Alibaba is not a scam- as long as you use it right

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.

  1. 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.banner1site
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

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