Taunted by low prices, getting the best bargains. You can get blinded with the great deals you can find online in one of the many thousands Chinese web stores. Yes, there are truly thousands of online stores. The quality of these stores and their products have improved immensely over the last 10 years. A few hundreds are here to serve you the best they can. Their goal is to give you the best deal. But don’t go blinded. Many stores just pop up and go in a few months with one purpose, to steal your money or send you fake products. Avoid them.
How to avoid the fake Chinese stores?
To buy products from China can be very profitable, but there are also risks involved. In this guest blog Bastiaan de Koning from StartBuyingInChina.com takes you through the 7 mistakes you better avoid, when you start buying in China. Maybe you think you already know these mistakes and they won’t happen to you. After 6 years of blogging Bastiaan noticed that still many people get trapped by one or more mistakes. Don’t be that person. Avoid the mistakes and enjoy this guest blog.
Mistake 1: Go blindly for the first shop you see or the best deal you found
Chinese stores offer low prices. That’s why I started to buy products directly from China 10 years ago. Chinese stores can do this because many products you buy in your country are manufactured in China. By selling directly to you, you skip all the brokering from other companies who want to make a profit. The downside is that some people can take advantage of your ignorance. Scammy people create wonderful looking stores with fake, badly made or even no real products at all.
People are blinded by the prices. ‘This is really a great deal!’ Blinded because they can buy a Macbook pro for 450 bucks, a Gucci bag for 50. Or wait, a taylor made wedding dress with lace and silk for just 100 dollar. What they don’t know is that some products cannot be bought cheaply in China. You cannot buy Apple products in China cheaper than you can in the USA. When I made this screen cap a few years ago, this Apple 15.4 inch cost 2.420 Euro or 3.200 USD. Here is its for just 484 USD.
When you think you found the best deal ever, it’s probably the worst, because you will be scammed. Use the rule of thumbs first: If it is too good to be true, it isn’t true! And always check out the store. Is it legit or fake? What do other people say about this store? And of course check Scamadviser.
Mistake 2: Buy fake products
China is well know for counterfeit products. A product is called counterfeit when it looks like a real brand, but is actually fake: sometimes a 100% copy with inferior material, sometimes with small adjustments to the original design, logo or brand name.
Beware. Counterfeit and importing counterfeit is illegal in most countries. If you import a counterfeit Gucci bag in China, you might be punishable in your country. That’s never worth the risk, in my opinion. Another problem is the material. Like jewelry sold as sterling silver can be made of fake material.
Check out these Gucci bags. Fake products can be recognized by badly made details like a poor imprint of the name and logo.
Everything starts with common sense. It’s impossible to find a real expensive brand or product for a bargain price in China. If you see one, your alarm bell must go off. Don’t get fooled by the prices.
Guest post by StartBuyingInChina.
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