Hi guys, I am in need to buy a certain product in bulk. I researched a few sites and Alibaba seem to have the most retailers from china. I am looking to order something like 3000 pieces and really don't have any experience buying there. (I do have experience handling customs, imports, etc. though). - How to spot real factories rather than a middleman? - What does Gold supplier means? (does it mean I can usually trust these sellers?). - How to avoid scams? And most important - Do you pay using Alibaba's mechanism or deal directly with the seller? Any tip will be great help. I never bought anything there. Thanks.