There are tons of weird people out there who’s only business focus is in ripping you off. They don’t care about you, your business, or the damage they inflict. All they drool over is your hard earned cash, and believe it or not, they are quite willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get it. These bottom feeders lurk within the depths of the web waiting for anyone to make a mistake and falling into their trap. Its easily done. You could type in a honest search term, for instance, items wholesale or dropshipping suppliers, and be doomed in finding only con artists.
However, don’t give up and run for the hills just yet. There are many ways to tell the difference between the scammers from the real thing. We’re far from defenseless!”
Here are 5 definitive ways to make sure you are dealing with a real wholesale…
1. Check the company business registration number
Every wholesale and drop shipping supplier will have a company business registration or a VAT number, no matter what state or country its in. This is the company’s identity within its country. If for any reason they don’t give you this number (when asking for it) STOP!!! This person is a scammer.
However. If you are given this number this is what you should do with it… Search the internet (do a Google search) for a business verification site in the country the Splash (company) is registered. This may cost you a small fee depending on the site. However. If you don’t want to spend any money in finding this information, you can always send a fax to the business center of the city the supplier is located in.
Note: Some suppliers will offer to send you a company certificate. This is just another way of saying they are a real business, though these days, documents like this can be forged.
2. Company bank account
Due to data protection of bank information, it unlikely you will be able to verify all the supplier’s bank details. However, before you make an order with any supplier through TT (Telegraphic Transfer) you can ring up the company’s bank and tell them that you are having problems with a transfer. Give them all the bank details of the suppliers, and asked them if the information is right. Plus, if its a business account.
3. Communication and product information
Wholesale suppliers are not known for being friendly. Most of their day they are dealing with people like you and me asking them to drop their prices, asking questions to prove they are a real business, managing huge stock loads, handling hundreds of faxes, emails, calls and order daily. So they can come across a little bit short at times, but remember, they are professionals!
Now because they are doing this day after day, they know the in’s and out’s of ever product under their roof. Their ability to communicate this information to you is one of the keys to knowing who you are dealing with. When it comes to scammers or middlemen, well, they don’t have the products they are selling, so of course, they know little about the them.
Ask technical questions that you already know about the product. You will soon find the out who you are dealing with.
4. Join a Forums
Join a dropshipping or wholesale forum, where you will be able to chat to many like minded people who can provide you with details and information on the best dropshippers for a product that you are particularly interested in. But be sure to sign up to one that has a good reputation and is also monitored for safety.
5. Join a Pre-screened directory
When joining a Pre-screened wholesale and dropshipping directory, you are joining a service that have already done the hard work for you. All the suppliers have been check and re-checked to make sure you are dealing with a real business and not a scammer. Unlike the ebooks you can buy from eBay for a list of 200 to 1500 suppliers (that may or may not be real), a Pre-screened directory will offer you 8000 to 25000 worldwide suppliers, and are always being up-dated… Food for thought.