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!

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