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Top 4 questions asked of the CSIC in 2013


As the year comes to an end, I thought it a good time to share with our readers the 4 most commonly asked questions from the 2013 CSIC mail bag. 


How do I confirm the seller is legitimate?


How do I avoid scams?


I think I am the victim of a scam. What can I do?


I’m just getting started.  What are the basics of China sourcing?


Answered as follows:


I think I found a good supplier. How do I confirm they are legitimate?


This article explains how to conduct affordable due diligence and confirm if the seller has the ability to produce your product at the desired level of quality. You may also want to watch the following short tutorials: Video 1: Finding Suppliers & Video 2: Evaluating Suppliers


How do I avoid scams?


The scams in China are constantly evolving.  Do a keyword search for “scam” at CSIC to read about the latest scams and how to avoid them.   Check out www.SupplierBlackList.com.  You may also want to watch the following sort video: Avoiding Scams


I think I am the victim of a scam. What can I do?


The answer depends on two things: the amount of money involved and the type of scam. If you have been tricked by a scam artist operating under a false identity, there is very little you can do. Local police & embassy staff are overwhelmed and you will get little support unless the scam was very large (over 100,000 USD for example).  CSIC can introduce an investigator, but the minimum fees are a few 1000 USD.


If you have been manipulated by a company in China, the chances of recovering your losses are much better assuming you have supporting evidence such as signed contracts and proof of payment.  Contact CSIC if you would like to be introduced to lawyers and negotiators who can provide dispute resolution services. You may also want to read the blog post Resolving a dispute: Demand letters and legal options and watch this short video: Resolving a Dispute


I’m just getting started.  What are the basics of China sourcing?


The following short tutorials were designs to give an overview of the process.


Video 1: Finding Suppliers Video 2: Evaluating Suppliers Video 3: Negotiations Video 4: Project Management and Quality Control Video 5: Protecting Your Intellectual Property Video 6: Leveraging Global Sources Video 7: How to Find and Manage Partners for Logistics Video 8: Avoiding Scams Video 9: Returning Defective Products Video 10: Resolving a Dispute


 

About the author: Mike Bellamy


Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). Author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions.




Mike Bellamy

Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). Author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions. Mike is co-founder of CSA, the China Sourcing Academy.


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