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      DHGate.com reviews - Scam or Legit?

      Im looking to get products from the site dhgate to sell on ebay but everything I read about dhgate says the stuff they sale is fake. Dose anyone know if dhgate is a scam or legit?
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      First thing you should know about DHGate is that it’s essentially the Chinese eBay. That is, the site itself is simply an agent through which buyers can connect with sellers, and provides a basic framework and security to protect sellers from unscrupulous buyers, and buyers from unscrupulous sellers. Like with eBay, you’re only as safe as you make yourself. Here’s a few tips to keep sane on DHGate (and eBay, for that matter)—

      • ALWAYS check the feedback of the seller in question. No feedback is worse than poor feedback, as you have no evidence of the seller’s credibility.

      • NEVER pay through Western Union or other wiring services—often, shady sellers will request this form of payment, and then, once they receive the wire, fail to send your product. Once they receive the wire, there’s no way to get your money back.

      • DO use caution when dealing with any branded items on dhgate, as these are frequently counterfeit consumer goods.

      (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Counterfeit#Counterfeiting_of_consumer_goods)

      Keep in mind, pirated/knockoff/&c merchandise accounts for 8% of China’s GDP. Knockoffs are often produced in the very same factories that produce the copied loot—iPods, what have you, and China makes A Lot of Our Stuff.

      • PAY attention to shipping and handling. Remember, your product is arriving from China. That ain’t exactly Hoboken. There’ll be different prices for different providers—FedEx, UPS, China Courier—and different time frames for delivery.

      • ALWAYS take advantage of dhgate’s (and eBay’s) escrow service. Use services like PayPal that offer insurance. That way, even if you never receive your product, you’ll have recourse to at least get your bucks back. Of course, even PayPal only pays you for items that you never received. If you get the item that you purchased, even if that item varies greatly from the item you thought you bought, you’re out of luck.

      Fundamentally, watch your back, keep your wits about you, and gather as much information as you can about the people your dealing with.
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      DO keep in mind that counterfeiting is by and large a product of globalization. Now, I don’t mean this in a crazy anti-globalization or pro-counterfeiting sense (I think a bunch of folks talking about dhgate and supply sources can agree that globalization is the bee’s knees), but simply that the world is shrinking by the day. Corporate territory can, theoretically, physically exist in every nation in the world. Apple can have it’s corporate headquarters in California and produce iWhatsIts in China. The folks that work these factories don’t owe any allegiance to the parent company, and see profit in logos. Then, it’s just a matter of cutting out the middleman—the parent Corp.

      It’s a pain and its unethical and it costs people money, but it really is just a natural outgrowth of the way the market works now. Remember, it still hurts to get scammed, so bid smart and with your eyes on your wallet at all times.

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      U might want to try (Wholesale Electronics - China Wholesale - Dropship From China) or (China Trader Online - Wholesale Products from China - Professional Chinese wholesaler). ChinaVasion does OEM stuff. China Trader apparently deals with some major corporations. McDonalds, BMW. That stuff.

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      For the folks playing along in the home audience, OEM is Original Equipment Manufacturer

      That is, the company that build the smart phone running Apple software that Apple then sells as the iPhone. There won’t be a lot of branded stuff on ChinaVasion. Watch yourself around China Trader. I’m not certain how reliable those logos on the front page really are. I’ve had associates who paid China Trader, and the dealer with whom they were working ran for the hills. They never did get their product or money back. As always, be careful.

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      What actual fakes should I look out for? r they rlly that hard to tell?

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      They can be, especially when you work dropship and never actually set eyes on the physical product. The following is only a handful of examples--

      • iPod clones look exactly like real iPods and vary only in functionality and reliability.
      • Drives hacked to appear to have more memory than actually available.
      • Batteries that fail to recharge after an initial store of power.
      • Bootleg movies (pretty much all movies on sites like DHGate are pirated).

      It bears repeating, even though it’s been repeated in almost every post to this thread, watch your back. Your best gauge as to whether you’re being taken advantage of is price. If that $70 iPad just smells bad (and it should), don’t order it. There’s a plethora of Too-Good-To-Be-True deals on DHGate, and that’s pretty much exactly what they are, too good to be true.

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      Bought over US$2,000.00 of Instyler irons from dhgate.com over 20% defect rate!

      They wanted me to send them back to China by courier but of course it would have been way too expensive.

      I lost money on this deal. Beware of dhgate ! Too many scammers.

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      U might want to try (Wholesale Electronics - China Wholesale - Dropship From China) or (China Trader Online - Wholesale Products from China - Professional Chinese wholesaler). ChinaVasion does OEM stuff. China Trader apparently deals with some major corporations. McDonalds, BMW. That stuff.

      Those are both scam sites! Why would you recommend them ?

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      Hi Rose,

      Why do you think they are scam? Chinavasion is a genuine supplier. Some of Chinatraderonline products are illegal copies (and should be avoided), but is ok for unbranded goods.

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