How to determine if a Chinese company supplies quality goods
I am a victim. S'truth.
I thought I had hit the jackpot when I found a trader who was selling shoes at between $1.00-$3.00.
Smart I wasn't. All it needed was for me to do some simple background checks and I would quickly have figured out that the seller was trying to get rid of, well, rubbish.
To understand just how bad it was, let me narrate what happened. Soon after receiving the shoes in my house, I called a neighbor who I knew loved boots. She of course came running nine by nine, real fast. She wanted to get the first choice. Cream of the crop
And she chose some knee high boots. Black. With laces. The dusty shoes (on account of running fast to my house) were quickly shoved into a paper bag and the new ones worn immediately. I received payment, with a silent prayer of thankfulness. I patted myself on the back for a job well done & a hefty profit well made...And off she went, walking slowly so that everyone could see her in her shiny,black,new,laced boots
Suffice to say, she barely walked 50m when it all came apart. No, this is not a figure of speech. The boots came apart. By the time she came back to my house (totally fuming, all shades of red-black), the boots looked like they had had a particularly boisterous quarrel with the neighbourhood cats. Disaster doesn't begin to describe it.
Neither does the awful, sinking feeling or cold chill down my back. Indescribable
No one should ever have to go through what I did. 64 pairs of shoes in total. Each and every one of them, RUBBISH. I could not even sell off the heels ALONE. No one even wanted the shoes free of charge!
So, had I been more diligent, this would never have happened (note to self).
What you should look out for (not exhaustive!)
1. Is the seller a manufacturer or a trader? A manufacturer has more to lose if their quality is poor. A trader can quickly change names (like happened in my case after reporting her)
2. Does the seller deal in all manner of goods or do they specialise? Please look for the one who specialises as they are less likely to make mistakes or sell poor quality. They are more likely to have learnt their systems better (mistakes etc)
3. If buying from a trader, please please research. Look at how many traders are selling the same item and look at the difference in price. Regardless of the sweet talk from the trader with the lowest price, you must think through. Is the difference big and why?
4. Look for the manufacturer of the item and look at the difference between his and the trader's price. The manufacturer will probably have much lower prices and very high MOQ (minimum order quantities) but you still need to keep your wits around you.
5. Look at the kind of clientele the seller has. The truth is that a seller who sells mainly to USA and Europe is likely to have good quality items. It's just the way things are.
6. Please read through the reviews. Do not dismiss any negative or positive views. You will be surprised at the info you pick up from this.
I remember reading reviews about the hand held stitcher. Many people actually said it was a worthless item. I still bought it. *sigh* I also read reviews about a back support I wanted to buy. Turns out that the circumference of the armhole was too small and would not have sold well locally.
7. Of the reviews, do not confine yourself to the reviews on THAT particular sellers website/store site. Chances of the same item being available on ebay or Amazon, are high. Read through the reviews/comments. It will give you a better idea of what to expect of the item.
Most of all, good luck!