realize that the products are not being sold by dhgate, these products are being sold by individual suppliers. Even though these sites have a new look, the suppliers are still the same. These sites are prone to scammers looking to make a quick buck selling cheap goods.

If you must use these sites, here are a few quick tips to keep you from losing your shirt when buying from china:

Tip# 1 – Ask for a small, sample order (1 – 2) units. Most legitimate suppliers will not balk at this request. Scammers on the other hand, will ask for a MOQ (minimum order quantity) of 10 or 20.

Tip# 2 – Be very skeptical about cheap prices – Ridiculously low prices should immediately send up a red flag. Like the saying goes, “if a deals too good to be true, it probably is”

Tip# 3 – The problem with “verified members” – Even though they may say, “verified”, you should not assume that this means anything at all (other than the fact that they paid to be a member). In fact, more often than not, most scammers are verified members.

Tip# 4 – The language barrier – Buying from china and finding suppliers can be difficult. Make sure you deal with suppliers who can effectively communicate with you. If you can’t communicate with your supplier easily, then find another one.

Is there an easier way to get a list legitimate suppliers?

Yes, there is. One thing you can do is purchase what is called a wholesale list. The companies who produce wholesale lists take the time to create a list of supplier, manufacturers and wholesalers in every industry imaginable so you don’t have to.

Our company has been helping people start buying from china for 4 years and has compiled a database with over 500,000 Chinese suppliers. We make sure everyone in our database has English speaking contacts and has a legitimate established business. If this is something that would interest you make sure check out our site.

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