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 May 2018]

If you are looking for real legitimate shops, start with my Top 20 best chinese shopping sites.

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? Fake Chinese store on the black list!

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.

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Blacklist – Avoid theses stores at all time!

The guys from Scamfreeinternet did a very good job. They create a black list 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.

Update 2018 – This list is updated with all the bad stories form the comments… Don’t fall for the same fake stores, other people did before you…

99ssx.com (=rm44.com)
aceplaza . co
backpackshack. co.uk/
bmarkesportchuhesde . com
cherrylandcm.com /vagabond-c-2.html
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)
classic-mall. com/help-iphone
dhgatebuy.com (DHgate.com is real!)
dohoneyshopping . com
efit30 .com.au
eforsmart . Com
ejgfotografie . nl
elecpromotion . com/
hk-electronic.com (hk = Hong Kong)
ixloil.com .a
katydid designs .co.uk
kimolakindermoden. de
laptopvipmart .com
lasignorina. co. uk
mac. us. com
mart-free.com (martofchina.com is real!)
mgrcrockthegreen .org
Mupconlin .com
Newfootwearonline .com
nike .topmaxmall .com
nikeroshe.bestbrands-mall . com
northsailtraining .co .uk
pcvipstore .com
powerwheelsstore .com
rm44.com (see this blog)
slimpickins .co .uk
solekick . co/index.php
steamfestaustralia .com
stpatscatholicpanmure .co.nz/
tgprostore . com
the scribe-Eastbourne.co.uk
tinteamor .com
vipdrmartens. com/
wholesale-applestore.com (Apple doesn’t have a wholesale store in China!)
wholesale-watchess.com (wholesale is a word you’ll find often)
www . wellbern . com
www. zamtechsolutions. co. uk

And the list goes on!

Update 2018 – Beware of ‘Brands Shop’

Beware of this logo. You will find it on multiple sites. And you will not be the first to lose your money! Urls are from older real web sites like ‘Ristoramte Amaro’. In a quick research I found store names like:

www. atv-project . org . uk
www . softpaws . ca
www . doblepivote . es
www . epuf-medoc . fr
www . ristoranteamaro . it
www . buistore . co
www . meteoetna . it

Be alerted, put your fake Chinese store on the black list

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 with my Top 20 best chinese shopping sites.

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

Happy and safe shopping!



Founder of StartBuyingInChina. It all started as an hobby. I liked to categorize the few Chinese stores I knew. After 6 years over 150 blogs were published. I created a wonderful online course about Safe buying online in China, and served over 1.000.000 people. Thank you for being here!

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

    • Larus

      “www . jblbuyshop . club” fake?

      • Bastiaan

        If you ask, what do you think? Prices are very low… Too good to be true.

    • MS

      www . farmastore . top is another fake sopping site. I did purchase and my money disappeared completely.

    • Mark Cunningham

      www . moonlight-um . co . uk NOT based in UK but front for Chinese goods shipped from China.
      Wife ordered a cardigan on site that seemed legit to her. No problem from bank authorizing the payment no contact from the company via email at any time (even checked spam etc). Item arrived was an $8 pair of fake Ray.Ban sunglasses. sent from:
      WENHAO HE, Guangzhou Hua(n) Yi Trading Co. Ltd. (en.qyk.sjfzxm.com/en/com/201202/25/78910 . htm). No 6 , No 2 Freight Station, Yunzia Road, Baiyun District, Guangzhou.
      Tried to contact them via contact us on website via My account but no response and no other way of getting in touch.

      • Bastiaan

        Sorry to say, but you probably lost your money… The url does no longer work…
        (To try it, remove the spaces. i do not accept direct links to spam sites, because Google will ban my site for that. So all url’s have spaces)

        • Mark Cunningham

          sorry looks like I typed or copied the URL wrong it should be
          www . moonlight- uk. co. uk /index.php?main_page=login (with spaces)
          it is still works and I can login and see the order, just no response from them. Wife has logged a complaint with her bank who are looking into it.

          • Bastiaan

            Found it. Did you see, almost all products have the same price. Jeans, sweater… That was not a good sign.
            If prices are too good to be true, they normally are…
            Let’s hope no one else will fall for this.


