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      How do you know if a supplier is legitimate?

      I thought it would be easy to get on the Internet, do a search for a wholesaler of a particular item, and get a list of the best suppliers for that item.

      Some of these sites dont look or sound particularly professional, though. I am reticent to trust such large amounts of money to a company that might not be real.

      How can I tell if these suppliers are legitimate or not?
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      Youre right to be wary. You can certainly lose a lot of money by ordering products from suppliers who are not real, which is why it is so important to take precautionary measures to ensure you are only using the best companies. Here are some red flags to warn you when you are in dangerous waters and tips to help guard against losing your money.

      1. Get a resellers permit. This is also known as a tax ID number. You will have to get one anyway to give to legitimate suppliers when you order products. If a supplier doesnt ask for this number, theyre probably not legitimate.

      2. Call the supplier. Search for their physical address on Google maps and verify that it is an actual place. If you are within a reasonable distance, you can even visit the supplier.

      3. Invest in becoming a member of a wholesale directory or forum. These narrow down the list of suppliers to ones that are well known and used often. You can also use the forum to ask other wholesale buyers what their experiences have been with certain suppliers. Wholesale Suppliers & UK Wholesale Products Trade Directory - eSources.co.uk is a good directory, as it lists suppliers in the US and UK.

      4. Only use PayPal or an escrow service when first dealing with a supplier. If a supplier does not allow you to use PayPal or an escrow service to make payments, then there is good reason to believe that they are unreliable.

      5. Do a Google search on the company with the word legitimate in the search terms. Many times this will bring up negative news or reviews about the supplier if there are any.

      6. How old is the supplier? How old is the website and when has it last been updated? If it has not been updated in a while, then the supplier is not offering new products and the website is probably a decoy, or the company is probably out of business and just hasnt bothered taking down their site.

      7. Check the suppliers website for reviews or testimonials.

      8. Buy samples from the supplier. Check to see that the merchandise is genuine. You can even call the original manufacturer to see if the supplier is registered with them.

      9. Ultimately, youll have to go with your gut feeling and take into account all of the input you received about the company youre looking in to. If you are not totally sure that the company is legitimate and you will not lose money, then look elsewhere. It is not worth losing your money.
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      I found a supplier who seems okay. I really like the merchandise they sell. The only issue I have is that the website is a little odd. The colors are too bright and it’s not well organized. Am I over thinking this?

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      Lots of wholesale sites are just plain tacky. Many times suppliers focus on getting their products to you more than they focus on the presentation of the products they sell. That said, you still definitely need to watch out for websites that are not real. Just because a site isn’t the best out there, though, doesn’t mean it’s a scam. Here are a few things you can look for in order to ensure that the website you’re looking at is legit:

      1. The website should be organized and well linked. A design theme should flow throughout, whether it is a logo, color or other theme. On that same thread, the pictures should belong to the website. If you right click on an image and go down to properties, and the image’s filename displays a completely different website, you should not use the company.
      2. There should be no errors in spelling or grammar and the text should be easy to read. The text should also all be visible. If there’s lots of text on the page that’s the same or very similar color to the background, then it might be a spam site.
      3. Bad customer service is a sign that the supplier does not care about its buyers and is not to be trusted.
      4. Call the contact number they list in the Contact Us section. If there is no Contact Us section, steer clear.
      5. Go to Domain Tools: Whois Lookup and Domain Suggestions and paste the web address into their WHOIS search tool to find out the registrar information on the website in question. If there is little to no information, or if the information given is invalid, then you should be very very careful about dealing with the company in question.

      Hope these tips help you pick good suppliers!

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