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      How can I check Chinese wholesalers before dealing with them?

      I am getting ready to expand my business and want to explore other options for buying. I’ve heard and read about guys getting scammed buying from China, so how can I make sure that I’m dealing with a reputable company?
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      Getting products from China can sure help your profit margin because their costs associated with manufacturing and production are low. They are able to produce and sell goods cheaply.

      If you speak Chinese or know someone who does, your task will be much easier, as you can verify using the yellow pages or internal Chinese websites.

      But if you don’t know Chinese, there are some basic good practices that you can employ with every new supplier.

      • Make sure their contact info such as, telephone, address, fax, match and are verifiable. Scammers generally don’t have real telephone numbers or addresses.

      • Make sure they provide you with a registered corporate number that legit businesses in China have. If there’s no corporate number or a fake corporate number is given, it’s definitely a scammer.

      • Too good to be true prices, it’s probably not legit.

      • Pay attention to their terms. Accepted methods of payment, warranties and guarantees, and shipping can tip you off.
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      I just don’t know if I’m willing to risk buying from China when there are good wholesalers closer. How can payment and shipping tip me off to a scammer? Scammers can be anyone, not just Chinese.

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      Smart buying practices will help no matter who you buy from.

      Generally, scammers won’t accept an L/C and they won’t ship through formal Chinese channels.
      Only accepting wire transfers is a sure tip-off.

      Don’t forget to check with people you know, have dealt with a Chinese wholesaler. Referral and word of mouth are great assurances that you’re dealing with a legitimate business.

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      I looked at one Chinese site and they charge a huge membership fee.

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      Membership fees can actually be a good thing because scammers usually won’t set up a fake membership…too much work. Legit businesses may be willing to ship you a sample before you pay the membership fee if your order is large enough, and you’re going to reorder.

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      At the last trade show I attended, I met a rep from a Chinese wholesale company. I think, he has to be legit to attend a trade show.

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      Trade shows are a great place to form business relationships.

      Initially, place a small order and pay securely, and you’ll minimize your risk.

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      great information, thanks.

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      Finding a wholesaler you can trust is not an easy task. We have been scammed also when we first import, export from China. A lot of companies show you some very nice and quality products (on fairs), but when you actually receive your goods you can be very disappointed. We have a company in China that can help you regarding this issue. You can find more about us here:
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