Top Five Tips for Safe Sourcing
#1: Do your due diligence on potential suppliers and only buy from legit businesses. (see “supplier verification” section below)
#2: Use a bilingual contract (and also an NNN if you have intellectual property to protect). This Chinese lawyer explains why.
#3: Make sure the name on the supplier’s bank account matches their business license and contract. If these items are not the same, you will have little recourse in the event the supplier underperforms and you need to go to court.
#4: Don’t release payment until an independent 3rd party has checked the quality of goods before they ship out.
#5: If the deal is too good to be true, it is probably a scam. No matter what you heard on the internet, it is not possible to buy authentic Western brands (like Apple or Gucci) direct from “the factory”!
As SBL no longer has formal staff, we are afraid that we are unable to continue to directly introduce potential service providers upon request. However, the China Sourcing Service Center maintains an open directory of reputable service providers and we suggest you check there if you wish to explore assistance in the following areas:
Scam Avoidance & Supplier Verification
Outsourced Project Management & Advisory Services
Legal Services, Contracts & Intellectual Property (IP) Registration
Intellectual Property (IP) Protection
Legal Disclaimer: SupplierBlacklist.com (SBL) offers this list of service providers in hopes of putting you in touch with affordable and effective options for help. SBL does not provide services nor represent the service providers listed on this page. SBL, its staff (including volunteers) and associated companies, disclaims all liability for any loss or damage arising out of or in any way related to the introductions made to 3rd party service providers.