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Ok I have been in discussions with a supplier for a while now and have been quoted a price that I am happy with.

The problem I have ran into is that they don't accept escrow. The order is for $700 and will need to be produced by the supplier which will take a number f weeks.

Now I know that gold passes on alibaba don mean much but they are onto their third year. His must surely mean something? I doubt a scammer could get 3 years deep and keep the gold pass?

They are also onsite checked. Im am not sure if his holds any weight at all?

I have googled, company name/scam and absolutely nothing has come up with regards to it being a scam.

Wen I google the company name it appears on lots of b2b websites and still no scam reports.

Am I correct in thinking that this company sounds legit?
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that gold doesnt mean anything. Its just a fee you pay to get/keep that.

The company sounds good, check their feedback. If you cant afford to lose the $700 dont proceed. Ask them for another method of payment.

Some suppliers confuse escrow with something else. You trying to complete the payment through alibaba right?
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They do not accept alibaba escrow or any other type. They are asking for t/t.

How can I check company feedback on alibaba? I thought that was only aliexpress?
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There not askin for Western union or something like that correct???

If you can pay with a CC and you did your due dillegence on the company than I'd say try it out and possibly ask for a smaller sample size .

If the company is legit they should not have a problem doing a smaller test order if it means they can get a potential long term customer.

Tell them you would like a test order of $200 ( or whatever ur comfortable with)

Another thing you can do is ask for a free sample, usually if its legit they have no problem sending one sample to you.

And yes all that gold standard is, they pay $3000 every year and get that title that's it
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But no scam reports in 3 years is a good sign I'd imagine. Is t/t bank transfer? I won't be able to use m credit card if so.
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After all this, no escrow?

Credit card, credit card,credit card as the payment method. Cover your back. Will you use a VISA backed card?

Rather exciting for you
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Yes it will be visa but absolutely no escrow. They just said the smallest sample order they do is $335 and with shipping on top it won't be much cheaper than $700.
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Sounds more like they are playing hard ball with you....

No other suppliers around?

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I have got the total sample size down to $490 sample amount and that includes delivery. I'm just gonna go with this and hope for the best.

Fingers crossed
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Good luck on the experiment arshavin - you seem hardbent on making this work
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Don't forget use credit card
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I can't use a credit card too make payment unfortunately.
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Suppliers are different when it comes to them making stuff for you. Like I said before, if you cant afford to risk that kind of money look elsewhere
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If I lose it it won't break me but I'm not gonna lie it will seriously piss me off haha.

If I lost 20 whilst walking down the street would be enough to piss me off ha
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If I lose it it won't break me but I'm not gonna lie it will seriously piss me off haha.

If I lost 20 whilst walking down the street would be enough to piss me off ha
20 is all it takes to piss ya off?
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Sometimes you just have to take the risk. About a decade ago when I was 16 I got taken for $800 on scam when i was first trying to get started on eBay. Sucked because it was like all the money I had in the world at the time. But I did find another supplier did lots of business with them for years.

That is the thing about being a businessman you have to be as careful as possible but sometimes you just have to go with your gut and take the risk. I still get pissed off thinking somebody would scam a 16 year old kid out of all their money. But I learned from it and in the grand scheme of things it ended up be a relatively small loss.
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I was too scammed my first ever time. I was like 16 at the time too and it was all I had aswell. It wasn't as much money as you though.

I didn't actually make my first successful purchase until I was about 20-21. I can remember them insisting on western union too. Luckily for me they sent the goods and sent me on my way a little.

I'm hoping to make payment for this stuff today. It's dragging out terribly. I will keep the topic alive and inform if this turns out well or not.
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Regard it as a learning curve.

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I can't use a credit card too make payment unfortunately.
Why not? Do you have a major branded cc?
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I can't use a credit card too make payment unfortunately.
You can use a DEBIT card in the UK if it has the VISA sign and be protected.

Speak to the bank before you do anything .

Be careful.

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I made the payment today via debit card. I was charged 42.50 for this :O

My supplier has not been online this afternoon which is a little worrying haha

I will keep you guys updated with this.
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