Are you tired of getting scammed by fake Chinese wholesalers? Do you need to find a reliable Chinese wholesaler in order to give your eBay business a boost? In an earlier article I gave you five essential precepts for separating the scammers from the real deal. In this article I will give you five more. Follow these exactly and your chances of being scammed will decrease dramatically.
Contact Emails, Legitimate or Free-mail?
Legitimate wholesale suppliers do not use free-mail like Yahoo.com or Gmail.com for their contact information. A wholesaler’s contact email should be based on the domain name of the wholesaler’s website. If the wholesaler’s website is “moneyline.com” their contact email should be something like “email@example.com” not “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Check “Who IS” to Find Out Who They Are.
If you want to find out if a wholesaler is legitimate try checking for them on WhoIs.net. This handy website will be able to tell you how long their website has been in operation and who the official owner is. If the date of the website’s initiation is far back, this is good; and if the owner name posted on WhoIs.net matches either the name of the wholesaler or the name of the wholesaler’s executive this is even better.
Fair Prices or Fake Prices?
Before you even think about buying products from a wholesaler, have some idea about what a normal prices for these items are. Find out how much similar products sell for on other websites and see how much they sell for on eBay. If prices on the wholesaler’s website are vastly different from your expectations this may be a bad sign. If the prices are too high, they may be trying to rip you off; and if the prices are WAY TOO LOW then they are probably trying to scam you. Now I’m not saying that you won’t be able to find great deals, just make sure that they make sense logically.
Can’t Find them on Google?
If you can’t find the wholesale website by searching for it on Google, this is a very bad sign. If the site is legitimate it should be in fairly heavy use and should then show up in Google’s search results.
Just Use Common Sense
This is the most obvious tip concerning how to import from China; and yet, it’s also the most crucial. Don’t trust wholesalers that offer prices that you know to be impossible. If it seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. If you’re still not sure about a particular wholesaler (or, for good measure, even if you are) try contacting them by email and see how long it takes for them to respond. Do they answer your questions promptly or evasively? Make a small insignificant order first. If this one works out well, then try to make a large order.