Saturday 19 Jan 2019

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Middlemen and Agents on Alibaba.com

Alibaba.com suppliers are either direct manufacturers or distributors and middlemen who sell products from an inventory – or on behalf of manufacturers. Many middlemen on Alibaba.com try to pass themselves off as direct manufacturers.  They’ll post pictures and videos of …

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An Independent Introduction to Alibaba.com

If you use a foreign supplier in your business, or if you do business in China, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Alibaba.com.  Based in China, Alibaba.com

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Inspection Agents

If your Alibaba.com supplier is in a country that’s thousands of miles away, doing inspections of your supplier’s facilities and products can be a challenge.  Unless you’re part

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10 Ways to Avoid Scams on Alibaba.com

Generally, the best way to avoid a scam on Alibaba.com is to be skeptical about everything – and take the necessary precautions. The Alibaba Fraud Report discuss in

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Alibaba.com Gold Supplier Fraud

In 2011, Alibaba.com publically admitted that some of its employees colluded with scammers by selling Gold Supplier memberships to these scammers for the express purpose of defrauding buyers. 

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How Much Fraud Is On Alibaba.com?

Alibaba.com estimates that 0.5% of the transactions on the site are fraudulent, with most fraud cases involving small orders under $1200. That’s one in every 200 transactions. While

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Fake Profiles on Alibaba.com

An Alibaba.com supplier who takes the time and effort to create a thorough Profile Page is probably more trustworthy than one who hasn’t. But a motivated scammer

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Keep Written Records

It’s a good idea to keep a written record of your Alibaba.com communications to document all of your agreements. This’ll be immensely helpful if disputes ever arise. Telephone

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Alibaba.com Risks

Doing business through Alibaba.com poses many risks and challenges. That’s simply the nature of the game as you work with suppliers who operate in foreign countries. Trust, quality control,

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