Anyone ever buy from Alibaba? Any tips to prevent getting scammed?

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Hey warriors ... I just stumbled upon Alibaba for the very first time and ... let's just say it really got my creative juices going.

I am interested in picking up a bulk quantity of a specific item I found on there, however I have never dealt with this site before (even though it seems to be legit) ..and I thought it would be ice to get some advice on how to avoid getting scammed.
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  • Profile picture of the author rizy
    I have bought from Alibaba all the time. I made a living on importing last year. Some things you got to watch out for is shipping man, do not ever order fake items or look alike items, problems will happen at customs. Safest route to import is via courier shipping, a bit more expensive but works better but in this case make sure your boxes are not too big or you will be charged for taxes.

    If you are looking to import small amounts go with Aliexpress instead of Alibaba. BTW welcome to the wonderful world of Alibaba, I know exactly how it feels, its like discovering something special lol, I was lost in that site for about 2 years.

    Also make sure seller is at least 1 year old and is gold seller, never buy from a seller that doesnt have full premium membership, never give money via western union, always use escrow, so you have buyer protection
  • Profile picture of the author wongkog
    Good experience for Alibaba. Find Gold members.
  • Profile picture of the author LynnM
    If you have a search here Building eCommerce Sites - Wholesale, Drop Shipping, Alibaba's mentioned in a number of threads.
  • Profile picture of the author ninjaafk
    Is paying with PayPal on Alibaba sketchy? Should I only do deals with people who are willing to accept Escrow payments?

    Would PayPal have me covered if something went wrong in the transaction?

    I have had past experiences with PayPal before and they weren't too helpful in resolving anything for me.
  • Profile picture of the author AJMontoya
    Advice : NEVER pay using Western Union. In case you run into a scammy seller, they will take your money and there's nothing you can do about it. ALWAYS pay with a credit card. Because if the seller tries to take your money, you can always file a dispute with your bank, and you'll get your money back within 30 days. Credit card companies know how many fraudulent transactions go through Alibaba and AliExpress, so they will side with the buyer in the event of a dispute.

    Another way to spot someone who is likely a scammer is to look at their list of the items they are selling. Most legitimate sellers on Alibaba are manufacturers, not resellers. Which means they will focus their store on a specific niche of items. If you see a seller offering everything under the sun (clothing, furniture, car parts, electronics, housewares, sporting equipment...) 9 times out of 10 they are not legitimate sellers. Think of it this way: a company manufacturing tablets is not going to be sewing underwear too.

    Another tip : just because a seller has a "Gold Member" star on their account, that doesn't mean they are legitimate. Sellers on Alibaba can pay to get that Gold Member status to make them look more official, when they still scam people out of money.

    If you're going to buy on AliExpress, don't buy from anyone who doesn't have positive feedback left on their product pages. If they have no feedback, that either means they are brand new sellers with no reputation, or they don't deliver products and cancel transactions before buyers can leave feedback.

    This all seems scary, but once you figure out how to spot the fake sellers from the legitimate ones, Alibaba and AliExpress are both gold mines for the import/resell business. A bulk of my ecommerce business is reselling items I import, so you can be very successful if you use these websites wisely!
  • Profile picture of the author rizy
    Only use Escrow
  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    only use escrow. i found most of their stuff is knock offs. atleast the stuff i bought.
  • Profile picture of the author frostsolutions
    Also ask yourself if what they're selling makes sense. My friend attempted to buy brand new Bauer hockey sticks from Iran. You can guess what happened.
  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    Hey warriors ... I just stumbled upon Alibaba for the very first time and ... let's just say it really got my creative juices going.

    I am interested in picking up a bulk quantity of a specific item I found on there, however I have never dealt with this site before (even though it seems to be legit) ..and I thought it would be ice to get some advice on how to avoid getting scammed.
    I'd seek a supplier directly i.e phone or visit them if possible. You're better of working directly with suppliers than wholesalers through Alibaba and other third party marketplaces. And if possible, work with more than one supplier.
  • Profile picture of the author Caroline Balinska
    As people have said:
    -Never use Westin Union
    -If it sounds too good, it probably is!
    -Don't buy the cheapest item and expect quality

    I love it, I have always been happy and would recommend it to anyone.
  • Profile picture of the author jking1
    Using escrow is indeed the best way to avoid being scammed. even if the seller wants to be paid via western union, still insist escrow. If the seller wont' go for it then most probably that seller has a plan of scamming around.
  • Profile picture of the author ninjaafk
    Thank you for all of the wonderful advice everyone.

    I just did my first transaction last night and am hopeful that I will be receiving my items within 10 days as the seller said I would.

    I payed using PayPal ... the first guy I hit up didn't even send me an invoice and instead sent me some weird receipt and I had to actually tell him that the proper way is to send an invoice so PayPal knows exactly what the transaction is for... but that whole idea made me switch to a different seller who seemed a lot more legit... so this time this seller actually asked for my PayPal info + address and sent the invoice ... so I am much more hopeful with this seller than I would have been with the other guy.
  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    Aliexpress part of alibaba has it's own escrow service built in. You pay the money is held in escrow until you recieve goods and confirm the transaction is good.
  • Profile picture of the author Tristan Gemus
    Same as eBay, look at their feedback. And, look at the reviews for specific items you are looking at. People will give it a quality score and etc. I buy jerseys from there and sell them locally. Yes, I do tell people they are replicas, but I can't message it in the ad or else it will be deleted. Most people do not care if they are fake or not as long as quality is good!

    Tristan
  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Escrow, PayPal never direct payment by Credit Card or Western Union



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  • Profile picture of the author saraparker811
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  • Profile picture of the author sj1234
    i'd recommend contacting the sellers via email first and see if you can build up a bit of rapport and possibly a basic relationship

    Also - if they accept paypal - then that should be a positive sign that they're not too bad - not to mention that you're protected with Paypal
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  • Profile picture of the author Freebiequeen1999
    Golly....amazing you found this old thread haha

    I did see a sad but funny website where hopeful brides posted the horrible knock off insane dresses they got from China etc...

    I googled the story haha

    Angry brides share their bridal gown horror stories | Daily Mail Online
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