I get more and more questions about fake Chinese shopping sites. Is this Chinese shop legitimate or not. After searching the internet I find a lot of fake shops and many based in China. Time for a black list. [Updated October 2014]

Setting up a real online shop is a lot of work. Imagine a legitimate shop needs to create an online catalogue of their products, with images, descriptions etc. Handling the orders, shipping the products and have a customers support. All sites listed at StartBuyingInChina are real legitimate shops. They make mistakes, send wrong or broken products and sometimes their customers support sucks. But they all are real.

Setting up fake shop is pretty simple. Just buy a simple template and steal all your products from other sites. Then, when people buy, you say you shipped the product. If they complain, tell them their product is stuck at their customs. Or just don’t reply.

Too Good to be True.

If you buy online always be aware. If it is too good to be true IT IS too good to be true. Don’t fall for extreme cheap prices. If you only have to pay 20% of the real price, you bet you’ll never get the product.

Let me ask you a question:

Why would an USA company like Nike or Apple sell their products through a Chinese store for a very low price if they have their own very efficient network?

If you find USA, Canadian, UK, Australian products in Chinese stores for a lower price than in your country, it is probably fake or counterfeit, as it is called.

Doesn’t mean these fake products are bad. I always buy my Apple accessoiries in China. It saves me a lot of money! But I would never buy an MacBook from any Chinese shops.

6 Simple tests to check for fake Chinese shopping sites:

  • Check the URL. Does it look real?
  • Prices are too good to be true
  • Products not from China in store
  • You can only pay by money transfer
  • No real contact information
  • No secure payment system (https://)


The guys from Scamfreeinternet did a very good job. They create a blacklist of fraudulent online retailers. Not specially for Chinese shops, all shops are allow. Without copying the whole list, I like to mention the following Chinese shops. If you come across a new shop you do not see listed. Write a note in the comments.

  • 99ssx.com (=rm44.com)
  • rm44.com (see this blog)
  • dhgatebuy.com (DHgate.com is real!)
  • cheng-xia.com
  • chinacheapwholesale.net (cheap is a word you’ll find often in the url)
  • chinasprint.com (China is a word you’ll find often in the url)
  • chuweixin-trading.com (trading is a word you’ll find often in the url)
  • buyonsalecheap.com
  • hk-bonroy.com
  • hk-electronic.com (hk = Hong Kong)
  • hk-pshop.com
  • hk-kairui.com
  • ksrplayer.com
  • mart-free.com (martofchina.com is real!)
  • onsinking.com
  • wholesale-applestore.com (Apple doesn’t have a wholesale store in China!)
  • wholesale-watchess.com (wholesale is a word you’ll find often)
  • wholesaledigitalstore.com
  • wholesalefactoryshop.com
  • yongtonghuamei.com

And the list goes on!

Be alerted

Just be sure to buy only at real shops. And beware of scam sites. Don’t complain you’ll never got your product if you have read this article and still bought from a fraudulent site. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If you are looking for real legitimate shops, start at my Top 40 list, click here.

Please leave a reply in the comments below if you have any question or want to list another fake shop.

Happy and safe shopping!


    124 replies to "Fake Chinese shopping sites – Black list"


      stop buying at walkerpaving.com this chinese company is sending crappy shoes instead…happened to me

    • Karen Alonso

      http://www. classic-mall. com/help-iphone
      Is this real or not

    • MZ

      eesco.ca Posing as a Canadian website selling shoes at a pretty high sale prices resembling the real sales, then upcharging and sending completely different cheap stuff than ordered, not even knock offs. No communications, purchase confirmation coming from a hotmail email.

    • Bella

      Okay, I bought a $2,090 GUCCI purse for $180. The purse looks real but when it came, inside the purse was a CHANEL authenticity card (that looks fake) instead of a GUCCI authenticity card. On th edges of the purse there seems to be like a icky glue. Is this site legit http://www.classic-mall.com/ ? On all their products they have hundreds of 5 start reviews when when you click the reviews it doesn’t let you see who left the review or what they said. And when you publish a review it says “review accepted for moderation” They sell so many designer stuff, Is the site fake?

      • Bastiaan

        The site might be real, but the products aren’t. 5 stars reviews doesn’t say much, these can be bought.

    • Marianna

      http:// http://www.cherrylandcm.com /vagabond-c-2.html

      fake company, real price for brand shoes,
      you´ll get no items and money back.
      It´s a cheat, be carefull!!!

    • Bridget Sevier

      Designer shoes. Took twice as much out of my account than I ordered. I had to cancel my credit card as they would have kept doing it. Got sent a crap $5 pair nylon trainers instead of Karl Lagerfeld..buyer beware. The contact button doesn’t work either. No receipts or emails have been sent to me. Site looks very genuine. Hundreds pairs shoes…

    • Karen Young

      Add wearlocker.com to your list. They do not disclose items are shipped from China. Football jerseys are counterfeit. Do not give refunds even though website claims 90 day return policy. When contacting their customer service for return information they advise to just keep the items, give items away or sell them and they will send you a 15% refund of your purchase. In my case that would have been $23.00. Website is a scam!!

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