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How can I tell the real suppliers from the fake ones?

I received email from some company and I went to their web site and they had ATV’s, motorcycles, computers, laptops, and other products. I was going to order some things from them and I tried to go back to the web site but the site for this company was not there anymore. Now, there are more companies sending me emails with the same products as that first company, but how do I know if they are real and if the products they show are what they will actually send me?

ANSWER:

I’m so glad you paused and didn’t buy right away. I think you were almost the victim of a growing scam in Asia.  In the past weeks, we have been contacted with a handful of people who fell for the scam. In short, if a seller offers a wide range of branded products at unreal pricing- it probably is too good to be true.   Here is the link to my blog post explaining the scam and offering tips to avoid these traps:  Red flags to suspect the supplier is not legit (http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2012/02/10/red-flags-to-suspect-the-supplier-is-not-legit/)

The second half of your question was about how to determine if the supplier is a legit vendor.  The following short videos should help get you pointed in the right direction:

http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2011/11/17/finding-suppliers/

http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2011/11/19/evaluating-suppliers/

I would also like to introduce PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions. If you need further support finding and managing legitimate suppliers in China, they would be the go-to-guys for you. I started that company over 10 years ago to help buyers avoid getting ripped off.  You can learn more at www.PSSchina.com.

Thanks again for your email. Let me know how things work out for you.

Wishing you successful China sourcing!

Question answered by Mike Bellamy, host of “Ask the Experts” at the China Sourcing Information Center.

Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (chinasourcinginfo.org/book) and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (www.PSSchina.com )




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