Update: We have recently discovered www.SupplierBlacklist.com (SBL) which is a user generated list of bad suppliers. As of Dec 2012, we are no longer posting under-performing suppliers on the CSIC blog and encourage our readers to use SBL if they wish to expose a bad supplier or conduct due diligence.
While we hope the tools and educational resources for buyers found at the China Sourcing Information Center will help buyers have smooth and profitable relations with their suppliers in Asia, it is a sad fact that sometimes, despite the best intentions of the buyer, things go horribly wrong.
Buyers who have been harmed often desire to warn other buyers about under-performing suppliers. Unfortunately, at the moment there is no comprehensive forum which offers a comprehensive black list exposing bad suppliers and giving legit supplier the opportunity to clear their name if accused. Until such a list exists, I welcome buyers to send me their supplier complaints and I will be happy to:
a) Post them in my blog to warn other readers
b) Welcome to hear from the supplier if they have a counter argument to post
With that said, here is our latest posting:
Supplier Name/ Contact Details
Complaint made by:
How the buyer and seller original met:
Google Search (no surprise there, try www.GlobalSources.com next time)
Details (in words of the buyer):
We found this supplier through a google search. Today I realize the price list he sent us was copied from the sales brochure of another company that I by chance met at a trade show in HK. The lessons I learned from reading CSIC publications helped me avoid falling into a trap with this fake supplier, but now I would like to warn others about this fraud so they may not fall into the hands of hungry wolves like these.
We are a small company from Kenya and we are trying to source for electronic GSm home alarm systems. We found a very good website www.hkvstar.com and we have been communicating with and we almost sent them money for sample then we decided one of us should attend China
Sourcing fair. After attending the seminar presentations by Mike of the CSIC and learning how to spot a fake company, I now have realized the company is FAKE they have used cut and paste to develop their website by knocking off another company’s sales material.
Help me blow the whistle so that unsuspecting buyers don’t get conned their money.
Thank you for the good work you are doing to expose frauds.