Alibaba has been one of my favourite online shops purely because of how ridiculously cheap it is. Sure- most of their items are knockoff Chinese products- but they are incredibly cheap, and surprisingly sturdy. There is a very high chance that you have heard lots of reports about how Alibaba is a scam. That is not entirely true, though.
Of course, there are a lot of merchants on Alibaba that are in it to scam people. However, there are many merchants who are legitimate and do not cheat. There are a fair few ways of finding out which merchants you should shop from and which ones you should avoid.
- Look for merchants who are gold suppliers with at least 2 or 3 years in the field. The gold status costs a few thousand pounds every year, so only legitimate merchants have the tag.site
- Alibaba records and displays any substantiated complaint made against the merchant. You can avoid scammers by ensuring that you only shop from suppliers who have been complaint-free for the past 90 days.
- Check if the supplier has their own website- one that looks professional enough. You can also do Google searches to see if the company is legit (if the supplier has a registered profile on Global Sources or MadeinChina, you’re safe).
If the supplier clears all the three categories, you’re certainly good to go.