how do you use escrow via DH gate?
Very simple. After you are ready to order, go to your order page and choose to pay by Paypal or Debit Card.
The payment will be sent to DHGate, NOT the seller. DHGate will hold your payment merely in escrow, while they get the order together and ship it, deliver it, finish it.
Once you are fully satisfied and things are completely set and good, they will release your funds when you press 'release funds now'
The seller will then be paid and you can add to their feedback for a successful transaction.
However you should always use escrow, that's why it is there. Anytime during escrow you can get them to refund your card normally, not have a real issue with your bank. They do so without question, and return the item or don't ship again.
That is why they have escrow, so you can screen out bad sellers. Its not DHGate who does that, its the sellers who some of them can be bad news, and this is why you always get to know your seller very well first.