What do I need to know before buying online from Chinese/Asian B2B Websites?
August 25, 2010 11:48 AM Subscribe
I'm considering buying a spice mill/grinder from an Chinese/Asian B2B website. They have an "escrow" service, but what do I need to know to avoid being scammed, receiving totally crappy goods, etc...?
posted by webhund to Work & Money (5 answers total)
I'm considering buying this product
via this B2B site
. I've also found the same product and manufacturer on alibaba. I've emailed the seller several times and each time have received prompt, satisfactory answers in very broken English and always from the (allegedly) same person. The company's own website also shows the same product
information. No particular red flags (no pun intended) have been thrown up that I've noticed so far. I asked for a U.S.A. reference and received one back with complete name/address/email/telephone information. My confidence level is probably at about 75%, but not sure whether to make the leap. What else do I need to know, ask, or watch out for?
I'm willing to risk the purchase price and shipping cost to find out what the actual product quality and performance is, but I'm don't want to be totally scammed.
(BTW: If anyone knows where I can buy this type of grinder/mill in the U.S., please do tell. Months of googling haven't turned up anything even close. The old Krups coffee grinder just won't handle the quantities of ground herbs/spices that I need.)