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How to spot fakes sent by your supplier

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This week, Sharon asks: How can I tell if my supplier has sent me fake items? I help Sharon out by revealing the top 3 ways to spot a fake.

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I actually bought a fake iPod while in Asia to check them out and see what the difference was. While it wasn't the most expensive fake that money could buy, I noticed right away that the click wheel was really poor quality. It locked up and wasn't as smooth as my real iPod. Also, the software was completely different - a big giveaway! I have also heard about poor connectivity and less storage space than specified. But the best way to spot fake gadgets and electronics is to spot a fake seller. That way you don't have to go to all the trouble of importing them, and then finding out they are fake the hard way. As I said in the video, anything branded from China will be fake. If any supplier is offering anything branded, ask to see all their paperwork. Especially Apple product suppliers! Reply
I purchase from china... the factories are literally across from each other. Wii controllers + nunchuks made by nintendo wholesale price $27.99 i get them from my supplier for $16.. I have sold 100s of these and guess what not one has complained about quality or service.. No i dont lie to them and i also dont state they are made by nintendo.. no false marketing... you get what you pay for and in this day and age you pay for a companies logo.. I agree the chinese ipod's are straight up bootlegs... its the OS GUI.. nothing else... until they can hack the GUI and load it onto other devices, we are stuck paying $2xx for a device that should be $79.. power to the consumers not the corporations. Reply
The thing is not everyone wants to buy branded products, millions of people actualy buy non branded items because they are cheaper and still good quality. I agree you wont get branded products from China, least not any cheaper than you would pay in your own country this is because brand companies, although they have their products such as mobile phones etc manufactured in China, only their own distrution agents are allowed to distribute them. China is still the main source of a whole range of products for countries around the world, if you want to source cheap unbranded products then you can get some good deals. However just like everywhere else when sourcing products, do your homework first before purchasing, try and make sure you have a reputable source, check them out thoroughly, you may even consider hiring sourcing agent in China to do the work for you for a reasonable fee. Another thing when buying in China is, try and find a company that accepts paypal as it is safer than western union. Reply
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Alise, thank you for your advice. Although it seems to me more focused on electronics designed by US companies and selling by China supplier: those are fake in most cases (mostly because US companies have their manufacturing in China in first place). It is should be obvious to everybody that for example Bose headphones from China would be fake. Or for example Rolex watch from China would be fake. But I can't say that anything that comes from China is fake. China produce many different genuine products and they can't be called fake by country of origin. For example: tea, clothes of Chenese brands, shoes of Chenese brands, office supplies (like paper, envelopes, pens, pencils), craft tools and supplies. Many of those things are just Chinese products despite of the quality: it could be good or bad. FYI China produces a lot of good electronics too. For example very big company: Huawei, produces equipment for cellular phone companies and you probably use it every day when you calling to your friends by cellphone. So I would recommend to be more specific next time. People should use common sense when they deal with Chinese suppliers: don't expect Prada from China to be genuine. Reply
Hello Alice- You gave some good advice in your spot, but your stance of "anything branded in China will be a fake" is troublesome to me. Some items are made and branded in China and are VERY expensive; not clothing per se, but other durable items. It has been my companies experience not all fakes are easy to spot. We have a protocol in the office on any new items we are asked to import. These rules are not in stone and every deal has a level of "gut instinct" one must listen to and some deals require a level of trust. What we have found to work for us (as we are the ones taking the liablity)- 1- is the price point unusually low? If it is more than 40% off from the market wholesale price we begin an inquiry on the product. 2- who else has used the seller? Get references. 3- what is the buy back agreement from the seller? A reputable company will be willing to buy back the goods (perhaps with a 15% penalty for restocking). If your buyer has no agreement or refuses to buy back, then alert the authorities. In the USA contact U.S. Customs (there is almost an office near every large city), contact the shipping company who shipped the goods for you (3rd party, UPS, DHL, FEDEX - doesnt matter), contact the nearest consulate for the country you got the goods from (see the web for this). There are now many "quality" fakes coming from Eastern Europe and Russia now. There is an international convention on the crack down of counterfiet products. And yes, they do go after the "bad guys" if you alert them. The problem is most of these people are never in the same place for a long time. Again, your infomation was good on the things to look for. Cheers! Robert Allen Stoic International www.StoicInternational.com Reply
The thing is not everyone wants to buy branded products, millions of people actualy buy non branded items because they are cheaper and still good quality. I agree you wont get branded products from China, least not any cheaper than you would pay in your own country this is because brand companies, although they have their products such as mobile phones etc manufactured in China, only their own distrution agents are allowed to distribute them. China is still the main source of a whole range of products for countries around the world, if you want to source cheap unbranded products then you can get some good deals. However just like everywhere else when sourcing products, do your homework first before purchasing, try and make sure you have a reputable source, check them out thoroughly, you may even consider hiring sourcing agent in China to do the work for you for a reasonable fee. Another thing when buying in China is, try and find a company that accepts paypal as it is safer than western union. Reply
