What do you think about these Chinese suppliers?

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eluk
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12 Oct 09 08:31:44 am
Hello everybody!

I'm looking for a good and cheap cell phone supplier, and I found these Chinese suppliers:

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I have read a lot of thing about buying in China, some of this things good, and some bad, and I very confused...

Can anyone tell me what is their experience with some of these companies?

Thank you! :)

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fudjj
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12 Oct 09 11:40:13 am
The best advice is that if it is a branded cellphone, then don't touch it. You run the risk of the transaction being a scam for starters, and even if the seller is legit, you will be buying a replica, no matter what they tell you.


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12 Oct 09 11:51:27 am
The best advice is that if it is a branded cellphone, then don't touch it. You run the risk of the transaction being a scam for starters, and even if the seller is legit, you will be buying a replica, no matter what they tell you.



I know that. I want to choose carefully the cell phones I want to sell to minimize these problems.

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12 Oct 09 09:04:04 pm
I can only repeat my earlier warning really, there is no safe way sourcing branded anything from China, especially consumer electronics.

I you do go down this road with any Chinese supplier, you are putting your investment at serious risk.


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eluk
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12 Oct 09 09:17:45 pm
I guess you are right... I'm very new in dropshipping and I don't want to make an irreversible mistake.

I'll look for better suppliers...

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12 Oct 09 10:23:12 pm
Hi eLuk,

fudjj is right, most brand name goods that come from China are either replicas or fakes. Assume that this is the case in the first instance and steer clear of these suppliers. If you're looking for cheap, generic goods, however, then they should be safe to deal with.

What kind of cellphone are you interested in specifically? Any brand? Model? I'll be happy to help you find some suppliers that suit your needs.


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13 Oct 09 03:48:48 am
The lads are right.

We have experience dealing (importing) direct from China and it cost us $20k in bad mistakes before we got it somewhere near right.

If you're coming out of China, hire a local rep to scrutinise the products first - they're easy to find and well worth the investment.

China is a wonderful source of business opportunity, what you need is a local on the ground working for you and your interest.

It costs less than you think and well worth the investment, trust someone who knows from lessons learned.

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13 Oct 09 04:16:28 am
Hi ozgunner,

First of all, welcome to SaleHoo! We're sorry to hear it - we do hope you have bounced back from that $20,000 loss. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate your advice. I'm sure our members will find it very useful.

Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. All the best!


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chelsdaniel
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13 Oct 09 09:24:52 am
I will not go anywhere near any chinese suppliers! In my experience they are all scams!! I have lost $3,000!!

Does anyone know the best way to report these suppliers?

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haydee
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13 Oct 09 09:44:29 am
Hi Chelsea,

If you are in the US, you can file a complaint here Link hidden: Login to view.

China is a good source for cheap, UNBRANDED goods and since online scams are rampant, we advise everyone to be very careful when dealing with Chinese suppliers or any suppliers for that matter. Always pay through PayPal or credit cards as these can be reversed if something goes wrong.

Please refer to the following links for some excellent tips on protecting yourself from getting scammed:

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For more information on importing from China:

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For issues concerning Chinese suppliers:

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Hope that helps!

All the best,

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eluk
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13 Oct 09 01:28:07 pm
Hello everybody!

Thanks to all of you for your comments. I was thinking to sell generic cell phones, not brands. Therefore, I searched Chinese suppliers. Even so, I know I have to be careful...

Thanks again!

Greetings!

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13 Oct 09 02:59:31 pm
Hi ozgunner,

First of all, welcome to SaleHoo! We're sorry to hear it - we do hope you have bounced back from that $20,000 loss. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate your advice. I'm sure our members will find it very useful.

Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. All the best!


you're welome, its nice to be part of a community that looks after one another. We're in Australia and things are a little bit more difficult here (supply wise). We don't have the wonderful array of suppliers that show up in the USA and UK. We also need to be mindful of the exchange rate. China deals pretty well 100% with international markets in US currency which is fine if you live and trade from the US, however currency conversions can kill your profits and a couple of points drop in the A$ can really hurt. Can be a dangerous game

The AUS$ at present against the US$ is strong, trading near 90c so a good time to deal out of the US for us. A month or so ago it was only 78c. You can see how profits can quickly disappear.

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13 Oct 09 08:34:57 pm
Just to that exchange rate for other Aus members who are interested, all current indicators are that the Aus dollar will keep increasing against the Greenback, and some are suggesting it could hit as high as $1.05 at the end of the first quarter next year.

WOW, keep your eyes open for that if your seriously considering importing.


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15 Oct 09 11:50:10 pm
Yes fudjj, I am saving my pennies and keeping an eye on the exchange rate When it hits 95 cents I will move to replenish my stocks for the Christmas shopping frenzy. On another note, people should not tar all Chinese suppliers with the same brush. I have dealt successfully with Chinese suppliers who are gracious and honest, so they are not all charlatans. As with any dealings, you need to do your homework and actually speak to the supplier (most have skype phone) before you actually go ahead and send your hard earned dollars. (Some of you know that my hard earned dollars were lost to an incompetent American). The shopping centre in my suburb of Melbourne is 90% Chinese owned businesses and they are the nicest and most hard working of people to deal with.


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16 Oct 09 02:50:22 am
i still did not make a move yet i am still doing home work but thanks for all the feed back

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21 Oct 09 08:54:04 pm
I have dealt with Link hidden: Login to view over the last two yrs and had only one glitch, which was resolved quickly. The products I received were Generic and of good quality, very comparable to name brands. Hope this helps.

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pgeng
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27 Oct 09 12:59:14 am
Concerning the dealextreme site, I've dealt with them many times personally. I still have a case for my ipod that I bought from them for a dollar, and it even has free shipping! Personally, you could buy in bulk, but keep in mind that the stuff you do buy aren't branded, but cheap yet reliable knock-offs. I plan on using them again myself for the bargain prices.

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13 Nov 09 04:45:03 am
I only buy if they accept paypal, first buy something cheap for yourself and see how fast you get it, make sure it includes free shipping and pay with paypal, sometimes they say they accept paypal but then when you checkout they ask for wire transfer, stay cleat of wire transfers, I lost $700 doing that. I buy from chinavasion and have never had a problem.

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