      May I ask your thoughts on dsfrkshop . top ?

      I placed an order there, not noticing the domain, and later discovered several other identical shops. Here’s the thing, though, the identical shops ARE selling a lot of different items, but they have the exact same layout, same home page, same exact grammatically-poor text on About Me page, and I realize now that the pics all look like they were stolen off ebay. Here, for example, is a matching storefront – ciiishop . top and here is another – geniaonline . top , but THIS one has a different About Me. I can’t decide if these are just shops using the same template or fakes. I’ll note that I did find an identical item with same exact pics on the latter two, even tho many items are different. I also noted that the links to social media merely took you to their own homepages.

      I have a feeling I got scammed. Like a previous commenter, they also charged me more than my confirmation shows, but only by a few dollars. (I was charged $36.12, but confirmation shows $33.69. Possibly a currency conversion issue?)

      If I lost my $36, it won’t kill me, but I do wonder about other issues. Should I replace my credit card? Is it pretty certain that’s the info they’d be after? Is is possible identical sites selling mostly different items COULD be legit? Could it be one company with multiple shops for whatever bizarre reason? Or lazy sellers using a template?

      • Bastiaan

        Hi Cindy,
        Yes it’s probably a fake store… Poor lay-out, non-logical categories and products not matching the categories. (I’m always curious, why did you buy on this site?)
        When you used your credit card, did you send all your CC info to this store, or was there a third party payment system? It’s better to contact your CC company upfront. And maybe have your CC card blocked or replaced.
        Thanks for sharing! Wish you the best


          I was foolish. They had a fairly rare collectible I had been looking for (I came across the item with a google search) and at a reasonable (tho not red-flag waving price). I also was fooled at first into thinking it was a shop in Canada because the prices all came up for me in Canadian dollars – tho that could just be because of the google link I followed to get there.

          I called my credit card company and they seemed less worried about it, and merely said to keep a watch and let them know if I saw unusual charges. They said if I don’t receive the item, they will refund it. They didn’t seem to feel it merited a new card number right away.

          I will add this to the pool of knowledge about these sites: the charge they put through to Citibank was categorized as a RECURRING charge (which I had changed). So I am wondering it that’s the scam – a low amount to make you take the risk – and maybe they even send you the item (after all, half this stuff is made in China) – then hope you don’t notice when they charge the same amount month after month.

          Thanks for the help! Cindy

          • Bastiaan

            Wow, I didn’t hear that before. I was confused why they charged you for such a low price (normally scammer charged for hundreds of dollars). But creating a recurring payment is new… That’s the trick, that you will not notice the monthly payments…
            Sure it is scam.. Good that your CC company will refund you.

      • Bastiaan

        BTW there are many legit stores that have multiple sites with almost the same layout. That’s because they focus on different target audiences. But they do not use eBay images or products. For example Lightinthebox and Miniinthebox. And also many clothing stores do the same: Check this blog post: https://www.startbuyinginchina.com/just-one-chinese-company/

    • Rick

      I have found hard-to-find auto parts at bowenstore . top and hacoshop . top, but there is no phone number or physical address for the business. They also don’t respond to “Contact Us” email inquiries. What do you think?

      • Bastiaan

        Bowenstore is the second store with auto parts that has in their store info: leading fashion store. What the heck? It think these are vastly made stores (why a .top domain) and not very trust worthy. Too much alarm bells are ringing.

    • Justyna

      Hi !! I just shopped at atv-project . org . uk … unfortunately I didn’t do my research on this website. If you heard anything about it or if you can check I’d really appreciated it. It makes me suspicious, I’ve been trying to contact them several times with no response , and I’m not sure what to think of it. I got only confirmation email about my order , that’s it. Ugh I’m so upset I got scammed..

      • Bastiaan

        Oops, sorry to say… yes you are scammed… Prices are very high, but the site is very badly made. Look at their Logo. My nephew from 4 years old can do better than that. I hope my site will give you the information to save yourself from these bad experiences once more.

        Did you pay with CC? Does your bank has an insurance. Some does. Worth to check out.

