I have to say, chinawholesaler is correct, i got scammed, about 3 times
using a website called Link hidden: Login to view alibaba and other china B2B tradewebsites.. thinking i was purchasing iphones, playstations, etc.. and dell laptops..
my first scam, i ordered original 8gb the supplier sent me fake iphone
luckily their is a market for the fake iphone, its called the iphone clone..and i was able to resell and break even..
2nd deal i was supposed to recieve a macbook air laptop
got sent a white playstation 3 instead.. i was able to retrive about 80% of my money
the first 2 scams are known as bait and switch..
they bait you in with a hot selling product, then
send you a product of lower value..
the last scam again i sent for an original iphone this was
from an alibaba gold supplier.. this was a total lost/bust
the only smart thing i did, was place small orders, all of these were for only 1 unit, none the less i was still mad cause my average order was $200 usd, any amount of money scam is a lost and it hurts.. let me tell you all they are very convincing.. they get on msn messenger or yahoo, and will be as nice as possible, like chinawholesaler said, they offer you to good to be true pricing,, and they will hunt you down everyday wanting to know when you will place this order.. its very easy to fall for this.. even the best of them.. because they are very subtle in how they do it.. all i could think of was the profit i would make, so my greed in the end is what blinded me.
and as chinawholesaler mentioned.. all of the goods they do actually have are fake anyway. a valuable lesson to be learned..
stay away from Alibaba, and other China B2b websites, alibaba is not the only one.. their is tradekey, ecvv, ec2, and hundreds of others..
also last but not least.. they will always get you to send payment thru western union, moneygram, moneybookers, or bank wire.. all 100% high risk payment options to the buyer.. if you want to test a real overseas supplier
ask him if he will accept Link hidden: Login to view , or cod.. i don't know how effective the international credit card chargeback policies are.. maybe one of you can give me some insight on that..
Link hidden: Login to view is probably the safest way to do business
especially internationally.. because the funds are put into a secure place
and let me mention only use Link hidden: Login to view cause their hundreds of other fake fraudulent escrow services..
jimmy also mentioned Link hidden: Login to view as being the only approved
escrow service with ebay..
FYI CHINA WHOLESALER , i could have used this advice about 2 months ago!!