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      Wholesale Companies - Need Tips on Verifying Wholesale Suppliers and Distributors

      Hello to all,

      I am Noah and want some tips and advice on verifying wholesale suppliers and distributors.
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      Hello Noah,

      Welcome to Wholesale Forum

      Finding a new supplier for your business is a very crucial task. It's all about adding value to your business offer and product line. Before dealing with any supplier, be sure to do your homework and verify that your supplier is reliable, authentic and honest to ensure you are entering a healthy business relationship. Often suppliers found through internet searches are scammers or novices who are not well organised to fulfill your best business needs.

      Following are some methods you can use to verify the legitimacy of wholesale suppliers:

      1) Check the address and phone number
      The easiest way to confirm the legitimacy of a supplier is to check their physical address and contact numbers. All buyers should make personal contact with their suppliers. If this basic initial check fails, scrap the supplier immediately from your list. Reputable suppliers are aware that their physical address and phone number are their #1 business source for dealing with customers, if those details do not check out it means the supplier is trying to conceal.

      2) Ask for evidence of incorporation
      You should check evidence such as certificate of incorporation and a tax or a business ID number or ABN number. Ask the supplier to send you a high definition document by email. Inspect the document received (zoom it) to check for forgery.3) Check a supplier’s web domain
      Use WHOIS Lookup for Domain & IP Address Research | Whois Source to verify who has registered the supplier’s web domain name. If the contact information provided in the whois website doesn't match with the contact information shared on the supplier's website, ask the supplier for an explanation and evaluate their response.

      4) Inspect legitimacy of website information
      The supplier’s website should have authentic photos of product inventory. The images should have a path to images from the same domain. If the href path of the images is from a different domain, the real wholesaler is probably from the domain where the images are hosted.

      5) Get supplier’s bank account details
      Ask the supplier for a bank reference to check whether the company does business with that bank. Always carefully check that the supplier has provided business bank account details rather than personal account details. If the supplier provides you with personal bank account details, you are probably dealing with an individual.

      6) Verify supplier's email address
      Don't forget to verify the company’s email address. It should be owned by the company. Scammers often use a false email address to impersonate a legitimate company. Contact the company from their official website and ask them to confirm they own the email address from which you are receiving responses.

      7) Information about trade shows
      Ask the supplier about trade shows they have attended in the past. If they provide trade show references, you can confirm from the trade show organisers or their website that the company has in fact attended those trade shows.

      8) Visit major trade shows
      Consider visiting the major trade shows in your country. This is a great way to find new contacts and sources, however always beware of middle men, always look for direct sources wherever possible.

      9) Check payment terms
      Check the payment terms. Until you have established a firm relationship with the supplier, use reliable methods such as credit card payments or escrow. Alternatively, order samples only first, then increase your quantity gradually. Only order for amounts you are prepared to lose.

      10) Ask for customer references
      Ask the supplier for customer references, for example, satisfied buyers. You can double-check this by contacting those buyers and can ask them for reference company name, contact person, business address and contact number of the respective supplier. This will help you verify whether you are dealing with the company directly.

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