In case you didn’t have a chance to read this case study of an American buyer of Chinese electronics as listed on our blacklist, the buyer’s advice is spot on that I thought I would give our readers the highlights: Even if the factory is big it doesn’t mean they know what they are doing! […]
Offer: Freelance inspection service provider in Shenzhen/Dongguan Here is an actual unsolicited email I received from a Chinese person that wants to help me inspect my products before they ship. If the offer sounds reasonable to you, you haven’t been doing business in China very long! Read the email first, then check out the short […]
A buyer from the USA wrote in to ask Supplier Blacklist if we thought the email he received below was a scam or not. Obviously a scam. And if you are unsure why, you probably shouldn’t be buying overseas until you have a chance read some of our blog posts about how to […]
A South American buyer writes Supplier Blacklist with the following update. Good news, the supplier saw that we listed them on the blacklist and we used this leverage to resolve the dispute. We settled on an additional payment of 1500 USD. I would like to have a lawyer on hand in case another more problems. […]
First off, I am not saying that Alibaba itself it is scam. Imagine how hard it would be for them to monitor a database the size of Alibaba to keep out the scams and rip offs. So my point in writing this blog post is simply to warm buyers not to rely solely on the directory to enforce the professionalism of the suppliers found on the given directory. It is up to us, the buyers, to do our own due diligence before we send money and issue purchase orders.
After reading our blog post on the Shanghai Surprise, some readers ask if anything can be done to get money back. The chances of recovering funds are not good in the case of the typical “Shanghai Surprise” but there have been rare instances where things worked out for the buyers. Read more about it in this article.
Make sure the name on the contract is the same as bank account! Don’t send large payments to private accounts. Visit the supplier for audits and inspections during your order. If the buyer schedules an onsite visit to check an order, it will become clear pretty quick if the supplier is not aware an order has been placed!
Way too many listings at Supplier Blacklist involve scams targeting buyers of SD cards, micro SD cards, Flash drives and USB drives. China Sourcing Information Center did a white paper on the subject. Find here some of their key points!
In response to the blog post Red flags you must know to avoid scams, a friend of the SBL who does due diligence for the US Department of Commerce, wrote in with some additional red flags that should concern buyers. Read here what she had to say!
Sadly, most visitors to our site have already fallen victim to a scam and come here to post their experience. But if you are lucky enough to find this site before doing business with an overseas supplier, please keep these tips in mind and please pass them on to other buyers who may be in […]