Having lived and studied in Beijing for a short time, I discovered one fundamental truth about mainland Chinese.
They do NOT have any business standards.
I encountered far too many fly-by-nighters just looking to make a quick buck. No real interest in establishing a long term, mutually profitable business relationship.
So in the last few months that I've returned home, I have scoured DHgate (among other sources) looking for something I can use. Everything from iPod accessories,and PC projectors to bath & beauty products and scented candles.(Boot-leg DVD's are a NO GO) And in every single instance I discovered that I could buy the exact same thing cheaper on eBay.
On several occasions I would send the DHgate seller the eBay link to the exact same thing they are selling, and ask them to beat that advertised price. The kind of responses I was getting were nearly always the kind of responses I used to hear from the multitude of con-artists selling at the Silk Market in Beijing, 'mine is real,' 'mine is better,' or 'I have best deal.'
Childish at best.
One seller, who was selling an obvious bootleg DVD, kept insisting that his product was real; even after I showed him photos of what the real version looks like. 'Is same, is same... please to look,' he kept saying. And I pointed out to him that there is no such thing as a region-less DVD that is both NTSC & PAL; unless it is a bootleg. At that point they play dumb, and suddenly forget how to speak English. So I start talking to them in Mandarin..at which point they are surprised and caught off guard that a white guy (half Chinese) can speak their language, and so change the subject. So predictable.
And I hate it when they have the balls to tell you 'shipping in China, very expensive.'
Buddy! You're in Beijing not the Himalayas...I know the shipping cost you frikk'n chooch! And they think we're not aware of the conversion rate.
It does not cost $38.00 USD to ship a 10' x 8' x 4' box that weighs less than a pound to any where in North America from China.
That's 260 RMB. I bought TWO (very good quality) winter coats for that much. You have any idea how much grocery you can buy in Beijing with 260 RMB? enough to feed a family of 6. (Just don't shop at any of the tourist traps; like Wang Fu Jing and Da Wang Lu)
So has anyone here dealt with a DHgate vendor that DOESN'T take you for a complete fool?
Honestly, any mention of DHgate as a potential source should be removed from this site.
I would actually go as far as flooding the internet with warnings to stay away from DHgate.
And, if I only had connections in the Chinese communist party, I would pass word along that DHGate is, in its activities, working to undermine and compromise international trade with China. I wonder whatever happened to the last people who found themselves under the microscope of the Chinese Communist Party...nobody knows.