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Is This Offer Too Good To Be True?

Discussion in 'General Wholesale' started by Sermbezis, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. Sermbezis

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    Hi,

    Brand new to all this so if I ask some stupid questions, sorry aha :)
    I found this supplier on Alibaba and the prices just seem to good to be true.
    They are offering an iPhone 7 128gb for $250, this minimum order is 2 and they give you an extra 1 for free.
    I've done some research and they seem to not be a scam, they have 9 years of gold, offer trade assurance and their company website has been registered for a long time.

    Do you think this is a scam?
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  2. Dean

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  3. Sermbezis

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    Have you dealt with them before? Why would they offer trade assurance of they were a scam?
  4. Dean

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    You can't buy new genuine iPhone 7s for that price! Even top tier Apple distributors can't buy them that cheap.

    Think about it, why would anyone sell them that cheap when they're worth multiples more?!

    The trade assurance only appears to cover you if you pay in to a registered bank account. I bet you that they wouldn't accept payment in to the bank account - they would ask for Western Union or similar. And you would either receive nothing or fakes with zero chance of getting your money back.

    Do LOTS more research before you commit to anything. Don't be another victim.
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  5. Cody

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    @Sermbezis

    Hopefully @Alibaba can comment on this too, however as Dean said, do a lot of research first.

    You should be asking how the supplier wants you to pay. If it is into a registered account then the Trade Assurance will protect you (you should get the products first, clarify everything is okay, then Alibaba transfers the money to the supplier, otherwise the money goes back to you).

    If they request you to pay via Western Union then just walk away because you won't have any protection.
  6. Sermbezis

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    Well would you look at that, the company has now removed the iPhone from their listings. @Alibaba how can a company with 9 years gold get away with this sort of crap?
  7. Cody

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    You must understand, like any marketplace, it can be hard to monitor every single persons products, especially with how big Alibaba marketplace is.

    For example millions of people advertise on there, however to go through each person every day to ensure the products are legit would be impossible. Although, more does need to be done (on any marketplace, Amazon, eBay etc) to ensure that no one is slipping the radar with false descriptions, products and prices.

    Maybe the advertiser should lose some of their years of gold, or at least incur a penalty as advertisers would do here.
  8. chunky1

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    I was caught couple of times on Alibaba with scam, it is always a little bit of lie there.

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