    • M1KL83

      Good day, made a purchase on May 7th 2018 at ‘www dot tsclstore dot top’ and my credit card was charged some $20+ more than the checkout bill said it would be charged and now over a month later I haven’t received the product, nor tracking info, or even confirmation that the product will be shipped. When I sign into my account on their site it shows my purchase and that the transaction was successfully processed but when it comes to the state of the order it still says processing/pending.
      I’ve emailed their contact several times since purchase date and haven’t heard anything back.
      The product I purchased was a good price but not ‘too good to be true’ kind of price that would set off the alarm bells.
      I think I’ve been had by this website but because I cannot speak to a representative nor get a reply to any of my email queries I’m thinking it’s only bad news and not any good…sadly. so frustrating!! My own fault I’m sure but I really thought I had found a decent retailer with decent pricing.
      If anyone else has experience with these guys and can share your experiences I’d really appreciate your feedback

      Thanks in advance!

      • Bastiaan

        Hi Mike,
        I checked the store. At first it seems legit, but there are some things I don’t understand. First the url: why use a dot-top domain. Second, their about page is all about fashion. But they don’t sell clothing. The extra money from your CC is not okay. Strange. This brings the question, are they amatures (with bad support for their customers) or is it fake. Although I cannot verify this, I hope it’s the first and they will send the products after all. (maybe it is stuck at your customs, this can take weeks…)
        BTW does your CC company offer insurance? Many do and you might get your money back from your bank.
        Wish you luck!

        • M1KL83

          Thanks for taking the time to look into this and replying to my comment.
          I hope so too!!
          It could very well be stuck at customs but I would have thought that it would show ‘shipped’ when I sign into my customer account on their website but instead is still says ‘pending’ in regards to the status of this order and has done so since the date of purchase.

          I really wish they would answer my emails to give me some idea of where I stand.

          Fingers crossed but not setting my expectations very high as I think it’s been all for not. I’m sad to say.

          Thanks again!

    • Claudia

      What about a credit card charge from hmlengy? Thanks your doing a great job!

      • Bastiaan

        Hi Claudia, thank you!
        Never heard of hmlengly… What’s that?

    • Kaylee

      Can you check mercierfashion .com please

      • Bastiaan

        All prices are zero…? That’s really odd. 😉

    • Honey

      Kindly check if mkeurvu. online is a scam. Thanks

      • Bastiaan

        Michael Kors in the url, probably fake. I cannot find this site… maybe it’s gone already.

    • Ayrton

      Another one that looks like it is located in the US. www. estloft. online
      Their homepage looks real only after I paid in US dollars and my credit card was charged in chinese currency did I get the idea.

      • Bastiaan

        Did you get your products?
        Although this site doesn’t seem to be fake, it does a lot that isn’t okay. No company info, very bad menu in the footer (links not working) and no mentioning about situated in China. Always be careful with these kind of stores.

    • LULA

      Another Chinese fraudulent site
      www. zamtechsolutions. co. uk
      You wouldn’t know it was Chinese – Except when my bank called to say they had blocked the transaction. When I Entered my bank details, the transaction failed and so I did it twice.

    • Michael Larsen

      pcvipstore .com; powerwheelsstore .com; laptopvipmart .com, to name a few…
      Since these “stores” use https and take credit or debit card information, I fell for one of their offers even though I know better. All of their associated email addresses and support contacts are bogus – cannot be delivered. If you track an order, it’s a non-standard procedure that virtually tells you nothing and from what I hear at other scam alert sites, it’s the same non-information with a final “Delivered to doorstep” but there is never a delivery. It seems that defrauding people through online stores now is an easy way to make money with no penalty or fear of being taken down. I’ve reported this to the FTC and the BBB and yet the stores are still operating and nothing is done. Defraud people for thousands and get away with it but face prison if you download a torrent! Sad!

    • Roumen Petkov

      slimpickins .co .uk is one of them too.
      You think it is an UK site, but everything goes through China. To be honest the bank asked me for authorization, but I was stupid enough to allow the payment. No e-mails to confirm the purchase, no real contact details. They send you a cheap imitation of whatever they have. I wonder why they do this. They would probably get away even if they don’t send anything.

    • Sarah

      I think this is one. Paid. no goods. no response. northsailtraining .co .uk/

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