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I purchased a single pair of 'UGGS' from a chinese supplier - there was no doubt they were fakes even before I opened the box - the smell was awful. However, if as you state, 'it it's from China it's 100% fake, why do you list Chinese suppliers on Salehoo? We all paid for the priviledg of using this site. You really should remove the Chinese suppliers. Reply
Thanks for your advise, however don't totally agree with saying majority of clothing branded items from China are fakes. Purchased an original Ralph Lauren shirt from the Harbour Town RL Outlet store for hubby's birthday and hey guess what "Made in China". If you purchase legitimate Billabong products also from stores I've noticed "Made in China" or Sri Lanka! Reply
I come from Ghana, I have been receiving mail from Salehoo and I am interested in the products from closeout explosion but due to dishonesty in the system this day I find it difficult to place order. What would be your advice for me? Reply
I agree with The SheperdProject. Why do you list Chinese companies at www.Salehoo.com since you know that all their products are fake? Salehoo.com guaranteed that any Manufacturer or Supplier listed at www.salehoo.com site have been verified with all their products to be genuine, original, highest quality with zero fake products. Also, as a paid member of Salehoo.com, I think salehoo doesn't check any of those suppliers, including those from China. They only take money from them, list them at salehoo.com; and tell us that they are all genuine and none fake. Now, who do we believe, Alice or Salehoo.com? Immediate reply is needed!! Reply
Anything that is made in China is a replica of the original. Which sucks because most of the things that we buy are made in China. Reply
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Whoa there guys! Yes we absolutely do list Chinese suppliers in our directory, and just as we promise, they are 100% verified as legitimate suppliers! These China-based suppliers sell unbranded goods, and do not claim to have Christian Dior baby wear or iPods at seemingly ridiculously low prices. Also, we don't guarantee the authenticity of the products stocked by our suppliers, just that the supplier is a legitimate business and not a scammer (there's a difference). For example, plenty of suppliers who sell copies of Rolex watches run very legitimate businesses. They send you out items on time, and in good condition, and will even offer you a refund if you are unsatisfied. While these suppliers are unlikely to make it onto our directory, they can certainly be trusted to deliver exactly what you are expecting. Although we do check all suppliers carefully to ensure they don't have any obvious fakes, occasionally some slip through the cracks. Which is why we are educating you all about the fact that you should avoid branded items from China, in order to keep Customs and brand owners off your case! I highly recommend using Chinese suppliers for non branded goods: they're cheap and they offer a wide range of products. If you are ever unsure about a particular product a supplier is carrying, post on the forum or email us for clarification :) Reply
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@ Rebecca, Yep, lots of brand name items are manufactured in China, and the tags will often confirm this. However, the manufacturers are not licensed to distribute these. Often what happens is, a company like Billabong will commission a manufacturer to make say, 20,000 bikinis. But the manufacturer will be very naughty and make 25,000. They will give Billabong there 20,000, and keep the other 5,000 for themselves to resell. The problem is, while the manufacturer sell these at rock-bottom prices, they are selling 'unlicensed' goods, which makes them illegal. Despite the fact they are made with the exact same materials. It's not hard to imagine what would happen if the brand owner, such as Billabong allowed the manufacturer to sell the remaining 5,000 bikinis - they would essentially be competing against themselves! Reply
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i am a novice in this line but I fear original product also manufactured from China .. both fake and original available in China now we have to decide lol Reply
Thank you very much, quite useful information. Reply
Some folk dont seem to understand the concept of buying unbranded as opposed to branded in China. It is quite legitimate to buy and sell unbranded items from China including electricals, clothing etc, as long as thats what they are i.e, no housholed brand names such as gucci and prada or sony and Hitachi for example. As myself and others on this forum have already mentioned, although Most brand name companies have their products manufactured in China because of the low costs,, they only allow their own licenced distributors to legaly sell those branded items. Also these distributors usualy have a large minimum order requirment, quite often in the hundreds. there is a very good market out there for unbranded products from China, as many people cannot afford the more expensive brand name items or wont pay ridiculous ammounts of money for a brand name simply on principle. If everything purchased in China was fake like some people on here appear to be suggesting, then around 80% of everything around us would be fake, about 80% of everything China manufactures is exported. Reply
hi Alfred am from Nigeria and i recently purchased items from close out explosion, they were kind of nice, but a lot of the dresses were torn and did not have the original labels like he said. so i wont advice you to purchase from him except you r in new york then u can see what u pay 4. Reply
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Thank you, Alice--fascinating and helpul thread! Reply
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thanks for the vid mate Reply
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I am new ,I want to ask ,when I look for any product salehoo ,salehoo gives suppliers website so when I decide buy product I will buy it from suppliers website or salehoo,how can supplier know I am a salehoo member and offer me good deals..... waiting for reply... Reply
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Hi crece10, You buy directly from the supplier's website. You don't necessarily have to let them know that you're a SaleHoo member to avail of their wholesale offers since these suppliers are wholesalers. Please note that SaleHoo does not partake in any business transaction between anyof our members and suppliers. Cheers :) Reply
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