1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Did anyone bought anything in bulk from Alibaba?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Bross, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Bross

    Bross Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    Messages:
    859
    Likes Received:
    355
    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.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  2. drac313

    drac313 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    32
    escrow would be best for payment probably. IF you are buying counterfeit, it is not wise to buy so many at once, you will get caught at customs and they will take and destroy the merchandise unless you intervene, in which case you will go to court and be found guilty and sent to jail or fined! Also, know shipping costs before hand. The suppliers from china are weasels that tell you the shipping cost at the end, as if it were negligible. It can cost anywhere from 100$ or more per box of good shipped to you, 3000 pieces is many boxes.
     
  3. BENNY8877

    BENNY8877 Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,278
    Likes Received:
    1,087
    Occupation:
    Wallet Inspector
    Location:
    In my mom's basement
    I'm pretty sure that Gold means they are trusted sellers. I took a look on there a few weeks back and was looking for a certain item, but all of the sellers seemed really shady to me.
     
  4. rakoom2002

    rakoom2002 Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,207
    Likes Received:
    873
    Occupation:
    SuperStar Threads
    Location:
    PDX Oregon
    Alibaba is all scammers. Like 98% of them, even the gold members. Trust no one. I would only buy through a dropshipper that comes recommended from friends or multiple people on here or something.
     
  5. dowser

    dowser Power Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    685
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    canada
    I have to say I've had a good experience buying through Alibaba (at least with the merchant I chose), because my orders were relatively small (under $3,000) I've used PayPal without a problem. Shipping is always a bitch as they used DHL and I don't have good relations with them - they stole from me on several occasions, but this time it went relatively smooth. I guess it depends on the merchandise and the merchant, I might have been lucky.

    I've made an arrangement with another merchant to send me samples and he never did... (I never paid for it, though, so no damage was done).
     
  6. 520am

    520am Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2010
    Messages:
    238
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    kvn.
    Try aliexpress.
    They have a good escrow service.
     
  7. p0532673

    p0532673 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    29
    Also, try looking for factories which have been physically inspected, they will indicate beside the gold seller icon if the factory's been inspected audio/visually or physically. And ask plenty of questions before you buy ! :)
     
  8. klawre1221

    klawre1221 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    Messages:
    361
    Likes Received:
    59
    Many good and bad sellers. Use the escrow service. If they won't do that then you know not to deal with them.
     
  9. 2DHades

    2DHades Power Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Messages:
    657
    Likes Received:
    322
    Bought 1 item from aliexpress once (cheap $120 tablet)

    The sending and everything was really good. I had big problems at the customs in my country....